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The Houston Hawks Soar to Victory

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017

The Houston Hawks Soar to Victory

Written by: Jennifer Butler, Edited by: Jul DeGeus

It was a “welcome home” worthy of heroes as the Aviation Institute of Maintenance Houston Skills Team returned to their campus the Monday morning after the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) Olympics. Collecting 4 awards, including 1st place individual and 1st place overall, the team was met with a path of adoring students and proud faculty, whose cheers of support and pride echoed throughout the hangar.

The weekend of February 25th, the Houston Hawks flew to the Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, Texas to take part in the PAMAs, rivaling against strong competitors such as: Texas State Technical College, TULSA Tech, Tarrant Community College, Letourneau University and even their sister campus, AIM Dallas.  Most of the opposing teams had worked together for several years and had multiple PAMA wins under their belts.  But this year was different; this year a technical school from Houston, Texas stepped up to the plate and challenged the winning streak of Tarrant County Community College and Letourneau University:

This year was and is Houston’s year.  The Hawks took 1st place Individual, 3rd place Individual, 1st place Overall Team and 2nd place for Operation C.H.A.O.S.  In my opinion it was a sweep.  This is a first for PAMA, AIM Houston is the only technical school that has ever won the PAMA Olympics.  The Houston Campus Instructors were very instrumental in prepping this team and it takes an awesome team to become a winning team.  This was a win for all of AIM!  – Mike Riccardelli, Houston Hawks Coach (2nd Place Operation C.H.A.O.S.)

It’s no surprise that an AIM school would win with such sweeping success.  The PAMA Olympics is an example of a remarkable opportunity encouraged by AIM Houston for students to network with members of the community and to grow as individuals and we’re so proud of AIM Houston’s Skills Team and all of our students that make great strides every day.  It takes each individual to make a campus strong.  We believe that all individuals are capable of great accomplishments and success.

The Houston Hawks showcased immeasurable pride with strength and determination.  This was a momentous occasion for such a talented group of future Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics.  But this success isn’t AIM Houston’s alone; this accomplishment is for all AIMs.  The Houston Hawks will attend the Aerospace Maintenance Competition, April 24-27 in Orlando, FL. The world is at our doorstep and together, AIM shall take the next adventure, one step at a time.

AIM Instructor Named NextGen 40 under 40 Aircraft Maintenance Professional

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015

karnuth1AIM-Virginia Beach’s David Karnuth was recently named one of AMT magazine’s NextGen 40 under 40 Aircraft Maintenance Professionals. The inaugural 2015 AMT Next Gen Awards showcase individuals in the industry that are going above and beyond their job descriptions and for their own accomplishments in what they bring to their companies and the industry. The Next Gen winners represent the total maintenance arena as they represent airline, general aviation, corporate aviation, military, MROs, rotorcraft, and education segments of the industry.


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AMD, AMH Participate in Southwest Region PAMA Olympics

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015

Southwest Region PAMA OlympicsThe 6th Annual Southwest Region FAR 147 PAMA Olympics was held March 28th and drew nine regional school participants. Tarrant County College once again played host to this year’s competition and welcomed teams from across the southwest, to include our own teams representing  AIM – Dallas and AIM – Houston.

Each team consisted of five ‘Olympians.’  Competition consisted of twelve 20‐minute labs, with judges scoring each contestant. They would move to their next lab. The contestants were given a five minute evaluation time, reading the next lab sheet without touching the equipment.

An annual favorite of coaches and students alike, Operation C.H.A.O.S. presented team coaches with a pile of miscellaneous parts and minimal tools, and were then challenged to design a specific assembly. The event, the brainchild of John Eslinger, is judged by a simple vote by team members.

The competition’s focus has always been to bring the various FAR 147 schools together to exchange ideas and allow the students to interact and network with other like-minded future aviation professionals.  And, of course, have a good time.

Congratulations to all the contestants!

AIM Schools Earn FAA Elite Diamond Award of Excellence

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015

faa_diamond_awardWe are pleased to announce that AIM Indianapolis (AMI) and AIM Chesapeake (AMN) are the recipients of the prestigious 2014 Diamond Award of Excellence from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Maintenance Technician Awards Program. This is the 11th award for AMI and AMN received their first award in 2007 and has earned numerous awards since then. The program began as a way for the FAA to encourage Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (AMTs) and employers to participate aggressively in available initial and recurrent maintenance training. Through the AMT Awards Program, the FAA recognizes eligible Technicians and employers by issuing awards to those who receive or promote and foster initial and recurrent training.


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The Advanced Guide to Aviation Maintenance Technician and AMTE Training

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014

The Advanced Guide to AMT and AMTE Training

The Advanced Guide to AMT and AMTE Training | AIM

Aircraft maintenance technicians (AMTs) are essential to the airline industry. AMTs are commonly referred to as A&Ps which is an abbreviation for Airframe and Powerplant technicians. They perform pivotal maintenance on aircraft and aircraft systems. AMTs also perform aircraft inspections as required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). They work at repair stations, in aircraft hangars and on airfields.


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Aviation Maintenance Technician Shortage Predicted

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014

Aviation Maintenance Technician Shortage Predicted

Aviation Maintenance Technician Shortage Predicted - AIM

Aviation International News reported in May that aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing and Airbus say that about 500,000 extra pilots are needed during the next 20 years. Boeing has also predicted that aviation maintenance technicians will be in even greater demand—to the tune of 600,000 by 2031. JSfirm.com agrees technicians will be in more demand than pilots—to the tune of 30 percent of planned aviation hiring for technicians versus 7.5 percent for pilots. This shortage could create a great opportunity for you.


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