Recommended Curriculum Checklist:

Structural DERs and FAA Airframe ASEs

The recommended curriculum for DERs and Airframe ASEs includes self-study of reference materials containing the FAA's policy and guidance on addressing unsafe conditions associated with metal fatigue, a course on probability methods in fatigue evaluations and continuing education. ASEs are encouraged to interact with other stakeholders to facilitate open communication and to provide insight to the aging issues confronting each stakeholder.


  1. AC 91-82 Fatigue Management Programs for Airplanes with Demonstrated Risk of Catastrophic Failure due to Fatigue
    • Provides an explanation of the maintenance actions that may be necessary if an airplane has an unsafe condition due to demonstrated risk of catastrophic failure due to fatigue. Provides the FAA’s expectations for fatigue management programs when an unsafe condition exists due to fatigue.
  2. AC 23-13A Fatigue, Fail-Safe, and Damage Tolerance Evaluation of Metallic Structure for Normal, Utility, Acrobatric, and Commuter Category Airplanes
    • Provides airplane owners and pilots with information on specific aging issues. Paragraph 2-27 discusses life extension programs. Chpt. 6 discusses SAD’s policy for flight with known cracks.


  1. Short course on the use of probabilistic methods and risk analysis methods in evaluating fatigue issues
    • DERs and ASEs working in risk analysis, fatigue, damage tolerance, and continued operation safety should take a course in probability methods in rsk analysis and fatigue evaluation
  2. Aging Airplane Inspection and Maintenance Baseline Checklist for Airplanes without a type-specific checklist
    • Collaborative effort between AOPA, AA, EAA and FAA. Direct result of the Small Airplane Directorate’s first aging airplane summit.

Continuing Education

  1. AC 43-16A Aviation Maintenance Alerts
    • Published monthly.
    • Provides owners, pilots and mechanics with info on maintenance issues, including summaries of service difficulty reports.
  2. AEA Annual Conventions
  3. Type club and industry associations and organizations presentations at appropriate venues