Student Plane-Building Program

Donate and help New Hampshire high schoolers reach new heights!

Sam DiMino, graduate of the Manchester School of Technology, with WMUR-TV’s Erin Fehlau with the student-build RV-12iS light sport aircraft that Sam helped build.

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Why donate?

Your contribution of any amount will give students in three Granite State high schools the chance to participate in the potentially life-changing hands-on experience of building a real airplane.

Working with volunteer adult mentors, students spend an average of about two years working with all the parts and components (including 15,000 rivets!) to assemble a real two-seat airplane—a Van’s RV-12iS light sport aircraft, to be precise.

Once completed and certified by the FAA as flight-worthy, the finished aircraft is sold on the open market. The proceed are used to purchase the kits needed for the next aircraft build, meaning the program operates at no cost to local taxpayers.

However, costs are involved in running the program year-to-year, and the non-profit Aviation Museum is committed to raising the necessary funds. This amounts to about $10,000 each year for each of the three programs in Manchester, Lebanon, and Farmington.

Your tax deductible donation today can play an important role in providing this opportunity to New Hampshire’s high school students now and in the future. By donating, you may not be in the workshop, but you’re helping them build an airplane!

To contribute to any of the three programs, follow the link and donate online today!