Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) technicians keep aircraft in safe flying condition by servicing, repairing and overhauling aircraft components while following detailed federal regulations set by the FAA. Technicians in this field work on aircraft components and systems including the airframe, piston engines, turbine engines, electrical systems, hydraulic systems, propellers, rigging, control surfaces, instrumentation, warning systems, and environmental systems. Those with experience, advanced ratings and administrative ability can be selected for supervisory and executive positions. Redstone College is one of about 170 schools the FAA certifies to train airframe and powerplant (A&P) technicians.
Avionics is a common, industry-accepted term for the field of Aviation Electronics. The main areas of concentration in this field include: communications, navigation, air traffic control, instrumentation and automatic flight control. Avionic technicians can work in maintenance, repair, manufacturing and installing new systems. A graduate of Avionics are not only trained in basic electronics, but in advanced aircraft communication and navigation equipment and their specialized test equipment.
Avionics play a key role in the development and construction of satellites, helicopters and aircraft of all types and sizes. Technicians in the avionics field are responsible for the assembly, maintenance, troubleshooting, repair and installation of these airborne and space-related components.