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Teacher Appreciation Day: Instructors that AIM Above and Beyond

Posted by on May 9, 2017

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:

AIM Houston

“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

AIM Orlando

“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

AIM Atlanta

“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

AIM Indianapolis

“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

AIM Manassas

“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

Orlando Campus Awarded School of Distinction Award by ACCSC

Posted by on Oct 3, 2013

Orlando Campus Awarded School of Distinction Award by ACCSC

Joel English ACCSC Commission Chair

Dr. Joel English, ACCSC Commission Chair, speaks at the opening of the ACCSC PDC

At the Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) annual professional development conference in Washington DC last month, the Orlando Campus of Aviation Institute of Maintenance was presented with the School of Distinction Award by the ACCSC.  This award recognizes ACCSC accredited schools that demonstrate a commitment to their accreditation as well as providing to their students, graduates and employers quality educational programs. In order to be eligible for this award, an institution must have recently had a re-accreditation visit with zero non-compliant findings.  The award was accepted on behalf of Orlando Campus Executive Director, Jerry Moore, by Corporate Director of Compliance Review, Christine Cordek, at the conference on September 11th.
Click here to read more…Orlando Campus Awarded School of Distinction Award by ACCSC

Change of Plans

Posted by on Jun 24, 2012

When this project began, the Orlando AIM campus was our newest, and smallest school.  They enthusiastically joined with the other locations in selecting an aircraft and beginning construction.  They settled on a Fokker D-VIII.  As soon as the fuselage pieces were starting to take shape, it became apparent that the rapidly expanding school had no space left to dedicate to building an airplane.  The project was quite literally put on the shelf with the hopes of more space becoming available.  That didn’t happen until October of 2011 when the school moved into a wonderful new location that is several times the square footage of their original site.    Space can finally be allocated to the airplane project and it can get moving again.

With the passage of time and change of location, came the normal changes in personnel, and of course the students who were first involved are long gone and making their own history in the aviation industry.  When the current staff and students took a fresh look at the project, it was decided to change designs and build a deHavilland D.H.2.

The deHavilland D.H.2 ready to go to war.

The D.H.2 biplane was Geoffrey de Havilland’s second design for the Aircraft Manufacturing Company.  This highly successful pusher had good maneuverability with an excellent rate of climb.  Mounting the engine to the rear of the fuselage permitted the use of a fixed, forward-firing machine gun before the advent of the synchronous machine gun.  Superior to the Fokker E.III, the D.H.2 helped end the “Fokker Scourge.”

Following in the footsteps of the late Walt Redfern of Seattle, WA who, in 1970 built a full scale reproduction of the D.H.2. (and whose plans we will be using) we will apply some of the same modifications to design that he found successful.  We will be using 4130 chrome-moly steel tubing in the fuselage pod which was constructed of wood in the original.  Additionally, like Mr. Redfern we will opt for a modern engine, and install the Rotec that we had purchased for the D-VIII.

Keep coming back here as we post the step by step launch of this new chapter at our Orlando campus.