Homeschoolers win Build A Plane competition


The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and Build A Plane report that the Christian Home Educators Fellowship (CHEF) Homeschoolers in Cuba City, Wisconsin, won the third Aviation Design Challenge to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) knowledge among U.S. high school students.

Four students, a teacher, and a chaperone will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Glasair Aviation in Arlington, Washington, to build a Glasair Sportsman airplane from June 8-19. [Read more…]

Call for teams to compete in GAMA/Build A Plane challenge

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association and Build A Plane, a non-profit organization to encourage aviation and aerospace education, have partnered for a third year to sponsor the GAMA/Build A Plane Aviation Design Challenge. The challenge seeks to promote STEM education through aviation in high schools across the United States.

GAMA will provide the first 100 teachers who enter the competition with “Fly to Learn” curriculum, as well as five complimentary copies of airplane design and simulation software powered by X-Plane, for their classrooms. The lessons can be used to teach the basics of aerospace engineering and design. Students will learn to apply their knowledge to modify and fly their own virtual airplane in a fly-off.

The competition is free to enter. Registration is open until February 13, 2015, or until the first 100 schools register. Each school’s team must have four students to be eligible for the competition. Each team must include at least one male student and at least one female student.

Amended deliveries report includes rotorcraft


The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has provided updated rotorcraft shipment data through the third quarter of 2014 to augment the general aviation airplane shipment data published last week.

The rotorcraft industry delivered 648 helicopters in the first nine months of 2014, a decline of approximately one-third in deliveries compared to the same period last year.

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