Sky Aviation Holdings Donates Two Jets to N.C. College

 - June 18, 2021, 11:00 AM
From left, Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) director of aviation programs Nick Yale, GTCC senior v-p of instruction Beth Pitonzo, GTCC trustee David Miller, and Sky Aviation Holdings president Tom Conlan. (Photo: GTCC)

Florida-based Sky Aviation Holdings and its MRO subsidiary, Sky Aircraft Maintenance, donated to the Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) Foundation this week a 1984 Mitsubishi Diamond IA twinjet with fully functioning engines and avionics and the fuselage of another Diamond with a fully working avionics package. The donation is valued at $350,000 and will be used in GTCC’s Aviation Systems Technology Program.

Since establishing Sky Maintenance at Davidson County (North Carolina) Airport last fall, Sky Holdings president Tom Conlan said the MRO has developed a relationship with GTCC in nearby Jamestown that has included hosting seven of its A&P and avionics students for on-the-job training. Sky Maintenance specializes in Beechjet, Learjet, and Hawker airframes, as well as engines and interior completions.

“This is a remarkable gift from Sky Aviation,” said GTCC president Anthony Clarke. “It will give our students a better hands-on experience in their aviation education…and help them become better prepared for the workforce.”