Manchester School of Technology

Our student plane-building partnership with the Manchester (N.H.) School of Technology

Students completed their first aircraft in August 2022. The second aircraft is currently about 60 percent complete.


Thursday, June 6, 2024: End of year celebrations

Students, mentors, and plane-build supporters gather in the MST aviation classroom on June 6, 2024.

Students and mentors in the Manchester School of Technology plane-building program held end-of-school-year parties on June 6, 2024 to celebrate all that’s been accomplished this school year.

The current aircraft (the second Van’s RV-12iS to be built at the school in partnership with the Aviation Museum and Tango Flight, is about 60 percent complete.

Many students in the program will return for the 2024-25 school year; those who are graduating this year received special certificates signed by Gov. Chris Sununu as well as special red and yellow honor cords, the colors signifying the Aviation Museum and the museum’s ‘Yellowbird Society’ of young aviation enthusiasts.

Congratulations to all students, our dedicated team of volunteer mentors, and especially CTE Aviation Instructor Jeff Sullivan and fellow MST staff and administration for a productive and memorable year. Wishing everyone a great summer and see you back in the workshop on September!

Tuesday, March 12, 2024: A trip down memory lane

Manchester School of Technology students are about half-way through building their second aircraft. But let’s take a moment to look back at when the first RV-12iS was moved from the workshop. The date was June 10, 2022:

Friday, Feb. 16, 2024: Progress update

This month, students in the plane-building program continued to work on finishing the wings of Plane #2, and doing other tasks related to the “bathtub,” or center section of the RV-12iS. With the help of dedicated volunteer mentors, a lot of progress is being made in advance of Winter School Vacation Week, which in N.H. is Feb. 26 through March 1.

Below are photos from the past two weeks taken by Debbora Losch, the Aviation Museum’s education director.

Support the Manchester School of Technology Student Plane Build

The student plane-building program at the Manchester School of Technology uses NO local school tax dollars, other than for the faculty member assigned to manage it. Each completed aircraft is sold on the open market for about $115,000, with the proceeds used to pay for the next plane build. This makes the program essentially self-funding.

However, the program does cost about $10,000 per school year for tool replacement, supplies, transportation, and other incidental costs. The non-profit Aviation Museum of N.H. has committed to covering these expenses through donations. This is where your help is needed and important.

Consider a tax-deductible donation (via our online portal below) to help keep Manchester School of Technology students building aircraft in a well-supplied workshop. Any amount is welcome!