Flight Expo’s Build A Plane Program

Recently Flight Expo has partnered with Build A Plane to provide students with a real-world opportunity to learn and interact in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). By engaging todays youth in an exciting hands-on learning experience we are giving them the skills and confidence to create bigger and brighter futures for themselves and our community.

What is Build A Plane?

Build A Plane is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration and many other organizations to promote aviation and aerospace education.

Build A Plane solicits aircraft donations then regifts those aircraft to schools. Aircraft donors are given tax receipts for their charitable contribution of aircraft and Build A Plane gives these aircraft to schools and qualified non-profits at no charge. Donated aircraft range from the simplest kit aircraft to larger, multi-engine certified planes. Once an aircraft is donated, it becomes property of the school and Build A Plane has no further claim to that airplane.

Why is this program important?

In the United States there is a shortage of scientist, engineers, pilots and aircraft mechanics. In order to change this decline we need to find a way to motivate our youth to learn and enjoy subjects in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Build A Plane program is a fun way to get students involved in STEM and through which will also give today’s youth the skills and talents to overcome challenges we face on a global scale.

What aircraft are the kids building?


  • Scout
  • Tsunami
  • Formula 1 Racer – Mr. B
  • Luscombe


  • Mini 500
  • Kitfox

What skills are they learning?

  • Welding
  • Drilling
  • Riveting
  • Sheet Metal Fabrication
  • Painting
  • Fabric Covering
  • Aircraft Systems
  • Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)
  • Teamwork
  • Communication Skills
  • Safety Sills