Recommended Curriculum Checklist:

A&P Mechanic

The A&P curriculum includes a core section and a continuing education section. The core curriculum provides a basic level of knowledge that each A&P should possess on aging airplanes. The core curriculum includes a web-based overview on the subject of aging airplanes, a self-study course in AD format on the mechanism of metal fatigue, an overview of non-destructive inspection methods and hands-on type-specific maintenance training. The continuing education portion emphasizes the need for A&P mechanics to update their knowledge on aging airplane issues. Sources of this information include AC 43-16A and presentations made by the FAA, type clubs and industry associations and organizations at PAMA symposia and aviation venues, including airshows, type club meetings and IA recurrent seminars.


  1. F AA Webcourse
    • coming soon.
  2. Type-specific training provided by type club holder, type club or industry association or organization
    • Check the links page of this website for type club information.
  3. 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.
  4. GAMA Publication 14 Airframe Airworthiness Inspection Guide for Aging Airplanes
    • Document is still being developed. Will be available at this site upon completion.
    • Will provide a score sheet for small airplane owners to assess their airplane’s maintenance history and risk of developing fatigue and corrosion.
  5. FAA Web-based Overview
    • coming soon

Continuing Education

  1. PAMA Regional Maintenance Symposia
    • PAMA has a series of regional maintenance symposia. Check the PAMA website for upcoming events.
  2. AC 43-16A Aviation Maintenance Alerts
    • Published monthly.
    • Provides owners, pilots and mechanics with info on maintenance issues, including summaries of service difficulty reports.
  3. FAA presentations at appropriate venues
  4. Type club and industry associations and organizations presentations at appropriate venue