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Aeronautical Institute acquires aviation equipment totaling $4.8 million

Rouses Point native Dennis Racine, who serves as Lycoming director of marketing and customer leadership, was credited by Mr. McCartney during a Sept. 21 unveiling for obtaining the engines for CV-TEC. Mr. Racine simply thanked him in response, stating the donation was a great opportunity for Lycoming to help a facility produce high-quality mechanics.

This market has always been somewhat difficult to get into, Mr. Racine said of aeronautical mechanics. And theres not a lot of trade schools in this area ... The mechanics, at the end of the day, are the ones working on our products. Theyre the ones keeping the airplanes flying.

This was just a good synergy of a lot of good things coming together, he added.

In addition to the Ozarks and Lycoming equipment acquisitions, CV-TEC recently coordinated the movement of county-donated former Plattsburgh Air Force Base equipment, from its PIA Quonset hangar storage location to the Clinton County Airport. During the transfer that occurred during the week of Aug. 27, numerous aircraft, start carts, electrical carts, engines and pieces of aviation equipment were relocated in preparation of the Sept. 2008 opening.

Additional progress was made during the summer months toward identifying, acquiring and renovating new PAI campus facilities. In partnership with Clinton County officials, PAI managing partner CVES has been negotiating the property and facilities formerly held by CommutAir at 518 Rugar St.

According to CV-TEC division director Dr. Barry Mack, utilizing facilities that previously housed an aircraft maintenance operation and their accompanying offices makes tremendous sense.

The design and location of these facilities lend themselves well to our new Airframe and Powerplant program, said Mack. In fact, the CommutAir facilities will ultimately provide us with well over 40,000 square feet of instructional space more than twice the amount afforded to us by our previous Alabama Avenue location at the PIA.

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