Media release: Aero Space Kinross announces Build-A-Plane project plans and September Astronomy Day

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FOLLOWING on from the success of their recent crowdfunding campaign, Aero Space Kinross (ASK) announces exciting plans this month, for the Build-A-Plane project with Kinross High School, forthcoming astronomy event on 30 September, along with a newly-launched 2017 art competition and recruitment news.

Raising £57,750 of £25,000 target with 101 investors in 84 days, the team at ASK has raised enough funds to get their Build-A-Plane project up and running and will take delivery of the full-scale kit plane this November.

Alisdair Stewart, chair of Aero Space Kinross, said: “The response to our initial share offer has been very heartening and we are delighted with the superb local support and volunteer efforts throughout. We have now advertised for three key roles – an events administrator, finance officer and fundraiser to build real momentum in raising £10 million for our big capital project.

“Aero Space Kinross is now moving into a very exciting phase, as our next round of activities and plans roll out. Our Build-A-Plane project is well underway and we will be taking delivery of the full-scale kit plane in November.

“It really is going to be a fantastic project for Kinross High School, as the plane will be assembled by the pupils under expert ASK supervision. Once the finished plane has been certified, students will be given the chance to have a free flight –  giving them a chance to be engaged in all aspects of flight.”

Full support for the Kinross High School Build-A-Plane project has been offered by the Air Service Training Ltd, a Queens Award-winning company.

Peter Farrow, chief executive Air Service Training Ltd, said: “As the longest-established training school of its type in the world, we are ideally placed to offer theoretical and practical training and use of its extensive technical training facilities at Perth Airport to support the project and promote STEM activities.”

Out of this World Experience, Saturday 30th 10am – 4pm*

ASK is also delighted to announce their family day, Out of this World experience with Cosmos Planetarium on the 30th September at Loch Leven Community Campus with a raft of fun, astronomical and discovery activities for children.

In the evening, Professor John C. Brown OBE, RSE Astronomer Royal for Scotland, will give a talk on From Scottish Dark Skies to the Edge of the Universe.

Entry for the Out of this World experience will be children: £3 adults: £5 and members free. Booking essential/Email:

ASK Art competition, Flight to the Future Open, for entries now until 30 November 2017

To raise awareness of the Aero Space Kinross project throughout Perth, Kinross and Fife communities – an art competition is being run in partnership with the Light Aviation Association and Kinross and District Art Club. Entry is open to all ages with free entry for under-16’s. Think Planet Earth, Outer Space, Flight, Aviation and set to work on your depiction of what this means for you!

For entry form, full terms and conditions for the art competition, check out


Notes to editors:

The ASK project has been created to inspire future generations into flight related, STEM careers and leisure flying pursuits that will act as a feeder for both the aerospace industry and educational/training establishments in the Perth and Kinross-shire area and across Scotland. It will also be a knowledge hub, an exciting visitor attraction and an event venue to be enjoyed by the local community and all visitors.

Key features of the proposed centre will include: • Science and story of flight, astronomy and space exploration • Planetarium (fully immersive, dynamic 3D content) • A/V experiences and VR flight motion simulation • Airsports showcase • Lecture theatre – Expert talks, seminars and workshops • Retail space, online shop, restaurant/coffee shop • Aviation charities showcase

Watch the video here, for more information:

ASSET is a Community Benefit Society community led, controlled, and operated for the benefit of Kinross-shire and the community it serves. It is a tremendous opportunity for the residents of Kinross-shire and beyond that will bring huge economic, educational and tourism benefits to the area, as well as providing locals, Scots, and visitors alike with a unique flight-themed science and space centre.

Aero Space Kinross is a wholly-owned subsidiary of community benefit society, Aero Space Scientific Educational Trust. Scottish Charity No. SC045931

For more information on how to support and be a part of this unique experience go to:



For further project and community share offer information please contact: Alisdair Stewart:

For further press information please contact Fiona Stewart: /Mob: 07940560453


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