In a ceremony held this morning at Van Nuys (Calif.) Airport, Clay Lacy Aviation owner Clay Lacy donated two “historic” jets to the local aviation maintenance school, North Valley Occupational Center-Aviation (NVOC-Aviation). NVOC-Aviation is operated by the Los Angeles Unified School District adult education program and offers one of the most inexpensive ways for aspiring aircraft mechanics to study for the FAA mechanic certificate with airframe and powerplant ratings, with the 2.5-year full-time program costing just $2,400.
The donated aircraft are a 1968 Learjet 24 (N664CL, S/N 167) that flew charters for Clay Lacy Aviation until 2008, and a Gulfstream II-SP equipped with Aviation Partners winglets that Clay Lacy flew on many city-pair speed record-breaking flights. The GII-SP has logged about 16,000 flight hours and was built in 1979 (N264CL, S/N 227).
“This donation is an example of Clay Lacy’s generous contributions to aviation and Van Nuys Airport spanning four decades,” said Carlynn Huddleston, principal of North Valley Service Area of Adult and Career Education Schools. She added that the A&P school will use the two jets “to expand the school’s current curriculum and hands-on shop assignments.”