The FAA explores the future of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or drones, and the possible need for Drone Maintenance Technicians.
By Jul DeGeus
For obvious reasons, we at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance are highly anticipating the celebration of Aviation Maintenance Technician Day on May 24th.
On May 24th in 1868, Charles Edward Taylor was born on a farm in Cerro Gordo, Illinois. He would one day work on engines for the infamous Wright Brothers and become known as the first aviation maintenance technician. (1)
In the latest issue of the Federal Aviation Administration Safety Briefing, assistant editor Jennifer Caron transports you back to the early 1900’s, when the three “crazy” men attempted to make a solid object fly; something that is normal to us today. She then snaps us back into to the present with one genius question: “… you’re an AMT, watching in amazement as drones become increasingly popular. Are YOU the next Charlie Taylor — for drones?” (2)
She’s got a great point- what is the potential outlook for the UAS industry and UAS maintenance technicians? Caron explains the background, demand and the promising opportunities:
The job potential and growth is real, and most believe the UAS industry will grow exponentially. Just consider companies that look to use drones for package delivery. Theoretically, they will need thousands of UAS to meet delivery deadlines not only in the U.S., but around the world…The possibilities are vast. As more and more companies identify and create the need for UAS, the need for UAS technicians will flourish as well. (2)
AIM’s Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems training is a way for individuals to learn more about this evolving industry. It’s a two-day course offered at our Manassas, VA, Chesapeake VA, Atlanta – Metro GA, Dallas – Metro TX, Oakland CA, and Philadelphia PA campuses.
This article, “Drone Maintenance Technician: Aviation Job of the Future?”, is a must read for those interested in UAS, as well as forward thinkers and innovators. Click here to read the article by Jennifer Caron, found on page 33.
- Taylor, B. (n.d.). Charles E. Taylor: The Man Aviation History Almost Forgot. Retrieved from https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/field_offices/fsdo/phl/local_more/media/CT%20Hist.pdf
- Caron, J. (2017, May & June). Drone Maintenance Technician: Aviation Job of the Future.FAA Safety Briefing, 33-34. doi:https://www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing/2017/media/MayJun2017.pdf
A number of Aviation Institute of Maintenance campuses have been selected for a partnership with Delta Air Lines. With this partnership, the campuses gain an industry resource in their efforts to train students in their quest to become FAA certified aviation maintenance technicians.
By Brian Stauss
A number of Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s (AIM) campuses have been selected by Delta Air Lines for a partnership in an effort to prepare for the hiring needs brought about by the forecasted demand for qualified aircraft maintenance technicians.
Over the last few months, Delta TechOps, the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) division of Delta Airlines, has been evaluating aviation maintenance schools, searching for institutions that demonstrate a commitment to meeting Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards as well as Delta’s high principles that exceed these industry standards.
Selected for these partnerships include AIM campuses located in the metro areas of Atlanta, GA, Dallas, TX and Washington D.C, along with campuses in Las Vegas, NV and Chesapeake, VA.
“This partnership is an incredible opportunity for our students and graduates that will allow us continuous improvement of our Aviation Maintenance Technician program by partnering with one of the premier leaders in the aviation industry,” says Ben Sitton, Executive Director at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s Atlanta metro campus. “Delta Air Lines recognizes the high demand of the Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT) position and we are honored to be a resource to assist them in attaining the industry’s best and brightest AMTs.”
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.
Fabric Covering – Team Chesapeake [Photos]
The Nieuport 24 aircraft that the students are building at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) Team Chesapeake in Chesapeake, Virginia is moving along. This past week Oliver Faulk is utilizing what he learned in class and applying it immediately by covering one of the flight controls for our Nieuport 24. In the following pictures he is working the material and heating it up to tighten the fabric. Once the fabric is in place and tight he is shown taking a razor blade and closely cutting the excess material off. The flight control turned out great. Oliver says he really enjoys working on this project and he is doing a fantastic job! In the next couple of days we should have the left wing completed /installed so check back soon for more pictures on that.
If you are looking for an aviation school to get your Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate look no further because here at Team Chesapeake, Virginia, AIM has great student projects like building a World War One Aircraft to get involved in not to mention just minutes away to the best beaches in the mid-Atlantic!
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Right Wings Getting Connected – Team Chesapeake
Our World War I aircraft, the Nieuport 24 is getting closer to a completed aircraft every week.
We are focusing on getting the right lower wing attached to the outboard struts and fuselage. Last week we finished fabricating the parts and were working on the connection point for the wings and lower fuselage attachment point.
In the following pictures we also want to “welcome” Adeniyi Solomon Awolesi, a fairly new student at our campus that is volunteering to help build this aircraft. Adeniyi says he is having fun at our school and enjoys this opportunity to help build this aircraft. This is and always has been a student project with oversight from our certified Airframe and Power Plant mechanics, our Instructors. We have had hundreds of student help build this aircraft and it is a once in a life time opportunity to be part of something like this. It is not part of our curriculum, students volunteer after school hours and on Friday because we do not have classes then. Please look at the new pictures and click on them for a close-up.
We are the Aviation Institute of Maintenance located in Chesapeake, Virginia, USA. We do more than the rest for our students because we are the best!
Adeniyi Solomon Awolesi getting ready to paint flight control
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Installing Right Lower Wing – Team Chesapeake [Photos]
The Nieuport 24 team has moved over from the left wing to the right wing. Team Chesapeake is working on the connection of the lower right wing to the fuselage. In the following pictures you will see the lower connection brace and mounting hardware. All these parts/materials are made here in our shop.
We have another new team member this week and we would like to “Welcome” John Dixon. John just started here at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) in Chesapeake, Virginia this past June. He is originally from Galax, Virginia. He said, in his town there were not many jobs available and since he always was interested in aviation he decided to come to our school. John said he has learned a lot and he likes his teachers. John is doing great in school and building/working on a World War One aircraft is extra special!
Please see the pictures below, click on them to enlarge and if you are looking for the best school to become an aircraft mechanic… look at AIM in Chesapeake, Virginia where you too can make history building a World War One aircraft. Come on by and take a tour!
John Dixon prepping metal.
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