The AIM Charlotte campus invites the community to attend their grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on November 21st.
Written by Jul DeGeus
Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) extended their campus locations to include Charlotte, North Carolina as part of its continued effort to address growing workforce demand for aviation and skilled technicians. To celebrate the opening, the campus will be holding an official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on November 21st, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 7421 E. Independence Blvd. Charlotte NC 28227.
The grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony is open to the public, for any individuals interested in sharing in the festivities. Come tour the facility, network with professionals and share refreshments. The 51,000 square foot facility houses a Learning Resource Center, computer lab and 17 classrooms with audio visual technology installation. “We are excited to be able to come together with the Charlotte community and celebrate our grand opening,” states Campus Executive Director Alex Diaz. “AIM’s Charlotte Campus is dedicated to training North Carolina’s future technicians. We are honored to have Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, Ph.D. as our special guest for the ribbon cutting ceremony.”
According to the 2019 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook, the aviation industry will need to hire over 769,000 AMTs over the next 20 years, while the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance reported over 15,000 manufacturing jobs have been added in the Charlotte Region since 2013. AIM’s AMT program prepares students to pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certification for employment in aviation maintenance. The Industrial Manufacturing Technician program provides students with the skills needed to enter the manufacturing and fabrication industry. Graduates of AIM have gone on to work for companies such as Southwest, United Airlines and JetBlue.
For more information regarding AIM Charlotte’s Aviation Maintenance Technician program, please visit www.AviationMaintenance.edu or call (980) 785-0700.
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, Ga., Philadelphia, Pa., Dallas, Tx., Houston, Tx., Indianapolis, In., Las Vegas, Nv., Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Mo., Fremont, Ca., Orlando, Fl., Charlotte, Nc., and Hampton Roads, Va. Learn more at: www.AviationMaintenance.edu.
AIM Chesapeake Virginia is still working on their WW1 Nieuport 24 for the Great War Aircraft Project
The student project of building a World War One aircraft has had many students volunteering their time after class and on their non-school day (Friday). Building something as truly unique as this WW1 Nieuport 24 aircraft takes a lot of volunteers. Here are some pictures of some of those people as they keep up the build.
One of our graduates who has dedicated many, many hours is Gary Garnes. Gary is pictured below checking the position of a small metal plate for alignment. Gary completed the program here at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Chesapeake, Virginia and is in the process of passing his Oral and Practical tests.
Gary Garnes checking small metal plate on WW1 Nieuport 24
Closer look at Gary checking small metal plate on WW1 Nieuport 24
Zooming in on small metal plate on WW1 Nieuport 24
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THE UPPER WINGS ARE ALMOST DONE!
Team Nieuport at Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Chesapeake is currently working on finishing the drag and anti-drag wires , and aileron / torque tube installation . This will complete fabrication and construction of the upper wing assemblies on this fascinating World War I aircraft. Other projects in the works include; bolting the wing assemblies together, fabricating and installing the cabane struts, mounting the upper and lower wing assemblies on the fuselage, and completing the engine cowling.
Fabricated parts (cabane struts, wing mounts, attachment brackets) awaiting installation onto upper wings.
The Nieuport and it’s completed parts.
Travis & Feliz fabricating the lower engine cowling.
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Team Nieuport, a group of student aircraft maintenance technicians from Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Chesapeake, Virginia, enjoyed showing off the progress that they have made on the build of their WWI aircraft that they have made in the last few months. Many visitors at the “Warbirds Over the Beach” aviation airshow stopped by to learn more about the AIM student project, and the history of the World War One Nieuport 24 aircraft.
Team Nieuport at the airshow.
Gary Garnes explains to passing visitors, the progress of the warbird replica.
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This past weekend was Suffolk’s Festival of Flight, a fly-in where numerous pilots of light-sport, home-built, and experimental aircraft gather together. The WWI Nieuport built by the volunteer students at Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Chesapeake, Virginia, was placed on display for the two-day event. Both aviation school students and faculty volunteered with setup and breakdown each day, as well as provided information to the public on the WWI aircraft project’s construction and progress.
Nieuport on display for the public at Suffolk Executive Airport
Nieuport at the Festival of Light
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