About Flight Expo Inc.

 

Mission

Flight Expo’s Mission is to educate and engage individuals about the different facets of aviation.

Our Story

Flight Expo, Inc., was founded by a small group of enthusiasts interested in aircraft education and aircraft preservation. It was created due to the interest generated by participation in educational seminars at the Sport Aviation Conferences held at the Minneapolis Convention Center from 1994 – 2000. These seminars included presentations on experimental aircraft, aviation history, model planes, hot air balloons, aerobatics, war birds, air racing, antique aircraft, seaplanes, modern composite construction techniques, and avionics technology.The organization was responsible for the construction of a 1903 Wright Flyer replica as part of the United States Centennial (the 100 year anniversary) of Flight. (Full size reproduction) This aircraft has been on display in the Twin Cities area since 2003.Flight Expo, Inc. was the recipient of a part of Aviation History when it received the Tsunami Race Aircraft in October of 2013. Tsunami is a one of a kind race plane designed to become the fastest propeller driven aircraft ever built.In October, 2014 we kicked off our first youth Build A Plane Program. This is a nationally recognized program, where students ages 12 to 18, restore or build full size aircraft. Overall, Flight Expo has been reaching out to people and youth for many years, and has been educating and engaging people for many years.

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Build A Plane

What is Flight Expo's Build-A-Plane Program?

The Build-A-Plane program by Flight Expo is an interactive program that allows students to build a full scale aircraft. It teaches students different mechanical skills such as welding, riveting, fabric covering, and similar aspects that are used in aircraft construction. Students in the Build-A-Plane program also have increased access to the Flight Expo Flying Club, where students may fly aircraft and take flight training lessons or study ground school in order to become a pilot.

History

Flight Expo, Inc. started their first BuildAPlane program October 2014 with 6 students in the local area.


Today, we have over 16 students each session from over 7 different cities surrounding the Princeton, MN area.

Flight Expo's Flying Club

In 2016 Flight Expo, Inc. sold their first project, which was a Kit Fox aircraft (now flying the skies of MN).  With those funds they purchased a Cessna 150 to start a Flying Club for the students to join and experience flying.

Visit the Build A Plane Page For More Information

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About The Tsunami Project

 In an attempt to inspire, engage and educate the next generation of aviators and technology leaders, The Tsunami Project takes on a bold challenge to reconstruct the fastest purpose-built racing aircraft ever built, and attempt to make her go even faster.

Objectives

The project has three main objectives.

  • Inspire the next generation to get involved in STEM+A (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and aviation)
  • Rebuild Tsunami and share her story with the world.
  • Set the absolute 3-km world speed record for propeller-driven piston-powered aircraft. (current record 528 mph)

Mission

Our mission is to create an exciting and valuable hands-on educational engineering project by challenging students to push the boundaries of propeller driven aircraft technology.

Vision

Our vision is to reinvigorate sport aviation and to inspire people just like yourself to follow your dreams. Tsunamis real story is not about how fast she flew or how advanced her design was, it is about the amazing people who dared to dream, the individuals who took an idea and made it into a reality, those few who worked day in and day out designing, building and rebuilding this remarkable aircraft. Few people are determined enough to see a project of this magnitude through and even fewer have the motivation to pick themselves up after being repeatedly knocked down. This story is about overcoming incredible odds, making audacious goals and never giving up. With this project we hope to honor the individuals that designed and built Tsunami, and to share their incredible story with the rest of the world.

“John Sandberg lived a life he loved and never gave up on his goals. He was, in poetic terms, what Longfellow called “a hero in the strife.” – Jack Cox Sportsman Pilot, Fall 1991

Learn More about Tsunami by Visiting the Tsunami Page

2019 Session Events

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

Build-A-Plane Spring Session of 2019

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

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In January a fundraiser was held at Pizza Ranch in Elk River, helping to fund the Build-A-Plane program.

Spaghetti Fundraiser

Build-A-Plane Spring Session of 2019

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

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On January 28th, the Build-A-Plane students helped create a dinner night which included a live band and raffle.

Build-A-Plane Spring Session of 2019

Build-A-Plane Spring Session of 2019

Build-A-Plane Spring Session of 2019

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Build-A-Plane program has started back up despite the large amounts of snow. Students have started working on the wings of the Piper Colt, preparing them for fabric.

Some inside through out the year on our programs for 2018

Piper Colt Restoration in Fall of 2017

Piper Colt Restoration in Spring of 2018

Piper Colt Restoration in Spring of 2018

The Piper Colt in November of 2017.

 Over the last 18 months our Build A Plane program has been completely restoring a Piper Colt Aircraft that was donated in by  Michele Heins.   

Piper Colt Restoration in Spring of 2018

Piper Colt Restoration in Spring of 2018

Piper Colt Restoration in Spring of 2018

Sanding is a necessary to remove the rust and corresion.

Like any restoration, there are always a few bumps in the road.  This is what we experienced with the Piper Colt when we found certain areas on the wing with corresion.

Piper Colt Restoration in Fall of 2018

Piper Colt Restoration in Spring of 2018

Piper Colt Restoration in Fall of 2018

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Working hard to make sure we will have an aircraft flying this spring 2019.  Control surfaces are now covered.

Hot Air Balloon Donation

Flight Expo's Flying Club

Piper Colt Restoration in Fall of 2018

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Winter of 2018 a Hot Air Balloon was donated into Flight Expo, Inc.  On the way home the trailer had issues causing it to flip on its side.  Select students were put to task on restoring the trailer to make the balloon transportable.

Hot Air Balloon Donation

Flight Expo's Flying Club

Flight Expo's Flying Club

Now ready for the basket

We are ready for an instructor to help us out with flying our Hot Air Balloon.  

Please contact Sharon at:  763-568-3360

Flight Expo's Flying Club

Flight Expo's Flying Club

Flight Expo's Flying Club

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We have our first Build A Plane student soloed on December 11, 2018.