By Mary Grady, Contributing Editor
Build A Plane, a nonprofit group that helps kids learn science, engineering and math by building real airplanes, sent out a call this week for more aircraft donations to support its programs. The aircraft don't have to be airworthy -- an unfinished kit project, a neglected inheritance or even aircraft parts can be put to good use by some program somewhere, the group said. More than 50 projects are underway in the U.S., India, the U.K. and Nigeria, but the number of schools requesting aircraft exceeds the number of aircraft donated by about 3 to 1. "We desperately need airplanes," the group said on Monday.
Donors receive receipts for their contributions, which are tax-deductible. Build A Plane has drawn support from industry leaders, including Cessna chief Jack Pelton, aircraft designer Burt Rutan, Cirrus CEO Alan Klapmeier, air show performer Patty Wagstaff, CNN anchor Miles O'Brien and EAA President Tom Poberezny. Programs now in development will offer aviation-themed lessons for high school students. To donate an aircraft, contact Katrina Bradshaw at 920-279-3714 or via e-mail.