Program helps students get off the ground toward a career

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Students Adam Husek, of Newport, left, and Cadace Marie Guthrie, of Beaufort, remove an alternator from a plane as part of their work in Craven Community College's aviation program.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Monday, February 18, 2013 at 09:52 PM.

Adam Saylor tightly twisted wire around bolts securing a propeller on the plane he was reassembling.

"There’s no Triple A in the air," Saylor said. "There’s going to be no one to help you so you better make sure all the bolts are on there."

Saylor, of Havelock, is in his last semester in the Aviation Systems Technology program at the Havelock campus of Craven Community College, where students are learning skills to obtain their airframe and power plant license from the Federal Aviation Administration.

"I want to get a job with whoever takes me, wherever I can get my foot in the door," Saylor said. "It’s a good program. It’s got good teachers. I’ve been here for two years now. I’ve learned a lot. It’s not just with planes. It’s with anything. I’ve learned stuff to help me in every day situations like working on my car and stuff like that. If you need a job and want to learn a trade, this is a great program to come to."

Student Bill Britt, of Morehead City, was helping Saylor refit the propeller in place.

"I’ve always been interested in airplanes and what not," Britt said. "I basically came over here to help me get my foot in the door over at FRC East."

Britt already has a degree from N.C. State but wants to bolster his resume.

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