Northern Lights Colleges' AME students benefit from aircraft donation by Swanberg Air

DAWSON CREEK – Aircraft Maintenance Engineering students at Northern Lights College will be the major beneficiaries of a generous donation by Swanberg Air (Landsman Properties Ltd).

In a special recognition ceremony on Friday morning in the Aerospace Hangar at the Dawson Creek Campus, NLC recognized and thanked Swanberg Air for donating a 1986 British Aerospace Jetstream 31 aircraft to the AME program. The aircraft is valued at $625,000.

Swanberg Air Inc. was founded in 2000 by Sylvan Swanberg, a former resident of Dawson Creek who worked in various aspects of the transportation industry in the Alberta and B.C. Peace Region for more than five decades. Sylvan died in April 2011, and the decision was made for Swanberg Air to cease operations in November 2011.

Loran Swanberg, Sylvan’s son, represented the family at Friday’s ceremony.

“My father strongly believed in continuous education, training, and practical knowledge as important aspects of the learning experience. With the donation of this Jetstream 31 aircraft, his belief in the importance of all aspects of the education experience will be honoured by “Paying it Forward” to students at Northern Lights College who will have the opportunity to learn from the first Jetstream that my father owned,” said Loran Swanberg.  

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