Teen Aircraft Factory of Manasota (TAFM)
The EAA180 Teen Build Program
Teen Aircraft Factory of Manasota
Shaping the next generation of aviation leaders one airplane at a time
Each Saturday, our local teens work under the guidance of our TAFM aviation volunteer mentors to build a two-seat aircraft. Our mentors have over 150 combined years of aviation experience and ensure that the students learn the necessary skills to assemble their aircraft and, perhaps more importantly, develop self-confidence, work discipline, commitment, teamwork, and leadership.
Young Eagles Program
Under the EAA Chapter 180 Young Eagles Program, TAFM mentors participate in offering free flights to area youths in the Sarasota/Bradenton area. Join us on the third Saturday of each month at Universal Flight in Sarasota Airport (KSRQ). Come join us in exploring the skies this month!
The TAFM has completed three airplanes and is well into our fourth RV-12. Our first aircraft was sold several years ago and has now clocked over 1400 hours. Our second RV-12 was completed in early 2019 and was purchased by a pilot in New Mexico. Our third plane finished in June 2020 and was purchased by a Floridian on the East Coast. Now we are working on our fourth RV-12. Interested in purchasing our latest RV-12?