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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Day 1 - TeenFlight 5 - December 4, 2016

Hey everyone!  This is Davis signing back on.  
 This past Saturday marked a new chapter; the beginning of the next build, TeenFlight 5!

It was mainly a class of learning basic building techniques and establishing classroom rules.
We then started the first project, the name tag. This project may sound simple, but it involves precise details of deburring, drilling, counter-sinking and setting two rivets. During the project, each student was paired with a mentor who offered valuable building skills and advice.

Tune in next week for more progress! 

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Day 46 - March 26th, 2016

This weekend the team was brought back together to make further progress on the aircraft. Many exciting things took place, including the installation of the engine. Some other key points that were made during this class is the shaping of the cowling head.


The engine still had some further prep work that was needed before the actual installment. Things like making sure that the wiring harness that connects to the engine is fully in place, that the tubing on the engine is fully secured and routed, and that we have all hardware in means of placement. 

The engine was officially attached to the fuselage! This exciting moment goes down as an substantial progress for Teen Flight 4. Getting everything set and connected to the engine from the fuselage is now the next priority for this group.  

Cowling head
When it comes to shaping the cowling it is very important to remember when shaving it down from its original form, keep in mind that it's better to not take off too much at once. It is better to take off less material than more, If too much material is removed it's impossible to back track. Better safe then sorry. Measuring each piece to one another is also crucial, making sure that you are taking off as close to the right amount as possible. Not only this, but making sure they fit in uniform with the aircraft, as this is considered part of the 'frame'.  

As to the physical aspects that are coming in place
Mentors and students make their way with some filing, helping with these pieces to not have too rough of edges when built along in the process.

Being a student in this class, it takes my breathe away seeing this progress further towards our finished product. Along the way we learn many skills and tips that are beneficial to our education with material objects. Applying that knowledge and using it physically to create something of excellence is all the while worth it. Dedicating our time every Saturday to learn.

Friendly indeed, for needs may come. As a team we are one. 

Day 45 - March 12, 2016

This week at the hangar, the TF4 students mainly focused on the the empennage, the landing gear fairings, and the battery installation.  Noticeable progress was made on the vertical and horizontal stabilizer which are all apart of the area known as the empennage.  The main ribs that make up the vertical stabilizer were all riveted to the rear spar of the assembly.  

After this task, the skin for the vertical stabilizer was unwrapped and the painstaking job of deburring began.  As for the stabilator, the inspar ribs were aligned with the spar caps and will soon be riveted in the coming weeks.   

The landing gear fairings were predominately being sanded in order to smooth out the space between the front and aft halves of the main fairings, but other work was also completed.  The wheel fairing brackets were aligned and clecoed in order to maintain the fit between the two halves.

Also, the battery was installed with the help from the mounting bracket. 

As for other news, it is time to pass on the writing of the blog to another TeenFlight student member.  So this is Davis signing off.  It's been fun.  Thanks for reading and stay tuned!