Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

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An Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME), also Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (LAME or L-AME), is a licensed person who carries out and certifies aircraft maintenance. The license is widespread internationally and is recognised by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).[1] The American FAA recognise the qualification in foreign countries but refer to it as Aviation Maintenance Engineer rather than "Aircraft...".[2]

Countries which issue or recognize AME licenses internally include; Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, India, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and much of Asia.[3][4][5][6]

The American equivalent of an AME is an aircraft maintenance technician (AMT), also known as an A&P.[2]

Up until 1998, Type I and Type II Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) licences were distinguished. In 1998 ICAO replaced these by a single AME licence.[1]

In 2005 the relationship between the Canadian AME and the US A&P (AMT) was further revised, through a Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) between the US and Canada.[2]

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  1. ^ a b ICAO Personnel Licensing FAQ. (retrieved 22 December 2015)
  2. ^ a b c FAA Aviation Maintenance Technician Handbook - General, Chapter 12: Publications, Forms, and Records Archived 2013-10-21 at the Wayback Machine, Page 12-20, CFR Part 43 — Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, Rebuilding, and Alteration, §43.17 Maintenance, preventive maintenance, or alterations performed on U.S. aeronautical products by certain Canadian persons: "This section was significantly revised in 2005 as the result of a Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) between the United States and Canada. The two countries have enjoyed a long and professional relationship with respect to reciprocal aviation maintenance activity. This section of part 43 both defines some terms and gives specific limitations as to what an Aviation Maintenance Engineer (AME is the Canadian equivalent to the U.S. A&P) may do to maintain U.S.-registered aircraft located in Canada. It also provides similar limitations for an Approved Maintenance Organization. (AMO is the Canadian equivalent to the U.S.-certified repair stations.)"
  3. ^ Transport Canada (July 2010). "Canadian Aviation Regulations Part IV – Personnel Licensing and Training – Subpart 3 – Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licences and Ratings". Archived from the original on 16 January 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  4. ^ Transport Canada (July 2010). "Part V – Airworthiness Manual Chapter 566 – Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) Licensing and Training". Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  5. ^ Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand; How to be An Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, 1999.[1]
  6. ^ AMROBA discussion document, 2013: "The vast majority of [Asian] countries have ‘adopted’ the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) Part 66/147 aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) licensing and training requirements."