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Legendary pilot donates iconic business jets to aviation school

9 June 2014

Veteran pilot and business aviation pioneer Clay Lacy has donated two retired corporate jets–a Learjet 24 and Gulfstream GIISP–to heighten training opportunities for students enrolled in a leading aircraft mechanics school at Van Nuys Airport.

Operated by the Los Angeles Unified School District´s North Valley Occupational Center-Aviation (NVOC-Aviation), the adult education program has prepared individuals for highly skilled, well-paying careers as airframe and power plant mechanics for over 40 years. Both aircraft will be used to expand current curriculum and hands-on shop assignments.

“Aircraft maintenance is one of the most important jobs in the aviation industry to protect the safety of air crew and passengers,” Lacy said. “Currently, there´s a global shortage of qualified, entry-level mechanics. This program is ranked among the top in the nation and enables nearly all graduates to land great jobs working on private, commercial and military aircraft. I know because we hire them!”

Founded in 1968, Clay Lacy Aviation is distinguished as the most experienced operator of private jets in the world. Headquartered in Los Angeles, it offers complete aircraft services and amenities and is globally recognized for providing unequaled safety, service and value. Its website is at


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