Lara and Tony Gaerte, owners of Century Aviation in Auburn, have announced a donation of avionics equipment and manuals to the Ivy Tech Foundation for the college’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program. The donation includes a library of 1,000 paper and digital aviation manuals, electronic test equipment and aircraft spare parts.
The Aviation Maintenance Technology program teaches students skills necessary to take the Federal Aviation Administration licensing exam. The program currently has a 94 percent success rate.
“Tony and I are happy to contribute to Ivy Tech’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program, and we’re glad that the equipment will be put to good use in our local community—paying it forward, so to speak, for the future of aviation in Fort Wayne,” Lara Gaerte said in a news release. “We hope that students in the program find it advantageous to get hands-on experience working with actual avionics equipment used in the aviation industry today.”
The donated items will arrive for use in the program beginning in the spring 2019 semester.