Media release: W.L. Gore & Associates shows confidence in Aero Space Kinross with key sponsorship for Build-A-Plane project

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W.L. Gore & Associates, a global materials science company, has recognised Aero Space Kinross (ASK) inspirational aviation initiative, the ‘Build-A-Plane’ project, with key sponsorship support for an aeroplane trailer.

Keith Cuthbert, aerospace engineer at Gore, handed over the seven-metre-long customised trailer to the ASK team, today (26.06.18) at Kinross High School. The team of dedicated school pupils who have been involved in the build will also be in attendance along with headteacher Sarah Brown and school colleagues.

Commenting on the trailer sponsorship, Keith Cuthbert said: “This is a highly innovative and educational aviation project, and we are delighted to be able to support it, working in tandem with Aero Space Kinross. We recognise that sponsorship of the trailer by Gore will give the “Build-A-Plane” greater scope for outreach to other schools and events, and consequently inspire more young people to consider a career in the field of aviation.”

Adrian Milne, global product specialist for Gore Civil Aerospace Team, added: “Our global experience and heritage in the aerospace industry make us uniquely positioned to help further educate and inspire future generations of aviators.”

Entering the final chapter of the aviation build aspect of the project, the plane will soon be moved to Fife Airfield, Glenrothes, where it will undergo rigorous inspections and testing. It is anticipated that permission to test fly the plane will be granted during July, which will ultimately lead to the issue of a full flying licence by the Light Aircraft Association.

Commenting on the collaboration with Gore, Alisdair Stewart, Chair of ASSET, said: “This is an extremely timely and generous sponsorship. Gore is tangibly demonstrating the backing of a highly respected brand by giving us the practical means to display the plane at other schools, events and airshows. This is a real boost to our STEM outreach efforts. Gore’s support also adds further visibility to our membership drive and provide a spotlight on our capital fundraising efforts.”

Kinross High School headteacher, Sarah Brown, added: “It is truly immense to receive this level of sponsorship, backing the “Build-A-Plane” project, as it nears completion. It is especially exciting for the pupils and expert team who have been closely involved in the build and most importantly helps us highlight STEM education at a practical level.”

The fully-branded Gore, built by specialist fabricator ‘Shirenewton’ in England, will make it possible for the Build-A-Plane team to showcase the two-seater Eurofox plane at airshows and events over the summer including Scotland’s National Airshow at the National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield on 28th July; Fife Airport Open Day, 11th August and at the Light Aircraft Association Rally, Sywell Aerodrome, Northampton from 31st August – 2nd September.


In addition, Air Service Training Ltd, Perth College, University of the Highlands, and Islands have provided pupils with workshops covering hands-on engineering skills development, health and safety briefing, a hangar visit and aeronautics theory.

The whole project has been made possible with financial support from Rural Perth and Kinross LEADER Programme 2014-2020: The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas. A grant of £30,000 for the Kinross High School (“KHS”) Build-a-Plane project has been offered to match £30,000 of funding, ASSET raised through its recent crowdfunding

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

For further press information, images and interviews, please contact Fiona Stewart: Mob: 07940560453

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Notes for editors:

About ASSET and Aero Space Kinross

ASSET is a Community Benefit Society; community-led, controlled and operated for the benefit of Kinross-shire and the community it serves. Aero Space Kinross 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 No 7524, Aero Space Scientific Educational Trust, Scottish Charity No SCO45931.

About W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

L. Gore & Associates is a global materials science company dedicated to transforming industries and improving lives. Founded in 1958, Gore has built a reputation for solving complex technical challenges in the most demanding environments — from revolutionizing the outerwear industry with GORE-TEX® fabric to creating medical devices that improve and save lives to enabling new levels of performance in the aerospace, pharmaceutical and mobile electronics markets, among other industries. The company is also known for its strong, team-oriented culture and continued recognition from the Great Place to Work® Institute. Headquartered in Newark, Del., Gore employs approximately 9,500 associates and generates annual revenues that exceed $3 billion.

About the Rural Perth and Kinross LEADER Fund

The new LEADER, (‘Liaison Entre Actions de Développement de l’Économie Rurale’), Rural Development programme for Perth and Kinross was launched on Thursday 14 January 2016.

Approximately £3.8 million of EU and Scottish Government SRDP (Scottish Rural Development Programme) funding is being invested in the local area between 2014 and 2020, bringing a boost to communities and the rural economy. The funding will be directed towards the priorities identified in the Rural Perth and Kinross LEADER Programme Development Strategy and Business Plan, with the aim of helping to create a long-term legacy of vibrant, healthy and inclusive rural communities. The priorities include Community Capacity Building, Rural Broadband, Youth Initiatives, Farm Diversification, Rural Enterprise and there are Open Challenge and Co-operation Projects Funds also. Funding is allocated by the Rural Perth and Kinross Local Action Group, (LAG). This independent body consists of representatives from local businesses and public sector and third sector organisations. Anyone can apply, Facebook @PerthKinrossLEADERFunding, Twitter @P_KLeader #PKLeader.

GORE, GORE-TEX, PYRAD, SKYFLEX and designs are trademarks of W. L. Gore & Associates

Photography credit: Anna Corsar

Keith Cuthbert, aerospace engineer at Gore and Alisdair Stewart, chairman, Aero Space Scientific Educational Trust.

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