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This thing is gonna fly in 30 days? Buffalo Airways’ Mikey making it happen!

This DC-3 was ready for scrap a few weeks ago – now it’s nearly flyable!

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Mikey wanted to be sure we thanked the school front and center here in the description:

ÉCOLE NATIONALE D’AÉROTECHNIQUE
Located in the suburbs of Montreal, the École nationale d’aérotechnique (ÉNA), the aeronautical institute of cégep Édouard-Montpetit, is the largest aeronautical education centre in North America. ÉNA can accommodate close to 1,300 students annually.
ÉNA’s six hangars house 38 aircraft, including 27 airplanes and 11 helicopters. Its facilities and advanced equipment, valued at $85 million CAD, include approximately thirty-five specialized laboratories and workshops, in addition to a research center for aerospace technology, the Centre technologique en aérospatiale.
ÉNA’s three technical programs, which combine theory and practice at a post-secondary level, are designed to be completed in three years. ese programs are equivalent to 14 years of studies and lead to a Diploma in College Studies (DEC). ÉNA’s students can also enroll in a work-study program.
ÉNA’s graduates can enter the workforce or pursue university studies in engineering.
5555, rue de l’ÉNA Saint-Hubert, Québec J3Y 8Y9 CANADA
(001) 450 678-3561, poste 4215
international@cegepmontpetit.ca

ena.cegepmontpetit.ca

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