Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Metro Tech Aviation School Adds Jetliner to Curriculum

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Metro Tech Aviation School Adds Jetliner to Curriculum

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By Bill May Journal Record Staff Reporter Aviation maintenance technology students at Metro Tech's Aviation Career Center now know what it's like to make an inspection on a full-sized jetliner.

The school at Will Rogers World Airport has received a Boeing 727 to use in its curriculum to allow students to learn systems, pre-flight checks and inspections on air transport category aircraft.

Obtaining the plane, which was done through the Oklahoma State Department of Vocational-Technical Education and the Metro Tech School Board, marks a transition point into a new program for the school, according to Director Bob Jardee.

"We opened this school in September 1988 as phase I of our construction program," Jardee said. "Phase II came when we added avionics and composite structural repair. Phase III will be when we start teaching maintenance, non- destructive testing and repair of air transport category aircraft.

"No other school offers this type of training right now." While the phase III, which will require construction of a $10 million facility, is still in the planning stages, students now going through the school will get hands-on training with the newly acquired 727, Jardee said.

Cost of the plane and the seller were not revealed.

"We'll bring in some students for aircraft-specific training, some students who want to learn more about air transport category aircraft and we'll let our regular students (undergoing training to become certified airframe and powerplant technicians) do some study with this airplane," he said.

The airplane will sit on a parking ramp outside the hangars which house the general aviation aircraft most students work on. When the school moves into the phase III training, the larger airplanes will be moved to the new hangar where more sophisticated training can take place.

"We can do some things in the open air right now," Jardee said.

"That's why we went ahead and acquired this plane, even though we don't have hangar facilities for it.

"I don't know of any other school (governed by Part 147 of the Federal Air Regulations) which has a complete airplane. …

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