JFI Jets Donates GII to Long Island Vocational Academy

 - August 7, 2013, 12:10 PM
Arik Kislin, who owns JFI Jets, donated his Gulfstream II to the Western Suffolk Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) on New York’s Long Island. Students in aviation maintenance technology at Wilson Technological Center’s Republic Airport campus will use it to train in the repair and service of business jets. (Photo: Western Suffolk BOCES)

Wilson Technological Center at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, N.Y., has received a Gulfstream II from JFI Jets owner and Long Island resident Arik Kislin. The retired aircraft, once owned by Frank Sinatra and more recently Harrison Ford, will serve as a training jet for students in the aviation maintenance technology program at Wilson Tech’s Republic Airport campus. “I love this airplane and truly hate to see her grounded, but after 44 years of service her time has come,” Kislin told AIN. “I am pleased to know she will continue to be of service to the Wilson Center and the people of Long Island as an educational tool and a proud reminder of the aviation heritage of this region.”

Karen Bowden, the program’s principal, said, “We are extremely grateful to have this jet with such a historic past added to our aviation maintenance technology program. JFI Jets’ donation will certainly help students prepare for FAA exams for the A&P mechanic’s license and greater job opportunities.”

JFI Jets provides aircraft management and charter services, with FBOs and a Part 145 certified repair center.