55 pupils at a Scottish high-school have worked together to build and fly Eurofox two-seat plane.
The project, supported by local aerospace company Aero Space Kinross (ASK) and Air Services Training at Perth Airport, saw students from Kinross High School (KHS) work to assemble a two-seater aircraft which came in kit-form.
The Build-a-Plane project began in 2017 and was intended to encourage interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects.
The students started working with amateur pilots once the kit plane was delivered to put together the plane at a temporary workshop at the Loch Leven Community Campus on 24th November 2017. The plan passed its initial flight tests in August 2018.
The plane has now completed its first flight from Fife Airport, near Glenrothes at the start of this month with Aaron McKay, 16 (one of the 50 pupils involved in the project) onboard the craft.
The ‘kit plane’ was made in Slovakia. The planes assembly was done by a team of adult amateur builders. Pupils were given the opportunity to learn about simple aircraft design and kit assembly during its construction.
The plane will now be used to give pupils from KHS free air-experience flights. Funding for the project was sourced for a range of places, including rural development grants, corporate sponsorship and crowdfunding.