Aviation High School’s Federal Aviation Administration Program Regulations and Information

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) School Certification: Aviation High School is a certified Aviation Maintenance Technician School in accordance with Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations 14 CFR, Part 147.

Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT), also known as an Aircraft Mechanic, refers to a licensed qualification for carrying out aircraft maintenance. Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (AMTs) inspect and perform or supervise maintenance, preventive maintenance, and alteration of aircraft and aircraft systems. For persons who hold an AMT (Mechanic) certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration; rules for certification and for certificate-holders, are detailed in Subpart D of Part 65 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs).Visit the Federal Aviation Administration website for specific program certification requirements - www.faa.gov.

The US licensed qualification is also referred to by the FAA as the Airframe and Powerplant Certification (A&P).

Aviation High School Certification Offerings:

  • Airframe – certification required when working on aircraft structures, systems and components. 
  • Powerplant – certification required when working on powerplants (engines) and powerplant systems and components.

Both licenses require the completion of the FAA General curriculum before a student may be certified in either Airframe or Powerplant.

Aviation High School Federal Aviation Administration Program Overview: Aviation High School’s aviation technician courses follow the guidelines within the FAA approved Operations Manual which organizes our FAA coursework as follows:

  • All students in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 graduating classes begin FAA coursework in their sophomore year and can earn one license by the end of their senior year. Students who qualify for the 5th year program may earn their second license by the end of their 5th year.
  • All students in the 2020 graduating class and after begin FAA coursework in their freshmen year and can earn one license by the end of their senior year. Students who qualify for the 5th year program may earn their second license by the end of their 5th year.

Aviation High School courses are organized into segmented courses called rotations. Each rotation is made up of a specific FAA license area that is required for General, Airframe or Powerplant license completion. 

  • 9th Year – All courses are one year in length. Students do not rotate in the 9th Students will complete four FAA General areas by the end of the year. 
  • 10th Year – All courses are organized into two half year courses. Students do not rotate in the 10th Students will complete four FAA General areas by the end of the year. 
  • 11th Year – All courses are organized into 21 day rotations. Students will rotate through four FAA Airframe and four FAA Powerplant areas by the end of the year. 
  • 12th Year – All courses are organized into 32 or 40 day rotations. Students will rotate through six FAA Airframe OR six FAA Powerplant areas. Students may only take one license area (Airframe or Powerplant) in the senior year. 
  • 5th Year (Optional and Available through Selection Process) – All courses are organized into 32 day rotations. Students will rotate through six FAA Airframe OR six FAA Powerplant areas. Students may only take the license area (Airframe or Powerplant) that they did not receive in their senior year. 

Minimum Passing Grade & Grading Policy: 

For a license area (rotation) requirement to be certified for FAA completion a student must: 

  • Earn a grade of 70 or better in the license area (rotation) according to the following grading components. 
  • Quiz(zes), Homework & Notebook: 25% 
  • Final Exam: 25% 
  • Lab Projects: 50% 
  • Additionally, a student may not be absent or late for more than 10% of the coursework. 

It is important to note that all FAA subject areas must be completed and passed with a minimum final course grade of 70% or better in order to receive FAA certification. In addition, final exams will be administered at the end of each FAA subject are and must also meet the minimum passing grade of 70% or better. 

FAA Coursework Make-Up Options: Failed rotations are made up according to the following guidelines: 

  • Failed coursework (final class grade 50-69) may be remediated during evening, Saturday academy or summer school. When remediating coursework, students must attend and complete the program from beginning to end. All required projects and/or projects previously completed will not be permitted. Note: when remediating coursework, the highest passing grade a student may earn is a 70%. 
  • Students with final class grades (0-49) must see the assistant principal for FAA approval in order to remediate any coursework. (FAA approval will be required for remediation and will be evaluated on a case by case basis.) 
  • Students who fail 1-2 rotations (final grades 50-69) may remediate coursework via evening school or Saturday academy. 
  • Students who fail 3-4 rotations (final grade 50-69) may only remediate coursework via summer school. 
  • Students who fail five or more rotations must repeat the entire year. 

FAA Final Exam Make-Up Options

  • Final exam remediation will take place during four pre-selected dates during the school year. Students should anticipate testing during the second week of October, December, February and May. Note: maximum number of retakes = 2. 
  • Students must register in advance for final exam remediation. Walk-ins will not be permitted. Note: Please listen for final exam registration period during third period announcements. 
  • Students must meet the following deadlines in order to remediate all coursework/final exams.
    • 9th year coursework exams remediation deadline: May 15th of their sophomore year.
    • 10th year coursework/exams remediation deadline: May 15th of their junior year.
    • 11th year coursework/exams remediation deadline: May 15th of their senior year.
    • 12th year coursework/exams remediation deadline: May 15th of their senior year.
    • 5th year coursework/exams remediation deadline May 15th of their 5th

Aviation High School’s FAA Transcript: All FAA coursework will be recorded on each student’s FAA Transcript. Aviation High School FAA transcripts can be found at: https://services.jumpro.pe/app/parent/aviationhs or on the school’s website, www.aviationhs.net.

FAA License Area Examination Requirements: All students must take the following examinations to earn their Airframe and/or Powerplant certification:

  • FAA Qualifying Exam (administered in May): 
  • General Exam:
    • Number of Questions: 60 multiple-choice questions
    • Passing score: 85% or higher 
  • Airframe Exam:
    • Number of Questions: 100 multiple-choice questions
    • Passing score: 85% or higher 
  • Powerplant Exam:
    • Number of Questions: 100 multiple-choice questions
    • Passing score: 85% or higher 
  • FAA Written Exam (administered in June): 
  • General Exam:
    • Number of Questions: 60 multiple-choice questions
    • Passing score: 70% or higher 
  • Airframe Exam:
    • Number of Questions: 100 multiple-choice questions
    • Passing score: 70% or higher 
  • Powerplant Exam:
    • Number of Questions: 100 multiple-choice questions
    • Passing score: 70% or higher 
  • FAA Practical Exam (scheduled for one-on-one testing June through May): 
  • Once a student passes their General and Airframe or General and Powerplant written exams the student will be schedule to take the practical exam with an FAA certified Designated Mechanic Examiner (DME). 
  • A practical exam may take a student four to seven hours to complete. 
  • Practical exams cost: $250 per exam. 

Once a student passes all required FAA required courses and license examinations they will receive their FAA Airframe or Powerplant certificate. 

Aviation Maintenance Program Contact Information: 

Mr. Mario Cotumaccio
FAA Liaison & Assistant Principal of 11th & 12th Year
Room 113
mcotumaccio@schools.nyc.gov
(718) 361-2032, extension 1131

Mr. Giovannie Sosa
Assistant Principal of 9th and 10th Year
Room 109
gsosa@schools.nyc.gov
(718) 361-2032, extension 1091