UAF Aviation Program receives aircraft donation

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska The University of Alaska Fairbanks Community and Technical College's aviation maintenance program received a 1978 Beech 200 aircraft from Bering Air Inc. of Nome.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Community and Technical College's aviation maintenance program received a 1978 Beech 200 aircraft from Bering Air Inc. of Nome.

The aircraft, nicknamed Charley Fox, is officially retiring from flying, and will be used to teach students about the maintenance and rebuilding of aircraft.

Charley Fox was an air ambulance in Alaska for 24 years, has flown over 6 million miles in its career, and is worth about 600,000 dollars.

The aircraft is an upgrade from the current model the students have been working on.

“We already have a King Air that we use for maintenance training, it will not be flown again, but it is used for maintenance training." Arvid Weflen, the director of aviation at UAF CTC said. "We have had it for 25 years and frankly it has been taken apart and put back together enough times that it is getting a little worn out."

The UAF CTC aviation maintenance program is one of the few FAA-certified, Part-147 programs in the nation that can be completed in 12 months.