FAIRMONT W.Va. – Fairmont State University is celebrating two donations that were made to their Flight Aviation Center.
David McRobie donated an aircraft to the university to use for student training, making it the programs seventh aircraft for student use. McRobie made the donation under the condition that the aircraft would spend the entirety of its operating life training students to fly.
McRobie enlisted in the United States Air Force in April 1955, stationed in locations ranging from Texas to Thailand throughout his tenure, and actively served until 1976 upon retiring as a Senior Master Sergeant. McRobie earned his private pilot’s license while stationed at the Grissom Air Force Base in Indiana. McRobie later became instrument rated, and was an active private pilot for 46 years. McRobie currently serves as a member of the Civil Air Patrol.
Fairmont State University also presented six scholarships to flight students. The 2021 Don Judy Scholarships were awarded to Alexander Cronin of Mineral Wells, WV, Jace Edwards of Letart, WV, Alexander Ellis of Elkins, WV, Victoria Grace of Bunker Hill, WV, Garrett Remaly of Teays Valley, WV, Cade Tenney of Clarksburg, WV.
“It’s a constant struggle for the students to come up with the funds and stay proficient,” said Joel Kirk, Chief Pilot Director of Fairmont State University Aviation Program. “So, gifts like this, where they get $5,000 of help here and there, really allows them to focus on what they need to do, which is learn how to fly and doing that often.”
Dr. Mirta Martin, the president of Fairmont State University, said the day was a miracle because of their generosity.
“Their legacy is not just about today, or a couple years from now. Their legacy will live on forever in the hearts of Fairmont State University, and certainly of the next generation of aviators that we’re training,” Martin said. “We have done, I believe, an exceptional job to begin to spread the word about all great, and good about Fairmont State University. There is a lot that is great and good about Fairmont State University. The people are great and good, our facility, our staff, our students are second to none. I think individuals are taking notice of the excellence that is Fairmont State, and they want to be a part of that excellence.”
The Fairmont State University Aviation Program teaches students about airplane management, air traffic control, airline management positions and airport security. To learn more about the Fairmont State Aviation program, visit www.fairmontstate.edu/aviation.