April 23, 2009
By Jill W. Tallman
Avemco Insurance Co. has donated a salvaged Piper Saratoga to Build a Plane, a nonprofit program that provides aircraft projects to schools.
Build a Plane founder Lyn Freeman announced the acquisition April 23 at Sun ’n Fun in Lakeland, Fla. The PA-32 was salvaged from a 2007 claim filed with Avemco, and could not be repaired because of extensive water damage. It has been taken to Vero Beach High School in Vero Beach, Fla.
Susan Deblois, instructor at Vero Beach High, said her students will work on the airplane to further their understanding of the principles of aerodynamics. She added that her students were intrigued with the Saratoga’s “history”—that it had been sunk in a Florida bay—and said the project will inspire generations of young mechanics.
After Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma hit the Gulf Coast in 2006, Avemco donated 17 salvaged aircraft to Build a Plane. Currently, Build a Plane recipients are constructing or restoring more than 100 aircraft projects.
AOPA Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman is an instrument-rated private pilot who owns a Piper Cherokee 140.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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