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The aviation industry has 2 main branches – the flying branch & the engineering branch. We are all aware of the pilots who fly the aircraft. But we are not aware of the maintenance part of the aircraft & how it is done.
As there are flying academies / clubs to train pilots, All over the country which are approved by Director General of Civil Aviation Government of India, similarly there are many approved institutes to conduct the course of Aircraft maintenance engineering.
As a pilot needs to obtain the license to fly the aircraft; similarly an Aircraft Engineer needs to obtain a license to maintain the aircraft .
As a recognized college teaches the approved syllabus of the university & after completion of the course conducts internal examination, on the basis of which the forms for final exam is forwarded to the university from the college, similarly these institutes teach the syllabus approved by the director general of civil aviation.
After the completion of the course & passing in the internal examination, candidates fill the forms for the license examination and the forms are forwarded to the Director General of Civil Aviation which conducts examination and after passing the examination license is issued to the engineers as well as to the pilots. Before an aircraft flies it has to be checked by an Aircraft maintenance engineer & certified as fit for flying. If such an certificate is not given the Aircraft cannot fly. Safety is given very high priority in the aviation sector. An aircraft maintenance engineer therefore has to take the responsibility for the safety of the Aircraft.
“As per information, in the Air India, Indian Airlines & Pawan Hans Ltd. & other private Airlines, engineers are getting. Starting gross salary of Rs. 40,000/-
which goes upto Rs. 2.25 Lakh per month. No other field or profession in the country is paying at par with it. Besides this they enjoy better placements in metros & other major cities, better social status & ……… like free air travel etc.”
These engineers are also getting much better carrier opportunities abroad. Recently, government has made policy, which will ease out private aircraft owner’s to use their aircraft for air taxi operation.
What is Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (A.M.E.) ?
AME course is a license course prescribed by director general of civil aviation, govt. of India concern with maintenance & Repair of Aircraft & their components following the approved maintenance practices.
This AME license course is run by D.G.C.A (Govt. of India) through approved Institutes only which follows the I.C.A.O. type 11 standard, The syllabus of this license course is revised by the D.G.C.A. from time to time to maintain the international training standard. This is a 3 year course of 6 semesters. First 5 semester are equally divided into theory & practical classes & sixth semester is a specific type practical only.
Privileges & Authority of A.M.E.
Aircraft maintenance engineers are the only engineers of aircraft who certify & issue the airworthiness certificate of its fitness for flying without the certificate aircraft will not be permitted to fly. Hence AME’s are the main person & certifying authority in aviation sector / airlines industry.
Without AME’s certificate none aircraft can fly, that is clearly mentioned in the Indian Aircraft rules that only an AME can maintain & certify the civil aircraft.