Teens to Build Aircraft During AirVenture 2012

Aviators By Design has announced that a group of young teens will be building an airplane at AirVenture. Aviation Explorer Post 9868, which resides at Central County Airport near Iola, Wisconsin, and is sponsored by Aviators By Design, will begin construction of a Zenith STOL CH 750 airplane kit in the Homebuilders Hangar on the AirVenture grounds. A nonprofit organization, Aviators by Design was set up to promote aviation education programs.

The goal of the AirVenture project is not to complete the kit aircraft during the week, but, more importantly, to get kids and adults involved in building an airplane, said Aviators By Design founder Jerry Graf. The project will be a learning experience that emphasizes the development of S.T.E.M. (Scientific, Technological, Engineering and Math) skills and exposes the teen group and observers to homebuilding, Graf said.

After AirVenture, the partially built project will be brought back to Central County Airport (68C) to be completed by Aviation Explorer Post 9868. Once the airplane is finished and flying, it will be used as a marketing tool to get more kids excited about aviation.

For more information, visit www.aviatorsbydesign.com or call 828/329-3694.

Suzanne B. Bopp is Associate Editor for KITPLANES magazine.

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