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NBAA Announces New Maintenance Training Scholarship

'Maintenance TRACS' Program Created to Foster Professional Development and Business Aviation Maintenance Careers

Contact: Dan Hubbard at (202) 783-9360 or dhubbard@nbaa.org

Washington, DC, May 23, 2005 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today announced the creation of the NBAA Maintenance Technical Reward and Career Scholarship (Maintenance TRACS) for aviation maintenance personnel.

Created to foster professional development and business aviation maintenance careers, the Maintenance TRACS program is administered by the NBAA Maintenance Committee and made possible by the following 10 corporate sponsors: Bombardier Aerospace, CAE SimuFlite, Cessna Aircraft, FlightSafety International, Global Jet Services, Gulfstream Aerospace, Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Raytheon Aircraft and Rolls-Royce.

The Maintenance TRACS program will offer initial technician training courses for several aircraft models to one or more applicants annually. Sponsors may offer training awards and/or financial assistance to cover the cost of travel expenses for applicants. The scholarship will be administered by the NBAA Maintenance Committee and redeemable under the conditions established by NBAA and its corporate sponsors.

To be eligible for Maintenance TRACS, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are either:
  • Current holders of an airframe and powerplant (A&P) certificate currently employed in general aviation or
  • Students currently enrolled in either an accredited A&P program or an approved FAR Part 147 school.
Application forms must be accompanied by the following:
  • A 500-word essay describing an applicant's interest in, and goals for, a career in the aviation maintenance field
  • A letter of recommendation
  • A resume
  • An official educational transcript (for student applicants only)
For the 2006 scholarship, completed applications and required documents must be postmarked by January 15, 2006, to be considered. Awards will be presented during the 2006 NBAA Maintenance Management Conference, to be held in the spring.

The NBAA Maintenance Technical Reward and Career Scholarship is one of several scholarships offered by NBAA to promote professional development and business aviation careers. The application for Maintenance TRACS will be available by the end of May on the NBAA Scholarship web site at www.nbaa.org/scholarships.

For more information about NBAA Maintenance TRACS, or other NBAA Maintenance Committee initiatives, contact NBAA Director, Technical Operations Eli Cotti at (202) 737-4479 or ecotti@nbaa.org.

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Founded in 1947, NBAA serves more than 7,000 Member Companies by promoting the aviation interests of organizations utilizing business aircraft in the United States and worldwide. The association provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.