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Monday, June 26, 2006

Damaged Airplanes Find New Lives as Educational Tools

Students across America are gaining hands-on experience in the basics of airplane mechanics, avionics, and the physics of flight, thanks in part to Avemco Insurance Company. "Build a Plane," a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation founded in 2003, promotes aviation education by coordinating the donation of used aircraft to high schools across the United States. Aircraft given to the schools have been deemed non-airworthy for a variety of reasons. For example, Avemco recently donated 12 aircraft with saltwater damage from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. Although the planes will never fly again, they otherwise are in exceptional condition for study. More

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