AIM Students Honored with Scholarships at the …

AIM Students Honored with Scholarships at the 2020 International Women in Aviation Conference:

Students from two Aviation Institute of Maintenance campuses were honored with scholarships at the 31st International Women in Aviation Conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort March 5-8, 2020

AIM Las Vegas Scholarships

Written by Nicole Gleaton

Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) Las Vegas is proud to announce Gabrielle Olivares as a recipient of two scholarships on behalf of Association of Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM). Candice McHargue, the President of Louisville AWAM Chapter, presented the scholarships to Ms. Olivares. The Searching for Success Scholarship, awarded in the amount of $2,000, came with an all-inclusive 3-night stay to attend the annual conference. The Pink Wrench Scholarship, to put towards tool purchases, is valued at $1,500. Mrs. Olivares and other scholarship recipients were honored at the 31st International Women in Aviation Conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in March. 

AIM Houston is proud to announce Prince Nnaji as a recipient of a Pratt & Whitney scholarship through Women in Aviation International (WAI).  Mr. Nnaji, whose long-term goal is to become a jet engine design engineer, is described by AIM as “a truly gifted student with leadership abilities, academic determination, and people skills.”

AIM Houston Scholarships

Pratt & Whitney, an aerospace manufacturer whose engines are used in civil and military aviation, annually awards 12 scholarships for engine maintenance training. Half of the scholarships are awarded through WAI and half through AWAM.  Recipients can select from two different types of engine training:  large commercial engine training at a Pratt & Whitney Customer Training (CTC) location, or a Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) small engine course at a Flight Safety International (FSI) location.

About Aviation Institute of Maintenance Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is a network of aviation maintenance schools with campuses coast-to-coast across the United States and headquarters located in Virginia Beach, Va. AIM students are trained to meet the increasing global demands of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers.  AIM graduates are eligible to take the FAA exams necessary to obtain their mechanic’s certificate with ratings in both Airframe and Powerplant.  AIM’s campuses are located in the following major metro areas: Atlanta, Charlotte, New York, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, San Francisco Bay, Orlando and Norfolk. Visit http://www.AviationMaintenance.edu  or call (888) FIX-JETS for more information.

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Essential Skills for Online Learning: How to b…

Essential Skills for Online Learning: How to be Successful While Taking Online Classes:

Man studying online learning.

Written by Mike Vaughn

Online learning may seem intimidating at first, but you may find it easier than classroom instruction.  There are advantages to using the tools available to you, like the internet and online resources. But with great power comes great responsibility, so being organized and self-motivated is crucial to your success.  Life gets in the way sometimes, and when it does, we must be prepared to work around it.

Here are some tips to help you succeed in an online classroom:

Set goals – It’s hard to get where you’re going without a destination.  Like most things, education is a journey.  When you enrolled, you had a plan to learn valuable skills and graduate.  This is your destination, and these tips can help you get there.

Approach schoolwork as you would a job – A student’s job is schoolwork, and just as with any other job, you want to do it well.  You want to give it the same kind of effort and focus as you would your regular job.  Even though you don’t get paid for it, it is an investment worth more than the time you put into it.

Use online resources.  One of the huge advantages of online learning is the vast array of resources at your fingertips that aren’t always in the classroom.  Use every tool to your advantage, and this whole thing will be easier than you thought.

Take breaks and take care of yourself.  Be sure to take breaks occasionally so you don’t get burned out on schoolwork.  Get up and walk around or watch an episode of something before getting back to work.  This will help motivate you and keep you focused.  Also, make sure to get enough sleep and maintain your nutritional levels.  It’s easy to let things slide by the wayside when you’re working under a deadline, but don’t forget to take care of yourself.

Connect with classmates. Don’t be afraid to connect with your classmates.  They might have questions that you can answer or answers to questions you have.  The dynamics are different, but these are the same people that would be in a classroom with you.  You might find your courses easier by teaming up with other students online and sharing information, quizzing each other, or even using online flashcards.

Ask questions.  If you don’t know something, or you’re unclear on details, don’t be afraid to ask your instructor.  They want you to succeed as much as you do, so they look forward to answering your questions.

Reward yourself.  Be proud of your accomplishments.  You got that good grade!  Go ahead and take the night off and have fun.  You really did earn this.

Don’t be intimidated the next time you sign up for an online class. Use these tips to help you stay on track. As with anything, you will really get out of this what you put into it.

For more information regarding Aviation Maintenance training, please visit: http://www.AviationMaintenance.edu or call 888.349.5387.

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AIM Celebrates Grand Opening Partnership with …

AIM Celebrates Grand Opening Partnership with Local Public School Systems:

Written by Nicole Gleaton

Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) invites the Hampton Roads community to attend the Grand Opening of its new campus at 2329 E. Little Creek Road. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on March 17, 2020 from 12-1 pm. At 109,000 square feet, the new facility is the largest campus dedicated to aviation maintenance in the country. 

AIM has begun working with Hampton City Schools’ Academies of Hampton and Norfolk Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education program to expand high school programming in aviation and workforce development in the region. Starting in August, Hampton and Norfolk 11th and 12th grade participants will take aviation maintenance courses at AIM and will have the opportunity to leave high school with up to 19 college credits that transfer to AIM’s programs, as well as two FAA certifications in Unmanned Aerial Systems Piloting and General Aviation.

”Aviation Institute of Maintenance is proud to make Norfolk home.  We’ve been so warmly welcomed by the community in our new location and look forward to celebrating with our friends and neighbors as we cut the ribbon. This event is a great opportunity to tour the recently renovated school as well as meet our staff, faculty, and students,” says Ashley Oden, Campus Executive Director. Also expected to attend are Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Alexander, Norfolk City Councilwoman Andrea McLellan, members of the Hampton City School Board, and other city officials.

The campus tour will include AIM’s newest airplane additions, a Cessna 421 and a Sabreliner 80, which were towed in by helicopter last month.  The Sabreliner came to AIM as a donation on behalf of Hampton City Schools’ Academies of Hampton, in conjunction with The Flying Classroom and Women in Aviation – Southeastern Virginia Chapter. This donation kicked off a partnership, wherein AIM will provide awareness of aviation careers, hands-on training in its state-of-the-art facility, and pathways to industry certifications for students, as well as additional training for educators within the Academies of Hampton. For news coverage of the helicopter tow-in please see:

In Hampton City Schools, the Academies of Hampton currently offers 16 wall-to-wall academies of 41 pathways designed to meet the needs of various broad industry groups, such as: arts, media, business, marketing, technology, healthcare, and performing arts. Norfolk Public Schools provides a range of Career and Technical Education programming, but this will be the first program in Norfolk focusing on aerospace careers.  These partnerships will create experiential learning opportunities, increase awareness of the in-demand field of aviation maintenance, and help develop a pipeline of skilled workers to better serve the Hampton Roads community.

For more information about the Grand Opening:

For more information on the Academies of Hampton:

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About Aviation Institute of Maintenance

Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is a network of aviation maintenance schools with campuses coast-to-coast across the United States and headquarters located in Virginia Beach, Va. AIM students are trained to meet the increasing global demands of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers.  AIM graduates are eligible to take the FAA exams necessary to obtain their mechanic’s certificate with ratings in both Airframe and Powerplant.  AIM’s campuses are located in the following major metro areas: Atlanta, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Mo., Fremont, Calif., Orlando, Fla., and Norfolk, Va. Learn more at: www.AviationMaintenance.edu.

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AIM Norfolk’s Big Plane Move #helicoptersmovin…

AIM Norfolk’s Big Plane Move #helicoptersmovingairplanes:

By Nicole Gleaton & Meagan Chappell

On Saturday, February 15, 2020, crowds gathered, in front of the Wells Fargo directly across the street from our new AIM Norfolk campus on E Little Creek Road, awaiting the arrival of two planes being air lifted for delivery by helicopter. Both the Cessna and Sabreliner were donated to AIM Norfolk for our students to work on throughout the course of their program training. The highly anticipated move of donated aircraft entailed weeks of planning, scheduling, and setbacks due to inclement weather.

The Cessena

Just before noon, a small silhouette appeared in the distance, coming up over the back side of our AIM Norfolk campus. Erickson Air Crane, a specialty helicopter, lifted the Cessna from Norfolk International Airport to our AIM Norfolk campus in a span of 10 minutes. The Erickson Air Crane ascended over AIM Norfolk’s campus into position to lower the smaller of the two planes. The helicopter pilot stabilized his cargo and lowered it to the ground, kicking up dust and debris, while garnering cheers from the crowd. Local news stations were onsite to witness the spectacle, where they stood frozen in complete awe of the newsworthy footage they were capturing.

After the Cessna was unhooked the helicopter took off once more in the direction of Norfolk International Airport. The crowd dissipated some, having already seen a once in a lifetime airplane transport via helicopter. Others stayed, knowing the larger airplane was on its way. In less than 15 minutes, the Sabreliner was in position to touch down.

Staff and their families getting a closer look at the Sabreliner

Once the plane was safely on the ground, our staff and their families were able to go over and get a closer view of the Sabreliner. Everyone present was exhilarated, as they had just witnessed an abnormal phenomenon, an unforgettable event.  The move could not have happened without the coordination of the AIM Norfolk team, Norfolk International Airport, FairLifts Helicopter Services, City of Norfolk, and all involved from the Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s Corporate Home Office.

For more details regarding the move, search #helicoptersmovingairplanes on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Checkout the local news coverage from the move here:

WAVYhttps://www.wavy.com/news/local-news/norfolk/helicopters-to-tow-planes-over-norfolk-saturday/

WTKRhttps://www.wtkr.com/news/2-small-planes-airlifted-from-norfolk-international-airport-to-aviation-school

13 News Nowhttps://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/local/mycity/norfolk/two-aircraft-airlifted-from-norfolk-airport-to-aviation-institute-of-maintenance-campus/291-44e7e3f2-6fbc-4d1c-87e0-52f30d282407

About Aviation Institute of Maintenance:

Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is a network of aviation maintenance schools with campuses coast-to-coast in the United States and headquarters in Virginia Beach, Va. AIM students are trained to meet the increasing global demand of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers. AIM graduates are eligible to take the Federal Aviation Administration exams necessary to obtain their mechanic’s certificate with ratings in both Airframe and Powerplant. AIM’s campuses are in the following major metro areas: Atlanta, Charlotte, New York,  Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, San Francisco Bay, Orlando and Norfolk. Visit AviationMaintenance.edu or call (888) FIX-JETS for more information.

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Banyan Air Service Tour and Career Fair with A…

Banyan Air Service Tour and Career Fair with AIM Orlando:

Written by Krystal Jones, Katherine Rolon and Meagan Chappell

Learjet 60 (twin-jet) outside of Banyan Air’s hangar.

Our AIM Orlando pending graduates and alumni attended Banyan Air’s Career Fair in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The invitation was also extended to the Master of Achievement, Leadership & Excellence (M.A.L.E) group of Tampa Bay, who previously attended AIM Orlando’s Summer Jet Camp.

Campus Executive Director, Jerry Moore, scheduled the tour of the facility with the Director of MRO Services, Charlie Amento.  Charlie has been a part of the Banyan team for fifteen years, where he started as a mechanic apprentice and worked his way up to director of MRO services.

The tour began at Banyan Air’s pilot shop, continued through general maintenance and concluded with a Career Fair in the avionics hangar. During the tour we learned that there are a total of three hangars on site and five maintenance crews. The director explained that if an aircraft is in the shop for maintenance, their client has the option to schedule avionics upgrades or modifications. During the tour, career services had an opportunity to meet with Banyan’s Director of People Relations, Arlisa Jernigan. She talked about the the culture, standards, and job opportunities available at Banyan Air. Shortly after the tour concluded, Arlisa was pleased to take resumes from our graduates.

Banyan Air’s mission is to provide exceptional aviation services through dedication to quality, safety, and efficiency while maintaining a commitment to the growth and development of their team. Banyan Air Service earned #1 FBO Southeast U.S. for 10 consecutive years in FltPlan.com’s Pilots’ Choice Awards

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About Aviation Institute of Maintenance:

Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is a network of aviation maintenance schools with campuses coast-to-coast in the United States and headquarters in Virginia Beach, Va. AIM students are trained to meet the increasing global demand of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers. AIM graduates are eligible to take the Federal Aviation Administration exams necessary to obtain their mechanic’s certificate with ratings in both Airframe and Powerplant. AIM’s campuses are in the following major metro areas: Atlanta, Charlotte, New York,  Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, San Francisco Bay, Orlando and Norfolk. Visit AviationMaintenance.edu or call (888) FIX-JETS for more information.

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