The institute was originally conceived out of an inspired vision of the then reputed aviator of Patna, a remarkably adventurous and efficient pilot, Captain R. N. Sinha. I.I.A., an Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Training Institute, approved by the Airworthiness Authority of India, was thus born at Patna in the year 1982. It was very humble start with only 10 employee. But over the years, covering more than two decades, it has grown into a cluster of 7 AME training institutions, all over India, centrally controlled and administered by I.I.A. Delhi.