Build A Plane, the nonprofit group that helps school kids build their own airplanes, is asking kids around the country to pitch in and help to raise money for the organization, and win prizes in the process. AOPA announced at Sun 'n Fun this week that they have signed on as a partner in the project. Participants up to age 18 are asked to find sponsors to make a pledge to Build A Plane for each mile they travel from home to EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh later this summer. Those who raise the most can qualify to win prizes, including a private pilot training course from Redbird Flight Simulations, a seven-day Bahamas trip from Air Journey, scholarships, and pilot supplies like headsets and flight bags.
Kids can travel to Oshkosh by virtually any means, including private airplane, commercial aircraft, or automobile, said Lyn Freeman, president of Build A Plane. While at the show, they will be eligible to participate in a special Kids Across America Fun Day at Oshkosh. All the money raised will go to help establish more Build A Plane projects across the U.S. Participants have until July 28 to sign up sponsors and submit their pledges to the organization.