This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.
Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM), which operates 12 airframe and powerplant (A&P) mechanic schools in the U.S., is expanding access to online training to its entire student body. Fulcrum Labs developed the online training system using its artificial intelligence-based Adaptive 3.0 learning platform.
Fulcrum had worked earlier with AIM on a capstone course to help prepare students for their FAA exams for the mechanic certificate with A&P ratings. Students accessed the online training for final preparation for exams. Now, students at all levels can go online to conduct distance learning for their A&P coursework. According to AIM, “By expanding access to all AIM students as a distance-learning component of their A&P coursework, AIM will offer students a rich remote-learning experience that keeps them engaged, on track, and fully prepared to pass their FAA certification exams.”
“Within the context of the pandemic,” said Joel English, AIM executive v-p, “the online course has allowed us to spread exam preparation throughout the program for students and allowed them to continue in their program uninterrupted through distance education. What was originally envisioned as a supplement for exam preparation has been adapted to provide full online education for our students.”
During the capstone program, the number of AIM program graduates grew 40 percent, FAA exam participation rates jumped 25 percent, and significant improvements were seen in FAA exam results.