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AAR Facilitates Donation of Aircraft to Rock Valley College Aviation Maintenance Program

Our Bureau - : Nov 4, 2022 - : 7:42 am

Aviation services provider AAR has announced the fruition of collaborative efforts to donate a functional aircraft to Rock Valley College’s Aviation Maintenance Program.

AAR partnered with the State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to provide funding, SkyWest Airlines to sell the aircraft and The Workforce Connection to manage the workforce development grant. The functional CRJ-200 aircraft was delivered on Oct. 18 to further aviation-focused education in Illinois.

Leaders from education, industry, and government gathered at Rock Valley College to mark the first donation of a CRJ-200 to a community college. Illinois’ Representative West, Rock Valley College’s President Spearman, and AAR’s Vice President of Workforce Development Ryan Goertzen, among others, spoke on the occasion.

“Hands-on experience is key to developing as aviation maintenance technicians. However, students typically learn on old aircraft that are no longer functional,” said Goertzen. “Working on a modern, fully operational aircraft in an educational setting will transform aviation maintenance training.”

AAR will work alongside Rock Valley College to ensure the CRJ-200 is fully implemented into the college’s aviation maintenance curriculum through a process that has been streamlined thanks to the new FAA part 147 regulation that went into effect on September 21.


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