Kenn Borek Air donates King Air to NLC’s AME Program 

AME students gather for a photo in the AME Hangar in front of the donated King Air 90. Photo by supplied

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Program at Northern Lights College received a new piece of equipment that students and faculty can use.

On October 26th, Kenn Borek Air donated a King Air 90 Series aircraft to the program. The donation of the aircraft will have a huge impact on available equipment for AME students.

“This machine will relieve some of the scheduling time pressures of too many students trying to do the same project on one aircraft,” said AME Chair Jim Smith. “This aircraft has a better, more versatile type of engine for the students to learn on.”

The King Air 90 Series has been manufactured by Beechcraft since the mid-1960’s. Through development, the original 6-seat airframe was transformed into the Beechcraft 1900, one of the most popular commuter planes in commercial service. The donated airframe originally flew in from Kenn Borek Air’s base in Calgary. “We’re very thankful for donations like these,” said Dean of Trades and Apprenticeships Mark Heartt. “It’s an honour for industry to be coming back to us and giving us these types of upgrades. It really shows they see the potential our students have to offer.”

The Borek family, who are local to Dawson Creek, were on-hand for the donation event and were pleased that the aircraft will give students a hands-on learning opportunity. “The Borek family has been a major part of our community for many years,” said Heartt. “They have built an impressive corporation and provide services all over the world.” Later in the evening at the NLC Foundation’s annual donor recognition event the crowd applauded as Rosella Borek was presented with a huge floral bouquet. “I want to thank Rosella Borek most of all,” said Heartt. “I understand that she was the person that said this aircraft had to come to our AME program here in Dawson Creek.”