Hangar Dedication on Spokane Campus
Cuthbert Hangar named in honor of Marita Cuthbert
Among other gifts given towards the Cuthbert Hangar, the cornerstone gift that made it possible to purchase the hanger was given by John Cuthbert in memory of his late wife, Marita Cuthbert. “I hope this will encourage the growth of the training program for missionary pilots, so they can be effective in helping more people learn about Christ and the Bible,” said Mr. Cuthbert who was present at the dedication.
From left to right: John Cuthbert, Ron Storm (regional stewardship manager)
Cuthbert and his wife, Marita, both came to Christ about 25 years ago through the ministry of Moody Radio. After learning more about Moody Bible Institute through Moody Radio, they decided to partner financially with Moody and have done so ever since. Marita’s interest in airplanes sparked an interest in Moody Aviation, and Cuthbert felt led by the Lord to contribute toward Moody’s purchase of the hangar. Model airplanes built by Marita will be on display in the hangar.
Jim Conrad, program manager of Missionary Aviation Technology, said, “The Cuthbert hangar will lay the groundwork for the program to continue growing and improving, as we serve and prepare our students to enter the mission field.”
He added, “It will give us a great opportunity to expand some of our maintenance training for our students, and give them great experience in aircraft rebuild-projects.” The Cuthbert Hangar is located immediately east of one of the two existing hangars at Felts Field in Spokane, Washington, and will be used for storage and aircraft maintenance.
The additional space also gives Moody Aviation the room needed to purchase and install three new flight simulators that model the four primary training aircraft used for student training. The flight simulators will be used for systems training with mechanics as well as to train pilots in both instrument and visual flight conditions. “They will be a huge benefit, as they allow us to do simulator training through the winter months, when we are limited by the weather in Spokane,” Conrad said.
The dedication ceremony included a formal recognition of the Cuthbert family, in which Cuthbert was presented with a clock of remembrance. Moody Aviation leaders also shared their accomplishments and goals and offered tours of the new hangar to those in attendance.
Present at the dedication were Rod Higgins, Spokane Valley mayor; Mike Munch, Spokane Valley city councilman; and Matt Shea, Washington state representative. Partners of Moody Aviation, as well as staff and students also attended.