London, Ontario, Monday, June 4, 2018 - An exciting addition to Fanshawe's Norton
Wolf School of Aviation Technology's growing fleet of aircraft was announced today
with the donation of a Dassault Falcon 10 jet - a $1 million contribution from local
developer Joe Carapella, president of the Tricar Group. With this donation, Mr.
Carapella and his wife Lyn said they want to empower others to make a difference
in the growth of the city they proudly call home.
"Over the years London has provided us with tremendous opportunity. Our hope is
that this aircraft helps provide the students of Fanshawe College that same opportunity
to succeed. This is about giving back," said the couple.
Recently, the Norton Wolf School of Aviation Technology attracted regional and national
attention when it landed a working 727 aircraft from KF Aerospace and a Dash 7 from
Trans Capital Air – two occasions that caught Mr. Carapella's attention.
Mr. Carapella decided he could also contribute to boosting the School's aviation
programs by donating the Falcon 10 – where the life of this veteran aircraft would
be extended by becoming a hands-on learning tool for students. He commented, "It's
a great feeling to be involved in community support of this kind because the employment
opportunities for qualified aircraft technicians are increasing exponentially –
locally and around the globe."
For Mr. Carapella, building an award-winning construction company has instilled
in him the importance of hiring employees who have received exceptional skills training.
"The value of this type of training is essential to the growth and success of our
employees and a reason perhaps that so many Tricar staff are Fanshawe grads," he
In thanking Mr. Carapella for his generous contribution, Vertha Coligan, dean of
Fanshawe's School of Technology said, "We are very grateful to own an aircraft that
will play an important role in equipping our students to be job-ready. We hope Mr.
Carapella is as pleased as we are that the Falcon 10 will continue to support Fanshawe
College for many years in such a meaningful and significant way. On behalf of the
faculty and students in the Norton Wolf School of Aviation Technology, we thank
Joe Carapella for this amazing donation."