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The Kansas City campus of the Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) was the recent recipient of numerous awards presented by the Northrop Rice Foundation. AIM student, Jennifer Johnston was awarded $4,000 in Snap-On Tool certificates while students, Jeff Lackey and Brian Butler, each received Avotek aviation maintenance book sets. The campus itself acquired a new aviation maintenance training system that includes a Model 130E Trainer and several training programs valued at over $12,000 provided by Nida Corporation.
Our students submitted application letters to the Northrop Rice Foundation. Our Student Services Coordinator, Jenny Caruso, submitted an application for the campus, explains Campus Executive Director, Adrian Rothrock, Caruso, is at the ATEC (Aviation Technician Education Council) conference this week in Orlando accepting the training system. We are so proud of her and our students.
The Northrop Rice Foundation will continue to support the advancement of aviation maintenance careers by providing scholarships to students pursuing their A&P certificate; grants to Part 147 instructors for training on current industry technologies; by providing cost-effective methods to Part 147 schools in obtaining equipment through industry donations; providing career opportunities for graduates and assisting in the enhancement of the aviation maintenance technician.
On Friday, February 8th from 11:00am – 2:00pm, the Kansas City campus of Aviation Institute of Maintenance will be hosting an aviation awareness workshop at their school.
There will be hands-on aviation demonstrations, a flight simulator and VIP campus tours. Stop by and meet the instructors and staff. The event is taking place on campus at 4100 Raytown Road and is open to the public, everyone is welcome. For more information, please call 816-753-9920.
By Frederick Thomas
On November 14, 2012, Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Kansas City (AMK) visited Duncan Aviation in Lincoln, Nebraska. On this visit, were Campus Director, Adrian Rothrock; Director of Education, Damon Cook), Career Services, Frederick Thomas; AMK students, Dan Black and Christ Hendricks.
Duncan Aviation previously visited the AMK Campus to participate in on-site interviews resulting in several job offers of AMK graduates. Duncan currently has several AMK graduates actively working in one of their three locations (Lincoln, NE, Battle creek, MI, and Provo, UT).
The welcoming party to our visit to Duncan Aviation included:
- Jeff Lake
- Michael Cox
- Leon Holloway
- Lance Odom
- Chad Doehring
- Kevin Miesbach
- Brian Leffers
- James Prater
- Jim Hazzard
During lunch, we participated in an open forum discussion on initiatives AMK has in place and to understand the human capital needs of Duncan Aviation. Our discussion raised several important topics:
- Early entry job opportunities for graduates in the testing process
- Programs to assist and offset the cost of testing
- Duncan Aviation participation on the PAC Board
The open forum discussion help to establish the partnership opportunities between Duncan Aviation and AMK, and to create a vision that promote successful careers in aviation.
Our tour of Duncans Lincoln, Nebraska facility offered insight on the new 45,000 square foot paint facility and the groundbreaking for two 80,000 square foot maintenance and refurbishment. We also toured avionics, engine, airframe, upholstery, and a host of production hangars. Both visiting students were very impressed and excited about a possible future working for Duncan Aviation.
AMK looks forward to a long-term partnership with Duncan Aviation.
We the staff, faculty and fellow students of AIM Kansas City wish to relay our heartfelt congratulations to our team that participated in the AMT Maintenance Skills Competition held this March in Las Vegas.
The hard work and training that you underwent in preparation for the competition resulted in you being awarded the overall second place award, an honor that many other teams dream to receive. This achievement in itself is even greater when you consider the caliber of the other teams in the schools category. This accomplishment was further recognized by a separate article in the AMT Society Magazine, thereby placing other schools on notice of the competitive nature of AIM Kansas City.
A big congratulations goes out to Kevin Holst, Brook Westcott, Christopher Martinez, Eric Cecchettini and Mr. Norman Bradshaw (coach).
- Jenny Caruso, Student Services
- Mr. Frank Balance, Instructor
KANSAS CITY, MO (4/23/12) – When the Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) Kansas City students began their training they knew they would be getting an in-depth education on aviation maintenance, but what they didn’t know is that they would be helping to rebuild history.
This experimental project began in 2007 with an initiative from the corporate headquarters, for eight of the AIM campuses to select a single-engine World War I aircraft that they would construct from the ground up. “We want to teach the students to work on an aircraft as a whole in a friendly competitive environment and to develop their appreciation for the field they are going to work in someday,” states David Jones, Corporate Director of Education for the AIM schools.
The Kansas City campus selected the Morane Saulnier and over the years, this on-going project has taken many trips out into the public. The most recent was making an appearance in Dayton, Ohio for the three-day World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous. This event takes place every other year on the back field of the National Museum of the United States Air Force. It is presented by the museum and the Great War Aero Planes Association.
Since the aircraft is still a “work-in-progress,” it was trucked to the site and assembled by students eager to share their craftsmanship. Between the rare nature of the aircraft, and the authentic and colorful paint scheme, it was easy to pick out of the crowd.
The project has now entered the final assembly process which includes the installation of a new, larger, fuel tank and plumbing to the fuel and oil systems for the engine. The final leg of the Morane Saulnier A1’s journey will include three air show static display appearances before its maiden voyage into the sky;
• Sound of Speed Air Show – St. Joseph, MO (May 5 & 6)
• Wings Over Whiteman Open House & Air Show – Knob Nobster, MO (May 19 & 20)
• Dawn Patrol’s Annual Gathering of Eagles Air Show – Gardner, KS (June 23 & 24)
Once certified and flown, the Morane will be shipped off to its final home base, the Fighter Factory http://www.fighterfactory.com, a division of the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, Virginia. For continued coverage of the WWI projects, visit http://www.aimschool.com.