AIM Celebrates Grand Opening and Partnership

Written by Nicole Gleaton

Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) invites the Hampton Roads community to attend the Grand Opening of its new campus at 2329 E. Little Creek Road. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on March 17, 2020 from 12-1 pm. At 109,000 square feet, the new facility is the largest campus dedicated to aviation maintenance in the country. 

AIM has begun working with Hampton City Schools’ Academies of Hampton and Norfolk Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education program to expand high school programming in aviation and workforce development in the region. Starting in August, Hampton and Norfolk 11th and 12th grade participants will take aviation maintenance courses at AIM and will have the opportunity to leave high school with up to 19 college credits that transfer to AIM’s programs, as well as two FAA certifications in Unmanned Aerial Systems Piloting and General Aviation.

”Aviation Institute of Maintenance is proud to make Norfolk home.  We’ve been so warmly welcomed by the community in our new location and look forward to celebrating with our friends and neighbors as we cut the ribbon. This event is a great opportunity to tour the recently renovated school as well as meet our staff, faculty, and students,” says Ashley Oden, Campus Executive Director. Also expected to attend are Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Alexander, Norfolk City Councilwoman Andrea McLellan, members of the Hampton City School Board, and other city officials.

The campus tour will include AIM’s newest airplane additions, a Cessna 421 and a Sabreliner 80, which were towed in by helicopter last month.  The Sabreliner came to AIM as a donation on behalf of Hampton City Schools’ Academies of Hampton, in conjunction with The Flying Classroom and Women in Aviation – Southeastern Virginia Chapter. This donation kicked off a partnership, wherein AIM will provide awareness of aviation careers, hands-on training in its state-of-the-art facility, and pathways to industry certifications for students, as well as additional training for educators within the Academies of Hampton. For news coverage of the helicopter tow-in please see:

In Hampton City Schools, the Academies of Hampton currently offers 16 wall-to-wall academies of 41 pathways designed to meet the needs of various broad industry groups, such as: arts, media, business, marketing, technology, healthcare, and performing arts. Norfolk Public Schools provides a range of Career and Technical Education programming, but this will be the first program in Norfolk focusing on aerospace careers.  These partnerships will create experiential learning opportunities, increase awareness of the in-demand field of aviation maintenance, and help develop a pipeline of skilled workers to better serve the Hampton Roads community.

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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:

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