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The NBAA Maintenance Committee is dedicated to promoting technical education and training as a means for business aviation maintenance technicians to enhance their careers. To support this position, NBAA offers current and aspiring maintenance technicians the opportunity to receive Maintenance Technical Reward and Career Scholarships (Maintenance TRACS). Aviation military personnel transitioning to business aviation also are eligible for this scholarship.
The 2015 application offers 45 courses from 22 sponsors. The total value of these courses and the TRACS Travel Fund is now $418,000 – a milestone for the program. In 2014, the TRACS Travel Fund provided travel assistance for 14 scholarship recipients, and has given $19,600 to date to help scholarship winners take advantage of their training awards. These milestones are possible through the hard work of all the “TRACS Ambassadors” on the NBAA Maintenance Committee and in the industry. Their efforts to continuously educate vendors, communicate to schools and mentor the next generation of aviation maintenance professionals is priceless. The Maintenance Committee is grateful for their service as leaders in the industry and as role models for future professionals.
Maintenance TRACS aircraft, engine and avionics training awards are donated by:
- Abaris Training Resources, Inc.
- AeroTechna Solutions, LLC
- Bell Helicopter
- Bombardier Aerospace
- Dassault Falcon Jet
- FlightSafety International
- GE Aviation
- Global Jet Services, Inc.
- Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.
- Honeywell, Inc.
- Rockwell Collins
- Rolls-Royce, Inc.
- Safran Turbomeca, USA
- Textron Aviation
- University of Southern California, Viterbi School of Engineering
- Williams International
- Xcoal Energy & Resources
Additionally, the following organizations donated to the Maintenance TRACS travel fund to help offset travel and lodging expenses incurred by award recipients during training:
- Maintenance Directors Roundtable
- Pioneer Aviation Management
- Alcoa, Inc.
- Chevron Services Company
- Chevron USA Inc.
- Jet Aviation
Note: Applicants must use the separate Travel Assistance Request Form for any travel funding requests.
Awards will be made to U.S. citizens or permanent residents without regards to sex, race, religion or national origin. Applicant must be either: (1) a current holder of an airframe and powerplant (A&P) certificate currently employed in general aviation, (2) a student currently enrolled in either an accredited A&P program or an approved FAR Part 147 school or (3) aviation military personnel transitioning to business aviation.
Pictured: Many of the 2014 Maintenance TRACS recipients accepted their awards in person at the 2014 NBAA Maintenance Management Conference (MMC2014) in Tampa, FL, including the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students shown here.
Recipients will be announced at the NBAA Maintenance Management Conference, to be held May 5 to 7, 2015 in Portland, OR. Maintenance TRACS awards will be redeemable under the conditions established by NBAA Charities and its donors, and applicants are limited to receiving one award per person every other year; i.e., recipients of the 2015 scholarship are not eligible to apply in 2016, but they will be eligible to apply again in 2017.
Recipients must complete all professional/educational training and redeem the award within one year from the date of announcement, unless otherwise noted, or risk forfeit of the award. Recipients also are responsible for costs associated with the scholarship, such as travel and lodging expenses, unless otherwise noted.
A completed and signed application form must be accompanied by an essay, resume, letter of recommendation and (for students) proof of enrollment. See application form for details.
Applications must be received by NBAA on or before Feb. 20, 2015. Direct all questions about this application to NBAA at (202) 783-9250 or email@example.com.