Orange coloured addition for Mohawk aviation maintenance programs

News Aug 30, 2017 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

It arrived on the back of a flatbed truck from London, Ont., in early June where it was taken inside the hanger and cleaned up.

Now the Sikorsky S-76A twin engine helicopter will allow for better hands-on training for the 200 or so students enrolled in the Mohawk College School of Aviation that is located at the John C. Munro-Hamilton International Airport.

The former air ambulance, which has been retired since 2011, has been donated to Mohawk by Ornge (formerly the Ontario Air Ambulance Corporation).

During an event last week to officially announce the donation, Ornge chief operating officer Rob Giguere noted the chopper was built in 1981 and has more than 20,000 hours of flying time.

“It started its life as a corporate charter aircraft,” said Giguere, who noted about a third of those hours were spent carrying more than 6,000 patients to hospitals from accident scenes or transporting patients between hospitals.

He noted the last three letters of the chopper’s registration CFSBH were chosen in recognition of Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital.

Prior to being taken out of service the chopper was based in Kenora where it transported patients in north-western Ontario.

Giguere called Ornge’s maintenance staff “unsung heroes” without which they would not be able to fly, adding he hoped some of Mohawk’s aviation maintenance graduates will aspire to work for the air ambulance company.

Shawn Hoyle, a professor in quality assurance at the Mohawk School of Aviation, said the donated chopper is a big step up from the two smaller helicopters the students are currently learning on.

“This is more high tech,” said Hoyle who noted the former air ambulance is in good condition with a full instrument panel, retractable landing gear and other systems.

While he expects the students will eventually be able to get the engines running, the chopper will not be flying again.

It will also be a big teaching tool in the new avionics program the college plans to begin in September 2018.

Second year aviation maintenance student Richard Eissler was thrilled with the Ornge donation.

“It’s a great opportunity for us,” said Eissler, who noted students can only learn so much from a manual. “What you really need is to get your hands dirty and you can do that with this aircraft.”

Orange coloured addition for Mohawk aviation maintenance programs

Retired air ambulance will allow for better hands-on training

News Aug 30, 2017 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

It arrived on the back of a flatbed truck from London, Ont., in early June where it was taken inside the hanger and cleaned up.

Now the Sikorsky S-76A twin engine helicopter will allow for better hands-on training for the 200 or so students enrolled in the Mohawk College School of Aviation that is located at the John C. Munro-Hamilton International Airport.

The former air ambulance, which has been retired since 2011, has been donated to Mohawk by Ornge (formerly the Ontario Air Ambulance Corporation).

During an event last week to officially announce the donation, Ornge chief operating officer Rob Giguere noted the chopper was built in 1981 and has more than 20,000 hours of flying time.

“It started its life as a corporate charter aircraft,” said Giguere, who noted about a third of those hours were spent carrying more than 6,000 patients to hospitals from accident scenes or transporting patients between hospitals.

He noted the last three letters of the chopper’s registration CFSBH were chosen in recognition of Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital.

Prior to being taken out of service the chopper was based in Kenora where it transported patients in north-western Ontario.

Giguere called Ornge’s maintenance staff “unsung heroes” without which they would not be able to fly, adding he hoped some of Mohawk’s aviation maintenance graduates will aspire to work for the air ambulance company.

Shawn Hoyle, a professor in quality assurance at the Mohawk School of Aviation, said the donated chopper is a big step up from the two smaller helicopters the students are currently learning on.

“This is more high tech,” said Hoyle who noted the former air ambulance is in good condition with a full instrument panel, retractable landing gear and other systems.

While he expects the students will eventually be able to get the engines running, the chopper will not be flying again.

It will also be a big teaching tool in the new avionics program the college plans to begin in September 2018.

Second year aviation maintenance student Richard Eissler was thrilled with the Ornge donation.

“It’s a great opportunity for us,” said Eissler, who noted students can only learn so much from a manual. “What you really need is to get your hands dirty and you can do that with this aircraft.”

Orange coloured addition for Mohawk aviation maintenance programs

Retired air ambulance will allow for better hands-on training

News Aug 30, 2017 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

It arrived on the back of a flatbed truck from London, Ont., in early June where it was taken inside the hanger and cleaned up.

Now the Sikorsky S-76A twin engine helicopter will allow for better hands-on training for the 200 or so students enrolled in the Mohawk College School of Aviation that is located at the John C. Munro-Hamilton International Airport.

The former air ambulance, which has been retired since 2011, has been donated to Mohawk by Ornge (formerly the Ontario Air Ambulance Corporation).

During an event last week to officially announce the donation, Ornge chief operating officer Rob Giguere noted the chopper was built in 1981 and has more than 20,000 hours of flying time.

“It started its life as a corporate charter aircraft,” said Giguere, who noted about a third of those hours were spent carrying more than 6,000 patients to hospitals from accident scenes or transporting patients between hospitals.

He noted the last three letters of the chopper’s registration CFSBH were chosen in recognition of Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital.

Prior to being taken out of service the chopper was based in Kenora where it transported patients in north-western Ontario.

Giguere called Ornge’s maintenance staff “unsung heroes” without which they would not be able to fly, adding he hoped some of Mohawk’s aviation maintenance graduates will aspire to work for the air ambulance company.

Shawn Hoyle, a professor in quality assurance at the Mohawk School of Aviation, said the donated chopper is a big step up from the two smaller helicopters the students are currently learning on.

“This is more high tech,” said Hoyle who noted the former air ambulance is in good condition with a full instrument panel, retractable landing gear and other systems.

While he expects the students will eventually be able to get the engines running, the chopper will not be flying again.

It will also be a big teaching tool in the new avionics program the college plans to begin in September 2018.

Second year aviation maintenance student Richard Eissler was thrilled with the Ornge donation.

“It’s a great opportunity for us,” said Eissler, who noted students can only learn so much from a manual. “What you really need is to get your hands dirty and you can do that with this aircraft.”