Students start building plane

Four students, a teacher, and two advisors from Sunrise Mountain High School in Las Vegas, Nevada —which won the second General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)/Build A Plane Aviation Design Challenge — began building a Glasair Sportsman airplane June 16 at Glasair Aviation in Arlington, Washington.

The team, which was announced as the winner of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) competition last month, will assemble the aircraft over the next two weeks.

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Las Vegas high school wins Build A Plane competition

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and Build A Plane announced today that the Formula X team from Sunrise Mountain High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, is the winner of the second Aviation Design Challenge to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills among U.S. high school students.

Four students, a teacher, and a chaperone from the high school will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Glasair Aviation in Arlington, Washington, to build a real Glasair Sportsman airplane from June 16-28.

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Patty Wagstaff to appear at Build A Plane’s Teachers’ Day

Three-time national aerobatic champion and International Aerospace Hall of Famer Patty Wagstaff will speak at Build A Plane’s 2014 Teachers’ Day on Tuesday, July 29, at EAA’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis.

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GAMA and Build A Plane launch second design challenge

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and Build A Plane, a non-profit organization to encourage aviation and aerospace education, are partnering for a second year to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in high schools across the United States through an aviation design competition. The team from the winning high school will receive an all-expenses-paid, two-week trip for four students, one teacher and one chaperone to help build a Glasair Sportsman (pictured) through Glasair Aviation’s Two Weeks to Taxi program at its facilities in Arlington, Wash., in June 2014.

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Video chronicles Build A Plane contest

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association just released a 5-minute video on its Build A Plane STEM competition this summer — eight high school students building two airplanes in two weeks. It follows the competition from the announcement of the winners to first flight and beyond..


Build A Plane to present Teachers’ Day at NBAA

For the first time, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) will host a Build A Plane Teachers’ Day at its annual convention next month in Las Vegas.

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Iowa State University students build LSA

After six years of hard work, challenges, and unforeseen time delays, AirISU (Air Iowa State University) has come to the end of the club’s first building project — a Zenith CH 650/CH 601 XL-B Light-Sport Aircraft. This post from Innovate Online, a university publication, details the project, from first rivet to the paint job.


Build A Plane kicks off Kids Across America

Build A Plane unveiled a new campaign called Kids Across America at Sun ’n Fun. The new program encourages kids to find sponsors for every mile they travel to reach AirVenture 2012 in Oshkosh. The kid who raises the most money wins a complete Private Pilot course from Red Bird Flight Simulations. Runners up can win other prizes like a week vacation to the Bahamas from Air Journey or a $1,000 scholarship from AOPA.

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Changing lives, one rivet at a time

Interested in building an airplane, but just not sure if you can do it? Those who attended Sun ’n Fun last week found that they could hone their skills — and increase their confidence — at the Sun ’n Fun Workshops.

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AOPA partners with Build-A-Plane

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has become the latest media partner with Build-A-Plane, supporting the Kids Across America campaign, created to help children make the trip to Oshkosh, Wis., for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s 2012 AirVenture.

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