Tehachapi high school students build an airplane


Tehachapi High School students are building an airplane that will eventually fly over Kern County.

After more than two years of planning, a dozen mentors from the Tehachapi Society of Pilots are teaching students about aviation.

Right now, the airplane is in a thousand pieces. The end result will be a Zenith CH 750 Cruzer.

The project is estimated to be done in about a year.

"They all know that they get to fly in this airplane when it's done, and so they're very, very careful for what they do," said project manager Paul Nafziger. "They check before they do something. If they make a mistake they tell us. It's really an experience for me as well as the students."

The workshop is twice a week, hosting 18 students from Valley Oaks Charter School and Tehachapi High School.

These students learn everything from how to use mechanical tools to reading blueprints.

After the plane is finished, the students will be able to fly in it. Then, it will be sold to buy another airplane kit, to start the process all over again.

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