MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It was not your typical traffic near Miami International Airport on Wednesday afternoon.
On NW 36th Street, you would have been behind a Learjet en route to George T. Baker Technical College.READ MORE: Residents Bubbling Up With Anger After Sunrise Utilities Department Sends Out Bloated Water Bills
“The first aircraft that is a private jet and will continue to expand the horizons of the individuals that are getting educated on aircraft mechanics,” said Lester Sola, the Director and CEO of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department.
Amos Rodriguez knows how valuable that experience will be.
“I graduated George T. Baker over 40 years ago, 40 years!” he said, as he addressed a group gathered to see the jet depart for its trip to the college.
He is now the President of iAero Tech and knew the aircraft would be better served there than in his hangar.
“For me, this is very important that we donate this aircraft for students now and in the future,” he added.READ MORE: Pair Of South Florida Children Who Died A Couple Weeks Apart Have Saved 11 Lives Through Organ Donation
Students like Jorge Varona are excited to begin working on the Learjet. “Something like this, the corporate side small jets is something we’ve been lacking to practice on,” said Varona.
It may be small, but it was still a challenge to get from the airport to the school.
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The plane was towed the short distance from NW 36th Street. Now, that it is there, it will help to further expand the abilities of the college and the students.
“When hundreds of local and national companies throughout the US need excellent technicians, they know where to go and that is George T. Baker,” said Ciro R. Hidalgo, Principal at George T. Baker Aviation Technical College.MORE NEWS: Extremely Vulnerable To COVID? Complete A Medical Exemption Form & Visit New Federal Site At MDC’s North Campus
The school is located in the 3200 block of N.W. 42 Avenue.