Otamatea Aviation Academy has made Otamatea High School the envy of it’s much higher profile counterparts, thanks to director Paul Morrison who has literally spent a lifetime associated with things aero.
At the start of the year, Otamatea Aviation Academy members knew that the pressure was on to stay focused and on task to complete their replica Piper Cub aircraft project. This is the third and last year of the three-year programme.
The highlight to date has been the fitting of the undercarriage and having the fuselage resting on the ground for the first time. The wings are almost completed and the tail group well under way in preparation of a full set-up by the end of the term.
“All the work on the Piper Cub replica requires the greatest of commitment by all who are building it,” said Academy director Paul Morrison. “This will be a fully airworthy aircraft when finished.”
Last week student Joshua Hansen worked with Mr Morrison and completed the last of the machining of the elevators.
All Academy Members are working towards their Level Three Achievement Standards and are attending the Academy in their own time, every second Tuesday from 3.30pm until 6.30pm.
If you have an interest in Aviation, and would like to visit the Academy on a Wednesday, call Otamatea High School on (09) 431 8230, or check out aviationacademy.co.nz.
HIGH STANDARD: Paul Morrison, left, watches Joshua Hansen at work on the plane project, due for completion this year.