By Jul DeGeus
We’ve all had that one teacher. You know, the one that was so cool that we didn’t really consider them a teacher. I mean, yeah, we were learning from them, and all, but it didn’t feel like it was their “job” to teach us; they did it because they sincerely wanted to see us succeed. They wanted us to be who we wanted to be and would give us every tool they had at their disposal to help us to get there. We’ll never be able to thank that person properly, but in honor of Teacher Appreciation Day on May 9th, we’d like to thank some of our instructors who are making a difference in all that they do:
“At AIM Houston, Mr. Michael Riccardelli has been instrumental with providing his skills and expertise to our students. He has especially been an important influence on our A&P Skill Competition Team, the Houston Hawks, who recently placed first at the PAMA Olympics and 2nd at the Aerospace Maintenance Competition in Orlando. His hard work and dedication to our students at AIM Houston is imperative in the success of our Skills Team and all our graduates. AIM Houston would like to thank Mr. Riccardelli and all the AIM Houston faculty for the hard work they do every day. Every one of you is truly appreciated.”
– Aaron Armendariz, Campus Executive Director, AIM Houston
“Mr. Robert McRight was selected as AIM Orlando’s Instructor of the Year 2017 due to his professionalism, dedication and attention-to-detail; He raises the bar for excellence. His unselfish example exhibits him as a team player, which is always evident in his willingness to go above and beyond what is expected. The students that Mr. McRight taught consistently rated his professional and caring teaching style among the best they had received. The manner in which he conducts himself reflects total dedication to the mission of the school. He is most deserving of a job “well-done” recognition!”
-Jerry Moore, Campus Executive Director, AIM Orlando
AIM Kansas City
“Mr. Decker has been an instructor at AIM Kansas City for just over a year. In that short amount of time, he has had a great impact on the students. Mr. Decker once sat right where our students sat, as he is a graduate of AIM Kansas City. Mr. Decker creates a class environment that leads students into additional exploration of advanced subject matter above and beyond the standard curriculum. He won instructor of the year at AIM Kansas in his first year, and is always looking at ways to improve the campus. Keep up the great work Mr. Decker!”
-Adrian Rothrock, Campus Executive Director, AIM Kansas City
“Tom Oriole is the resident “helicopter guy” and one of our finest instructors at AIM Atlanta. Having received his A&P license in 1972, Tom has worked all over the world including Nuevo Leon, Mexico and Jiangxi Province, China. Tom joined the faculty at AIM Atlanta in September of 2012 and quickly became an invaluable asset to the school. Whether introducing new students to Aerodynamic Fundamentals in block 1 or showing a student in block 5 how to calculate sheet metal bend allowance, Tom exhibits the skill, patience, and natural ability to excel as an instructor. Tom has the respect of the students, the faculty and staff and we’re proud to acknowledge him on Teacher Appreciation Day.”
-Ben Sitton, Campus Executive Director, AIM Atlanta
“Mike Morgan was selected as the AIM Indianapolis instructor of the year for many reasons. Mike has been instrumental in developing new training aids, such as the JT – 8 engine with functional thrust reverse and the Cabin-Atmosphere mock-up improvements. Mike works on projects outside the bounds of normal class hours and is always successful in getting students involved with the extra projects. Mike is an excellent instructor in the classroom and while students claim they are joking about switching shifts to ensure they have class with him, I think they are only half joking. Mike is a mentor and role model for his students and co-workers. We are proud to have Mike on staff at AIM Indy.”
-Andy Duncan, Campus Executive Director, AIM Indianapolis
“James Heaver has worked on 8 different aircraft fleet types, for 3 different Airlines and has been an instructor for the past 12 years. James has held many position in the aviation field, such as Airline General Maintenance Manual Instructor, Engine Run & Taxi Instructor and FAA FAR Part 147 Director of Education, which make him a well-rounded educator for our campus. In April of 2017, we honored James by choosing him as AIM Manassas’ “Instructor of the Year.” Thank you for all that you do!”
– Marion Dobbins, Campus Executive Director, AIM Manassas
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.
Female Student Essay Contest Winner Awarded Tablet
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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It’s a long way to AIM Manassas from Vietnam, but well worth the travel; so said the delegation from the Vietnamese Embassy as they explored the campus of AIM Manassas back in February. Their purpose was simple; to find an appropriate facility to train their countrymen/women in fixing aircraft safely and effectively. John Allbright (Director of Education) and Jan Schoonmaker (Campus Executive Director) were the perfect hosts as they accompanied the guests around the campus pointing out the extensive handson equipment used in teaching students. Let us not forget the faculty, most of whom have over 20 years of field experience while also holding an A&P License. Near the lobby, next to the glowing AIM sign, the tour ended. The officials of Vietnam seemed pleased with the expertise and professionalism of the staff, faculty and curriculum taught. As the months go by our campus seems to become a magnet of diversity, brimming with chances to learn new cultures. This makes AIM Manassas a great place to study a vocation built on safely maintaining the globalization of travel as we know it today.
AIM has been approved by the United States Department of Immigration for the acceptance of international students. All international students must be fluent in English before they enroll. Applicants will be asked to furnish proof that they can read, write, and speak English fluently. International student applicants must meet the following requirement for admission to AIM. Students abroad who wish to study at our aviation maintenance school in the USA are encouraged to contact us through the student request form on this page. Additional information and instructions will be provided for you upon request. We have knowledgeable admissions representatives who may be able to answer questions about study, international student visa and travel in the USA.
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We’re proud to announce that Nancy Jones, an aviation instructor at AIM Chesapeake, has been selected by the Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC) Board of Directors as the ATEC Ivan D. Livi Educator of the Year for 2014. This award recognizes the outstanding achievement of an aviation maintenance technology instructor. This achievement can be in the form of a single event or long term outstanding performance. The selection criteria consisted of: initiative, creativity, attitude, performance, education, training, benefits and the direct impact the instructor has had on the aviation maintenance students.
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