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Aircraft Construction 101
by Fond du Lac Newspaper - Nah gah chi wa nong • Di bah ji mowin nan

We 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

Zenith STOL CH 750

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Fond 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.

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