McKinney students take flight with aviation program by building — and ultimately flying — their airplane
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December 11, 2015
In a hangar classroom at McKinney National Airport, students from McKinney’s three high schools are learning to fly — as they assemble an airplane piece by piece. Quinn Dauenhauer, a senior at McKinney North, signed up for an introductory aviation course because he needed an elective. Now, in his third year with the program, he wants to study aerospace engineering at Texas A&M University. “That definitely wasn’t my plan until I joined the class,” he said.
Hundreds of pieces of unassembled plane parts wrapped in protective blue plastic line one wall. Dauenhauer and Makenzie Bass, a senior at McKinney Boyd, struggle as they try to remove all the rivets from a piece the two had assembled so they could work on another part. “You put a lot of these in here,” Bass said. “Yeah, one for every hole,” Dauenhauer said.
The 35 third-year aviation students are starting a new project that will hopefully have them airborne by April. If everything goes according to plan, they’ll fly the plane to Oskosh, Wisc., in July for a national fly-in festival with hundreds of pilots.
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