San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Donation Funds Aircraft Mechanic Program

By Elliot Golan Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The North Valley Occupational Center Aviation Center, which trains students in aviation mechanics, has received a $100,000 donation, avoiding a potential closure or relocation.

Si Robin and Betty Robin, owners of Sensor Systems Inc. in Chatsworth, made the contribution, which should keep the school open another year while a new lease with Los Angeles World Airports can be negotiated. Sensor Systems is the largest aircraft antenna manufacturer in the U.S.

The school, which has operated at the Van Nuys Airport for 40 years, has been struggling in recent months as the Los Angeles Unified School District has had severe budget cuts and the rent has increased.

The center has 75 students enrolled in the two-year program, which is a 50-percent decrease from its enrollment prior to budget cuts.

Aircraft maintenance firms, commercial carriers and aerospace companies hire students from the program.