G-SBAP and G-YTLY have been sold!

The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and Boeing are delighted to announce that the G-SBAP and G-YTLY aircrafts have been sold. Both aircrafts were built as part of the Schools Build-A-Plane (SBAP) Challenge with the former by Marling, with its partner schools Stroud High and St. Rose’s schools, and the latter by Yateley School with its partner schools Court Moor School and Kings College, Guildford.

One of the many objectives of the SBAP Challenge was to build a two-seater micro-light aircraft that would eventually fly and then allow participating students the opportunity to have an experience flight before being sold. The project has seen a tremendous amount of work, which has gone into building the aircrafts to create a marketable end product that has met the airworthiness standards for its category. We thank the buyers as the money raised from selling the RANS S6ES Coyote will be reinvested to support the programme.

The G-SBAP and G-YTLY have been part of many air shows including most notably in 2014, when both aircrafts flew in a dual display at the Farnborough Air show above thousands of spectators. This was the first time that school-built aircrafts flew in the internationally renowned event, making aviation history and featured on the documentary, High Fliers, which was broadcast on the Community TV Channel in May this year.

The RAeS and Boeing would like to congratulate pupils for their accomplishment, which could not have been achieved without the dedication and support of teachers, parents and volunteers from the local Farnborough, Gloucester and Cheltenham RAeS Branches and the Light Aircraft Association. Sir Michael Arthur, Boeing’s President of the UK and Ireland says; “To sustain the highly qualified pipeline of talent in the UK aerospace industry, we work hard to inspire and prepare young people in science, technology and aviation though hands-hand on learning projects like the Schools Build-a-Plane Challenge.” It is an achievement that demonstrates the ability of young people in the UK and shows that success is possible through collaboration. 



12 January 2016