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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Training Tomorrow’s Aircraft Mechanics
A Growing Need for Aircraft Maintenance Training
According to the 2016 Boeing Current Market Outlook, the aviation industry will need 679,000 new aviation maintenance technicians as it continues toward the year 2035. There are currently not enough technicians to meet this need, creating a skills gap for the industry. So let’s stop for a moment and ask ourselves “What are we doing about this?”
Training Aircraft Mechanics with Apprentice Programs
What if a proactive approach, such as an apprenticeship program, was taken to allow students a first-hand opportunity to learn a new aspect of the field in which they work? This would provide vital experience for future aviation mechanics, while helping the facilities keep up with their work loads. The Aviation Institute of Maintenance believes in this approach and is prepared to give its students the tools and opportunities they need to succeed.
An example of such an opportunity is the apprenticeship program between Aviation Institute of Maintenance and a fully-operational WWI and WWII aircraft restoration facility called The Fighter Factory, located at the Military Aviation Museum in Pungo, VA. This program was recently featured in Aviation Maintenance Technology’s monthly magazine. The Fighter Factory’s apprenticeship program gives select students a real hands-on understanding of building, restoring and maintaining these historic and iconic aircraft. The Fighter Factory has realized that to keep these warbirds in flying condition it needs skilled aircraft mechanics to service and maintain them to meet FAA standards. This apprenticeship program gives students a forum to put their knowledge to the ultimate test.
This is what the aviation maintenance industry needs; more hands-on training which would lead to more qualified aircraft technicians to meet a growing industry’s demand.
Prep for your Drone pilot Certification with Unmanned Aircraft Systems Training Courses
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.