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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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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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Charles E. Taylor: An Aviation Maintenance Hero

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014

Charles E. Taylor: An Aviation Maintenance Hero

Charles E. Taylor: An Aviation Maintenance Hero - AIM
Charles E. Taylor was the mechanical genius behind the Wright Brothers’ triumphs. As such, he was the father of aviation maintenance.

It’s taken over 100 years for Taylor to gain widespread recognition for his contribution to aviation maintenance, but on May 22, 2014, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, unveiled a bronze bust of Charles E. Taylor to honor the first aviation mechanic.

Nowadays, there are many exciting and rewarding careers in aviation, like Aviation Maintenance Technician Electronics, Avionics Technician and Advanced Structures Technicians.


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7 Simple Secrets to Totally Rocking Your Aviation Maintenance Training

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014

7 Simple Secrets to Totally Rocking Your Aviation Maintenance Training

7 Secrets to Totally Rocking Your Aviation Maintenance Training | AIM

The fact that you are training in aviation maintenance should actually already be filling you with confidence and granting you the audacity to hold your head high wherever you go. Many envy the opportunity you have. Not because of the name (of course Aviation Maintenance alone is a huge draw), but because they know what you stand to achieve as soon as you are out of college and into the field; a satisfying job with a lot of room for growth, not to mention a nice pay check.

So, why not start enjoying Aviation Maintenance while in training? The following are 7 tips on how.


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