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Aviation Maintenance School to Showcase Drone Training Program for JROTC Cadets

Posted by on Jun 12, 2019

Aviation Institute of Maintenance exposes JROTC Cadets to key aspects of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry with a focus on drone pilot training.  This course is designed to prepare students to obtain their Remote Pilot Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration.

man operating of flying drone quadrocopter at sunset

Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) expands unmanned aerial systems (drone) training to selected JROTC Cadets from the North Carolina and South Carolina metro area. This comes as a response to the growth of aerospace innovation and commercial use of unmanned aircraft in major metropolitan areas across the U.S.

AIM will offer this training to 120 cadets nominated to participate through the JROTC Leadership Summer Sessions program.  This two-week training program will run from June 10, 2019 through June 21, 2019 at Lower Richland High School in Columbia, South Carolina.  The program teaches students the history of unmanned aircraft, their various uses, the development of governmental regulations relating to drone use, and explores future opportunities in this growing field of aviation.  Alex Diaz, Campus Executive Director at Aviation Institute of Maintenance states, “Helping prepare cadets for future careers in aviation with industry leading curriculum is in tune with our mission at Aviation Institute of Maintenance. AIM has been at the forefront of aviation training for over 20 years and we are excited to continue that tradition.”

Specific topics covered in the drone course include airspace classifications, operating requirements, and various flight restrictions affecting small unmanned aircraft operation. Additional areas of learning include: the effects of weather on drone performance, aircraft loading, emergency procedures, radio communication procedures, drone maintenance and pre-flight inspection procedures, and more.

AIM is working with Little Arms Ltd. for the use of their Zephyr drone flight simulator software.  This robust training program will prepare the cadets to take the FAA Unmanned Aircraft General (UAG) pilot exam, which is required to obtain their FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate.  “Learning how to operate unmanned aircraft systems and receiving the FAA 107 certificate places these cadets on the leading edge of the future of aviation,” says Michael Sasso, Director of Education at Aviation Institute of Maintenance. “This also affords students the opportunity to fill the upcoming demand for drone pilots and create jobs for our up and coming young aviators”.

About Aviation Institute of Maintenance

Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is a network of aviation maintenance schools with campuses coast-to-coast across the United States and headquarters located in Virginia Beach, Va. AIM students are trained to meet the increasing global demands of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers.  AIM graduates are eligible to take the FAA exams necessary to obtain their mechanic’s certificate with ratings in both Airframe and Powerplant.  AIM’s campuses are located in the following major metro areas: Atlanta, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Mo., Fremont, Calif., Orlando, Fla., and Norfolk, Va. Learn more at: www.AviationMaintenance.edu.

Calvary Revival Church and AIM create a $1 Million Overcomers Scholarship for Hampton Roads Community

Posted by on Jun 12, 2019

In conjunction with Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Centura College, and Tidewater Tech, Calvary Revival Church announces a $1 million scholarship fund for students, to be awarded over the next ten years.

Earlier this year, Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) purchased Calvary Revival Church’s former Calvary Christian School campus on East Little Creek Road, where AIM will relocate its Southeast Virginia campus in 2020. Calvary Christian School was an accredited K-12th grade, faith-based, private school founded by Bishop B. Courtney McBath, dedicated to inspiring future educators, doctors, lawyers, and politicians that would eventually leave their homes in Norfolk and surrounding communities to go out and change the world. The two entities have now teamed up to create a scholarship fund for students in the local community.

The $1 Million Overcomers Scholarship Fund will be administered by Calvary Revival Church (CRC) over ten years to help the Norfolk community and the Hampton Roads community at-large pursue career-focused college education and workforce development.  Recipients of the scholarship will pursue training at the AIM, Centura College, and Tidewater Tech campuses and will be supported with job placement services after graduation.

“This scholarship is representative of our church’s heart for Norfolk and people throughout the 757 that are looking for opportunities to improve their quality of life,” said Courtney McBath, Senior Founding Pastor at Calvary Revival Church—an  eclectic, family-oriented ministry dedicated to creating Overcomers out of the broken and empowering its community. In July 2020, CRC plans to celebrate 30 years of ministry and service. It offers services on Saturdays at 6:00 PM and Sundays at 8:30 and 11:00 AM at 5833 Poplar Hall Drive in Norfolk, where you can almost always count on being greeted with a “Hey Fam!” and hugs that feel like HOME. Calvary Revival Church, in conjunction with the Foodbank of Eastern Virginia, also serves thousands of Norfolk residents every Friday from their Healthy Foods Pantry located at the church’s 5833 Poplar Hall Drive campus. Our goal since our inception in 1990 has been to expose our community to opportunities for advancement and to remind them of their God-given value and purpose, says McBath, and alumnus of M.I.T.

Over the next decade, hundreds of Norfolk citizens will benefit from the Overcomers Scholarship Fund, and they will go to work at hospitals, airlines, shipyards, and businesses throughout the region.  Dr. Joel English, Vice President of Operations for the colleges, stated that “this is the first time in our institutional history that we have donated to such a significant scholarship program.”  “The Overcomer Scholarship will reduce or eliminate college debt for the recipients,” said English, “and it will supply skilled tradespeople for open positions throughout Hampton Roads.”

 

About Calvary Revival Church

For more information about Calvary Revival Church, please find them at @CRCNorfolk on all social media platforms or join us online at www.crcglobal.org to learn about ways that you can give back to Hampton Roads through service and scholarship!

About Aviation Institute of Maintenance

Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is a network of aviation maintenance schools with campuses coast-to-coast across the United States and headquarters located in Virginia Beach, Va. AIM students are trained to meet the increasing global demands of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers.  AIM graduates are eligible to take the FAA exams necessary to obtain their mechanic’s certificate with ratings in both Airframe and Powerplant.  AIM’s campuses are located in the following major metro areas: Atlanta, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Mo., Fremont, Calif., Orlando, Fla., and Norfolk, Va. Learn more at: www.AviationMaintenance.edu.

About Centura College

Centura College has been part of an organization dedicated to helping men and women develop careers since 1969.  By training working adults in healthcare, technology, business, and skilled trades, they connect communities with some of the fastest growing career fields in today’s marketplace.  The school offers professional facilities, knowledgeable instructors, day or evening classes, job placement assistance and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).  To learn more, visit www.CenturaCollege.edu or like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/centura.edu.

About Tidewater Tech

Tidewater Tech is a career training school that specializes in trade vocations including Auto Technician, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Building Maintenance and Repair and Welding.  The school offers professional facilities, knowledgeable instructors, day or evening classes, and job placement assistance.  Learn more at www.tidewatertechtrades.edu.

Fly Norfolk Aerospace Camps Offered Free to 1,400 Norfolk Children

Posted by on Jun 6, 2019

Aviation Institute of Maintenance and the City of Norfolk team up to offer STEM education programs in aviation within Norfolk’s Parks and Recreation summer camp.

Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) and the City of Norfolk, VA have teamed to offer a robust STEM education program throughout Norfolk’s nine-week Parks and Recreation summer camp.  The program’s mission is to reach the 1,400 students who will be participating in summer youth programs, and to provide them with age-appropriate education and career exploration in aerospace.  Dr. Joel English, Vice President of AIM, noted that, “For years, we have been providing programming and support to the city’s outreach to citizens, but never before have we been able to offer STEM programming to so many Norfolk youth within such a wide variety of aviation-related programs.”  Fly Norfolk will offer targeted educational programming in aviation and aerospace to five different age groups.

“I am thrilled to see the pilot program we launched two years ago expand to provide STEM education opportunities to Norfolk scholars of all ages.   It is never too early to think about a child’s future.  These programs will give our youth an opportunity to see all that a career in aviation can offer and better yet, provide our participants a chance to receive their drone certification and get a job before leaving high school,” said Councilwoman Mamie B. Johnson

The Young Flyers program (ages 7-9) will focus on arts and crafts, model airplane assembly and flying, and aircraft identification.  Curriculum for this program was developed within a partnership with NASA and AIM faculty.  The Flying Ace program (ages 10-12) is a one-day career exploration program featuring working aerospace professionals.  Students will have the opportunity to hear about five distinct aviation career pathways directly from practitioners in the field, including an airline pilot, flight attendant, aircraft mechanic, avionics technician, and an astronaut.  Additionally, students will touch and feel aircraft components to understand the functionality of an airplane.  To enrich the curriculum and experience, NASA, PSA Airlines, FedEx, JetBlue, and American Airlines have contributed content, personnel, and support for the program.

For older students, AIM will offer hands-on training that leads to industry-recognized FAA certification.  The Norfolk Navigators program (ages 13-15) is a two-week, hands-on course in aviation engineering and maintenance.  In addition to basic concepts about flight, aerodynamics, and maintenance, students will engage in projects, including fabricating flexible fluid cables, constructing hydraulic tubing, riveting sheet metal, and flying drones.

Fly Norfolk’s hallmark program, the Certified Drone Pilot program is for ages 16 and older, and it leads to a Federal Aviation Administration certification in professional Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) operation.  This five-day course is scheduled for August 19-23, and it will prepare students for the FAA certification, provide computer simulation practice, and provide hands-on practice at drone flight at the air field at the Military Aviation Museum.

The Certified Drone Pilot program is highly selective, and AIM is taking applications through July 22 for students who want to be considered for the course.  “Some of the young adults who complete the Certified Drone Pilot may seek careers in the developing fields of drone operation and maintenance,” Dr. English said, “others might pursue careers in aerospace, and all of them will be guided to list their FAA-certification proudly on their resumes to enhance their candidacy for college and careers.”  Only 15 high school students will be chosen for this free certification course, and candidates will be selected through an assessment of the students’ professional and academic goals. Those interested may apply to be part of the course at AviationMaintenance.edu/drone.

The Fly Norfolk program culminates in a Summer Enrichment Carnival at Norfolk Scope on August 19-20, 2019.  The event will feature historic airplanes from the Military Aviation Museum and provide a celebratory environment for STEM education aerospace careers for the city’s youth.  AIM is providing this program at no charge to the city or its residents.

About Aviation Institute of Maintenance

Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is a network of aviation maintenance schools with campuses coast-to-coast across the United States, and is headquartered in Virginia Beach, Va. AIM students are trained to meet the increasing global demands of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers.  AIM graduates are eligible to take the FAA exams, which are necessary to obtain their mechanic’s certificate with ratings in both Airframe and Powerplant.  AIM’s campuses are located in the following major metro areas: Atlanta, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, San Francisco, Orlando, and Norfolk. Learn more at: www.AviationMaintenance.edu.

Community Career Fair Hosted by AIM Indianapolis

Posted by on May 14, 2019

By Jul DeGeus

The Indianapolis campus of Aviation Institute of Maintenance will be holding a career fair for its students, graduates, as well as individuals in the community who are seeking employment.

two guests at an AIM Career Fair

The Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) Indianapolis campus, located just south of the Indianapolis International Airport, will be holding a career fair on Thursday, May 23rd. The fair begins at 2:30 p.m. and will continue until 5:30 p.m. at the campus located at 7251 W McCarty St, Indianapolis, IN. The event will feature a wide range of companies from the aviation industry, as well as a variety of companies from other industries.

Employers attending will lend guidance regarding the application process for their companies, and may even hold on-site interviews for qualified applicants. Guests are expected to attend the career fair professionally dressed, with copies of their resumes and prepared to network. A few of the employers that will be in attendance are GE Aviation, AAR, FedEx, Gulfstream, UPS, Republic Air, The Home Depot, Crew Carwash and many more.  A full list of participating employers can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/377174403010402/.

“The opportunity to meet face-to-face with so many recruiters; without getting lost in the shuffle of online applications, is something that individuals serious about a career in aviation will definitely want to take advantage of,” says Andy Duncan, Campus Executive Director of Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s Indianapolis campus. “At the same time, the career fair provides an avenue for us to promote the various training options available here at AIM.”

In addition to numerous local and national employers, the Indiana Blood Center’s Bloodmobile and the American Red Cross will be on-site holding a blood drive, for those who wish to donate blood.

The career fair is free and open to the public. No aviation experience is required to attend. For more information regarding Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s career fair, contact AIM’s Indianapolis campus at (317) 243-4519.

About Aviation Institute of Maintenance:

Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is a network of aviation maintenance schools with campuses coast-to-coast in the United States and headquarters in Virginia Beach, Va. AIM students are trained to meet the increasing global demand of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers. AIM graduates are eligible to take the Federal Aviation Administration exams necessary to obtain their mechanic’s certificate with ratings in both Airframe and Powerplant. AIM’s campuses are in the following major metro areas: Atlanta, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, San Francisco Bay, Orlando and Norfolk. Visit AviationMaintenance.edu or call (888) FIX-JETS for more information.

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AIM Graduate Spotlight: Yue Liang, A&P Mechanic

Posted by on May 6, 2019

Yue Liang, certified Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) mechanic with Maverick Helicopters, graduated from AIM Las Vegas in October 2018.  He completed all three written exams, studied for his A&P certification with our senior instructors and successfully passed his oral and practical requirements within a month of graduation.

Picture of certified A&P Mechanic Yue has continuously been recognized and awarded for Outstanding Attendance and Academic Achievement. He took his education seriously and stayed on point with his plan of action: to obtain his A&P ratings and secure employment in the aviation field. Yue is currently employed with Maverick Helicopters as an A&P mechanic and is responsible for the maintenance of their tour helicopters. The fleet includes ECOStar EC130 helicopters, which are in operation exclusively at Maverick Helicopters’ Las Vegas, Henderson Executive Airport and Grand Canyon locations.

The ECOStar is the most modern helicopter flown in Las Vegas and offers the highest level of safety in the industry. Maverick is a partner of the Aviation Institute of Maintenance Las Vegas campus and participates in employer events and PAC member meetings. AIM Las Vegas was selected as a pipeline school for Maverick Helicopters’ A&P helicopter maintenance mechanics. Maverick visits AIM Las Vegas regularly and has donated training equipment for project assignments.

Congratulations, Yue! We look forward to working with you at Maverick Helicopters.