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Aeronautical Institute acquires aviation equipment totaling $4.8 million

PLATTSBURGH Significant progress toward FAA program certification was made by Plattsburgh Aeronautical Institute partners CV-TEC and Clinton Community College in recent months with the acquisition of approximately $4 million worth of aviation equipment from the College of the Ozarks in Branson, MO.

According to PAI project coordinator James R. McCartney, III, in early June 2007, he received a call from a fellow Part 147 program coordinator asking whether the institute would be interested in bidding on a program scheduled to close at the end of that month.

As a program in need of a significant amount of specialized aviation equipment, and with approximately $400,000 remaining in our federally sponsored NASA grant, the invitation received our undivided attention and the full support of our [Champlain Valley Educational Services] Board of Education, said McCartney.

As a result of a successful $382,000 bid for the colleges Part 147 equipment and supplies, PAI acquired most of the instructional material necessary to obtain FAA certification.

McCartney stated CV-TEC leased a number of tractor-trailers and twenty-six-foot rental trucks at the end of June and moved all of the colleges thirty years worth of aviation equipment back to Plattsburgh within about a weeks time.

We are tremendously fortunate to have acquired approximately $4 million worth of equipment, not least of which are instructional boards, varied jet and aircraft engines, tooling, machining equipment, and aircraft parts whose instructional value far exceed the price paid, McCartney stated. We are grateful to the College of the Ozarks personnel for their warm welcome, Pratt & Whitney for placing a value on the equipment itself, to our instructors, and to all who made this exchange possible.

In addition a donation of eight factory-refurbished aircraft engines, new engine stands and training manuals valued at more than $80,000 was received from Lycoming Engines, an aircraft engine manufacturer based in Williamsport.

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