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April 1, 2016
Eagle's Nest Projects  
An innovative aircraft project will soon be challenging Granbury High School aviation and engineering students.
Eagle's Nest Projects provide students a unique, inspiring, and empowering Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education experience through the beginning-to-end construction of a modern FAA certified Light Sport aircraft (Van's Aircraft RV-12) with full glass instrumentation, 2-axis auto-pilot, and all the latest safety features. Every aspect of construction, sheet metal, fiberglass, wiring, and engine controls are completed by the students.
The program utilizes an extensive network of mentors and educators who live our motto, "Mentors build the student... students build the Aircraft.”  The number of retired pilots and aircraft owners in the Granbury area was an incentive to join the initiative, according to Granbury ISD superintendent Dr. James Largent.
The organization will pay for half of the kit with other money raised for partnering businesses, with only minimal cost to the school district.  The sale of the planes could fund future year projects.
Eagle's Nest Projects also inspire student, school, and community pride. Taking full advantage of the aircraft's removable wings and trailering features, each build-project is regularly displayed at the build-campus, other area schools, local businesses, fly-ins, major air shows, and community activities.
A non-profit organization, Eagle’s Nest Projects partners with Project Lead The Way, the current engineering program at GHS and Crossland.  Other partners include NASA, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Jet Blue Airways, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and the Experimental Aircraft Association.
Pictured of is a similar plane flown to Granbury Regional Airport during an initial meeting in March.  The aircraft was built by students at Clear Springs High School in the Houston area.

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