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Plattsburgh Aeronautical Institute receives FedEx aircraft

A Rather Large Gift - The Boeing 727-200F donated to the Plattsburgh Aeronautical Institute by Federal Express is prepared for deplanement following the its arrival Wednesday afternoon at the former Clinton County Airport.

A Rather Large Gift - The Boeing 727-200F donated to the Plattsburgh Aeronautical Institute by Federal Express is prepared for deplanement following the its arrival Wednesday afternoon at the former Clinton County Airport. Photo by Jeremiah S. Papineau.

— Plattsburgh Aeronautical Institute has been given a rather larger gift from Federal Express and it’s one that came special delivery.

A Boeing 727-200F aircraft touched down at the former Clinton County Airport Wednesday afternoon, signifying the arrival of the largest donation received to date by the institute.

James R. McCartney III, principal of the CV-TEC satellite campus which oversees the aeronautical institute, said the donation — valued at approximately $800,000 — was one that has been in the works for several years, involving collaboration between FedEx representatives, county officials and CV-TEC faculty.

“We feel very, very privileged,” McCartney said of receiving the donation. “Frankly, this will make a tremendous difference in the lives of our students and our instructional program. It will prepare our students for real world experience in airports and in the [maintenance, repair and operations] fields.”

“We will certainly utilize this gift to its fullest capacity,” added McCartney.

David P. Sutton, managing director for FedEx Aviation Services, said the donation is one of several given by FedEx over the past several years since the company began phasing out its use of 727s. CV-TEC’s desire for a donation of an aircraft such as the Boeing 727 is something Sutton said FedEx has been aware of for several years.

“We’ve had Plattsburgh on our radar for quite some time,” said Sutton. “We feel this donation program is a great opportunity to give

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