Motivated Students Build A Plane for Aviation Design Challenge


CHEF Homeschoolers
On Friday June 19th, a Glasair Sportsman took to the skies above Arlington, Washington. However this was no ordinary take on the popular four-place, metal and composite kit built airplane. This was the handiwork of a dedicated team of four students, one teacher and one chaperon from Cuba City, Wisconsin.

The team from Cuba City – CHEF Homeschoolers – was the winner of the third GAMA/Build A Plane Aviation Design Challenge. They were selected from a nationwide competition that included 74 schools in 31 states. Each team required at least one male and one female student and used “Fly to Learn” programs and X-Plane software to create a modified Glasair Sportsman. This modified Sportsman would be required to deliver maximum payload and efficiency from one airport to another. The winning team then had the opportunity to put their design into practice, by building the aircraft over a two-week period known as Glasair’s “Two Weeks to Taxi” program. This program allows Glasair owners to purchase a kit and construct their aircraft with the manufacturer’s assistance.

Glasair Sportsman

On June 9, under the guidance of staff from Glasair Aviation staff, several sponsors, and the Sportsman’s eventual owner, the CHEF Homeschoolers set out to make their design a reality. By June 19, the airplane took to the skies on a successful flight.

Garmin sponsors GAMA/Build A Plane Design Challenge to promote science, technology, engineering and math education as well as educating students on numerous aviation opportunities.

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