WITC program receives composite airplane donation
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College recently received the donation of a
composite airplane that will be used for education and training purposes in the
newly developed composite technology program*, which began fall semester 2013.
Flight Design Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) was donated by Stanton Sport Aviation,
Inc., located in Stanton, Minn. The donation was coordinated by Ronald (Ron)
Donner, AMTSociety Executive Director and Chief Editor for Aircraft Maintenance
Technology (AMT) magazine, who volunteers on the board of directors for Stanton
Sport Aviation, Inc. The AMTSociety exists to support and promote the profession
of aircraft maintenance and has many educational and training related
initiatives to educate the next generation of aircraft maintainers.
donated airplane was manufactured using the latest composite materials such as
fiberglass and carbon graphite, which will give WITC’s composite technology
program students hands-on experience working on a real aircraft.
Sport Aviation is the upper Midwest distributor for the Flight Design series of
LSAs,” Donner said. “The un-airworthy airplane was acquired by Stanton from a
private owner for its engine, avionics and various other components. It was
deregistered and will never fly again. For the last year, we had the bare
fuselage and wings stored in one of our hangars.”
Wright, WITC-Superior composite technology program instructor, regularly
contributes composite repair articles to Aircraft Maintenance Technology
magazine and discussed the subject of a training aid with Donner.
airplane is built using the same composite materials found in many of today’s
aircraft, which makes it an ideal training aid for WITC’s composite technology
program,” said Wright. “Students can learn composite repair techniques on real
Deli, WITC’s Divisional Dean of Trade and Technical Education says Donner’s
passion and vision for education and training in composites and aviation is
tremendous; and that his knowledge and connection with the college’s composite
technology program is so valuable for its students.
a pleasure to meet with Ron and learn about his extensive background,” Deli
said. “He’s really the type of person that would be a prime candidate for the
composite technology program’s advisory committee to help shape the program for
future success. It’s great for the college that Ron found a way to provide a
useful tool, which will give students a chance to work on and repair an aircraft
that is comparable to what is out in the composite field.”
composite technology program was started with a $600,000 Wisconsin Covenant
Grant. The Wisconsin Covenant Foundation was founded to harness the opportunity
that public-private partnerships can create in connecting more of Wisconsin's
residents with the postsecondary education they need to succeed. The
Foundation — a private, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) public charity — was created in 2007.