The FAA-certified Airframe and Maintenance school opened in the fall of 2009.
The institute has both high-school and adult students. The first class graduated last year, and its students are now pursuing FAA certification as Airframe and Powerplant technicians.
Another class is expected to qualify to take Airframe-only exams in November. McCartney said they can then return to school for their powerplant education if they desire.
Atkinson said his company would interview graduates to see which ones meet Premier’s needs. He said he believes there is a potential to employ several graduates every year.
Mack said it’s a win-win for the school and company.
“The Plattsburgh Aeronautical Institute represents an excellent educational resource for our area school districts, and the relationship with Premier Aviation represents an excellent resource for the high-school students and adults,” he said.
“The Rome facility is accessible to us geographically and allows those who are serious about working in the aviation industry to find meaningful employment.”
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