201406041200PR_NEWS_USPR_____LA41743 20140604T120000-0400 prnewswire.com 20140604 LA41743 1 urn:newsml:prnewswire.com:20140604:LA41743:1 20140604T120000-0400 20140604T120000-0400 MimeType/@FormalName U.S. Congressman Tony Cardenas, L.A. City Councilmember Nury Martinez and Student Mechanics Honor Legendary Pilot Clay Lacy for Jet Donations Retired Learjet 24 and Gulfstream GIISP bring valuable training opportunities and a piece of aviation history to Los Angeles-based aviation school. June 4 Clay-Lacy-Aviation 201406041200PR_NEWS_USPR_____LA41743.xml U.S. Congressman Tony Cardenas, L.A. City Councilmember Nury Martinez and Student Mechanics Honor Legendary Pilot Clay Lacy for Jet Donations

U.S. Congressman Tony Cardenas, L.A. City Councilmember Nury Martinez and Student Mechanics Honor Legendary Pilot Clay Lacy for Jet Donations

Retired Learjet 24 and Gulfstream GIISP bring valuable training opportunities and a piece of aviation history to Los Angeles-based aviation school.

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WHAT: 

Veteran pilot and business aviation pioneer Clay Lacy will donate two iconic business jets, a non-flying Learjet 24 and Gulfstream GIISP, to an aircraft mechanics school at Van Nuys Airport, marking the largest single gift in the adult education program's history. Operated by the Los Angeles Unified School District, the North Valley Occupational Center-Aviation (NVOC- Aviation) has prepared students for highly skilled, well-paying careers as aircraft mechanics for over 40 years and holds an over 90 percent job placement rate for graduates who pass required Federal Aviation Administration exams.



WHO:  

U.S Congressman Tony Cárdenas

L.A. City Councilmember Nury Martinez

Clay Lacy, Clay Lacy Aviation Founder and CEO

Carlynn Huddleston, principal, North Valley Service Area of Adult and Career Education Schools Polytechnic High School Junior ROTC

More than 75 student aircraft mechanics           



WHEN:  

Thurs., June 5, at 10 a.m.

Program will include flag salute, brief remarks and aircraft tours/photo opportunities       


WHERE:

NVOC-Aviation aircraft ramp, 16650 Saticoy Street, Van Nuys, 91406

BACKGROUND: 
Lacy, a member of the National Aviation Hall of Fame and recipient of numerous industry awards, landed the first Learjet at Van Nuys Airport in 1964 and, four years later, founded Clay Lacy Aviation as the first jet charter company on the West Coast.

In their prime, the Learjet 24, built in 1968, and Gulfstream GIISP, built in 1979, served as flagships of the Clay Lacy Aviation charter fleet and helped launch a new era in corporate air transportation and mobility. Among the aircraft's most famous passengers were U.S. President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher and Hollywood personalities such as Ann-Margret, Johnny Carson and Sydney Pollack. Combined, the aircraft accumulated approximately 33,000 flight hours, the equivalent of 15.9 million miles, during their storied careers.

Both aircraft will be used to expand the NVOC-Aviation's curriculum and hands-on shop assignments. Annual tuition for the full-time, 2.5-year aircraft mechanics training program is an affordable $1,200, enabling almost all graduates to obtain valuable middle-class jobs working on private, commercial and military aircraft.

CONTACT:

Scott Cutshall

Stacy Geere

Vice President, Marketing

Media Contact

(818) 989-2900

(661) 253-1059

scutshall@claylacy.com

stacy@thegeeregroup.com

 

SOURCE Clay Lacy Aviation