AIM Las Vegas Graduate Spotlight: Wendell Gilkey
A father to three lovely children and a resident of the Las Vegas Valley, Wendell Gilkey was working full-time as a service technician for a local coffee service company before deciding to pursue a career in aviation maintenance. Upon researching various schools, Wendell elected to attend AIM’s Las Vegas campus and enrolled into the Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) program. In order to continue working and support his family, Wendell attended night classes. He successfully graduated and moved quickly through the testing process in obtaining his Airframe and Powerplant certifications from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Upon completion of his training program, Wendell stated, “The instructors here at AIM Las Vegas were all extremely helpful. When I think about all of the work that I put in and the opportunities that are ahead of me, I feel so gratified. I know that my confidence and determination will serve me well in job interviews.”
Having built his home and raising a family in Las Vegas, he desired to stay in the valley area in securing an A&P Mechanic position. Gilkey’s wishes came to fruition when Sky Combat Ace (SCA) offered him a position as a maintenance technician. Sky Combat Ace offers unique flight experiences, with patrons having the opportunity to ride along with highly trained fighter pilots as they perform aerial aerobatics, and even provides guests the opportunity to take control of the aircraft, if they desire. The aircraft they fly are the Extra330LC, and the Super Decathlon8KCAB. These planes require highly skilled mechanics to ensure the safety of the pilots and the customers of SCA.
Wendell accepted Sky Combat Ace’s offer and is now employed as a FAA certified A&P mechanic Wendell says, “I love what I do! I couldn’t have done it without the help from the team at AIM Las Vegas.”
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.