November 2016 Flight Expo Newsletter


Build A Plane



Build A Plane Begins

On Tuesday October 18th eight students showed up to the shop for our first session of our Build A plane program in our third year. After going over the rules and announcing the new projects to the class, the students wasted no time and got right to work. Since most of the students were in the program last year they needed little guidance and the new students caught on fast. This was a relief as we expected to be overwhelmed the first few classes. However, we were quickly kicked back onto our heels the second week when surprisingly six more students showed up increasing our class size to 14 and with only three instructors we found ourselves a bit over our heads. To be fair, the students were great, they stayed on task and the experienced students help teach the new ones. All in all, the first two weeks have gone well and we look forward to another year with the kids.

Parts Needed for our Luscombe

The airplane does not include an engine or propeller, if you come across one that is for sale or if you have one and would like to help support the project please let us know. We will also be on the lookout for new control surfaces, the ones that came with the project are corroded and after pricing out new skins from Univair and the other necessary parts, it may be more cost effective to buy them off another project.


We are looking for volunteers to help even if it is only part-time and don't worry if you don't possess the necessary skills, we can find something for you to do and it would help us out a lot.

Donate Your Plane Or Project

Also we are always accepting more aircraft projects and parts. One of the ways we pay for the program and can afford to restore the airplanes is by selling parts off of wrecked or salvaged aircraft.


Tools is another area we could use your help. As we obtain more students every year, we find that our tools are spreading thin and kids are waiting around for others to finish using a drill or a wrench etc. and we're wasting valuable time that could be spent building. I have yet to find a shop that has too many tools, so if you have tools that you want to get rid of and don't think we could use them, think again.

If you are interested in participating or want to make a contribution the program please e-mail us at ,, or call 763-370-5429/763-568-3360.


We meet every Tuesday from 5:30-8:30 pm and every other Saturday from 9:00 am to noon.


29563 144th St, Princeton, MN 55371

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