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Build A Plane

What is BuildAPlane

BuildAPlane is a Non-Profit Organization

Build A Plane is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting aviation and aerospace by giving young people the opportunity to build real airplanes. Aircraft construction and restoration is not only exciting, but also provides a real-world application for learning science, technology, engineering and math.

Build A Plane solicits aircraft donations then re-gifts those aircraft to schools at no charge. Donated aircraft range from the simplest kit planes to larger, multi-engine aircraft.

Over 300 airplanes placed

Build A Plane has placed over 300 airplanes in schools and youth aviation clubs throughout the United States and in several other countries. In addition to being a unique and exciting vehicle for STEM education, Build A Plane can jumpstart a strong interest in aviation and aerospace. A surprising number of students who participate in Build A Plane programs go on to pursue higher education to become pilots, engineers, technicians or any number of aviation/ aerospace careers. Build A Plane programs really do make a difference!

Flight Expo's Build A Plane Program

Flight Expo, Inc. started their first BuildAPlane program October 2014 with 6 students in the local area.

Today, we have over 16 students each session from over 7 different cities surrounding the Princeton, MN area.

Flight Expo's Flying Club

In 2016 Flight Expo, Inc. sold their first project a Kit Fox aircraft (now flying the skies of MN) and purchased a Cessna 150 to start a Flying Club for the students to join and experience flight.

2019 Session Events

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser


In January a fundraiser was held at Pizza Ranch in Elk River, helping to fund the Build-A-Plane program.

Spaghetti Fundraiser


On January 28th, the Build-A-Plane students help create a dinner night which included a live band and raffle.

Build-A-Plane Spring Session of 2019


Build-A-Plane program has started back up despite the large amounts of snow. Students have started working on the wings of the Piper Colt, preparing them for fabric.

Some inside through out the year on our programs for 2018

Piper Colt Restoration in Fall of 2017

The Piper Colt in November of 2017.

 Over the last 18 months our Build A Plane program has been completely restoring a Piper Colt Aircraft that was donated in by  Michele Heins.   

Piper Colt Restoration in Spring of 2018

Sanding is a necessary to remove the rust and corresion.

Like any restoration, there are always a few bumps in the road.  This is what we experienced with the Piper Colt when we found certain areas on the wing with corresion.

Piper Colt Restoration in Fall of 2018


Working hard to make sure we will have an aircraft flying this spring 2019.  Control surfaces are now covered.

Hot Air Balloon Donation


Winter of 2018 a Hot Air Balloon was donated into Flight Expo, Inc.  On the way home the trailer had issues causing it to flip on its side.  Select students were put to task on restoring the trailer to make the balloon transportable.

Hot Air Balloon Donation

Now ready for the basket

We are ready for an instructor to help us out with flying our Hot Air Balloon.  

Please contact Sharon at:  763-568-3360

Flight Expo's Flying Club


We have our first Build A Plane student soloed on December 11, 2018.