Evolution is a constant in the world, and the aircraft arena is no exception. Boeing, as one of the dominant aircraft manufacturer in the world, develops better models each time they set to launch a new product line.
Their star aircraft has been Boeing B737, but this company never sleeps, not even when they are leading a category, so this line has evolved from the classic model to the “next generation” one. That is exactly what CL and NG stand for behind the models B737CL (classic) and B737NG (next generation). This post covers one of the most demanded type trainings today by Aircraft Maintenance Technicians: Boeing B737NG B1 Type Course.
Why developing a Next Generation?
The competition to achieve higher, faster, farther and more fuel efficient performance is a race every manufacturer of vehicles is very much into. Aircraft manufacturers are no exception. The NG offers greater range by more than 400nm over the CL model, whilst topping out at FL410 (41,000 feet) as opposed to the earlier model maximum of FL370 (37,000 feet). With a typical cruise speed of 0.78M and a sprint capability to 0.82M, the Next Generation stands out when compared to Classic’s average cruise of 0.745M, whilst burning less fuel.
Furthermore, depending on the cabin configuration, the NG can carry around 40 more passengers than its predecessor, yet outperforming it in all aspects mentioned. On the maintenance side, the NG was developed with the aim of cutting airframe maintenance costs by 15%. The NG was also designed with more ‘ease of access’ for maintenance crews and with significantly less parts than the Classic line.
Redesigned leading edges, landing gear, electronics, and engines 15% more efficient: CFM56-7 versus the former CFM56-3C-1. Of course, the NG model also includes improved maintenance documentation, corrosion prevention and extended scheduled maintenance intervals.
The 737NG has won and it is one of the most widely used aircraft in the market, thus the Boeing B737NG Type Course is within the most demanded courses among Aircraft Maintenance Technicians.
Who is the B737NG B1Type Course for and what topics are covered?
This course is a category 3 - B1 course, mainly aimed at those who have a Part 66, Category B1.1/B2 Licence or equivalent (AML FAA, TCCA, etc.). Applicants with a diploma or equivalent qualifications and involved in aircraft maintenance tasks, who may need to upgrade their aircraft skills and who have at least one year's experience in the sector.
The course covers how to carry out maintenance tasks, how to solve problems, perform repairs and adjustments, replacements and functional verifications. These task are studied and put in practice during the theory and practical classes.
In other words, your will become familiar with the use of the technical documents of the B737NG, using special tools and testing equipment to remove and replace components and modules exclusive to this type of aircraft, including those maintenance activities carried out on the wing. To learn all this thoroughly, the course is divided into a theoretical part and a practical training.
This way, you will be able to acquire knowledge during the theoretical part, getting all the explanations and descriptions from your instructors, and after passing the examinations, you will be able to put all that knowledge into practice in a real working environment.
Overall, the course is usually less than two-month long, with one month dedicated to the theoretical part and approximately two to three weeks for the practical part to be completed and approved.
Where to enrol to complete the B737NG B1 Type Course?
There are many aspects to consider when it comes to deciding where to enrol to complete your type training course, no matter what is the aircraft of your choice. We have covered many of the key points to pay attention to when choosing the training centre, but your main focus should be to first make sure it is an EASA Part-147 approved centre.
This standard was created to ensure the highest common level of safety protection for EU citizens, and is set forth by the European Aviation Safety Agency. In fact, one of the main differences this approval means is that you will be able to work all across Europe if the centre you completed your training was an approved one, versus only being able to work in the country where the centre is located in the case of non-approved ones.
There are many other differences and you can check further details here but, as a general recommendation, going for a centre that offers certifications is the safer approach to ensure you get quality education.