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Everett Community College gets Boeing 767 rudder

03 May 2010

Aviation Technical Services has donated a Boeing 767 rudder to Everett Community College's Aviation Maintenance Technician School, to teach students about repair of composites, which are making up an increasing part of aircraft construction.

""We can talk about it in the classroom and watch instructional videos, but due to this donation we can now do hands-on maintenance on advanced composites technology,"" aviation maintenance instructor Alex Porter said in a news release. ""This is a pivotal piece of technology for our program.""

Porter, who worked at Aviation Technical Services before moving to teaching, ran into former co-worker Ann Roy at a coffee shop last summer and mentioned that the college was looking for aircraft components for training students. Roy thought of the rudder, which was being taken out of service.

""Everett Community College is a leader in training students to become professional aircraft mechanics, and we are excited to be a part of that,"" ATS president Matt Yerbic said in the release. ""We hope to see the students who work on this rudder at our company or at another company in the area.""

Aviation Technical Services repainted the rudder from its original livery using aircraft standard primer and paint that had exceeded its shelf life and was destined for waste. The rudder now bears the logos of the college, ATS and ATS paint partner Associated Painters.






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