Northern Lights College gets its own helicopter

Northern Lights College in Dawson Creek recently received a Hughes 300 helicopter from an Alberta family to help train its students.

The Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME) received the light utility helicopter at a special ceremony on Oct. 4 at the Dawson Creek campus. About 50 staff and students attended the ceremony.

"It's a small helicopter, but it will have a big impact for us," said AME student Luke Larsen.

According to an NLC release, Tim Dwyer, a Valleyview, Alta., farmer and businessman, "always had a passion for aviation, and especially helicopters."

After his death in 2010, his family decided to honour Tim's memory by ensuring students with a similar passion for aviation would be able to learn on his helicopter, according to his daughter Jody.

AME program chair Hal Hobenshield said that students would do a variety of tasks on the helicopter, including 100-hour inspections, tail rotor strikes and heat muffler inspections.

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