Day 21 - May 13, 2017

This week at the hangar, very noticeable progress was made.  TF5 worked on fitting the canopy to the fuselage, assembling the baggage bulkhead and roll bar support beam, routing the brake fluid lines, and testing the flap handle.  Fitting the canopy frame is a very precise task that requires modifying the frame and using shims to keep temporary alignment.  As for the rear end of the fuselage, the roll bar brace, baggage bulkhead, and bulkhead channels have been riveted.  In addition, the brake fluid lines have been routed, and the map box has been assembled and will soon be installed. The empennage fairing has also been fitted and will be riveted in a few weeks.  
The project is looking good!  
Next week, TF5 will be on a field trip.  See you back here in a few weeks!

Day 20 - May 6, 2017 and Day 19 - April 29, 2017

TeenFlight 5 has been busy at work.  Progress is continuing on the side skins and tailcone, while work has started on the flight controls and various sub assemblies in the forward upper fuselage.  The flight control system consists of many push rods and cables that push and pull on the control surfaces to produce movement.  The flap handle, which actuates the flaperons, has also been assembled.  In addition, work on the fuel lines is progressing and is looking good.  The canopy frame has also been worked on to ensure a proper fit.  In upcoming classes, we will be starting to focus on the landing gear, wheels, and brakes.

 Stay tuned!

Day 18 - April 22, 2017

Last week, progress was continued on various areas of the build.  The tail cone is now complete,  and work on the servo trim assembly has started.  Also, the roll bar has been riveted to the fuselage and is permanently installed.  In addition, the fuel lines have been shaped and routed into place.  

Check back soon!

Day 17 - April 15, 2017

Over the past few weeks, very noticeable progress has been made on TF5 in various areas including the tail cone and fuselage.  The rudder pedals and the roll bar have been completed and are ready for installation.  In addition, the seat backs have been deburred, prepared, and assembled.  The primary task at hand has been the installation of the side skins, otherwise known as the sheets of aluminum covering the sides of the airplane.  These are supported by two longerons, a few bulkheads, and various support beams.  After hours of drilling and riveting,  the skins are now permanently in place.  The tail cone has also been riveted after many bulkheads were prepared and many holes were drilled.  All of the pieces are coming together nicely and our project is starting to look like an airplane! Stay tuned! 

Day 13 - March 18, 2017

This week at the TeenFlight 5 hangar, progress was made on predominately the same areas as last week including the fuselage, roll bar, rudder pedals, and side skins.  As for the fuselage, the forward bulkhead was worked on in order to ensure the proper fit of the floor ribs under the passengers' feet.  The bottom skin and the side skins were also dimpled and prepared for attachment.  Furthermore, the roll bar has been match drilled and is close to the point of riveting.  The rudder pedals have also been drilled and are almost fully assembled.  

Stay tuned!

Day 12 - March 11, 2017

Over the last few weeks, progress has been very noticeable on various areas of the plane including the forward lower fuselage, the middle fuselage, and the baggage area.  As for the forward lower fuselage, the lower half of the firewall has been installed and sealed for perfect fit.  The main tunnel ribs, skins, and rudder pedals have also been assembled and are all coming along well.

The work in the middle fuselage has consisted of working on the seat floor assemblies which support the occupants in the aircraft.  The seat belt attach lugs have been completed, and the assemblies are ready to be attached to the center section bulkhead.  Furthermore, the side and bottom skins have been deburred and are almost ready for riveting.

Stay tuned!

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Day 9 - February 18, 2017

This Saturday was a very productive one at TeenFlight.  Yesterday marked the first day of assembly of actual airplane parts!  We made progress on four different areas: the forward lower fuselage, the baggage compartment, the center bulkhead, and the forward fuselage bulkhead.  As for the forward lower fuselage, prep work was performed on the firewall, tunnel ribs, and the bottom skin.  Mainly deburring, countersinking and riveting resulted in a temporary assembly.  The work in the baggage compartment consisted of deburring the baggage floors, ribs, and the seatbelt attach lugs.  Work on the flaperon mixer arm, the assembly that enables the use of the flaps, was also started and is coming along well.  As for the center bulkhead, the work mainly included countersinking, deburring, and match drilling for the alignment of the side bulkheads.  The work on the forward bulkhead also comprised of deburring and countersinking of the stub spar receptacles, or parts that reinforce the bulkhead.  A lot was accomplished today, so tune in next week for even more progress on the actual airplane!  

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Day 8 - February 11, 2017

This weekend, we crossed the finish line on the toolboxes and started the inventory.  We made good progress on the fuselage kit, and the deburring has started.  Next time, we will start to see real airplane parts come together, so stay tuned!   

Day 7 - February 4, 2017

This past Saturday was another productive day at the hangar.  Many students came closer to finishing their toolboxes.  We have gained many skills necessary to begin work on the actual RV-12 very soon.  The next tasks will be completing the fuselage kit inventory as well as prepping parts.
Check back soon for more progress!

Day 6 - January 28, 2017

This weekend, we continued to make progress on the toolboxes, and many are close to the finish line. The toolboxes bring in a new aspect of airplane building through the use of hinges, rod bending, and thorough planning to ensure a proper fit.

We also had the chance to check out the TeenFlight 1 RV-12 that was built a few years ago. It was a great way to build excitement for our TF5 project by seeing the finished product.

The inventory for the airplane is planned to begin in the next week or two. Stay tuned.

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