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Major Gift Officially Opened by Aviation Faculty


FedEx Express' William Smith gives faculty an unprecedented view.
FedEx Express’ William Smith gives faculty an unprecedented view.
Like more orthodox Penn College classes, a small teacher-to-student ratio allows for personalized interaction.
Like more orthodox Penn College classes, a small teacher-to-student ratio allows for personalized interaction.
Getting up-to-speed for students' benefit
Getting up-to-speed for students’ benefit
Group instruction, in a "classroom" large enough to handle the crowd
Group instruction, in a “classroom” large enough to handle the crowd

With students’ return less than two months away, Penn College aviation faculty this week received concentrated training in a unique laboratory setting: a hulking Boeing 727-200F donated to the School of Transportation Technology in March after its retirement from the FedEx Express delivery fleet. Teaching the Operation and Maintenance Familiarization class was FedEx Express TechOps Manager William Smith, who offered faculty (joined by Nick Magro, a mechanic for Majot Aviation Services in South Bend, Ind.) the same blend of classroom instruction and hands-on aircraft access to which excited Lumley Aviation Center majors will be exposed in the fall.

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