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The first step is to simply log onto the BuildAPlane website. select START A PROJECT. When BuildAPlane receives your application, you will be contacted by our staff.
In every case, BuildAPlane is most interested in people who are willing to make a commitment to put together a program to involve kids in aviation. High school teachers, EAA Chapters, and even groups with no aviation affiliation whatsoever have contacted BuildAPlane.org as a resource to facilitate a project. Each program is unique because it is designed and implemented by individuals who would like to contribute and take advantage of their particular skill sets. BuildAPlane.org exists as a resource to bring together the three key components—kids, adults interested in donating their times and talents and aircraft owners who would like to donate an airplane.
BuildAPlane is guided toward high schools and colleges, though BuildAPlane is currently developing some curricula for kids from elementary through high school.
Often BuildAPlane participants are able to acquire an aircraft from a donor in their local area. There is always a good chance of finding an inactive aircraft at local airports, and a huge number of partially completed kit planes are out there as well. In other cases, BuildAPlane.org also solicits aircraft donations and directs them to groups who wish to start a BAP project.
Build A Plane solicits aircraft donations and then coordinates efforts to get that airplane delivered to schools or other groups wanting to start a project. The aircraft is donated by BuildAPlane to the Build A Plane project group with a small administrative fee of $300 dollars.
Build A Plane does not offer delivery or any financial help in moving the aircraft. Costs of transporting the aircraft rest with the BuildAPlane group. Some groups have moved the aircraft themselves with a small truck or trailer, while others have paid for professional aircraft movers. BuildAPlane will help you find the best method for you and your group.
No. To date, BuildAPlane has been tremendously successful relying on volunteers, dedication and enthusiasm to see the projects through to completion.
That decision rests with the BuildAPlane group. BuildAPlane donates the aircraft or aircraft components and merely asks for the group to receive our written permission if they ever intend to sell the aircraft or any of its parts.