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First flight of high school students build real operating airplane

Posted at 10:12 AM, Nov 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-16 12:12:09-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — First flight of high school students will demonstrate the work of an airplane they built Saturday.

The students will get to show the aircraft starting at 10 a.m. at Ryan Airport,9698 W Tucson-Ajo Hwy.

A group of 15 high school students worked on building Vans Aircraft RV12 for the past two and a half years, which they worked on two days per week.

The plane is a real operating aircraft with a 100HP engine, which can hold two people at 120mph.

The students built the metal airplane with the a kit from Van's Aircraft Inc. which is a manufacturer of kit airplanes helped to build aircraft's by non-professionals.

The students were directed by mentors and taught how to use each tool.

Southern Arizona Teen Aviation helped the students gain work experience in Aviation, learn how to fly and build airplanes, and grow their leadership skills.

SATA is recruiting students for the 2020 school year for a second airplane building experience, those who are interested can email