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Carson Air helps Okanagan College expand its fleet
A local aviation leader wants to help Okanagan College train Canada's future aircraft maintenance engineers and pilots and has made another major donation to enhance training for students pursuing careers in the aviation industry.Carson Air 3

Carson Air has donated a Metroliner II aircraft to the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME) M-License program; the company estimates the value of the aircraft at approximately $300,000.

“This aircraft has served Carson Air very well and we are proud to see it put to use as a training tool at Okanagan College,” says Carson Air’s Vice President of Operations Kevin Hillier (pictured here (left) with AME instructor Dale Keegstra).

“We’ve hired numerous graduates of the College’s AME program over the years, so in a way, we are supporting the future of our industry and our company with this donation.” Little more than a month ago, on September 19, Carson Air announced a donation of $125,000 to support the purchase of a flight simulator for the Commercial Aviation program in Kelowna.

The aircraft landed at the Vernon Airport on October 16, welcomed by students, instructors, and Okanagan College employees outside the College’s Aerospace hangar adjacent to the runway. Carson Air's Vice President - Operations Kevin Hillier was on hand to make the official hand over of the aircraft to Okanagan College's AME Department and share words of encouragement with students.

This gift marks Carson Air's second donation in two months, coming on the wings of a donation of $125,000 made in September to assist the College in purchasing a flight simulator for the Commercial Aviation program. 

“A gift like this from Carson Air, a local employer of our graduates and mentor to our apprentices, speaks volumes to their commitment to education in the region," says Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton.

Read more about how the aircraft will benefit AME students in the press release.