By Jul DeGeus
Imagine this: Your final paper on ”The History of Cleaning and Corrosion Control” is due tomorrow but you forgot to cite the book you used, and even worse, you forgot the name of the book. You make an emergency trip to the library, but when you walk in, no one is there. A building abandoned, books are scattered everywhere, piled atop of one another with no rhyme or reason in how they are categorized. Will you find the book in enough time to turn in your paper?
Thanks to the hard work and organization skills of librarians, this is an unlikely situation to find yourself in. April 4th is National School Librarian Day and here at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance, we wanted to take the time to recognize some of our all-star librarians:
Rebecca (left) assists a student with homework.
“Rebecca Crosby has been working for AIM Atlanta for nearly 14 years. She is a superstar on campus and we are proud to have her as our librarian. Rebecca became interested in Library Science as a high school student. She took five years of Library Science courses while attending Berkmar High School in Lilburn, GA.
Rebecca began her career at AIM as a receptionist. The campus was based out of a hangar called “Briscoe Field” and had no library. When AIM Atlanta moved into its new campus building nine years ago, Rebecca made the leap to Campus Librarian. Rebecca loves working in the library because she is able to help students and connect with them on a daily basis. Like almost every other librarian, she also loves to read! Rebecca’s favorite book, for now, is “The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks. “
-AIM Atlanta Staff
“Shout out to the amazing Mrs. Leah Veal, our Librarian and PSI proctor. No matter the task or project, she is always willing to assist wherever she is needed. Even if that means hunting down a missing manual; she will look for it and she will find it. Both students and staff appreciate you and your enthusiasm when helping others. Thank you, Leah, for everything that you do!”
-AIM Chesapeake Staff
“Valerie Harris has worked at AIM Dallas as the campus librarian since 2015. Prior to that, she worked in education for over 25 years. She graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor’s Degree in Library and Information Science and minored in History. Valerie has improved our library processes and coordination. She is always willing to provide a helping hand to students searching for specific information or material. Thank you for always making sure the library remains a quiet haven for our students to study. “
-AIM Dallas Staff
“Lucero ‘Lucy the Librarian’ Rosales began her career at AIM Houston as a part time receptionist and was promoted to Assistant Librarian shorty after. Lucy is very creative and always willing to help any student or staff member. She currently attends Houston Community College where she is studying pastry arts and plans to open a bistro after college. We’re so proud of all of your hard work, Lucy!”
-AIM Houston Staff
AIM Kansas City
Frederick Douglas Thomas
Aptly named after the famous Frederick Douglass, AIM Kansas City’s Frederick Douglas Thomas is treasure to our school. A man of many titles, Fredrick is the Librarian, Career Services Coordinator, director of FAA test proctoring, and head of the graduation committee. He is a constant rock of support for his students and colleagues, encouraging excellence, honor, integrity and humility. He challenges everyone he interacts with to become their best selves and does it all while looking like a million bucks! Thank you for all that you do!”
-AIM Kansas City Staff
“Karoline received her BA in History from the University of Central Florida and her Masters in Library Science from San Jose State. Karoline became a librarian because, ‘I have a deep love for history and books; this is a career that allows me to fulfill that passion and share it with others.’ We’re lucky that our library is the one you get to share your passion with!”
-AIM Oakland Staff
“Noreen started at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Orlando on January 26, 2015 and plays a dual role. She is the testing proctor in the afternoons and the Evening Library Assistant, accommodating students with their Learning Resource Center needs. Noreen comes from New York, likes to keep busy and ‘loves to help people.’”
“Ruth is the Daytime Library Assistant at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Orlando. She started at the campus on May 12, 2016 and ‘loves working with our students.’ Originally from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Ruth enjoys cooking and singing gospel music in her spare time. “
-AIM Orlando Staff
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New UAS Certification Requirements Announced by FAA
Earlier this year, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced new regulations, via their Small Unmanned Aircraft Rule (Part 107), making it safer for businesses to operate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), by applying the FAA aircraft registration requirements. These new regulations went into effect in August 2016. Commercial drone pilots will now be required to pass the FAA Aeronautical Knowledge test.
The FAA reported, the UAS industry estimates the rule could generate more than $82 billion for the U.S. economy and create more than 100,000 new jobs over the next 10 years.
Preparing for Certification: UAS Training Courses Now Available
In response to the new testing requirements, the Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) has launched an Unmanned Aircraft System UAS training program for two of its locations; Chesapeake and Manassas, Virginia. The program consists of two separate two-day training courses, which are currently being offered on selected weekends. Individuals have the option of registering for a single course, or both courses together.
The first of these training courses serves as an introduction to unmanned aircraft systems and will teach students aerodynamic theory, principles of flight, flight restrictions, obstacle clearing, as well as the roles and responsibilities for unmanned aircraft systems.
The second of these courses provides a deeper operational understanding on unmanned aircraft systems, including unique flight properties and performance, calculating weight and balance, performing basic and advanced flight maneuvers and actions, and responses to common emergency scenarios.
These UAS training courses will prepare students to take the FAA UAS aeronautical knowledge test, or recurrent test for former military UAS operators, which would allow them to obtain their operator certificate from the FAA. Test fees are included in the cost of the training and can be taken right on campus. For more information on course dates, contact Brian Yeck (firstname.lastname@example.org) for Manassas training and Rosetta CiConta (email@example.com) for Chesapeake.
Aviation Maintenance School Awarding Scholarship to Student from Kochi, India
The Aviation Institute of Maintenance will be awarding a scholarship to a select individual from Kochi, India. This will cover the tuition costs for the student’s Aviation Maintenance Technician program at the campus in the Norfolk, Virginia area.
NORFOLK, Va. (July 27, 2016) –The Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) and the Norfolk Sister City Association of Norfolk, Va. are partnering with Kochi, India to offer an Aviation Maintenance Technology Scholarship to a select individual from Kochi. This scholarship will cover the cost of tuition for the recipient’s Aviation Maintenance Technician program at the AIM campus located in the Norfolk, Va. area, and the additional fees for their FAA certification exams. The estimated value of the scholarship is $46,800 USD.
“For decades, AIM has been teaching aviation maintenance professionals within the United States to help launch rewarding careers in aviation maintenance, while serving as a resource for the shortage of aircraft engineers throughout the country.” stated Dr. Joel A. English, Vice President of Operations of AIM.
The Norfolk Sister City Association (NSCA), a part of Sister Cities International, is a nonprofit citizen diplomacy organization that creates and strengthens partnerships between the City of Norfolk, Va. and international partner communities. Additional information about the NSCA can be found here.
“Through the Sister City partnership, we have the opportunity to serve India as a response to the global shortage of FAA-certified aircraft engineers.” said Dr. English. “We hope to become a worldwide partner in aviation maintenance training, and providing this training to a talented and intelligent member of the Kochi community is a benevolent entrance into aviation maintenance training, as well as a way to share business and cultural awareness between our communities.”
To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must have completed the equivalent of a high school diploma, be fluent in English, and must submit a one page essay no later than November 1, 2016. Each applicants essay should showcase their academic promise, passion for the aviation maintenance industry, and occupational goals within the aviation field. Award decisions will be made by the Scholarship Committee, with the recipient announced November 15, 2016. Scholarship applications should be emailed to IntlBusSpec@AviationMaintenance.edu or mailed to the attention of International Business Specialist, Aviation Institute of Maintenance, 4455 South Blvd., Suite 200, Virginia Beach, VA, USA 23452.
About Aviation Institute of Maintenance
Aviation Institute of Maintenance is the United States’ largest family of aviation maintenance schools, with headquarters in Virginia Beach, Va. Students learn the skills necessary to become successful in one of the world’s fastest growing industries, aviation maintenance, and the free Human Factors certification course and it’s Sister City Scholarship Program are examples of the school’s passion and commitment to the international aviation industry. AIM graduates are trained to meet the increasing global demands of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers. AIM’s campuses are located in the following major metro areas: Atlanta, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Mo., Oakland, Calif., Orlando, Fla., and Norfolk, Va. Learn more at: AviationMaintenance.edu
AIM Orlando hosted 5 employers last week for their Career Week. Each employer gave a career presentation, conducted interviews & even presented some job offers to our graduates. They were bringing opportunities right to the comfort of our own hangar—how awesome!
Envoy Air, Trans States Airlines, Van Wagner Airship Group, Embraer and PlaneTechs all had recruiters do a remarkable job presenting and speaking with the students, graduates and pending graduates. Over the course of the 4-day event, more than 30 grads received interviews and multiple job offers came out of the week.
It was great to see our graduates walk away each day with a huge smile on their face. Most, if not all, were either offered positions or second interviews. Way to go AIM Orlando graduates! Everything went so well that each employer that attended asked to return to AIM Orlando for future recruiting and we, of course, said YES!
Thank you to all of our grads for being such incredible representations of what AIM is all about—AIM-ing for success. And congratulations to those Orlando grads that are sitting pretty with their dream jobs clasped in their hands. You deserve it!
It was a very proud week for AIM Dallas. Students, local veteran organizations, the Irving Chamber of Commerce and others came out to celebrate the exciting new addition to their campus—the Veteran Resource Center. With such a strong student population of veterans, the entire AIM team wanted to give those students a special place of their own.
The Veteran Resource Center is expected to not only serve as a one-stop shop for VA student questions such as medical benefits, coping with civilian life, PTSD, etc., but it will also serve as a hang-out area. Complete with magazines, periodicals and newspapers, leather couches, Wi-Fi and four accessible computers, they’ll be able to chill out during breaks and use the provided resources for academic or personal purposes. AIM Dallas also plans to host monthly guest speakers, a veteran monthly spotlight if you will, from veteran organizations all over the area.
You can never give too much back to the men and women who’ve given our country everything! Thank you for your service and we look forward to better serving you with our new Veteran Resource Center.
Check out the pics below!
When you think about aviation history most of the names and faces that come to mind are male, with the exception of Emilia Earhart of course! Today we would like to shed some light on the lesser-known women who have made their own incredible marks on the Aviation Industry.
• Emma Lilian Todd (1865) – She grew up with a love for mechanical devices and later became a self-taught inventor who is considered the first woman in the world to help design aircraft.
• Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman (1892) –The first Native American and African American woman to hold a pilot license, as well as the first African American to earn an International aviation license.
• Ruth Rowland Nichols (1901) – The first woman in 1924 to be licensed to fly a hydroplane. In 1927, she was one of two women licensed to fly transport planes. She holds more than 35 women’s aviation records. She set a transcontinental speed record in 1930, beating Charles Lindbergh’s record set earlier that year. She was the only woman to hold simultaneously the women’s world speed, altitude and distance records for heavy land planes before Amelia Earhart broke these records.
• Phoebe Omlie (1902) –The first female to receive an airplane mechanic’s license, the first licensed female transport pilot and the first female to be appointed to a federal position in the aviation field.
• Elsie MacGill (1905) – The world’s first female aircraft designer. Also known as the “Queen of the Hurricanes”, she worked as an aeronautical engineer during World War II.
• Helen Richey (1909) –As a pioneering female aviator, she earned her private license in 1930, at the age of 20. She began her career as an aerobatic pilot and ended up becoming the first woman to be hired as a commercial airline pilot in the United States.
• Elinor “The Flying Flapper of Freeport” Smith (1911) – In 1928, then 16, she earned national recognition as the youngest pilot to receive a license from the Federal Aviation Administration. In 1930, she was also voted, “best female pilot” by her peers, a group that included Amelia Earhart. Smith’s aviation records for endurance, altitude and speed in the 1920s and 30s led her to worldwide fame.
Without these lovely ladies, aviation would simply just not be the same. Happy #InternationalWomensDay!