Boeing Build-a-Plane




The Royal Aeronautical Society in partnership with Boeing announces 

the successful school chosen to complete landmark science and engineering project


The Boeing Company and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) today announced the name of the first school to take part in the UK Schools Build a Plane project. Working closely with the school, the project will bring together all aspects of the aircraft build process, and actively engage pupils in every aspect of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The Yateley School, from Farnborough, in Hampshire will aim to give around 25 young people, aged 14-18, the chance to build a real aircraft, a RANS S6, from start to finish. Experts from Boeing, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Light Aircraft Society will be on-hand throughout the build process to mentor the young people involved.

Building work will start in June and the School aims to have the plane completed, inspected to ensure it conforms to engineering regulations and flight certifications, aiming to be eventually unveiled at the Farnborough Air Show in 2010. Throughout the project the young people will be encouraged to report to and involve the wider community through presentations, blogs and video diaries.

 Matthew Davis, 15, from The Yateley School said: 

“I’m really excited about building a plane and very pleased that The Yateley School was selected. I think building an aeroplane will be a great way to learn about science and technology without having to sit in the classroom all the time.”

 Caroline Uttley a teacher from the Yateley School said:

 “We are very excited to be involved in the project. It is extremely important to find new ways to inspire the next generation of pilots, engineers and scientists. We are very grateful to Boeing and the Royal Aeronautical Society for giving us the chance to engage pupils in this exceptional project and for their ongoing mentoring that will help make this happen”.

 Sir Roger Bone, President of Boeing UK, commented: 

 “Boeing places great emphasis on education and investing in skills development from an early age. We are delighted that The Yateley School in Farnborough has been successful in its bid for the UK School’s Build a Plane Programme, particularly as it comes one hundred years after the first powered flight in the UK took off from Farnborough.”

 Keith Mans, CEO, Royal Aeronautical Society says:

 “This project demonstrates the Society’s commitment to young people, and in particular, engaging schools in what is probably today’s most exciting aircraft self-build project in the UK.”



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