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TSTC FAST Trac Airframe and Powerplant Program

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

1.    How much does this course cost?

       The TSTC FAST Trac Airframe & Powerplant course costs $5,000. This cost covers everything from tools,
       materials, equipment and testing fees.

2.    Do I need to bring my own tools or supplies?

       No. We supply tools, USB flash drives and any other supplies necessary for the class.

3.    How long will it take to finish the class?

       Each evening class is 14 weeks long for a total of 160 hours of training.

4.    When is the class held?

       Classes are currently held Monday through Thursday, 5:30–8:30 p.m.

5.    When does the next class start?

       Currently, we offer the TSTC FAST Trac Airframe & Powerplant class two times per year:

  • November–March
  • June–September

       Additional classes, including hybrid classes, will be announced soon.

6.    Where is the class held?

      At the TSTC hangar on the Abilene Regional Airport:
      1717 Navajo Trail, Abilene, TX 79601

7.    I am in the military. Can I use my benefits to pay for the class?

      Yes. Currently we accept the following methods of payment:

    • AF COOL funds: Please talk with your NCOIC to make sure that your experience and knowledge as an aviation mechanic meet the guidelines for your career path. AF COOL will provide up to $4,500 to cover the cost of the class and is designed for active-duty service members in the U.S. Air Force.
    • Skills Transition Funds: This is a new source of funds that is provided through West Texas Workforce Solutions. This program provides $2,000 to cover the cost of the class. It is designed specifically for active-duty service members who are within 180 days of separation from the military or up to 180 days after separation for veterans.


      8.    Can I use my Hazlewood or GI Bill funds?

            Currently this program is not authorized to receive VA funding. However, you may still use your AF COOL funds

            (active duty) as well as Skills Transition Funds (within 180 days of separation date OR within
            180 days after separation date).

      9.    When can I apply for my AF COOL funds?

            Once an invoice is generated by TSTC, you can begin the process. AF COOL will prompt you at each step

            that must be taken.

      10.  What if my separation date happens during the class?

            You will not be eligible for AF COOL funds. Your separation must occur 180 days after the end-of-class date.

      11.  How much are the fees to take my computer, oral and practical exams?

            The testing fees for the three exams in each of the General, Airframe and Powerplant sections total $1,200 and

            are included in the course cost.

      12.  Where do I go to test?

            The TSTC testing center in Abilene. Although you can technically test at any testing center that is authorized by

            the FAA, using the TSTC testing center guarantees that your testing fees, included in your class tuition,
            will be covered. For more information or to schedule your test, please contact:

            Susan Hash, Testing and Support Services
            325-734-3641
            susan.hash@tstc.edu

            Brian Hahn, Aviation Maintenance Technology
            325-672-4418
            brian.hahn@tstc.edu

      13.  When can I begin testing?

            Technically, if your 8610 has been signed off on by the FAA, you can take your tests at any time. However, the

            purpose of this class is to prepare you for your tests by reviewing information that you are already familiar with,
            as well as teaching you about topics that you may not yet have knowledge of or experience in that are covered in
            the exams.

            Our instructors suggest that after you complete each section of the class (General, Airframe and Powerplant),

            you take your written/computer tests immediately.



      14.  If I fail one of my exams, can I make it up?

            Yes. However, the course cost for the class includes only the first attempt at each exam. Any exam that

            you need to retake must be paid for by you.

      15.  Can anyone sign off on my 8610?

            The FAA is the only authorized signatory on the 8610.

            If you have registered for the TSTC FAST Trac Airframe & Powerplant course and your TBA records

            have been approved by your NCOIC, TSTC will contact the FAA to come to Abilene and review/inspect
            your records. The FAA will verify if each participant is eligible to be in the class.
       
            Another option is to schedule a time with the FAA at their location review and sign your 8610. You can

            contact them at 800-858-4115.

      16.  Who can I talk to at TSTC to find out more information?

            Please contact:

            John Dosher, Executive Director of Workforce Development
            325-672-9456
            jmdosher@tstc.edu

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