- Associated Press - Friday, June 6, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Charter aircraft industry pioneer Clay Lacy has donated two retired corporate jets to a Los Angeles aircraft mechanics school.

The non-flying Learjet 24 and Gulfstream GIISP presented Thursday will be used to expand the curriculum and hands-on shop assignments at the school known as North Valley Occupational Center-Aviation, located at Van Nuys Airport.

The 2½-year adult education program run by the Los Angeles Unified School District has been training mechanics for decades but was almost lost to budget cuts last year.

In the 1960s, Lacy - a veteran pilot - founded Clay Lacy Aviation as the first jet charter company on the West Coast. The two donated aircraft were once flagships of his fleet, together accumulating about 33,000 flight hours.

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