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Teens get chance to build airplane

INDEPENDENCE — The Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 292 will begin a Youth Build on Sept. 2, lasting through the end of June 2018.

Teenagers older than 13 may participate in the building of an actual aircraft. The aircraft was started in 2016, and the fuselage has been built. Participants go through safety and shop training, which includes the use of tools and how to read blueprints.

The teenagers work together, overseen by mentors, to build the airplane.

In addition to learning skills needed to fabricate a flying plane, they learn about project management, work scheduling, and control of quality.

Time spent building the aircraft can be applied toward getting an airframe and power plant Federal Aviation Administration license.

The EAA Chapter 292 also awards scholarships and grants to students working in an educational plan in aviation and aerospace. Details, along with more information about the Teen Build and Young Eagles rallies, are available on the chapter’s website,

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