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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Day 5 - January 21, 2017

Fortunately, the weather cooperated for us this weekend. On Saturday, TeenFlight 5 continued to make progress, and most of the students have finished their OP-51 projects. The toolboxes are the primary task at hand, and we have been moving along smoothly. The toolboxes incorpate many of the same techniques that have been previously practiced on the OP-51, as well as new ones including rod bending, hinges, and latches.  Valuable skills are being learned, and pretty soon the tables will be filled with airplane parts. 
 Tune in next week for more updates! 

TF5 Update

Hi Everyone, due to the weather this weekend, the TF5 build will be resuming on January 21st. 
See you then!

Day 3 - December 17, 2016

This weekend, we mainly continued to make progress on the OP-51 project and continued to learn more about riveting techniques.  A few students completed their projects as they used their knowledge of countersinking, dimpling, and riveting to assemble the final pieces. 


A finished OP-51 project.

 The students also learned how to drill out faulty rivets that have been set without damaging the surrounding material.  This is a very important ability to have since not every fastener will be set perfectly and this method can fix that in a matter of a few minutes.  The toolbox kits are set to be started at the next class on January 7, 2017.  

Tune in next year for further updates!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Day 2 - December 10, 2016

This week, TF5 began the OP-51 project, a detailed project that incorporates important knowledge of sheet metal basics. The students learned how to lay out markings for holes and spacing, as well as how to use the first power tool of the build, the deburring wheel. The purpose of this tool is to speed up the deburring process and leave a smooth edge on the part.

We then drilled the holes and cut the parts according to the layout. Some students also started to learn how to dimple and countersink holes, and rivet some of their first rivets. The projects are coming together, and we will soon dive into the toolbox kits.

Tune in next week for more progress!

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