Craven Community College celebrates donation of helicopter

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Greg Purvis, left, aviation director at the Havelock campus of Craven Community College, talks with Stephen J. Dalrymple, who recently donated the Rotorway Exec 162F helicopter to the college.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013 at 09:18 AM.

Officials from Craven Community College came together last week to acknowledge gifts and celebrate the opening of a new military affairs center at the Havelock campus.

CCC Chancellor Catherine Chew thanked donors who recently gave a helicopter for the students at the Institute of Aeronautical Technology and two outdoor art sculptures for the campus. Chew also recognized the importance of the new military affairs center located in the Redd building.

“It is gifts like this that enrich the learning experience of our students,” said Judy Eurich, CCC executive director of institutional advancement.

The helicopter, a Rotorway Exec 162F, a $60,000 aircraft, was donated to the college by Stephen Dalrymple, a New Bern neurosurgeon.

“It was a project of mine that I completed a couple of years back and I wasn’t able to fly it as much as I‘d like, and I’m a big supporter of the aviation program at the college and I thought that this would be a great way to demonstrate that support,” said Dalrymple.

Greg Purvis, director of aviation programs, said the purpose of the IAT is to provide students the training they need to obtain Federal Aviation Administration certificates to work on aircraft and engines in the aerospace industry at Cherry Point and in jobs across the country.

“Because of the support from the community and Dr. Dalrymple, we’re able to offer our students access to some of the newest technology, and this helicopter has the newest technology,” Purvis said.

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