Friday, July 1, proved a full and exciting day for this year’s Build-A-Plane team and the Dennis Willows family as work on Sportsman N653LG came to fast-paced conclusion in time for its FAA airworthiness inspection. All hands were busy with final cable adjustments, wrench turning, and placard placements.

The result of their two weeks of effort? Well, the airplane passed, of course. With this team of dedicated and focused young builders, the result was never in doubt. The Glasair Aviation family congratulates Dennis Willows (owner/builder of record), wife Susan, daughter Grace, grandsons Ian and Angus, and this year’s aviation design challenge winners: students Natasha Stemwedel, Logan Feltz, Derrick Cleaves, and Austin Krause; teacher Mike Hansen; and chaperon Jerry Graf. We hope you had as much fun building the Sportsman as we did hosting you.

 

All hands are gathered around the airplane to complete last-minute preparations for its airworthiness inspection.

All hands are gathered around the airplane to complete last-minute preparations for its airworthiness inspection.

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Angus Willows sets the aircraft’s Experimental placard in place.

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Students and helpers meet Steven Knopp, FAA Designated Airworthiness Representative.

Steven and Norma Knopp begin the inspection by checking engine numbers against paperwork.

Steven and Norma Knopp begin the inspection by checking engine numbers against paperwork.

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Steven Knopp explains to owner/builder Dennis Willows and students the type of issue he looks for during an inspection.

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The winning aviation design challenge team and the airworthy airplane they built, from left: Derrick Cleaves, Mike Hansen, Logan Feltz, N653LG, Austin Krause, Natasha Stemwedel and Jerry Graf.

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The entire team responsible for N653LG, including Glasair techs who provided instruction all along the way. Back row, from left: Casey Stewart, Dan Holtz, Derrick, Logan, Mike, Austin, Tyler Mueller, Natasha, Jerry, and Shaun Hunt. Front row: Ryan Flickinger, Grace, Ian, Tony Hatziliadis, Dennis, and Angus.