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FedEx Donates Plane To Aviation School

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A Boeing 727 landed in Greenville Wednesday.  FedEx is donating the plane to USAeroTech. A Boeing 727 landed in Greenville Wednesday. FedEx is donating the plane to USAeroTech.
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. -

FedEx has donated a 727 aircraft to help train aviation students in the upstate.

The plane landed in Greenville Wednesday. Crews will tow it to its new home at USAeroTech.

It will benefit students like Daniel Ault who recently graduated from USAeroTech.

"I'm currently working as a flight instructor and am doing maintenance on the side," Ault said.

While Ault says aviation school prepared him for the real world, something was missing. What was missing was hands on experience on large aircrafts.

"If I talk to you about tying your shoes and show you videos on tying your shoes and explain to you where to go with it you didn't really learn it until you had the opportunities to practice it," President Of USAeroTech Institute said.

Studies show it's a good time to get into aviation training. Boeing estimates within the next 20 years, the industry will need half a million new pilots, and more than 600,000 aircraft mechanics.

To enroll in a school like USAeroTech you need to have graduated high school and can read and write in English. Once you complete the one year program at an aviation technical college you will have to pass an exam given by the Federal Aviation Administration.

FedEx has donated more than 70 727s to aviation schools, colleges and local community airports and fire departments for training purposes. The donation to USAeroTech is the company's first in the State of South Carolina.

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