Video Features Airplane-Building MIT Student

by Amy Marcott on August 23, 2011 · 3 comments

in Campus Culture, Student Life

A new video on TechTV peeks into the world of Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski, an MIT physics student who began taking flight lessons at age 9 and by age 12 was encouraged to build her own airplane–and attend MIT. She did both.

Reflecting on her path to aviation, Pasterski says, “Flying was amazing. It gave me a different view of the world. It also exposed me to a new group of people–general aviation enthusiasts who had built airplanes, flown in air shows–a close-knit community that I had now become a part of.”

Watch the entire seven-minute video below or on TechTV.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Philip Cassady September 30, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Did they ever discover the cause of the 13 fatal crashes of this model aircraft? What have they done to improve the design?


Paul Mulwitz March 29, 2012 at 7:54 am

Yes, the problems with the Zodiac XL design have been found and fixed in a design update. The NTSB and FAA asked all owners to ground their planes until the upgrade is installed.


Joshua Green November 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm

It’s truly amazing for a 12-year old girl to be able to build her own airplane! Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski is someone worth looking up to. She’s one of the few people who have accomplish such a triumph.


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