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Welcome to IAHMP

Hello and welcome to the home page of the International Association of Helicopter Maintenance Professionals, (IAHMP). The Association is headquartered in Glendale, Arizona, in the United States, and is registered with the State of Arizona and the Federal Internal Revenue Service as a non-profit 501 (c) (3) public service corporation.

Our mission is to provide helicopter maintenance professionals with a global self-sustaining association committed to promoting and advancing the Airframe & Powerplant/Aircraft Maintenance Engineer helicopter maintenance community at the individual level. Also, to be the membership’s advocate and voice to the regulatory communities, helicopter industries and other related associations worldwide.

If you would like more information about IAHMP, I encourage you to stay on our website and go through the different tabs for information, starting with the About IAHMP tab, and the What’s In It For Me tab. Should you have questions not covered on the website, please use our Contact tab located in the Header portion of the website, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Ever Thought About a Career as a Helicopter Maintenance Professional?

Have you ever thought about a career in aviation? More specifically a career as a helicopter maintenance professional? A job that does not require a college degree, yet assumes a role that requires a great deal of responsibility and skill? Could this be a career that might interest you?

How About a Career as a Helicopter Maintenance Professional In:

Emergency Medical Services
Law Enforcement
Aviation Electronics
Logging Industry
Oil Exploration and Support
Power Generating Companies
Aircraft and Engine OEMs
Aerial Firefighting
Television and Radio News Reporting
Aerial Search and Rescue

What’s In It For Me?

An industry that offers the opportunity to work in diversified segments.
An industry that offers the individual an upward growth potential.
As experience on the job grows so does your worth to the company you are working for.

There is a critical global shortage of helicopter maintenance professionals. Where are all the new A&P/AMEs for the helicopter industry coming from? Oh, what is an A&P/AME you ask? In the U.S., an A&P mechanic is an Airframe and Powerplant specialist. In many other countries around the world these specialists are called AMEs, or Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. They are very similar in their job description and scope, and are so named as a function of a country’s aviation regulatory authority. In the U.S. that is the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Some Company Names You May Recognize That Hire A&Ps/AMEs

Bell Helicopter
MD Helicopters Inc.
Airbus Helicopters
Vector Aerospace
AgustaWestland Helicopters
Air Methods Corporation
Airborne Engines Ltd.
Safran Turbomeca

OK, So What Are Some Of The Maintenance Actions That An A&P/AME Helicopter Maintenance Professional Performs?

An A&P/AME is responsible for the release (certification) of an aircraft after maintenance, inspection, repair or modification. This is a responsible occupation requiring a high degree of responsibility and skill, which includes:

Certifying airworthiness of airframes, piston and turbine engines, electrical/electronic systems, propellers and rotary systems;

Troubleshooting aircraft structural, mechanical or electrical systems to identify problems;

Adjusting and repairing systems according to specifications, technical drawings, manuals and established procedures;

Repairing and overhauling aircraft structural, mechanical or electrical systems;

Installing or modifying aircraft engines, mechanical, hydraulic, electrical, flight control, fuel and pneumatic systems;

Dismantling airframes, aircraft engines or other aircraft systems for repair, overhaul, inspection and reassembly; and
Supervising, performing and documenting routine maintenance.

In the U.S., what are the basic requirements to become an Airframe & Powerplant maintenance specialist?

If you are a US Citizen.

1. You must be at least 18 years old, and be able to read, write, speak, and understand English.

2. You must have 18 months of practical experience with either powerplants or airframes, or 30 months of practical experience working on both at the same time. As an alternative to this experience requirement, you can graduate from an FAA-Approved Aviation Maintenance Technician School.

3. You must pass three types of tests.

Three written examinations, (General, Powerplant and Airframe).
An oral test.
A practical test.

FAA Experience Requirements to Become an Aircraft Maintenance Specialist (A&P Mechanic)

You can get the experience you need to become a licensed airframe and/or powerplant mechanic in one of the following three ways.

You can attend one of the many FAA Approved Federal Aviation Regulations(FAR Part 147) Aviation Maintenance Technician Schools nationwide.

You need a high school diploma or a General Education Diploma (GED) to get in to most schools. The schooling lasts from 12 months to 24 months, generally less than required by FAA for on-the-job training. When you graduate, you are qualified to take the FAA exams. Graduates often get higher starting salaries than individuals who got their required experience in one of the other two ways.

You can work at an FAA Repair Station or a Fixed Based Operator (FBO) under the supervision of a licensed mechanic for 18 months for each certificate, or 30 months for both. You must document your experience with pay receipts, a log book signed by your supervising mechanic, a notarized statement from your employer, or other proof you worked the required time.

You can join one of the armed services and get training and experience in aircraft maintenance. Make sure you are in a military occupational specialty for which the FAA gives credit. You can get a current list of acceptable specialties from the local FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO).

You must present an official letter from your military employer certifying your length of service, the amount of time you worked in each specialty, the make and model of the aircraft or engine on which you got practical experience, and where you got the experience. You cannot count time you spent training for the specialty, only the time you spent working in the specialty.

We hope that this has answered some of the questions you might have had with regard to a career as a helicopter maintenance professional. If you are a student we suggest you contact your career counselor for more information. If you are not a student, in the United States please go online and search for airframe and powerplant training or schools. If outside the United States, search using aircraft maintenance engineering training or schools. If we at IAHMP can be of some help to you, please contact us.

Thanks for visiting,
R. Fred Polak – President/CEO
International Association of Helicopter Maintenance Professionals