March 5, 2014
Media Contact: CeCe Todd, 480-461-4032
Why just fly a plane when you can build it too? High school students
in the Aviation program at the East Valley Institute of Technology are
building an airplane!
The students meet every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at EVIT East
Campus, 6625 S. Power Road, Mesa, to build the flyable SONEX Waiex
aircraft. The group is being mentored by volunteers from EAA
(Experimental Aircraft Association) Chapter #228 and pilots and
mechanics based at Mesa’s Falcon Field airport.
Media are welcome to visit the East Campus on a Saturday and see the
plane-build in progress. This coming Saturday, March 8, EVIT’s Aviation
students will also be volunteering at Gateway Aviation Day presented by
Eastmark from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is just
northeast of the EVIT East Campus.
EVIT will have an information booth at the Gateway event in the main
Pavilion hangar where interested prospective students can experience
flight simulators, unmanned aircraft, airframe fabrication and power
plant displays. Instructors and students will be there to answer
questions about EVIT’s high school and college aviation education
pathways in commercial flight, air traffic control, unmanned aircraft
systems operations, airframe and power plant mechanics, and airport
EVIT is a public career and technical school offering tuition-free
occupational training for high school students and tuition-based
training for adults. EVIT operates two centralized Mesa campuses – EVIT
East at 6625 S. Power Road and the Dr. A. Keith Crandell (Main) Campus
at 1601 W. Main St.
Programs include aviation, a range of health careers, 3D animation,
early childhood education, law enforcement, culinary arts, cosmetology,
and much more.
EVIT students have a 98 percent high school graduation rate, and 2 out of 3 go on to college.
For more information, call (480) 461-4000 or visit www.evit.com.
For more information about the plane-build project at EVIT East, call
Lou Amadee at 480-308-4612 or Al Mittelstaedt at 480-308-4613. To
receive updates and announcements about the Aviation program, text
evitfly to 90210.