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November 2, 2017 – Star Tribune

While the big jet makes for an impressive laboratory, its parking spot on a sometimes-icy patch of tarmac, with only one nearby port-a-potty, leaves it less than ideal for wintertime lessons. Over the past year, Hurvitz said, the program has played host to more than 2,500 students from schools across the state. Next year, he said he expects 3,000.

So, about a year ago, officials with several St. Paul-area building trades unions began talking about what they could do to help. The idea of renovating the hangar was born and work began a couple of months ago, part of continuing efforts to use the St. Paul airport as a science and technology education center.

To read the complete article please click here

To view a brief slideshow of the construction click here.

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November 26, 2016 – Star Tribune

terminal-joe-harrisJoe Harris,  St. Paul Downtown Airport manager

Reaching future pilots.
Steve Hurvitz is vice president and project director of the Learning Jet, a former Federal Express airplane parked at St. Paul and renovated to serve as a classroom for students interested in science, technology, engineering and math. The plane, with working jet engines, also is used to teach Minneapolis Community and Technical College students.

Last year, Hurvitz said, the program taught 2,000 students. This school year, 2,500 will participate, and next year 3,000.

“Our goal is to get kids interested in the basics of flight, the things they have to know,” he said. “At the St. Paul airport, we think it’s a perfect fit. It’s a little jewel that no one knows about.”

To read the complete article on St. Paul Downtown Airport and it’s future plans click here!

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October 2016
A successful Aviation Merit Badge for a local Boy Scout Troop at The Learning Jet. An Overnight lock-in. Thank you Civil Air Patrol for bringing a Cessna 172 to be part of this event. If your scout group, or an organization you know of, would like to more information on the Learning Jet programs please contact Darlene

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September 2016
Meet “Tiny Tim” a Piper Warrior which has been donated to be taken apart – put back together, and generally worked on by students. We are very exited to have this opportunity made available to the Learning!  You will find a slide show of this project on the Gallery page.

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August 17, 2016

This is our newest addition to the Learning Jet (Timothy) …. Now we have to name it.  Thank you soooo much to Signature (STP), Clint Kummor, donating this gem to us. A little bit of TLC and it’ll be good as new. Our Tenders are going to flip!

Staircase - donated by Signature (STP)

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May 20, 2016
What a beautiful day to have a group of high school students from Brooklyn Park come visit the Learning Jet. They learned about parts of an airplane, made a rocket balloon, kicked the tires and a had a special visit from the St. Paul Fire Department. Fun was had by all!

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May 3, 2016

The Minneapolis Community and Technical College Airframe and Power Plant class has been spending time at the Learning Jet! Thank you to Stephen Törnblom, Blake Oberstrar and Joshua Fry for sharing the photos! Stephen shared that this is the 2016 summer graduating class!

Hi Steve,

 Just wanted to say Thank you for the opportunity your organization has provided to MCTC. The students had a great time working on the engines and what a beautiful week to do it! To hear those engines sing again was a thing of beauty (LOL).  I am looking forward to a continued relationship with MCTC and The Learning Jet. It came through as its name states!

 Regards’
Stephen Tornblom
A & P Instructor
MCTC

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ACE CAMP!
Thank you for using the Learning Jet classroom!

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Download or view our pdf brochure below for information on
the many opportunities available for classes or groups.

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August 1, 2015

Darlene Dahlseide was interviewed for Minnesota Field Trip & Student Library. To read the entire interview with Darlene from the Minnesota Field Trip & Student Library go their webpage:

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January 15, 2015

Thank you to MPMA – Precision Manufacturing Journal – for the terrific article on the Learning Jet in the January their January/February 2015 publication

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10/15/14

Wheels and Wings!! It was a beautiful morning to have The Southern Cruzers Car Club stop by to check out the progress of The Learning Jet today.  Steve Hurvitz, the LJ project manager, and Kenny Ingram of the Southern Cruzers invited the members to visit the jet and see the progress.  Thanks for coming!

Southern Cruzers visit 10-15-14

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8/17/14
Pioneer Press – Learning Jet To Fill Role as a Classroom

"cst 44200 Learning Jet"Steve Hurvitz has led a project  to turn a retired FedEx Boeing 727-B200 cargo jet into the Learning Jet, an aviation learning lab for students in grades K-12, at Holman Field in St. Paul. Hurvitz was photographed in the cockpit of the jet on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.

Pioneer Press

 

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The three service doors now have covering that are removable when we need to use the doors. We have covered the cargo door in carpet.

We invite you to visit the LJ Gallery/Progress page for slide presentations on the phases of the progress on the interior of the Learning Jet.

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Carpet being installed

7/9/14

And we’re off!! Carpet being installed in the Learning Jet! This is Tim. When asked if he had ever installed carpet in a 727 Jet before he smiled and said “No. This is a first”:-)

 

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It is so exciting to see the progress of the interior for The Learning Jet!!

Thumbs up and huge THANK YOU to all the volunteers who are making this happen!

The walls are in! Working on the Teacher’s station! The carpet is coming the week of 7/7/14!!

 

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Fun time at The Learning Jet!  Excitement is high! Walls going in, carpet ordered! We invite you to check back for updates, to volunteer your time and skills, to donate, and to learn about the STEM/STEAM program!

 

 

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Darlene - Great Rivers Gathering

 

Darlene Dahlseide at the Great Rivers Gathering at the St.Paul Depot sharing information about the Learning Jet with attendees.

 

 

 

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Steve Hurvitz and Teruko NinomiyaWe received a very nice email from Teruko Ninomiya, Japanese TV. (edited)
“The renovation of the Learning Jet is underway and scheduled for completion this coming fall. A real jumbo aircraft will be transformed into a study classroom, and I am certain that these field study trips will be fascinating and exciting for anybody. The Learning Jet is not only giving students opportunities but giving them dreams and big imaginations.

I truly enjoyed my visit to Farnsworth Aerospace magnet school in St. Paul, MN, and I hope to someday come back to see the completed Leaning Jet with my own eyes.”
(photo Steve Hurvitz and Teruko Ninomiya)

 

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