Summer 2019

To date, more than $300,000 has been donated with in-kind goods and services from local trade unions, multiple businesses and government organizations.  Local trade unions and Home Depot have provided the foundation and "guts" of the hangar renovation.  The Metropolitan Airports Commission and Signature flight Support (STP) have provided continuous support.

The Hangar is Done Inside and Outside!

Be the next group to reserve your boarding pass and learn about STEM subject aboard The Learning Jet a Boeing 727-200.

The Learning Jet hangar.
Students sitting at tables learning in a classroom.
Thank you to Signature Flight Support

for their generous donation. “Thank you very much! We are so appreciative of all Signature Flight Support has done for us!” said Darlene Dahlseide, President and Chairman of the Board of the Learning Jet. Receiving the check from Kyle Schmalz are Darlene Dahlseide, and Steve Hurvitz, Vice President and Project Director.

December 18, 2017 – Union Advocate 

Thank you! Learning Jet classroom gets lift from Trades apprentices, volunteers... 

The Learning Jet has been wowing kids since the cargo plane-turned-classroom opened at St. Paul’s Downtown Airport two years ago. The facility’s portable restrooms, on the other hand, have drawn a much different reaction.


That will change when the Learning Jet’s expanded space opens next spring, thanks in part to volunteers and apprentices from area Building Trades unions. They are renovating a nearby airplane hangar with a kitchenette, classroom space and, yes, indoor plumbing.

Read the complete article here.

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.

Read the complete article here.