Baker School of Aeronatics
LEBANON -- Although Baker's School of Aeronautics will officially celebrate its grand opening on Friday, Nov. 14, the school has served Middle Tennessee for decades.
Baker's School of Aeronautics was formerly known as King's School of Aeronautics and was located in the Nashville Municipal Airport area. The school was first opened by Russell King in 1973.
Jennifer Baker said it was a mere coincidence that she "fell in love with aircraft mechanics."
"My sister worked at the airport, and Russell King asked me if I would like to teach. He trained me and I taught for 16 years," she said. In 1994, Baker purchased the school and renamed it Baker's School of Aeronautics.
"It just seemed like a no-brainer to move the school here. Five of our 10 employees live in Wilson County," she said of the transition to the location near the Lebanon Municipal Airport.
"Nashville is a great place, but the hustle and bustle was getting to be too much for me. Lebanon has a hometown feel to it. I felt like I was invisible in Nashville but we are part of the community here."
The school opened for students in early September. Baker said on average they see 40 to 50 students in the school at a time. As of Oct. 1, they have taught 1,201 students this year.
"We take individuals who have some experience, whether it be out of the military or someone who owns their own aircraft, and teach them about aircraft mechanics - after they prove experience and are interviewed by the FAA," she explained. "They have to be interviewed before they can come to Baker's. Then we do the written testing at the school."
Baker said that students are with them between one to six weeks, depending on which part of the program they are completing.
"The whole program is divided into six classes," she added. "You will see cars from every state in our parking lot. A few years ago we counted that we have had students from 136 different countries. You never know who you are going to have in the school."
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