Jeppesen participates in second annual Build-A-Plane

Jeppesen supports the promotion of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related careers. For the second year in a row, Jeppesen is sponsoring the General Aviation Manufacturer’s Association (GAMA) and Build-a-Plane national aviation design competition for high school students. The build kicked off earlier this week. Jeppesen employees are working alongside the winning students to build a Glasair Sportsman Aircraft. Below is some information about the program and the winning team. And since a picture is worth 1,000 words, we’ll post pictures throughout the experience. 


A total of 79 entries from 33 states were received – nearly triple the number of entries from last year. As part of the contest, teams of four used “Fly to Learn” curricula and training to learn the fundamentals of aerospace engineering and flight, and used software powered by X-Plane to apply what they learned by designing and flying their own virtual airplane. Each school modified a Glasair Sportsman airplane to fly from one airport to another, and was scored on how much payload the plane carried, how much fuel was used, and the time the flight took. Judges from GAMA’s engineering team selected the winning school, taking into consideration the design features based on what the students applied from the curriculum, as it relates to aerospace engineering principles.

The winning team was Sunrise Mountain High School from Las Vegas, Nev. The four students from Sunrise Mountain HS represent every grade level at their school, from freshman to senior. The team overcame a lot to successfully complete the challenge - including sharing a single, older computer that barely ran the required software.

Congratulations to Sunrise Mountain High School!

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