July 29, 2013 - This summer high school aviation
enthusiasts had the opportunity to participate
in the national Build A Plane program to promote
interest in science, technology, engineering and
mathematics (STEM) careers which was sponsored
by Jeppesen CEO Mark Van Tine.
In addition to sponsoring the aircraft, Van Tine
also worked side-by-side over a two-week
timeframe with the selected students and
Jeppesen volunteers to assemble the aircraft,
which will be used by Van Tine in Jeppesen’s
community outreach programs.
On display at the 2013 EAA AirVenture fly-in and
air show in Oshkosh, Wisc., the four-seat
aircraft was flown to the show by Van Tine to
highlight the Build A Plane program.
Build A Plane is a non-profit organization
backed by the FAA and additionally sponsored by
the General Aviation Manufacturers Association
(GAMA) and kit plane manufacturer Glasair
Aviation, which hosted the student build process
at their aircraft assembly facility near
“Build A Plane gives students who are interested
in STEM career fields a chance to apply their
knowledge from the classroom to assemble an
aircraft from the ground up,” said Katrina
Bradshaw, executive director of Build A Plane.