An American Airlines MD-80 was donated to George T. Baker Aviation School Friday, making it one of the only accredited aviation schools in the country to have a commercial airliner on school grounds.
But there was a slight problem.
“Moving the airplane was truly an engineering feat, requiring extensive collaboration between American, Odebrecht and almost a dozen companies and government agencies,” said Peter Dolara, American’s Senior Vice President based in Miami. “It was a tough job, but we couldn’t be more thrilled for the students at George T. Baker, who will get invaluable hands-on experience with a commercial aircraft.
“This is the kind of challenging project we eagerly meet head-on,” said Gilberto Neves, President and CEO of Odebrecht USA. “You can’t just fly an MD-80 into a school parking lot. It takes a lot of planning and careful execution.”
The students at George T. Baker have already gained experience with the MD-80, prepping it for the move by taking off the wing tips and jet engines.
“Thanks to this incredible donation from American Airlines, I can say with confidence that our students are getting some of the best training in the country,” said Principal Sean Gallagan.