The project provides many opportunities for the school
and the pupils that build the aircraft some of which are:
introduction to aviation an important part of 21st century life
insight into the mechanics of aviation encouraging students with an interest
hands-on construction developing knowledge of tools and physical skills
as part of a team developing an understanding of team relationships
progress and reporting the build in words and images developing communication
the aircraft achieving a goal to be proud of and excited about
the school very few schools can boast of such an exciting lesson plan
Unlike some other great projects that last forever New
Horizons is designed to grow from a van load of boxes to a ready to fly
aircraft in the period of a school year. Students working on the project will
see it through from start to finish, not just dip in to a never ending task
that was started before they can remember and wont be completed until after
they have left school. We see the project as a part of the curriculum, not just
an after-school activity.
New Horizons provides a project for go-ahead schools with
go-ahead staff and willing students.
Each aircraft is supplied with a build manual that
details the sequence of construction. We expect the school to be able to
appoint sufficient staff to the project so there is no period of inactivity and
those staff must have manual skills and be able to oversee and manage the
construction of the aircraft; this is a hands-on project. We expect the staff
to be as enthusiastic about building an aircraft as the students.
The BMAA will appoint an experienced builder as a mentor
who can also help with the more complex parts of the build, but the main
construction will be completed by the students. The BMAA will also appoint an
experienced microlight aircraft Inspector who will independently check work as
it is completed stage by stage. The inspector can also advise and guide, but to
maintain independence cannot be part of the build.
When the aircraft is finally built the mentor will take
responsibility for the final preparations making the aircraft ready for its