October 2016 Flight Expo Newsletter


The 2016 Build A Plane Program

On October 18th Flight Expo will be starting its third year hosting the Build A Plane program.

This year Chris Bobka from St. Paul, MN Flemming Field has generously donated his Luscombe 8A two place aircraft. The fuselage has already undergone restoration work giving the kids a great head start on the project. However the wings and flying surfaces have suffered corrosion and all the skins will need to be replaced. This will be a major job, but it will also be a great learning experience for the students.

The airplane does not include an engine or propeller, so 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 Need Your Help

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.

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 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 john@flightexpo.org or call 763-370-5429


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

First class is Tuesday October 18th and the rate for students is $50.00 per semester.

29563 144th St, Princeton, MN 55371

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