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Alumnus Delivers Airbus Donation to Penn College Alma Mater


A generous donation of $275,000 worth of airplane parts will enhance the real-world instructional environment for aviation students at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

David J. Barr, a quality management inspector with Airbus who graduated from Penn College with an aviation technology degree in 1997, brought the equipment to the Lumley Aviation Center hangar during the fall semester.

Alumnus David J. Barr (right) is joined by Brett A. Reasner, Penn College’s dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, after delivering a sizable equipment donation from Airbus to the Lumley Aviation Center.
Alumnus David J. Barr (right) is joined by Brett A. Reasner, Penn College’s dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, after delivering a sizable equipment donation from Airbus to the Lumley Aviation Center.

“We are always happy to have alumni back on campus. It was especially nice to see David Barr reconnect with his former faculty members and provide equipment to be used by the current students in aviation,” said Debra M. Miller, vice president for institutional advancement. “We are extremely grateful to David for helping to make this donation from Airbus possible.”

Barr also met up with his son, Christain A., an aviation technology major at the college.
Barr also met up with his son, Christain A., an aviation technology major at the college.

The shipment comprised a moveable flap fairing, two trailing-edge assemblies and a wing-to-body fairing, as well as structural maintenance documentation.

“The parts will be used in our aircraft composites classes to show basic composite construction and repair practices,” said Michael R. Robison, an aviation instructor at the college. “The parts are typical of most aircraft composite structures and should help reinforce students’ understanding of their makeup, as well as methods to repair them.”

While delivering the equipment to the Montoursville center east of main campus, Barr and his wife, Ruth A., connected with their son, Christain A., who is enrolled in the aviation technology major at the college.

Students look over part of the Airbus donation in the Aviation Center hangar.
Students look over part of the Airbus donation in the Aviation Center hangar.

Airbus is a multinational aerospace corporation with production and manufacturing facilities in Europe, Asia and the United States.

For more information about aviation-related majors in Penn College’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies – a bachelor’s degree in aviation maintenance technology, an associate degree in aviation technology and a certificate in aviation maintenance technician – call 570-326-4516.

For more about the college, a national leader in applied technology education and workforce development, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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