Must apply to attend, fill out and submit the application online. Once your application is reviewed, we will reach out with more information about the academy.
The ABS Maintenance Academy, designed and taught by ABS technical advisor and Beechcraft Maintenance Evaluator Bob Ripley, and co-taught by ABS technical advisor Dale Kraus, combines classroom and hands-on training covering common Beechcraft squawks found in ABS Air Safety Foundation Beechcraft Maintenance Evaluations (formerly; Service Clinics). It teaches participants how to conduct an ABS Beechcraft Maintenance Evaluation on their customers' airplanes, including common squawks and how to address them, and includes special emphasis on Beechcraft landing gear inspection, rigging and repair as presented in the ABS Landing Gear Maintenance Guide.
ABS Maintenance Academy sessions are held two to three times each year in locations around the country. Space in each two-day Academy session is extremely limited - 20 students per course maximum - so every mechanic has time to personally train hands-on. Practicing Beechcraft mechanics must apply and be accepted to attend.
An applicant must:
be a certificated Airframe mechanic, or international equivalent, with IA highly desirable
have at least five years verifiable experience maintaining piston general aviation aircraft
be employed full time in a fixed-based facility that regularly maintains piston airplanes
be, or become, a member of the American Bonanza Society
An applicant may be required to pass a telephone interview as part of the selection process.
Historic Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center
Olive Branch, MS
Typical Schedule (Subject to change):
7:15 am - Registration begins
8:00 am - Class/Lecture
11:45 -1:00 pm - Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 pm - Lecture/hands on around the aircraft
3:00 - 5:00 pm - Switch and do the opposite of the slot before
6:00 pm - Class Dinner
8:00 - 11:30 am - Classroom lecture
11:45 am - Dismissal and departure.