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Virginia Aviation
Virginia Aviation offers complete Aviation Maintenance training through our FAA Approved Part 147 Airframe and Powerplant School, Certificate Number RSUT804H. The school curriculum prepares its students to take the written, oral and practical exams to obtain their FAA A & P Certification.

Our program offers students a small student to instructor ratio. Classes consist of 50 percent classroom instruction and 50 percent hands-on practical training. We have several aircraft specifically designated for student repairs on-site at Lynchburg Regional Airport. State of the art welding facilities are conveniently located at Central Virginia Community College.

All instructors are A & P licensed with many years of industry experience.


The Virginia Aviation AMT course complies with each element of the FAA approved curriculum (as defined in 14 CFR 147, Appendix B through D). From the descriptions below, students can refer to the regulations for additional description of the scope of the courses.

  • VA 101 Introduction to Maintenance Practices
    Introduction to Maintenance Practices introduces the student to the use of basic hand tools, precision measurements, identification and properties of aviation materials, non destructive testing, corrosion control and ground operations of aircraft. Lab projects include: building and testing pressure fluid lines; dye penetrant, eddy current, ultra sound and magnetic particle non destructive inspection techniques; aircraft hardware installation and safety methods; inspection of welds; and the use of micrometers, bore gauges, dial indicators. Students will also learn to start, run and taxi a Cessna 172, and ground handling procedures.

  • VA 102 - Aviation Mathematics and Applied Physics
    Aviation Mathematics involves a review of arithmetic operations, fractions, decimals, roots and powers, scientific notation and commonly used algebraic operations. Students will be able to determine area and volume of various geometric shapes and objects, and solve ratio, proportion and percentage problems. Applied Physics covers simple machines, matter and forms of energy, work, power, fluid flow and the aerodynamic principles of fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft. The subjects covered in this primarily lecture course provide the student with the knowledge and skills which are required for successful completion of the airframe and powerplant courses.

  • VA 103 AC & DC Electrical Theory
    The student is introduced to basic AC and DC electrical theory up to and including solid state devices. Lab projects will include the use instruments to measure voltage, amperage and resistance; reading and interpreting electrical circuit diagrams; calculating and measuring electrical power, capacitance and inductance, inspecting and servicing lead acid and nicad batteries troubleshooting techniques and charging and servicing batteries.

  • VA 104 - Maintenance Documents and Regulations
    This primarily lecture course acquaints the AMT student with maintenance publications, aircraft drawings, and maintenance forms and records used by the AMT in the servicing, inspecting and repair of aircraft. The course covers the Federal Aviation Regulations and Federal Aviation Administration publications as well as the service manuals published by manufacturers of aircraft and aircraft components. The Federal Aviation Regulations pertaining to the privileges of the Mechanic's Certificate and its limitations and pertaining to the certification standards for aircraft are studied. Using maintenance publications and standard forms, the student will weigh an aircraft, determine its center of gravity, compare the center of gravity under different loading conditions to various aircraft certification requirements, and make the appropriate record entries.

  • VA 201 - Airframe Structures
    Airframe structures is the study of aircraft wood, metal and fabric construction used primarily in older aircraft. Inspection and repair techniques of these structures will be covered in the classroom and lab. Assembling, rigging and balancing of control surfaces will be studied in both modern and older fixed wing aircraft. Helicopter rigging theory is also included. Lab projects will include: Gas and electric welding, applying aircraft finishes; assembling and rigging of flight controls on a fixed wing aircraft.

  • VA 202 - Aircraft Electrical / Introduction to Avionics
    This course provides a study of aircraft electrical, communication, and navigation systems. Lab projects include: inspection and troubleshooting techniques used in the repair of AC and DC electrical systems. This will include repairing wiring by spicing and soldering; repair/replacement of pin connectors; removal and installation of electrical components such as switches and antennas; and performing operational checks on repaired equipment after installation.

  • VA 203 - Airframe Metal Working Processes
    This course involves the study of sheet metal structures, including the construction of modern aircraft, the properties of aluminum alloys used in the structural components of aircraft, inspection of aluminum structural elements, etc. This course emphasizes hands-on shop projects including installation and removal of conventional rivets, special rivets and special fasteners. Students will lay out and form parts from aluminum alloy sheet, and repair damaged structural components.

  • VA 204 -Aircraft Composite Structures
    This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to repair composite structures, and inspect and repair aircraft interior furnishings including windows. Lab projects include: preparing composite surfaces for repair; repairing a fiberglass structure; make a hand lay up with advanced composite structure materials such as carbon fiber or Kevlar using vacuum bagging techniques; inspection of bonded structures and performing plastic repairs on aircraft interiors.

  • VA 205 - Airframe Systems I
    This is the first course in a two course sequence of Airframe Systems courses. This course provides a study of aircraft environmental control systems, including instrument systems. Cabin heating/cooling/pressurization, ice and rain control, fuel systems, fire suppression and oxygen systems used in piston powered and turbine powered aircraft are included in the study.

  • VA 206 - Airframe Systems II
    In this second course in the Airframe Systems sequence, hydraulic theory, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, hydraulic system position and warning systems, brake and ground steering systems, and landing gear systems. Students will learn to identify hydraulic fluids, inspect, service, troubleshoot and repair such systems. Inspection, repair and servicing of various landing gear assemblies and components such as wheels, tires and brakes will be covered in detail. Lab projects include: removal and installation of main and nose landing gear wheels and brake assemblies; servicing and leak checking hydraulic and pneumatic systems; inspection and repair of landing gear actuators and servicing of shock struts. The student will also perform a retraction and extension check of an aircraft doing an operational check of the position and warning system.

  • VA 301 Reciprocating Engine Technology
    The theory, construction, troubleshooting and repair of horizontally opposed and rotary aircraft reciprocating engines will be the subjects of lectures and laboratory projects. Student teams will remove, overhaul, make appropriate engine log book entries, re-install and operate a six cylinder horizontally opposed engine. Each student will determine whether each part meets the manufacturer's service limits, whether all applicable Airworthiness Directives have been complied with, etc.

  • VA 302 Powerplant Electrical Systems
    This course provides a study of aircraft engine electrical, starting and ignition systems. The student will learn the theory of engine instruments such as temperature, pressure and r.p.m. Also covered will be ignition systems for both reciprocating engines and turbine engines and starting systems including turbine air starters. Lab projects will include: inspection/repair/servicing of engine fire detection/extinguisher systems, ignition systems, engine indicating systems. Students will overhaul a magneto, install it, and time to an engine. Electrical wiring/controls/switches and protective devices will be inspected and repaired in accordance with standard aviation practices.

  • VA 303 Propeller and Propeller Systems
    This course provides a study of aircraft powerplant accessory systems. The student will learn propeller theory, maintenance of aircraft induction, cooling and exhaust systems. Engine lubrication systems and propeller lubrication methods will also be covered.. Lab projects include: Engine lubrication system maintenance will include changing engine oil and filter, running engine to check for oil leaks. Students will grease a propeller and perform repairs to propeller blade such as checking nick damage limits and repairing to manufacture specifications and removal and installation of repaired propeller. Inspection and repairs of both induction and exhaust systems will be performed.

  • VA 304 Powerplant Fuel and Accessory Systems
    This course provides a study of aircraft engine fuel and fuel metering systems. Topics include the study of basic fuel systems and fuel system components. This will include theory of operation of carburetors and fuel injection systems used on reciprocating engines. Lab projects include the overhaul of a carburetor; removing and installing carburetors and fuel injection components and making the necessary mixture adjustments, operational checks and leak checks.

  • VA 305 - Gas Turbine Powerplants
    This course provides a study of the fundamentals of the gas turbine engine. Studies include the evolutionary changes from the first pure jet to modern turbofan and turboprop engines. Field repairs and overhauls and inspection requirements of these engines will be discussed in detail. Lab projects include installation and removal of a turbine engine. The student will run a turbine engine and perform various operational checks and leak checks. Components will be removed and reinstalled and operation check performed in accordance with maintenance manuals. A turbine engine will be partially disassembled and various inspections will be performed.

  • VA 401 Airframe and Powerplant Inspection
    This is the concluding course and provides a review of nearly all the material covered in prior courses. This course consists primarily of student teams performing a complete 100 hour inspection of Cessna 172 aircraft.

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