Build-a-plane journal part II: Ready to fly

We hope you have had the chance to follow along with Jeppesen's Tom Letts as he blogs about his experience with helping the winners of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and Build-a-plane Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) aviation design challenge competition as they assembled two Glasair Sportsman aircraft at Glasair Aviation in Arlington, Washington.

After the planes were built, the students went home and Jeppesen CEO Mark Van Tine, who will own one of the airplanes, and Tom Letts, a functional analyst at Jeppesen, took a break to come back to Jeppesen's headquarters in Denver. 

Now, we invite you to follow along as Tom describes the experience of taking N76VT up in the air as they fly hours off the plane. The FAA requires that this type of experimental aircraft be airborn tested for at least 40 hours, within a certain number of miles of it's home airport, before the flight restrictions are removed.

Tom will continue to blog about the progress of the planes -- both the BAP plane and Mark’s plane -- as they fly the required hours off.  After the hours are flown off, N76VT, built by eight high-school students and a few of their adult friends, will take off for EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh (KOSH), where it will be on display at the GAMA tent.  If you plan on attending the 2013 AirVenture show, please stop by the GAMA tent and check out the planes.

 


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