Mon, Dec 26, 2011
Donors Of Piston Twins Not Disclosed
Students in the aviation maintenance program at Everett
Community College in Washington state have been given two donated
airplanes to practice on next year. The college's technician school
is located at Paine Field, but the donated planes didn't come from
The Everett Herald reports one is a Cessna 421 (similar aircraft
pictured above), a pressurized, twin-engine piston aircraft, which
was purchased using $48,000 in donated funds. At that price,
yeah...it's probably a beater.
But the other is a 1974 Beechcraft Duke, another piston twin,
and this one has a modern panel and is estimated to be worth over
$300,000, according to the school.
Alex Porter, an instructor at ECC, tells the Herald, "these
donations will provide the capacity for more students to do
hands-on training using modern avionics and instruments." There are
80 students enrolled in the program, which leads to an A&P
certification and an associates degree in aviation maintenance.
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