West Side Aviation Academy students at work on a Build A Plane
A Plane has 80 projects working in the US and two outside the
US, including this project in Nigeria.
that has its roots in the donation of a derelict Cessna 150 to a high
school has developed into a world-class program for introducing our
nation’s youth to the joys and job opportunities of aviation. Build A
Plane made several announcements at this year’s AirVenture.
A Plane program takes requests from schools around the country and pairs
them up with available planes. The aircraft are donated to the schools,
which can then use the aircraft and curriculum to help develop and
foster their students’ knowledge, interest, and skills in
aviation-related topics. At present, the organization has placed 80
aircraft in high schools across the United States, and it even has
projects in Nigeria and Bangalore, India.
has teamed up with Build A Plane and has collaborated with the
Department of Energy (DoE) to create an aviation-themed Real World
Design Challenge. The program will allow high school students across the
country to collaborate online with scientists and engineers from all 17
U.S. DoE laboratories as well as the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to
create "greener" aircraft designs. Each teacher who attends
and completes the two-day training to learn to use PTC’s Pro/Engineer
CAD software receives more than $900,000 worth of free CAD software to
use in his or her classroom.
Plane has also teamed up with Glasair and is putting a group of students
through its Two Weeks to Taxi factory-build program. The effort is being
co-sponsored by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA),
Garmin, Lycoming, Hartzell, the Thomas Wathen Foundation, Advanced
Flight Systems, Aircraft Spruce, Pacific Coast Avionics, and others who
will provide the various subsystems and components needed to complete
the project. The end result of the project will be the completion of a
Glasair Sportsman 2+2 project.
organization also announced that GAMA is hosting a Build A Plane project
at AirVenture. Students from Frankfort High Aviation Academy traveled to
AirVenture and are working on the restoration of a classic Aeronca 60-TF
during the show. The Aeronca airframe was donated to the Kentucky school
courtesy of the Thomas Wathen Foundation. Once the aircraft is restored,
it will join another Build A Plane restoration in providing flight
Build A Plane announced a teaming with Snap-on Tools, which will
provide, with the assistance of the Professional Aviation Maintenance
Association, a core set of tools required for most aviation projects.
The tools will be offered at the company’s preferred education
Build A Plane is a
501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that is seeking other aircraft
projects to pair with open requests. For more information or to donate
an airplane, visit Build A Plane online at www.BuildAPlane.org
or call 920-279-3714.