As it turns out, certified airframe and powerplant mechanics can do more than fix aircraft! This December, the students, staff and faculty at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) Norfolk campus took part in a holiday contest. Participants flexed their time and talents beyond maintenance and into the worlds of creativity and crafting to participate in the First Annual Holiday Ornament Contest! 

Submissions ranged from tiny aircraft formed from scrap sheet metal to airplanes created wholly by silver, red, and green safety wire. Others created aviation snowflakes made from epoxy while some decorated aircraft parts with jingle bells and glitter glue! 

And the winner is….

AIM ornament contest winner, an airplane and helicopter

The winning submission was crafted by Capstone Instructor Mike Barnes. His ornament is a snow globe scene of this year’s helicopter lift that brought the school’s beloved Sabreliner to campus. Mike is not only awarded bragging rights for the year, but has also earned a $100 Visa gift card this holiday season. A big thanks to everyone who participated and congratulations to Mike!

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Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is a network of aviation maintenance schools with campuses coast-to-coast in the United States and headquarters in Virginia Beach, Va. AIM students are trained to meet the increasing global demand of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers. AIM graduates are eligible to take the Federal Aviation Administration exams necessary to obtain their mechanic’s certificate with ratings in both Airframe and Powerplant. AIM’s campuses are in the following major metro areas: Atlanta, Charlotte, New York, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, San Francisco Bay, Orlando, and Norfolk. Learn more at or like them on Facebook at

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