Red River College's aircraft maintenance program lands $1M Jetstream

Aircraft maintenance engineering students at Manitoba's Red River College can now train on a $1-million Jetstream aircraft that was donated on Thursday.

Aircraft donated to college by Swanberg family

This British Aerospace Jetstream 31 aircraft and associated equipment, manuals and training aids were donated to Red River College on Thursday. (Trevor Brine/CBC)

Aircraft maintenance engineering students at Manitoba's Red River College can now train on a $1-million Jetstream aircraft that was donated on Thursday.

The British Aerospace Jetstream 31 aircraft and associated equipment, manuals and training aids were donated by the Swanberg family, which ran Swanberg Air based in Grande Prairie, Alta.

The donation will support Red River's aircraft maintenance engineering program, which trains students in maintaining, repairing and overhauling fixed-wing airplanes and helicopters.

Ann Sawyer, daughter of Swanberg Air founders Sylvan and Dorothy Swanberg, speaks at Thursday's announcement at Red River College's Stevenson campus in Winnipeg. (Trevor Brine/CBC)
The donation was presented at the college's Stevenson campus by Ann Sawyer, daughter of company founders Sylvan and Dorothy Swanberg, and Sawyer's son, Konnor.

Employees of Swanberg Air, now known as Landsman Properties, also joined college officials and students for the announcement.

The airline, which provided cargo and passenger flights in Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, closed down following the death of Sylvan Swanberg in 2011.

"Our family is very proud to be able to support the next generation of aircraft maintenance engineers," Ann Sawyer said in a news release.

"Continuous education and hands-on training is so important in the aviation industry, and we're happy the donation of the Jetstream 31 to Red River College will have a positive impact on students and industry."

The Swanberg family has also donated Jetstream 31s to Okanagan College and Northern Lights College in British Columbia and a 601 Challenger to SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary.

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