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U.S. Grant Supports Md. Aircraft Maintenance School

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Federal authorities are announcing a nearly $273,000 grant to support an aircraft maintenance school at Hagerstown Regional Airport.

U.S. senators Barbara Mikulski and Benjamin Cardin said Tuesday that the grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission will be matched locally to help the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics establish the Aviation Maintenance Technology School in Hagerstown.

The institute, based in West Mifflin, Pa., said in May that it expects to open the school in early 2011 with 25 students.

Graduates of the four-month program will be qualified to take Federal Aviation Administration exams to become certified technicians.

Some local companies equip and repair aircraft for military and commercial customers.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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