Yuba Sutter LSA Teen Build

NCAI’s flagship education and enrichment initiative began in 2016 as a pilot program for ten students working with adult mentors to build a two-seat airplane called the Van’s RV-12. Projected to finish in the first half of 2019, this airplane (registered N112YS) represents 30 months of learning metalwork and shop skills, reading technical plans, teamwork, and leadership by our students.

The Van’s Aircraft RV-12 is a Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) that can be built by amateurs, and flies at 138 mph. It is one of the most popular and common LSAs in the United States. For more information, please visit http://www.facebook.com/LSAteenbuild

NCAI is currently exploring how to continue the LSA Teen Build program, and discussions are underway with regional Career Technical Education coordinators and the AeroSTEM Academy on how to apply lessons learned toward expanding future airplane build programs, encompassing approved school curriculum and including more students. We are always looking for volunteers to help mentor students in the build process, as well as aid in program management through the LSA Teen Build Steering Committee. If you would like to volunteer, please contact wearencai@gmail.com.”


Yuba Sutter LSA Teen Build students inventory parts for the RV-12 empennage (tail) kit.

The airplane canopy is a particularly important section of the airplane, and the students take care not to crack or scratch the window surface.

The airplane canopy is a particularly important section of the airplane, and the students take care not to crack or scratch the window surface.

Some controls and parts are easier to access and work on by sitting in the cockpit. It's also a good place to practice making airplane noises!

Some controls and parts are easier to access and work on by sitting in the cockpit. It’s also a good place to practice making airplane noises!

 

Students and mentors study the plans and begin modifications before installing the Rotax 912 engine

Students and mentors study the plans and begin modifications before installing the Rotax 912 engine

 

The cockpit is once again the most convenient place to work when fitting bolts, controls, and wires through the engine firewall.

The cockpit is once again the most convenient place to work when fitting bolts, controls, and wires through the engine firewall