For 17 years, The Robert C. Byrd Aerospace Education Center has remained the only place in the state for aviation technicians to renew their licenses. They do this, by sitting through an eight hour safety seminar.
They learn about new technologies, upgrades, and how to prevent human error while working on aircrafts. There were about 90 people there, including students from Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Technical College.
Thomas Stose, Director of the RCB Aerospace Education Center said, "Aviation safety and aviation maintenance technology is a constantly expanding field, and if you're not constantly being educated in it, then you're not advancing. If your not advancing, you're remaining stagnant. So, safety seminar trainings like this one are valuable to new technicians and technicians that have been in the field for years."
The technicians can also get certified online, or travel out of state to get their renewals. However, both those would cost more and take longer.