UK Youth Build-a-Plane Project

The Spirit of Brooklands
An engineering project that shows that 
young people can achieve high ambitions 

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This project involved young people from all over the UK in building a RANS S6-ES kit aircraft, and was begun during 2003 under the leadership of Captain Stewart Luck, to mark the Centenary of Powered Flight.  It helped celebrate Brooklands' Centenary year and is funded through the museum



        The plane was built in sections by young people at Lisburn in Northern Ireland, Mold in Wales, Perth in Scotland and Manchester in England under the supervision of LAA (PFA) engineering inspectors as part of a nationwide community project.  



        The aircraft sections came together and were assembled in the NW of England, then the aircraft was inspected to ensure it conformed to the engineering regulations, certificated for flight and began flying in the summer of 2005.



        Since then the aircraft has been seen by approx 25,000 young people at events throughout the UK, including the Farnborough Airshow.   It is also being flown at events and fly-ins in many parts of the country, and giving youngsters air-experience flights.   The aircraft remains a testament to its young builders, a focus for the appreciation of scientific and engineering principles, and an information point for aviation sports and careers



        A second aircraft, an X-Air Hawk built by Devon Scouts and Air Cadets is now flying, while a third has been started , and six school groups are currently building planes funded by Boeing-UK.  


<=  Tim Gilmour White (on the right),  the sponsor of 
"Spirit of Devon Youth",  meets with Stewart Luck (left), the Build-a-Plane Project Director, at the 
Dunkeswell PFA Rally.

G-SPDY was built by 
Devon Scouts and Cadets.

Tim  is at the controls of the first Build-a-Plane G-TSOB,
"The Spirit of Brooklands"  =>



Spirit of Devon Youth at Farnborough 2008 with the Barnstaple Scouts support team


Devon Youth Build-a-Plane 3 Crew
Exhibit at The Flying Show, NEC

     Devon Strut members and Scouts from 1st Sidvale spent the week-end on the LAA YES (Youth and Education Section) area of the exhibition stand, displaying their part built Zenair CH701Stol aircraft together with pupils and teachers from Ercall Wood Technology College, Telford who showed a part of their Rans S6 aircraft being built under the auspices of the Boeing/RAeS Schools Build a Plane Schools Challenge.

     Great interest was shown in both ventures and six exhibitors offered to support the undertakings with discounted supplies and services. In particular on Sunday the Sidvale Scouts were presented with a flight-bag from Pooleys with navigational goodies and guides worth over £200. Photo shows the Scouts with the flight-bag and its contents presented by Pooley’s Commercial Director James Bailey.

     Also, following publication of the new YES magazine, Flightstore MD Andrew Holdsworth contributed £100 to the LAAET fund, for which the Scouts thanked him profusely.

     Sidvale Scouts are now working on a fund raising scheme to purchase a Rotax 912 engine for the project, so if you would like to support this worthwhile youth initiative, please contact Jim Gale.


     Not only are we looking to raise funds but we are also on the lookout for LAA builders/enthusiasts to help out during the evening sessions at the workshop in Whimple. If you feel that you could spare the time for one or two evenings a week to help guide the youngsters through the build stage and in due course getting involved in the flying of the 701, then again please contact Jim at the above address or 07887906789.



     It is hoped further regional projects will be started as funds are raised through grants and local benefactors.  

If you would like to support similar worthy engineering projects, or would like to work on one in your area, 
please contact Captain Stewart Luck at Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey, KT130QN

or e-mail , , or , or contact the LAA at 
Turweston Aerodrome, Nr Brackley, Northants, NN13 5YD;  Tel : 01280 846 786   Fax: 01280 846 780;  



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