FAA Partner Offers Tax Deductions For Planes Given to Kids
Have an old airplane in the hangar that, despite your best
wishes or wildest dreams, you grudgingly admit you'll never be able
to bring back to life? You may be in luck... as Build A Plane
(BAP), the non-profit organization that helps kids learn science,
technology, engineering and mathematics by building real airplanes,
is in need of aircraft donations.
In a formal partnership with the Federal
Aviation Administration since June, BAP works to place
donated aircraft across the country into high schools that want to
add aviation into their curriculum or who are willing to use
aviation to enhance other educational objectives.
Currently there are 27 projects across the United States, plus
others in India, the United Kingdom and Nigeria, and more than a
100 projects are forecast to be operating before the end of 2008.
Kids are given project aircraft of all descriptions -- from cabin
class twins to Cessna 150s -- as project planes to rebuild or
Build A Plane understands the correlation between aircraft
construction and real-world applications of math, science,
engineering and technology.
Build A Plane is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a
501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Aircraft donors receive
receipts for their contributions and may take the fullest deduction
the law allows. Any aircraft, or aircraft component is valuable to
a high school program somewhere.
Build A Plane’s tremendous success has drawn support from
a variety of general aviation industry leaders -- including Jack
Pelton, the president and CEO of Cessna Aircraft Company, and Alan
Klapmeier, president and CEO of Cirrus Design. Air show champion
Patty Wagstaff and CNN anchor Miles O’Brien have also joined
Build A Plane’s advisory board.
In addition to offering schools real airplanes as aids to
learning science, technology, engineering and math, Build A Plane
will soon offer a variety of aviation-themed curricula for high
To donate and aircraft to Build A Plane, or to learn more about
its projects, click on the FMI link below.