By Jul DeGeus
By Jul DeGeus
By Jul DeGeus
The FAA has spent $7.5 billion in congressionally appropriated funds on the air traffic modernization program known as NextGen over the past seven years. That investment has resulted in $2.7 billion in benefits to passengers and the airlines to date, and is expected to yield more than $160 billion in benefits through 2030.
NextGen is one of the most ambitious infrastructure and modernization projects in U.S. history. Its successful, ongoing rollout is the result of rigorous acquisition, program and portfolio management, and stakeholder engagement with the airline industry and other members of the aviation community. The FAA invited airline stakeholders to help develop the blueprint for NextGen and they continue to have a seat at the table in setting NextGen priorities and investments through the NextGen Advisory Committee.
In honor of Women in Aviation and Breast Cancer Awareness month, Aviation Institute of Maintenance, awarded Tarsha Cecil a pink tablet as winner of our national essay contest. Aviation Institute of Maintenance began its eBook program at all eleven of our Part 147 schools on October 31, 2016. When students enroll in Aviation Institute of Maintenance, instead of being issued many aviation maintenance books, they receive a tablet with 9 eBooks uploaded on their tablet. The new eBooks have received very favorable comments and feedback from the student body. This program streamlines the number of books students have to carry around with them and students like the fact they have one small tablet with all the reference material they need right at their fingertips.
The Aviation Institute of Maintenance national essay contest was open to all women students enrolled in the Aviation Maintenance Technician program. They were asked to write about why they chose the aviation maintenance field. Tasha Cecil’s essay stood out above the others citing her passion for aviation field and the struggles she overcame to obtain her dream of becoming an aircraft mechanic. She wrote, “I am grateful to be alive at this time in history. A time when women have the opportunity to do and be whatever they choose. Women can be found working in all areas of society from teachers to politicians, from builders to pilots. You name a field and there is a one hundred percent chance that you will find a woman not only working in the field, but doing a fantastic job and maintaining a solid family life.”
Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) operates 11 Part 147 FAA certified maintenance schools located in metro areas across the United States and has been providing the aviation industry with highly qualified technicians for decades. We take great pride in the success of each and every graduate. As a result, our schools have produced thousands of professional aircraft technicians who work in the aviation industry throughout the United States and abroad. Our long-standing relationship with industry leaders keeps us abreast of their trends. We invest in the equipment, training aids, and personnel to fit industry needs. AIM is dedicated to providing students a quality education in aviation maintenance.
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By Jessica Weney & Jul DeGeus
Thanksgiving is a time of reflection; what we have, what we want and even what we’ve lost. Here at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM), we witness gratefulness daily through the hard work and effort our students and staff exhibit. Gestures of gratitude can so easily go unrecognized when you’ve got your eye on the prize, as so many of our scholars do.
But what is behind this drive? What makes ‘the daily grind’ worth all the effort to our students? Jessica Weney, Student Services Coordinator of AIM Philadelphia, was curious to find out. So, like any inquisitive mind, Jessica sought out for answers by interviewing Oscar Polanco, Diane Pettiford, Luis Zayas, and Teresa Williamson, students at AIM.
Who/What are you most thankful for?
Oscar: My kids are my daily motivation. I want to give them the best life I can give to them, so they do not have to live with struggles I did. I am thankful every day for the health and happiness that both my family and I have.
Diane: I am thankful every day for my family. I would not be able to achieve what I am right now without their motivation and support.
Luis: I am thankful for God and the path he put me on to get me here. I am so, so thankful for my family for supporting me with my decisions and motivating me to do the best I can.
Teresa: I am thankful every day for life as a whole. I’m thankful for my parents for making me the best person I can be, teaching me that sky’s the limit, and to reach for my goals.
What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Oscar: My favorite traditions is getting together with my family from all over the country. Catching up over dinner and cocktails, reminiscing, and learning what new exciting things are to come for my family.
Diane: Last minute shopping trips with my sister and knowing what the looks will be on my kids’ faces when they get their gifts is priceless.
Luis: I love getting together with family, reminiscing, and showing love and support for one another.
Teresa: Being that my parents are deceased, the holidays are rough for me and my siblings. My brothers and sisters and I all go to mass together because it was something we used to do with our parents on the eve of the holidays. We also have a small dinner just the 4 of us.
And there you have it. Jessica found out that you can find the reason behind anyone’s drive, if you just take the time. Like Luis’s lifelong dream of becoming an Aviation Maintenance Technician or Diane’s daily performance, showing her children she is a strong, positive and encouraging role model. You’ll see Teresa living each day out emulating her parents and honoring their memory or Oscar showing his children the rewards of hard work and the bond of family. And finally, Jessica, whose determination and curiosity actually reflects her affection and devotion towards every student who walks into her office.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at AIM.