Northern Lights College brings new planes to town

DAWSON CREEK, BC – The Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Program of Northern Lights College has acquired two new fixed wing aircraft.

The Cessna 180 with floats and Cessna 310 twin engine were transported from the Dawson Creek Airport to the College on October 6th by a team of aviation pros with a large contingent of AME students standing by.

The craft were purchased on behalf of the College by AME Program Advisory Committee member and local businessman, Larry Moody, owner and operator of Northwest Services. Moody found one plane in Edmonton and one in Vancouver. The planes were stored at the airport for several months awaiting completion of the new hangar on the College grounds.

The new addition to the hangar has added 13,000 square feet, approximately doubling the size of AME’s facility.

The additional training craft are needed to accommodate 16 students who will be arrive in January from the expanded NLC AME program in partnership with Okanagan University College in Vernon.

The planes were lifted out of the airport grounds by Five Star Hoisting, owned and operated by Ralph Wiebe of Dawson Creek. The float plane was set on a flatbed truck and the Cessna 310 was towed along 116th Street, westbound, across 8th Street and into the new hangar on the College grounds.

The addition of the two Cessnas brings the total number of aircraft used by the program to ten; a total of six fixed-wing craft and four helicopters. It is expected AME will add one more helicopter by Christmas of this year.