Boise, Idaho-based Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) has announced the launch of a new Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) preparation course to help experienced aircraft mechanics prepare and test for their Federal Aviation Administration certification.

The company’s accelerated programme is delivered at the new ASU Academy near Boise Airport. The three-week course is designed to prepare mechanics who meet the eligibility requirements to pass the A&P written, oral and practical exams and earn their FAA certificate.

According to ASU, the course is recognised by the US Army and Air Force Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL) programmes, which benefits service members who may be transitioning to the civilian aviation industry.

“Our industry is experiencing a significant shortage of mechanics,” said ASU’s CEO, Mike Atwood. “There are many apprentices, mechanics and members of the military transitioning into the civilian workforce with years of experience, but they need the certifications to further their careers as A&P mechanics. We are in the heart of an aviation hub in the Pacific Northwest. We felt the time was now to launch this school to help our industry recruit new workers to fill a void.”

More details about the course can be found at www.asu-prep.com. ASU says that students who register by the end of January will receive a US$200 credit towards their tuition costs.

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