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Airbus Donates Aircraft Elevator to SCC Aviation Maintenance Technology Program

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has donated flight-control surfaces known as elevators from within the Airbus A320 to the Somerset Community College Aviation Maintenance Technology program. The donation, worth nearly $500,000, will be used directly for student education and training.

In an aircraft, the elevator is the small moving section at the back of the horizontal stabilizer, which keeps the nose from swinging. The elevator is hinged and therefore moves up to pitch the aircraft nose up and down to move the nose down by altering the lifts of the wings, said Mike Calder, associate professor of Aviation Maintenance.

The elevator is comprised of all composite structure, including fiberglass, Kevlar, carbon fiber and resin material. It is very lightweight, but also very strong, said David Deaton, SCC Aviation Maintenance Technology program coordinator. This donation from Airbus will allow us to expand the instruction of composite structure techniques that we currently offer.

Airbus is happy to donate this A320 elevator to Somerset Community College for its Aviation Maintenance Technology program, said Barry Eccleston, president of Airbus Americas. With this donation, we hope to help give the students hands-on experience with the new materials used in aerospace. Its an investment in the aerospace industry's future, and in the future of the manufacturing industry in Kentucky and the U.S.

Congressman Hal Rogers commended Airbus for enhancing the aviation program for local students in southern Kentucky.

With aerospace technology on the rise in Kentucky, it is important to ensure our students have access to the best educational opportunities to advance their skills and knowledge for the industry, said Congressman Rogers. I applaud this partnership between Airbus and Somerset Community College to bring this commercial aircraft material directly to instructors and students interested in the field.

This donation allows our students to work directly on the programs first commercially used aircraft part, said Deaton. That type of hands-on experience is invaluable. We are incredibly grateful to Airbus, and Congressman Rogers, for providing SCC with this donation of current aircraft technology.

Photo caption: Mike Calder (center), associate professor of Aviation Maintenance Technology at Somerset Community College, works on the backside of an elevator donated to the program by aircraft manufacturer Airbus. The donation, worth nearly $500,000, will be used directly for student education and training. With Calder are students Greg Hines (left), of Somerset, and Stacy Smith (right), also of Somerset.