I'm sorry. I thought you were going off about apprenticeship and school requirements by the FAA. I also thought you were saying you wished there was an easier way for owners to work on there own certified aircraft. I'm glad you weren't. Could you imagine some Idiot with limited training and limited understanding of the regs keeping his plane flying with NAPA parts for 20 years. Then, when he decides he's done with it, instead of scrapping it, he sells it to mom and pop and their two kids. Next thing you know mom and pop and their two kids are on the news. Almost like a doctor doing surgery without training you might say. Anyway, glad we're on the same page. I'd hate to think someone would think those planes would never change hands or never give other people rides.I suggested nothing of the sort. I don't have an objection to the "experience through supervised work" way of going at an A&P; I just can't feasibly do it myself because I haven't been logging all that time and haven't gotten anyone to backsign for the work I did. Stop putting words in others' mouths.
I'm suggesting that there should be some sort of option like the LSA repairman and inspector certificates for the owners of certified airplanes that would let them work on their own--and ONLY their own--airplane, or a way for purchasers of secondhand homebuilts to earn a repairman certificate for their own airplane. Because there's a really big difference between "I'm just going to fix my own stuff" and "I'm going to get paid to fix other peoples' stuff". And someone doing the former (working on their own spam can) doesn't need to get into thrust reversers, helicopter rotor tracking, and air cycle machines.
Pilot certificates have graduated levels like this (private pilot for someone just flying themselves for fun, commercial and ATP for those doing it for money). We don't set the minimum pilot experience at the equivalent of commercial pilot with multiengine, glider, seaplane, and rotary wing ratings. Sure, pilots in general would be much safer and better-trained, but sport aviation as we know it would cease to exist. But for maintenance, there isn't really any such option. It's all-or-nothing--get trained to do all the work, on any kind of airplane, for pay, or stick to changing tires and oil, with no in-between.
I'm also suggesting that maybe the FAA should stick to approving the content of A&P schools, and not regulating the specific class schedules, so that said schools don't need to go get additional approval just to offer the same classes at different times of day. It's ridiculous that my local A&P school would have to get specific FAA approval to offer the very same classes on a part-time evening/weekend schedule. I don't see why the FAA gets into that level of detail. I'll note that there is an industry movement seeking to implement "competency-based" training rather than time-based--that is, instead of a rigidly-fixed hours-based curriculum, it would be more "show us you can do it".
FAA Proposed Rule Means Flexibility for Maintenance Training | NBAA - National Business Aviation AssociationThe FAA proposes expanding a previously proposed rule to allow aviation maintenance technician schools to use competency-based training and satellite training locations.nbaa.org
Finally, I'm not in any way trying to denigrate the work that A&Ps are doing, or the training and experience they get along the way; I think that education and experience is definitely necessary if you're going to be doing that work for others. I'm just saying that perhaps, in light of the decades of experience "we" have with people maintaining their own second-/third-/fourth-hand homebuilts, and in Canada with "owner-maintained" aircraft, that just maybe there could be a way found for people to work on their own non-homebuilt airplanes. We already have such a path for LSA's and the FAA itself proposed such a thing in 2013 (see "primary non-commercial").
People by certified planes for multiple reasons. One is that they are supposed to be maintained to a certain standard. As an A&P/IA I see people trying to cut costs all the time on their certified planes. Luckily we have trained professionals out there to catch most of the bad choices. And I know trained professionals make bad choices too. At least their possible loss of livelihood keeps most of them in check. You give a cheap owner the freedom to do maintenance and inspections unsupervised and it will be another hit to the GA industry.
Anyway, can't wait to have coffee with you next Oshkosh.