Many, many thanks to everyone who has joined TeenFlight. We now have 90 members. The RV12 is nearly finished and ready for flight. We will, with luck, be firing up the engine for the first time Wednesday night. Once it gets final inspection by Transport Canada and is officially registered, we need to fly it for 25 hours to get the restricted Certificate of Airworthiness.
As soon as we fly the aircraft and prove to Vans Aircraft that this is indeed a TeenFlight project, we get a refund of 10% of the purchase price. This will allow us to order some of the kits to start the next build, before we sell this one.
Last week the aircraft was assembled at Timberline Secondary School. It got a lot of attention and we had some new students sign up to work on the next one. All student participants must take ground school. Timberline has hired Brody Gimson as the instructor. Brodie has been very involved in building our first aircraft and will be getting his pilot’s licence this summer with Air Cadets. He will be our first student to fly the aircraft he helped build.
We are still in the fund raising mode as we needed to borrow money to complete it, and will need more money for insurance.
Coming up Saturday, July 16 is our third Annual Wings and Wheels event. This is a car show and fly-in. North Island Cruisers is expecting over 100 classic and custom cars. We will have a famous WW II aircraft, a Spitfire, courtesy of Heritage Flight Foundation in Paine Field, Washington. If you have been around the Campbell River Airport you may have seen their DC3, Beech Staggerwing, “Grumpy” the B25 and their P51D “Impatient Virgin”. Come join us. See the attached poster. If you can get more involved, let me know. We need volunteers.
Please remember when you are flying with any of the Island aircraft and helicopter companies that they have all supported this very worthwhile project, as have many local businesses, the City of Campbell River, the Airport Authority and the Rotary Club.
Last week Global Aircraft Insurance donated a damaged ultralight aircraft to TeenFlight. The plan is to rebuild this aircraft introducing a different aspect to the program and providing advanced skill training for the students.
Bill Alder, President