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GHS Student Takes Solo Flight in Tango Flight Airplane

Evan Eissler in his Tango Flight airplane

Source: KXAN

Georgetown High School student Evan Eissler celebrated his 16th birthday Saturday, Aug. 22 by becoming the first Georgetown ISD Tango Flight student to solo in a Tango Flight-built airplane.

The airplane, N217TF, was the first airplane built by the GISD Tango Flight program during the 2016-17 school year. The Eissler family purchased the plane following its completion, and Evan has trained in piloting the plane during the past year. Pilots are eligible for solo flight at 16 years of age. 

GISD’s Tango Flight program was founded in Georgetown ISD and is one of only 11 in the country. It is a high school class that provides students with the tools to build a two-seat airplane over the course of a school year. Students also learn about aviation and aerospace engineering as they work with local businesses. The program was founded in 2016. For more information on Tango Flight, visit the program’s website here.

Thank you to KXAN for sharing Evan's story, which you can read below.


16-year-old in Georgetown takes flight in student-built plane

Most teenagers simply look forward to getting their driver’s license for their 16th birthday, but one high school student from Georgetown ISD flew his very own airplane Saturday.

KXAN first told you about Evan Eissler last year in a story about a unique program at Georgetown ISD.

The program is made possible through the school district’s partnership with a non-profit called “Tango Flight.”

The organization raises money, buys the kits and then completed plans are sold to fund the next plane.

Evan was in that class last year. His mom says he flew one of those planes out of the Georgetown airport on Saturday morning, and the weather cooperated.