Aviators By Design Announces "Soar Like an Eagle" Campaign


Organization to raise funds to complete student-built Zenith CH750 aircraft.

Aviators by Design

Aviators By Design, Founder and President, Jerry Graf announced today that the organization is kicking off its 2103 “Soar Like an Eagle” fundraising campaign, which will run from April 01 through May 31, 2013.

“We have made amazing progress in building the Zenith since the project began at the Homebuilder’s Hangar during Oshkosh 2012,” Graf said. “Right after AirVenture, the aircraft was moved to its current home at Iola’s Central County Airport (68C). Currently we have youth from five different local high schools working on the airplane.”

“They meet at the airport every other Tuesday evening,” he added. “We invite everyone to visit our Aviators By Design Facebook page to see the progress.”

Graf said that while progress has been very good, they are now in critical need of key kits and components to finish the airplane.

“We need to raise $44,000 to buy the finishing kit, the firewall-forward kit, instrument panel and UL Power UL350iS engine,” he said. “The airplane is about 50-percent finished, so that means there’s 90-percent more work to do.”

Graf explained that the organization’s 2013 “Soar Like an Eagle” campaign is using the social networking Indiegogo crowd funding format to help it reach its $44,000 goal.

“We’re relying on various social networks to get the word out and direct donors to go to Indiegogo.com and find the “Soar Like an Eagle” campaign for details,” he said. “ There are many levels of contributions with some very nice perks to be given away depending on the donation amount.

“The Aviators By Design program is designed to be put in place by any organization,” he said. “It is for the kids of today and of the future, we really appreciate your support – please help us “Soar Like an Eagle.””

For information, please visit Indiegogo.com and search for the “Soar Like an Eagle” campaign.

About Aviators By Design
Aviators By Design was formed with the idea of reaching our youth and non-pilot public via a passionate education about aviation. Aviators By Design, which is a nonprofit 501-c-(3) organization, was set up to promote the various aviation education programs and offerings as well as some of its own techniques to accomplish this mission.

You can learn more at: www.aviatorsbydesign.com

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Paul Dye
Paul Dye, KITPLANES® Editor at Large, retired as a Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Space Flight program, with 40 years of aerospace experience on everything from Cubs to the Space Shuttle. An avid homebuilder, he began flying and working on airplanes as a teen and has experience with a wide range of construction techniques and materials. He flies an RV-8 and SubSonex jet that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra and an electric Xenos motorglider they completed. Currently, they are building an F1 Rocket. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 6000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, FAA DAR, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor; he was formerly a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.


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