|Metropolitan National Bank recently announced a gift of a 1967 Learjet to Pulaski Technical College's Aviation Maintenance Technology program.
"We are very grateful to Metropolitan National Bank and the Doyle Rogers family for this most generous gift which will enhance the quality of training we are able to provide to students enrolled in the Aviation Maintenance Technology program at Pulaski Tech," said R.J. Wills, chair of the Pulaski Technical College Foundation Board of Directors.
The plane, which has been decertified by the Federal Aviation Administration, will be used for training purposes by students enrolled in Pulaski Tech's Aviation Maintenance Technology degree and certification programs.
"This gift will give our students the hands-on training they need to prepare for careers in aircraft maintenance," Pulaski Technical College President Dan F. Bakke said. "Our students will benefit immediately, but our business community will reap the long-term benefits of having an educated and well-trained workforce.
Many of the program's graduates find jobs with aviation companies in central Arkansas, including Raytheon, Central Flying Service and Dassault Falcon Jet Corp., as well as with companies around the state.
The plane will provide students with a variety of opportunities for hands-on experience, such as removing and replacing jet engines and working with operational avionics systems, cabin pressurization systems and onboard fire extinguisher systems to name a few.
"This gives us more modern systems to deal with," said Steve Hotle, the program's lead instructor. "All the systems on this plane are serviceable, so we'll be able to use real technology and operational systems to do our training.
The Aviation Maintenance Technology program is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration as an aviation maintenance school.
Students can pursue FAA certification as an aircraft maintenance technician with an airframe rating and/or a powerplant rating by completing the certificate curriculum or students may pursue the Associate of Applied Science degree in aviation maintenance technology.
Pulaski Technical College is a comprehensive, two-year college that serves the educational needs of central Arkansas through more than 40 occupational/technical degree and certificate programs, a university-transfer curriculum and specialized programs for business and industry.
The college's mission is to provide access to high quality education that promotes student learning, to enable individuals to develop to their fullest potential and to support the economic development of the state.
Pictured in front of the Learjet are (from left) Art Korenblat and Donnie Cook, Pulaski Technical College Foundation board members; Dr. Dan F. Bakke, college president; Lunsford Bridges, president and CEO of Metropolitan National Bank; R.J. Wills, chair of the Pulaski Tech Foundation board; and Rog Rogers, a member of the board of directors of Metropolitan and vice chair of The Doyle Rogers Company.
Lunsford Bridges, president and CEO of Metropolitan National Bank, announces the Learjet gift.