Aircraft Maintenance Technology

JUN-JUL 2018

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Page 26 of 51 27 Inspiring Future Aviators Bombardier's Hartford Service Center and the New England Air Museum at Bradley International Airport do their part to inspire high school students from Westfield Technical Academy By Ronald Donner In April I was invited to visit the Bombardier Hartford Service Center and participate in an Inspiring Future Aviators event. Bombardier Business Aircraft’s Hartford Service Center, along with the New England Air Museum at Bradley International Airport have sponsored and presented the Inspiring Future Aviators (IFA) program for many years. They bring students from local high schools, technical, and vocational schools to visit the facility to learn and enhance their knowledge on what the aviation industry is about and what it has to offer them. The day began at the New England Air Museum located at Bradley Field where we met up with a group of high school students from Westfield Technical Academy (WTA). One of the museum docents toured us around the museum describing the history of some of the aircraft, engines, restoration projects, and other rare forms of aviation history all in an effort to, yes, inspire this young group of students. Westfield Technical Academy is only one of a few high schools in the United States to offer a full Part 147 aviation maintenance technician (AMT) program. WTA added this AMT program to its courses of study after identifying that the aviation industry was experiencing an increasing mechanic shortage. It didn’t take long for me to conclude these were not your typical high school students. Boys and girls alike were dressed in a work uniform which proudly displayed the school patch and their personal names. These kids were all sharp, engaged, and eager to learn about aircraft maintenance. Once back at the Hartford Service Center I spoke to the students about NEW ENGLAND Air Museum docent talks to the WTA students about the B 29. RONALD DONNER GALEN WILSON leads the A&P program at WTA and is shown here explaining one of the training aids. RONALD DONNER

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