The Department of Aviation Technology recently received a donated Allison 250 turboshaft engine from Rolls-Royce for use in its aeronautical engineering technology (AET) program. The engine is used in a variety of helicopters and fixed-wing airplanes.
Students enrolled in AT 37600 (Aircraft Gas Turbine Engine Technology I) learn how to dismantle and put together the engine as they learn how the technology operates. The department now has seven Allison 250 engines for use in the class, which continues to grow. Access to additional engines allows students to experience more hands-on training by keeping lab groups small, said Mike Davis, clinical assistant professor of aviation technology.
While it is primarily for students in the AET program, students in aeronautical engineering and professional flight also find value in the course, especially if they want to earn an Airframe and Powerplant certificate from the FAA.
In addition to the engine, the donation included the maintenance cart which assists students in maneuvering the engine into different positions for easier access. Davis hopes to replicate the cart for use with the other engines in the class.