In September 2009, Cypress Aircraft LLC and Aviation Explorer Post 491 teamed up to
build a Kitfox 3, a two-place light-sport airplane. Working with the
Community Network Foundation, Explorer Post members—who are between 14
and 18 years old—spent about nine months building the aircraft.
During EAA AirVenture 2010 the fruits of
these labors will be in the North Aircraft Display area, Booth 619. Even
better, some lucky donor could win the airplane next year.
The promotion is part of the Community
Network Foundation’s “Connecting With the Future of Aviation ”
sweepstakes and is open only to legal U.S. residents (excluding New York
and Rhode Island) 18 years and older as of March 27, 2010. The airplane
will be awarded to the lucky winner of a random drawing on or about
April 15, 2011.
Suggested donations start at $20 for one
chance to win the aircraft, or $50 for three. Complete rules and
alternate methods of entering the drawing are available on the Explorer
Post’s website, www.AE491.org.
Aviation Explorer Post 491, like related
local and regional groups, is composed of a group of young people
exploring different careers in aviation. In their spare time, these
youth benefit from a variety of programs designed to help them learn
about careers in piloting, mechanics, and aerospace engineering.
This project has been led by industry
professionals serving as mentors in each category of aircraft
construction (from welding, aircraft covering, avionics, sheet-metal
fabrication, and upholstery, to name a few).
The aircraft will tour other air shows
later this year to promote youth programs in aviation and to raise
awareness for the project
Founded in 1981 by legendary
designer Walter Extra, the Extra family of aircraft is celebrating its