are now 1.5 school years into the construction of our Zenith STOL
CH 750 airplane. At last count we've had almost 80 individuals participating
in its assembly. If you come into the "hangar" you will see two
wings, the rudder, horizontal stabilizer and elevator, fuselage
and cabin compartment in complete or various stages of assembly.
Our 5th grade class currently has the highest number of regular
workers. With the normal school schedule taking precedence, it's
been a challenge finding consistent times that will allow students
to participate. We're focusing on using our available time as efficiently
as possible by attempting to complete at least one task with every
assembly team that comes in.
We've also introduced students to our computer flight simulator
in our activities. Students are using X-Plane 10 Global flight simulator,
which enables them to practice flying a computer generated Zenith
STOL CH 750, the exact same airplane that we are building. This
computer flight program very closely mimics the flight characteristics
and feel of flying the real airplane. If we get to fly our airplane
when it's complete, several of our students will have a true basic
understanding of our aircraft's systems and operational flight characteristics.
Toys are fine but nothing can beat the real thing.
If you have any questions about our project feel free to contact
Julius Salinas at (218) 878-7267 or email JuliusSalinas@fdlrez.com
STOL CH 750
du LacOjibwe School Mission Statement
In order to survive both as a people and a culture, we must return
full circle to our traditional manner of education. Traditional
Anishinaabe society was outcome based and results oriented. Our
society was community focused, it was so in order to survive.