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AIM Orlando Grad Follows in Fathers Footsteps

Posted by on Jan 24, 2019

By Gail Strickland, AIM Orlando Student Services Coordinator

On Friday, June 15, 2018, Luis Navas attended his exit ceremony at Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) Orlando. However, this was no ordinary event for him.  Also, in attendance was his father, Gustavo Navas, who had graduated from AIM Orlando himself, almost exactly one year earlier, on June 11, 2017.

Utter pride showed on Gustavo’s face as he discussed what it meant for not only himself to have graduated, but his son, as well.

AIM Orlando Navas graduation

Luis Navas (left) and his father Gustavo (right) pose for a photo at Luis’s exit ceremony.

A Father’s Story

Prior to his time at AIM, Gustavo was working as an industrial mechanic in a Staples Warehouse.  He wanted something different and better though.  Gustavo has a cousin who works for Cessna and says that becoming an Aviation Maintenance Technician wasn’t on his mind until he received a tour of the Cessna hangar.  It was then that he fell in love with aviation. He says that since he graduated, he has reached his goal of working for Cessna and that people now look at him with respect.

Gustavo encouraged his son to go into the aviation field because he wanted him to have a bright future and be successful. However, Luis had different goals for himself.

Like Father, Like Son…Eventually

Luis began attending Lake Sumter State College.  After attending college for a time he felt like he was at a dead end and eventually dropped out.  Upon leaving Lake Sumter, Luis worked at U-Haul as a hitch pro but quickly grew frustrated. It was performing an oil change that changed his mind about becoming a mechanic.  He realized that he enjoyed working with mechanical things, then he took a tour of the same Cessna hangar his father had previously visited and recognized that it was a totally different world.

After the Cessna tour, he decided that this was what he wanted to do with his life – become an Aviation Maintenance Technician.

Almost exactly one year after his father began the program at AIM, Luis followed in his father’s footsteps and started school.  The father and son duo didn’t have any classes together, until Gustavo’s last block, Reciprocating Engines, taught by AIM Orlando Instructor James Allman.  Gustavo states that it took a push to get his Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Certification but, with support from Mr. Allman, he did it.

“The process is not hard, but you need passion,” says Luis. “That way, when challenges do come, you don’t feel intimidated, but can enjoy it.”

Gustavo wants to encourage future students to consider AIM and says, “In my opinion, this (AIM) is one of the highest quality schools in the industry.”  Gustavo and Luis are both looking forward to working together in the aviation field.

AIM Chesapeake Student Honored with Rotary Club Scholarship

Posted by on Oct 22, 2018

By Megan Lewis, AIM Chesapeake Veteran Affairs Officer

Joel English (left), Nicole Cain and Doug Davis (right).

“I knew, at six years old, when I grew up I was going to be around anything that could fly. I don’t know if I’m a ‘grown up’ yet, but I feel like I’m living out my dream.”

This was written by Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) Chesapeake student, Nicole Cain, as part of her essay for a Rotary Club scholarship application. Nicole enrolled at AIM earlier this year after getting out of the Navy, where she worked on SH-60S helicopters.

The Rotary Club of Chesapeake, Virginia generously wanted to provide one local AIM student a $500 scholarship to pursue their education at the school. This was the first time they had offered a scholarship to a vocational/technical program individual. Several students turned in their applications and Nicole’s phenomenal essay was chosen out of all of the great submissions.

On September 12th the Rotary Club hosted a luncheon to award Nicole the scholarship. To her surprise, Rotary President, Doug Davis, presented her with a $1,000 check to support her educational dreams! Dr. Joel English, Vice President of Operations for AIM, announced that with AIM’s Scholarship Match program, Nicole would receive $2,000 total towards her schooling. It was a wonderful event, celebrating a dedicated student at AIM. Congratulations Nicole and best of luck in your pursuit of living out your dreams!

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., Oakland, Calif., Orlando, Fla., and Norfolk, Va. Learn more at: www.AviationMaintenance.edu.

Career Fair to be Held at Aviation Institute of Maintenance

Posted by on Sep 18, 2018

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.


by Brian Stauss

The Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) will be holding a career fair on Thursday, October 4 at its campus located at 7251 W McCarty St, Indianapolis, IN. The fair begins at 2 p.m. and will continue until 5 p.m. 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 list of participating employers can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/253473028626061/.

“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 the career fair, the Indiana Blood Center will be on-site holding a blood drive, for individuals interested in donating blood.

The career fair is free and open to the public. 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 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., Oakland, Calif., Orlando, Fla., and Norfolk, Va. Learn more at: www.AviationMaintenance.edu.

 

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine to Attend Student Town Hall at Aviation Maintenance School

Posted by on Sep 13, 2018

By Brian Stauss

The Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) Manassas’s campus is proud to announce the Honorable Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia will come to the campus for a Student Town Hall. The event will start at 10am EST on September 17th, 2018.  Senator Kaine has been instrumental in showcasing the need for career technical educations, and the school is proud he will address those thoughts with the students. The Senator will also participate in the school’s annual “Constitution Day” presentation.

AIM Manassas is a sister-school to 11 other aviation campuses nationwide. The Aviation Maintenance Technician program at AIM provides students with the knowledge, hands-on skills, and certifications required to become an FAA-certified Airframe & Powerplant (A&P), Technician. Students are trained to service, repair and overhaul aircraft components and systems in contemporary aircraft.

Marion R. Cohen, Campus Executive Director, feels strongly about the work she does at the school and the lives being changed.  She states, “When you are told you can’t that is when you say I can; AIM-Manassas gives you the knowledge to say ‘I can.”

Dr. Joel English, Vice President of Operations, has said, “Senator Kaine has been a champion for career and technical education as long as he has been a public servant.  From helping in his father’s ironworking shop to managing a technical school in Honduras, to serving our students as our Governor and US Senator, he has continually worked for the good of workforce development and technical education.  We are thrilled to host the Senator at Aviation Institute of Maintenance, and look forward to the chance for him to further inspire our students, who are working on their technical certification to become aviation technicians.”

AIM Manassas is located at 10640 Davidson Place, Manassas, VA 20109. For more information please contact the campus at (703) 257-5515.

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., Oakland, Calif., Orlando, Fla., and Norfolk, Va. Learn more at: www.AviationMaintenance.edu.

Aviation Maintenance School Opens its Doors to Public at Air & Auto Show

Posted by on Sep 11, 2018

By Brian Stauss

The Aviation Institute of Maintenance will be holding this special event on September 29th, showcasing the world of aviation through aircraft displays, drone demonstrations, and more. This event will also include a car show and various activities for children.

The Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) will be holding an Air & Auto Show on Saturday, September 29th at its campus located at 10640 Davidson Place, Manassas, VA. The show beings at 11 a.m. and will continue until 2 p.m.

The event will feature a variety of aviation-themed activities, including aircraft displays, demonstrations of unmanned aircraft systems (drones), and an engine pull.  There will also be a car show featuring vintage automobile displays.  The event will also feature live music, food trucks on-site, face painting for children, and a bounce house.

AIM’s admissions staff will also be on hand during the event, offering campus tours for anyone interested in pursuing a potential career in aviation maintenance.

This family friendly event is free and open to the public. For more information regarding Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s Air & Auto Show, contact AIM’s Manassas campus at (703) 257-5515 or go the event page online at https://www.facebook.com/events/180516145961331/.

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., Oakland, Calif., Orlando, Fla., and Norfolk, Va. Learn more at: www.AviationMaintenance.edu.