I was sent a link to a YouTube video of a girl who had built her own airplane. We'll pause here so you can read that again. Built HER OWN airplane. For her dad, no less. So her parents could fly to see her when she attends MIT and learns to design... Spacecraft. *sigh* And whenI say "girl" I mean girl, as in a teenager. She started building her aircraft in March, 2006, when she was just 13. She documents the process on her website.
Construction of N5886Q commenced on March 10, 2006. It was certified as an E-LSA on January 11, 2008 and has been flying and flying well since January 15, 2008.It took her about a year (363 days) before she could do her first runup. On an engine she had modified, gotten approval from the FAA, and named the Sabrina O2A model. And I'm telling you, looking at this girl working out in the garage all bundled up in the winter shows such an extreme level of dedication!
Oh, and did I mention that she drafted a proposal to Homeland Security with her plan to equip airplanes with geiger counters (to detect radiation from possible terrorism)? All this and never missed a day of school. There's more, but I think I'm going to go crawl back under the covers.
What are YOU going to do today?