Florida teens build a plane in three years (includes video story)

Eleven teenagers from Naples decided to take on the task of building a two-seater plane and three years later, the plane is now ready to be flown.

The group is part of the Naples Youth Aviation Project, which seeks to empower young people to pursue their passion for aviation.

Garett Sutton, one of the group members, earned his pilot’s license to fly the plane. He says the feeling is indescribable.

“You look at it, and (feel) like, I did this, I did this, I did this,” said Sutton. “You put your blood sweat and tears into it, and now you get to actually fly it. So that’s a definitely unique opportunity I’ve been given.”

Next month, Sutton will be flying the group’s plane to Nebraska for a Global Fly-In Convention.


Amanda Gray is a Cuban-American student majoring in digital media at FIU. She intends to utilize her knowledge of writing, public speaking, editing, and social media management to pursue a career in non-profit work, bringing to life her passion for communication and advocacy. Gray has enjoyed extensive international travel and uses her global perspective to highlight and serve communities.