Haney Technical Center celebrates National Aviation Day

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — Monday is a special holiday for those in the world of aviation.

It’s also one of the fastest-growing job fields and a popular program at Haney Technical Center.

This holiday began back in 1939, in honor of one of the Wright Brothers’, Orville’s birthday.

Orville and his brother, Wilbur, designed, built and flew the first airplane.

“First of all, every day is aviation day here at Haney, ” said aviation professor Chris Becker.

Haney offers two different aviation programs to their students: airframe mechanics which covers the entire plane make-up except for the engine, and power plant which is strictly engine repair. 

These programs take about a year and a half to complete.

“Aviation is growing, the baby boom generation mechanics are retiring, so we need more and more mechanics and there’s a big need for them right now and there will be for years to come,” said Becker.

Student Nick Kiser said he looks forward to working on the planes while learning job skills.

“A little bit of in-classroom time, but what we get a whole lot of time out here, and that’s what I really enjoy is the time out here is the hands-on stuff here on the actual planes, and developing the skills themselves instead of just reading about them,” said Kiser.

The next opportunity to register for classes at Haney will be in December and classes will begin in January.

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