Helicopters from Ornge, Canadian Coast Guard join Aviation program “training fleet”

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The Ornge helicopter joins a Canadian Coast Guard helicopter on loan to the College that was installed at the Canadian Air and Space Museum just before the holidays.

Algonquin College Aviation program students will have another helicopter to train on when an Ornge helicopter arrives at the Canadian Air and Space Museum on Thursday morning — the second Aviation program helicopter training tool to arrive at the museum in a month.

The Ornge helicopter, which the museum will own, joins a Canadian Coast Guard helicopter on loan to the College that was installed at the Canadian Air and Space Museum just before the holidays.

The helicopters join other aircraft in the “Algonquin Air Force” that includes a 1976 Learjet 35, a Piper Colt, and a Beechcraft Bonanza C35 built in 1952.

These and other aircraft, as well as items like a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-41 engine donated to the college by Pratt & Whitney, serve as teaching tools that allow students to gain concrete hands-on experience.

Chris Janzen, Dean of the Faculty of Technology and Trades, credited Aviation Professor/Co-ordinator Bruce Dwyer with being instrumental in making these donations happen.

Students in the Aircraft Maintenance Technician diploma program take some of their practical courses at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

Graduates of the program with a prescribed academic standing are eligible for accreditation by Transport Canada, which provides an 18-month experience credit towards a Transport Canada AME licence.

Photo: The Canadian Coast Guard helicopter the students will train on is moved to its new home at the Canadian Air and Space Museum.




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