Fairmont State University receives custom model plane

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Fairmont State University received a new recruiting device to help bring students into its aviation program.

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft Services created a custom model airplane for the Fighting Falcons and dontated it on Thursday in Bridgeport. The Q-400 turbo prop airplane model comes complete with Fairmont State logos, and a falcon head on the nose of the plane.

Bombardier Program Manager John Moon says he hopes the model airplane will get students interested in the aviation industry.

“We have a shortage of pilots and mechanics, and we need to do what we can as employers and educators to try to draw in what we can,” Moon said.

Fairmont State is the only four-year college in the state that offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Technology.

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