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A&P vs Avionics Technician...

Discussion in 'The MX Hangar (A&P/AMT)' started by Shiftace, May 1, 2017.

  1. Shiftace

    Shiftace Low Time Private Pilot

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    Can one solely be an avionics technician without having to get the A&P certificate?

    Any resources to get started towards this certification?

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  2. ppragman

    ppragman Direct BOOKE

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    I too would like to know this.
     
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  3. Roger Roger

    Roger Roger Navajo Whisperer

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    I'll try to write something up this evening. Short answer, yes but.
     
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    Roger Roger Navajo Whisperer

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    Ok. Yes, you can be an avionics tech without an A&P but you would have to be employed by a part 145 repair station. I'm not in that world so I don't know what you'd have to do (school, OJT, sweep floors and work your way up) to get hired. I know that there are schools out there for avionics but the ones I'm familiar with target guys with an A&P and a couple years experience who want the formal avionics piece of their education.
     
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  5. CrimsonEclipse

    CrimsonEclipse Well-Known Member

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    You can be an avionics technician without any license.

    An FAA airframe license is desired if the operation requires you to sign off an airplane to airworthiness.

    Other operations require a GROL (FCC General Radiotelephone Operator License) ((also lookup RADAR endorsement))

    There are other non-government licenses and certificates out there that hold a certain amount of pull to certain companies but are not universally accepted.

    Experience is a larger factor than licenses here. Working with wires, troubleshooting, wiring harnesses, troubleshooting, installs, troubleshooting, wiring diagrams, and troubleshooting.

    I acquired my licenses through self study. Went for the Amateur Radio License then the GROL later on. Some schools teach it, may or may not be worth it.

    A+P helps a LOT and makes you more versatile.

    CE
     
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  6. Andrew_Neal

    Andrew_Neal Well-Known Member

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    Pretty much sums it up...

    I started in aviation as an avionics technician in the military, spent about a year total in various schools and then went on to work on helicopter avionics for another 4 years. Not sure how you'd go about it in the civilian world. If I had to guess I'd say find a community college with some aviation/electronics/avionics courses, certificates or degrees and do that. It's possible to be an avionics technician without an A&P; especially if you focus more on bench level stuff as a technician with somebody like Honeywell or Rockwell Collins.. but if you actually want to be around the airport or get on with companies that work directly with the aircraft - then you will definitely need an A&P due to FARs.

    I wish I had done mine while I was still in the military!

    Edit: And the FCC license.. you'll need that as well - as Crimson mentioned. Bottom line, if you ever want to make more than $25/hr as an avionics guy I'd try and get every certification you can.
     

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