The Youth and Education Support Strut (YES) of the LAA is launching a fourth Build-A-Plane scheme in October at Goole High School, Yorkshire. Pupils and staff from the school will be invited to take part in the project which aims to build a fully operational Sherwood Ranger ST, hoped to be flying by Summer 2014.
Spirit of Goole project manager Jack Milnes explained the project budget is £50,000, which needs to be raised by June next year.
“That will include two years of operational costs, so all the students involved in the project would get to go up in it, or even learn to fly in it,” said Mr Milnes.
The aircraft components will arrive in June 2013 and the build will begin in September 2013. Project members will spend two evenings a week and every alternate Saturday during term-time working on the plane. It is hoped that the scheme will see up to 60 students involved and teachers.
Mr Milnes said, “The project will tie in nicely to various areas of the curriculum, including physics, geography and maths.
“We have three pilots lined up to fly the plane, including an Instructor from 642 Volunteer Glider Sqn at RAF Linton on Ouse and the chief flying instructor at the York Flying School, so the semi acrobatic model could be used for training and we are looking at offering a scholarship for flying lessons.”