• Boeing and RAeS Schools Build-a-Plane Challenge nominated for prestigious UK Charity award

    London, United Kingdom,  October 17, 2013 - The successful partnership between Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the Royal Aeronautical Society to inspire young people in technology, engineering and aviation by building and flying their own aircraft has received national recognition in a prestigious national charity awards ceremony.

    The Schools Build-a-Plane Challenge was nominated at The Charity Times Awards, the pre-eminent celebration of best practice in the UK charity and not-for-profit sector.

    Boeing and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) narrowly missed out on the top prize in the category of Corporate National Partnership Champion, with the other nominees being: Cancer Research UK with ScottishPower, Macmillan Cancer Support with Coral Racing and UK Youth with Microsoft, the eventual winners of the category.  The winners were announced at an Awards Gala in London.

    The Charity Times Awards aim to honour the outstanding professionals in the fields of charity management, contribute towards raising the standards of charity management, promote and raise the profile of the charity sector and provide recognition for those who are providing effective support to the sector.

    “Nothing seizes the interest of students in science and technology more than hands-on experience and real responsibility and that is exactly what the Schools Build-a-Plane Challenge offers secondary school pupils,” said Sir Roger Bone, president of Boeing in the UK.  “The future of the UK aerospace industry depends on encouraging young people to consider rewarding, sustainable careers in this sector, so we are delighted that our partnership with the Royal Aeronautical Society has been recognized at The Charity Times Awards.  We aim to inspire young people to explore the wide variety of aerospace careers available to them and equip them with the skills to pursue their ambitions.”

    The Schools Build a Plane Challenge was launched in 2008 and is supported by Boeing and managed by the RAeS in association with the Light Aircraft Association (LAA). The project provides young people in UK secondary schools with the opportunity to build a real light aircraft from a kit and gives them hands-on experience of the aircraft design and build process, understanding the scientific and engineering principles behind flight, as well as developing commercial skills such as project management, problem-solving, team work, marketing and communication, with the ultimate aim of taking a flight in the aircraft once it is complete.  There are currently six schools involved, each one building an aircraft. Yateley School in Hampshire celebrated the first flight of the project in April 2013.

    “The Challenge aims to motivate young people in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM),” said Simon Luxmoore, Chief Executive of the Royal Aeronautical Society.  “Many of the students who worked on building the planes decided to continue on this career path by studying engineering or technology at university or college, which proves the effectiveness of the scheme.”

    Sir Roger Bone continued: “Boeing celebrates 75 years of partnership with the UK in 2013 and this is a great addition to the celebrations.  We look forward to many more ‘Schools Build a Plane Challenge’ flights in the months and years ahead.”