Sunday, April 14, 2013

Rome, New York: Aviation job training course offered at Mohawk Valley Community College for laid-off workers

Published: Sunday, April 14, 2013 

Rome >> Oneida County is partnering with Mohawk Valley Community College and Premier Aviation Overhaul Center Ltd. to provide two fast-track aviation skills training programs that can help area men and women who have been laid off find work in the high-growth field of aviation.

“Premier wants to expand in Oneida County and needs workers with specific skill sets,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. “Fortunately, MVCC has the ability to develop and implement two fast-track training programs that can meet Premier’s needs. Oneida County Workforce Development will use the funding to retrain people who need work. Through this partnership, we will help move people into a high-growth sector of our economy.”

Two programs will be offered: Introduction to Aircraft Electrical Systems and Introduction to Aircraft Structures. Both programs will be offered from Friday, May 3 through Friday, June 14, Monday through Friday, from 5-9 p.m. Classes will meet at the MVCC Airframe & Powerplant Program Facility at Griffiss Park. Potential trainees must be screened by Working Solutions offices for eligibility in this program. Premier Aviation will also screen the trainees.

Each program will accept 12 people. Laid off workers who are interested in registering should begin the process by contacting MVCC by calling (315)792-5300 or e-mailing

“The trainees who come to us through this program will be skilled, motivated and ready to work,” said Premier Aviation Overhaul Center Ltd. General Manager Larry Atkinson. “Many of them will bring significant work histories from former employment that help them succeed here. We appreciate the support we have received from MVCC in designing this program to meet our needs. We further appreciate the support of Oneida County in helping to make this training possible.”

MVCC President Randall VanWagoner said the college is excited to partner with Premier and Oneida County in this innovative program. “Our Airframe & Powerplant program is a highly successful program that meets the needs of employers and our students. Through these new fast-track introductory programs, we can help local workers get into a growth sector in just a few weeks. These programs add a new layer to our ability to meet the needs of the aviation sector.”

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HAZMAT crew cleans oil spill on runway: Tucker-Guthrie Memorial Airport (I35), Harlan, Kentucky


HARLAN, Ky. (WYMT) - Emergency management officials say a HAZMAT team worked overnight Friday to clean up an oil spill on an airport runway in Harlan County.

They say the spill came from cars caught drag racing on the landing strip. Officials called in the clean-up team to make sure a more dangerous situation did not occur as a result of the spill.

The Tucker-Guthrie Memorial Airport sees air traffic from across the state, but Friday night the runway saw a different kind of traffic.

Officials say three men raced their cars on the landing strip, but sometime during the race one of the cars spilled oil onto the runway.

“They had flights coming in and out of the runway today; so we didn't want the planes to hit the slick spots and then possibly wreck and cause a more dangerous situation,” said David McGill, with the Harlan County Emergency Management.

So a HAZMAT team was called in to clean up what the drag racers had left behind, and Officials say the cleanup took a little more effort than a regular spill.

“There is the planes coming in; at the high speeds they're coming in on, plus them not being able to see, and they could be able to suck the gravel up in their motors, it was a more tedious situation,” said McGill.

Airport board officials did not press charges. They say the men will be forced to pay the clean up fee, which could range from 8 to 10 thousand dollars.

Officials say racers have previously been told to stay off of airport property.

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