Teen Aircraft Factory of Manasota (TAFM)
The EAA180 Teen Build Program
Our Mission and Objectives
The Teen Aircraft Factory of Manasota (TAFM) is dedicated to helping teens discover their unique gifts and passions and explore their interest in aviation. We aim to introduce them to the world of aviation, to STEM, and to skills they will need in their careers by teaching them how to build a two-seat airplane from a kit. Building the future — one aircraft at a time.
To build an airworthy and marketable aircraft using our students and mentors
To install an understanding of aircraft manufacturing practices and aviation in our students
To foster teamwork and collaboration
To cultivate detail-oriented and diligent work practices
To create a safe work environment
To champion our alumni toward college and/or the military
See What Our Teens Have to Say
"I love the plane build and everyone involved. I always look forward to coming every Saturday to work and learn about aeronautics."
"I really learned alot... building a complex machine. I worked on the landing gear. It's really cool! It got me hooked right away. It's so awesome."
"I came from building after 2 years and now it is completed and assembled. I went flying in it and it was a wonderful experience! Looking at the wings I connected and rivetted... it was really nice!"
"I enjoy this program very much because it gives us an opportunity to do things that we would never be able to experience anywhere else. I have learned alot of skills like sanding, wiring, soldering, fiber glassing and many more!""
"The amount of learning and the spectrum of skills that go into building a plane is just massive. Learning that is so satisfying!"