12 students from Georgetown ISD and their aerospace engineering teacher are departing for Oshkosh, WI on July 20 for AirVenture Oshkosh 2018, the world’s largest annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts in the world.
There, they’ll show off the plane, an RV-12 experimental aircraft, built during the last school year with help from their mentor organization, Tango Flight, a local nonprofit that supports the program.
In addition to networking with other aviation enthusiasts, students will be exposed to workshops that hone their skills in welding, sheet metal work, airplane maintenance and more.
“This is an incredible experience for our students,” Dan Weyant, aerospace engineering instructor said. “It’s amazing for students to have an opportunity to build an airplane and fly it. I’m really proud to be leading that program and share my love of flying with them. And taking them to an event like Oshkosh, the exposure they will have to industry leaders and college recruiters - it’s priceless.”
The group plans to depart from Georgetown Municipal Airport on Saturday morning at 5 am. Two students will join instructors for the flight in the student-built planes. The rest will travel commercially and meet the group in Wisconsin.