B.C. Rain Builds Alabama’s First High School Plane
B.C. Rain High School and its industry partners unveiled an airplane built by B.C. Rain’s Aviation and Aerospace Academy students last week, Mobile County Public Schools announced. The single-engine Van’s RV-12 aircraft is believed to be the first airplane in the state to be built by high school students. Three of the 75 builders — recent B.C. Rain graduate Emanuel Dotch and current students Aerie Brown and Alex Tucker — flew in it. The project was under the tutorship of engineers and mentors from Airbus and VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering, and assisted by the U.S. Coast Guard, Carlisle Interconnect Technologies and Signature Flight Support. B.C. Rain’s industry partners then completed the inspections necessary to obtain flight clearance. “This has given the students the opportunity to take the knowledge they’ve learned and apply it to situations they’ll see in the workforce,” Amanda Prowell, academy coordinator, commented. “We’ve actually been contacted by other high schools in the state who are looking to do the same thing.”
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