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High school students' work on a Sportsman wing completed the construction of two Sportsman aircraft in Glasair's Two Weeks to Taxi program.

By Gary Flick

July 29, 2013 - Glasair announced the progress of a diesel Sportsman and congratulated a group of high school builders on Monday.

Glasair continues to move forward with partner DeltaHawk diesel engines as they work to produce a diesel Sportsman as a build option for the Two Weeks to Taxi program.

Dennis Webb, president/ CEO of the Wisconsin-based DeltaHawk, spoke confidently about the progression and hopes, along with Glasair, to have the diesel model in the program by late next year.

Nigel Mott, Glasair president, was very excited to introduce the group of students who successfully completed a Sportsman Glasair's Two Weeks to Taxi program.

The students were sponsored in part by General Aviation Manufacturers Association's (GAMA) Build A Plane program, and everyone involved considered the program a great success.

"We at Glasair are very proud to get young people involved in aviation," Mott said. "And we are honored to be working with GAMA and their Build A Plane program."

GAMA President Pete Bunce returned praise to Glasair saying, "We knew the Glasair staff were great plane builders, but we had no idea how great they were at mentoring and teaching these young people."

The students came from two different schools, one in Michigan and one in Minnesota, and were given the opportunity after winning GAMA's plane-design competition.

"These kids are rock stars this week," said Bunce. "And I'm proud of each and every one of them."

Visit Glasair in Exhibits 253-254, right off Celebration Way, and DeltaHawk at Exhibit 257.

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