It has been a busy couple of weeks. We have started the install of the oil lines, pumps, ignition modules,and oil filter on the firewall. The students are really excited about getting to work on the engine. We had to remove the exhaust tail pipes and weld extension on them to clear the bottom of the cowling. We have modified the instrument panel a bit, we will be installing it this week. The cabane struts are now welded in place so now we can start forming the back half of the cowling. I believe we set a record on the Strutter project last Thursday afternoon, we had 14 students helping out on the project. It was crowded in our work place but everyone got to help on a piece of the airplane. It is great to see so many students becoming interested in the project.
THE UPPER WINGS ARE ALMOST DONE!
Team Nieuport is currently working on finishing the drag and anti-drag wires , and aileron / torque tube installation . This will complete fabrication and construction of the upper wing assemblies. Other projects in the works include; bolting the wing assemblies together, fabricating and installing the cabane struts, mounting the upper and lower wing assemblies on the fuselage, and completing the engine cowling.
More AIM Dallas Student volunteer on the WWI Sopwith Pup Project. Campus Tool Room Attendant and Master Wood Worker Keith Cornwell teaches the students to mix the epoxy which is applied to the rib caps for the wing rib assembly.
Team Nieuport enjoyed showing off the progress the aircraft has made in the last few months. Many visitors at the airshow stopped by to learn more about the AIM student project, and the history of the Nieuport 24.
Finally installed the R3600, mount fit perfectly after rework. Now we can begin work on the cowling and routing all the lines and wiring for the engine.
Finished the rebuild on the engine mount, moved the mount out from the firewall to allow room for the engine accessories. Will install the engine this week, this will allow us to position the oil tank and lines. We will also start working on the airbox for the carburetor. Center section work also continues.
We have a new group of volunteers, mostly from first and second term. One of our new students is a certified TIG welder so that should help with finishing the wing attach fittings.
On April 26, 2013 Aviation Institute of Maintenance hosted an Aviation Maintenance Education Day. The event brought over 125 high schools students, aviation maintenance hiring employers, and prospective students to campus to learn about aviation maintenance. Guests were treated with tours of the school facilities and training equipment. Additionally our instructors fired up our PT6, Allison 250 engines and our Robins R22 Helicopter. To cap off the tour, our inquisitive guests were given an opportunity to view our plans and progress on our WWI Sopwith Pup. They learned about our chosen pilot Captain Pratt and the profound impact the WWI era had on modern aviation.
This past weekend was Suffolk’s Festival of Flight, a fly-in where numerous pilots of light-sport, home-built, and experimental aircraft gather together. The Nieuport was placed on display for the two-day event. Nieuport students and faculty volunteered with setup and breakdown each day, as well as provided information to the public on the project’s construction and progress.
The air above Virginia Beach will once again be filled with classic World War II aircraft in just a few more days. The annual Warbirds Over The Beach Air Show is happening at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach. This event allows you to step back in time and experience the sight, sounds, smells and feel of the World War II era.
In addition to the airplanes, the era will be re-created with re-enactors in period clothing demonstrating life during this time. There will be live music all day, a steak dinner and hangar dance will be held on Saturday night. This is a great opportunity to mix your love of aircraft with a history lesson, and a whole lot of fun. Details may be found on the museum website.