RV 12 Project
Our journey to build an aircraft started in 2012 when a conversation between Karlos Bosson (MBAS Y9 teacher) and local aircraft engineer, Jim Evans initiated the MBAS RV 12 project. It ended on November 8 2013 when the completed aircraft took to the skies above Whitianga in front of local crowds and the TVNZ camera crew!
We have told the story of our project through weekly blogs which we have reproduced below as PDF files. It is a great story of vision, hard work, team work and a shining example of a school & community collaboration. Supported by Jim and a wide cast of adult mentors the technology staff and students meet every Wednesday after school in a workshop adjacent to the Whitianga airfield. Follow the progress from Week 1 and see the plane come to life and read about the new skills and knowledge the students are acquiring.
Taylor Coot project
In 2014 Mercury Bay Area School students will embark on a second aviation project, once again under guidance from members of the local community. The new project is the restoration of a Taylor-Coot amphibian aeroplane and will be significantly different from the building of the new VANZ RV12 the school completed last year 2013.
MBAS and the Mercury Bay Aero Club have now formed the Mercury Bay Student Aviation Trust and the plan is for this Trust to own the Taylor-Coot and sell it once it’s restored. It’s projected that the amphibian plane will generate sufficient profit to buy another RV12, or similar, kitset for another new-build.
All these new developments are very exciting and offer the possibility of aviation engineering or aviation studies as an ongoing option for students attending MBAS.
"At the moment students participating in our aeroplane projects can gain NCEA Level 1 credits through the Gateway work-readiness programme. If we can have an ongoing aviation programme, we hope to attract students from further afield. It really will be something that will set us apart from many other schools, not only in New Zealand, but around the world. It will also add to and enrich our existing range of unique learning opportunities, like our marine academy and marine science, outdoor education and horticulture courses.” Karlos Bosson, teacher in charge of the aviation project.