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A teenager is due to take to the skies later in a plane that was built as part of a school science project. The Eurofox two-seater was delivered in kit form over a year ago, and assembled by pupils at Kinross High School, with help from amateur pilots. Aaron McKay, 16 - one of more than 50 pupils involved in the project - will be the first of the students to fly as a passenger in the aircraft. The plane is due to take off from Fife Airport, near Glenrothes, on Friday.The Build-a-Plane project began nearly two years ago, and was designed to encourage interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects.
Inspiring pupils
It is hoped the aircraft, owned by a community benefit educational trust, will now give many pupils in the area their first experience of flying in a small aircraft. Aaron said: "It is a truly incredible honour to be the first pupil to have a flight and it has been a terrific project to be involved in. "I can really visualize taking forward my interest in STEM subjects and perhaps go on to a career in aviation engineering."The plane, which cost
The plane's components were delivered to the school in a large container from Slovakia
It was assembled in a temporary workshop on the school campus, with the project overseen by Aero Space Kinross (ASK).Funding came from a variety of sources, including rural development grants, corporate sponsorship and crowdfunding. Head teacher Sarah Brown said the school managed to incorporate the project into its science and technology curriculum.She said: "From the very start this project has piqued interest from both staff and pupils across the school and beyond. "We have been in the amazing position of having the dedicated ASK team on our doorstep, to guide the entire process, but also have staff willing to give extra-curricular hours and that speaks volumes."
The pupils carefully unwrapped the wings
Aero Space Kinross is a not-for-profit charity which hopes eventually to establish a space and aviation educational centre in the town. Director Alisdair Stewart told the BBC's Good Morning Scotland programme: "It has given the pupils at the high school the opportunity to see simple aircraft design and learn about the principles of flight"Now we are going to transition to the sheer joy of flight."Sponsorship from materials company WL Gore has paid for a ?17,000 trailer for the plane so it can be transported to other venues as part of the educational project.
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