Our August 27th & 28th sessions involved a little finish work on the tail, and more wing spar work.
Mr. Muhs looks over the spar with Jorge, Ethan and Chase.
Mr. Cooper talkes engines.
Our newest student Brian works on a rib while Jorge and Mr. Jordan looks on.
Jorge and Andrew start riveting the wing!
We have completed our tail kit and on August 21st. 2017 began working on our wings. The first tedious task is to inventory each and every part (well, we don't count each rivet) and check them off a list.
Removing protective plastic from rivet lines.
Mr. Jordan helps Brian with wiring.
Some words of wisdom from Mr. Northcutt.
The wings are starting to look like wings!
Took a break to learn a little about the Rotax engine. This used engine is on loan to us for demonstration purposes. We still have to buy our own! (Please donate! Wink, Wink!)
In the preceding 3 pictures, Jorge is the team leader this night. He reviews the plans while Chase and Andrew complete the work.
October 22nd and 23rd, more wing work!
Stall warning device installed.
CONGRATS to Mr. Northcutt on his retirement! On to a second career as an airline pilot!
Pablo in deep thought.
Mr. Sanchez having flashbacks of his RV-12 build.
Mr. Brasch shows Ethan a new technique on a grinding wheel.
Left, Mr. Northcutt helps the students finish up rib prep, while Mr. Sanchez (above) does the same.
What is it about these air hoses?
On September 24th we started out with an intro to electricity class taught by Mr. Jordan.
Stall Warning unit.
On November 12th and 13th, work continued on both the wings and fuselage.
Doc Miller explains wiring.
Tomorrow instead of a work session, we are going on a sortie to the Lightning Aircraft West hangar. See the Sortie section for some cool pictures.
On October 28th, we took a "sortie" to the Copperstate Fly In at Falcon Field in Mesa. See the sortie page for a few pictures.
November 19th and 20th
On the 25th we were given a presentation by Mr. David Hernandez on Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott.
At right, out come dozens of wing ribs.
Mr. North shows the students how a 4 stroke engine works on his iPad while Mr. Cooper observes.
Work sessions on October 15th and 16th Involved more work on the wings. Wiring is also involved for the landing light and stall warning unit.
Work starts on the wing spar.
Work on the wings continues on October 30th.
I guess this proves there is more than one way to roll up an air hose!
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"It's all about the kids."
Then we began aligning wing ribs to the spars!
November 5ht and 6th Chase and Andrew and others continue to work on the wings, but will be rotated soon to the fuselage.
Our build dates of September 10th and 11th (NEVER FORGET!) had one group working on the spar, then both groups getting into the boring task of deburring, trimming and fluting all of the ribs.
Mr. Brasch and Muhs got caught helping debur.
Work sessions 9/16 and 9/17 brought a near close to wing rib work. The highlight was a engine presentation by Mr. H.L. Cooper, (www.azsportflying.com) who has worked around Rotax engines for over 20 years. He has been kind enough to let us look around an engine that he has left in our hangar for demonstration purposes. Thank you Mr. Cooper!
Showing off the project to visitors!
Pablo and Brian work on an individual rib, while Jorge and Mr. Northcutt look over the right wing.
On October 1st, work on the wings continued.