Australian Aircraft Kits opened its hangar doors at Taree Airport to St Clare’s High School engineering students and it was a lesson in design and construction.
Ole Hartmann is described as owner, operator, aircraft designer and test pilot for Australian Aircraft Kits (AAK) and recently he shared his knowledge and experience with the school’s year 12 engineering studies students.
Technology and applied studies teacher, Mark O’Neill said the students were studying the aeronautical engineering module and the visit to AAK at Hangar 13 at Taree Airport brought “the textbook to life.”
The students learned about aeronautical engineering and design, in particular wing design and construction. Mr O’Neill said the students also focused on a jet propelled, single seat aircraft that had its own parachute “in case things don’t go right and gravity gets in the way of a good flight.”
Mr O’Neill said AAK was building the plane from a US sourced kit and it was the only plane of its type in Australia.