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PRODUCT UPDATE

A newly-established partnership between the Aviation
Institute of Maintenance and Sonic Tools is giving the aviation
mechanics of tomorrow the tools they need for success.
By Walker Jaroch
here may be nothing more important in an aircraft maintenance technician's repertoire than their
tools and toolbox. For the budding technician in
school who's working towards their A&P license,
the road towards acquiring that all important set
of tools can seem daunting. With many different
companies to choose from and price points to
compare, knowing what's the best tool not only for
a job, but for the individual, isn't always straightforward. It's a problem that Michael Sasso, director of
education at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance
(AIM), says many of his students grapple with.
"First and foremost, tools are expensive. That's
the big thing. We see all the prices and we get
sticker shock pretty quickly. But I think the second thing is, they either have this mentality of, 'I
have to buy the most expensive tools, that's what's
going to make me the best mechanic,' or it's, 'You

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know what? I don't know if I'm ever going to be
able to afford having a decent set of tools.' And I
think that's the mindset when they see the prices
in some of the tool catalogs. They look at that and
they get sticker shock," explains Sasso.
Helping to alleviate some of the struggles that
those students face is Sonic Tools, who over a year
ago partnered with AIM to integrate their tools
with AIM's courses and be the sole marketer of
tools allowed on AIM campuses.
A newcomer into the aviation tooling market
at three years, but with 50 years of experience
in the tool industry, Sonic Tools is making their
mark with their research-backed, shadow-formed
toolboxes.
"The intermediate box, which is our biggest
seller, was literally built off of the minimum
required tool list from almost all the regional air-

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Aircraft Maintenance Technology

Editor's Viewpoint: Celebrate Our Industry's Young People
Product Update: Tools and Tool Storage - Tools for School
Spotlight: Tribal Knowledge
Career Development: Maintaining the Maintenance Labor Pipeline
Commercial/MRO: Never Scrap Your (Composite) Component Again
Cover Story: NextGEN Awards
Product Update
ARSA Insight: The "Good Example" Movement
ATEC Insight: Rise Above the Noise
Advertisers' Index
Editor's Sign-off: I am a Next Gen
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Editor's Viewpoint: Celebrate Our Industry's Young People
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Product Update: Tools and Tool Storage - Tools for School
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Spotlight: Tribal Knowledge
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Career Development: Maintaining the Maintenance Labor Pipeline
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Cover Story: NextGEN Awards
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