UDC receives donated airplane engine from Piedmont Airlines for Aviation Program at Community College
Creating Pathways to Possible: Developing Tomorrow’s Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (AMTs)
Investing in Piedmont’s future labor force is an important part of the company’s vision.
SALISBURY, Maryland- Skilled aircraft technicians remain in demand as the aviation industry recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic and an older workforce begins to retire. To increase awareness of technical aviation careers to a diverse population of students, Piedmont Airlines, Inc. is donating aircraft engines to select aircraft maintenance education programs on the East Coast.
Piedmont donated engine number six to the University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDC-CC), in Washington D.C., one of the few Historically Black College & University (HBCU) in the nation with an FAA certified Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) program. UDC’s Aerospace Technology Program offers two related paths of training in aviation: the Aircraft Mechanic’s Certification and the Aviation Maintenance Technology Program (Associate’s Degree). Both of these aviation activities are centered at UDC Community College’s aviation facilities (Hangar #2) at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), also a hub for American Airlines. Piedmont’s engine, a Pratt & Whitney model PW120A was put in storage when Piedmont retired its fleet of deHavilland DHC-8 “Dash-8” aircraft in 2018.
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