Summer 2015

The TF4 class has been on a summer break, but there have still been some great events going on. 

First of all, the awesome TeenFlight 3 Van's Aircraft RV-12 (N113TF) is up for sale!
Here is some information about the auction currently in process.
"Project TeenFlight is auctioning this beautiful, approximately 50-hour old E-LSA RV-12 to raise funds for the next group of teenage builders. The plane was built by high school students during the 2014 and 2015 school years under close supervision of adult mentors, including Van himself. It flew to AirVenture and will return to its base in Hillboro, OR, following the show.
Opening bids will be at least $75,000  and the auction closes September 1st at 6pm Pacific time. A “buy-it-now” bid of $105,000 will close the auction sooner. More information on the auction email" (from the magazine, KITPLANES)

In July, the TF1 RV-12 and the TF4 RV-12 fuselage were on display at the Oregon Airshow.  It was a great way for people to see the airplanes and hear all about the TeenFlight program as well as Airway Science for Kids. 
Also in July, TF3 flew all the way to Oshkosh, Wisconsin and back for the World's Largest Air Show, EAA AirVenture 2015!  TF3 was on display all week and people from around the world were able to see the work we do at TeenFlight.  It was another great opportunity to spread the word about TeenFlight and Airway Science for Kids. 

Check back soon for more updates!

Day 22 - June 13, 2015

Today was a very exciting day for TF4 before we break for the summer.
Our work session was followed by a tour with Hillsboro Aviation and Hillsboro Aero Academy, a TeenFlight 3 Graduation and Airway Science for Kids Celebration!

At the hangar, TF4 made a lot of progress and worked on the landing gear, fuel tank and wing parts.  As for the landing gear, the nose fork was partly primed and attached to the nose strut.  The fork was tightened and the main gear legs were also bolted into place.

The stub spar assemblies were clecoed, countersunk and riveted together.  Once the wings are further along, these assemblies will be ready for installation. 
The TF3 aircraft was also worked on today with the completion of the black pinstripes lining the paint lines.  This allows for a great visual effect on the freshly-painted plane.  TF3 looks stunning!

After class today, we had a great tour with Hillsboro Aviation and Hillsboro Aero Academy and awesome helicopter rides were given to the TeenFlight students!  To end off the day, there was a TeenFlight 3 Graduation and Airway Science for Kids Celebration! 


 A big thank you to Hillsboro Aviation, Hillsboro Aero Academy, Airway Science for Kids and TeenFlight for making all of these events possible!
Have a great summer!

Day 21 - June 6, 2015 & Day 20 - May 30, 2015

Over the past two weeks at the TF4 hangar, many tasks have been worked on, including the fuel tank and wing spars.  As for the fuel tank, it has been partially assembled with Pro-Seal and many rivets.  Students have been busy riveting on the wing spars and the results are looking good! 

Some work on the avionics has also been completed.  Due to the detail and importance of the wiring harnesses, this task takes some extra time and good progress is being made.  Other progress has been made on the control system components including the push-rods, the flap handle, and the flaperon arms.  The build is really moving along. 

  Stay tuned for next week!

Day 19 - May 23, 2015

A lot of progress was made at the TF4 hangar today!
The control stick pushrods were drilled and tapped, and the flap handle blocks were also cut.  The flap handle and the control rod were assembled along with the main push rods. 

The fuel tank was temporarily assembled to judge the fit in the plane.  Also, the rear spars in the wings were deburred and the flaperon spar was prepared.
The upper firewall and the left and right canopy ribs were riveted to the panel base.  Then, the engine mount brackets were attached to the panel base, and the cowl hinges were riveted to the side skins.  

As for TF3, prep work for the airplane's paint scheme was worked on today.  All of the masking was completed and the areas where paint will be applied were scuffed.  
TF3 is getting very close to being fully complete! 

Stay tuned for more progress soon!

Day 18 - May 16, 2015

Today was another great day at the hangar for TF4.  Many tasks were completed including the completion of the tires and wheels, progress on the fuel system, and more work on the map box.  As for the map box, the door hinge was riveted to the door and is almost ready to be attached to the map box.  The SkyView panel is also ready to be attached to the box. 

As for the main wheels and tires, the bearings were greased, and the wheel hubs, discs, and halves were also assembled. The main landing wheels are all ready to be balanced.  The seat backs were also worked on and are almost completed. 
Additionally, the fuel system return lines were installed in the fuselage.  This required many accurate bends and clamping.  We completed the return lines that extend from the engine to the back of the fuselage at the fuel tank.  The entire class went through a hands-on session on tube bending and flaring so all of the students had a chance to experience this.   
Check back soon for more progress!

Day 17 - May 9, 2015

TF4 worked on many tasks today including progress on the fuel system, the installation of the side vents and rudder pedals, as well as the assembling of the tires and wheels.  As for the fuel system, the gascolator was installed and most of the fuel lines were bent and put in place with the right torque. 

The rudder pedals were assembled and temporarily installed.  After a lot of adjusting and fitting, the side vents were riveted to the fuselage and they look great. 

As for the landing gear, the wheel halves, discs, and hubs were all assembled in the right order and they look great as well!  Work on the wing spars was also done.  The attach angles on the spar were riveted on, and they will later have the wing ribs assembled to them.

Stay tuned for next week! 

Day 16 - May 2, 2015

Today, many more tasks were worked on at TF4.  This included the riveting of the side skin, preparation of the wing spars, and the beginning of the fuel system.  As for the side skins, they were both riveted onto the bulkhead side channels and there were two mis-drilled holes in the longerons that were fixed with a doubling plate and rivet.

On the wing spars, the AEX tie down was drilled and tapped, and the map box was further assembled.  The map box halves were riveted and the door hinge was also cut and clecoed to the map box halves. 

The fuel system was also worked on.  The fuel pump, the fuel flow meter, and the fuel valve were installed in the fuselage along with each of the corresponding tube fittings.  A few of the fuel lines were bent into shape to be later installed in the fuselage. 
Check back next week for more progress!

Day 14 & Day 15 - April 18, 2015 & April 25, 2015

During the past two sessions, many tasks have been accomplished on TF4.  The main center of attention is the side skins and longerons, as the fuselage is starting to look like a plane!  The arm rests and bulkhead side channels were installed and the side skins were temporarily installed for match drilling and fitting. 

The forward upper fuselage was also worked on.  This included the completion of the canopy ribs, and the antenna shelf was riveted to the upper firewall.  The oil tank side brackets were assembled to the battery and oil reservoir braces.  The assembly is being prepared for rivets. 

The map box was deburred and prepared, and the rudder pedal brake lines had some fittings installed. 

Stay tuned for more next week.

TF3 Update! - April 19, 2015

Great news to report on TF3!

The TeenFlight 3 Van's Aircraft RV-12 (N113TF) came out of the hangar and had its first flight on April 19th.  It was a successful test flight with Aric Krause at the controls!  After some minor adjustments, more flights have been conducted in the past few days by Justin Inman who performed some Production Acceptance flight testing.  The next step will be preparing the aircraft for paint. 

Congratulations TeenFlight 3!
  Photos and more updates coming soon.

Day 13 - April 11, 2015

Today at the hangar, TF4 kept seeing many sub-assemblies coming together.  This included the forward lower fuselage and the mid fuse brace behind the seats.  The center of attention, was the fuselage assembly.  The entire bottom skin was riveted on to the ribs, and the floors and seat areas were riveted on also.  

The upper forward fuselage was also worked on.  The upper cowling hinge was cut and prepared and the upper firewall had to be prepared by installing nutplates.  
As for the roll bar, we had to drill a hole to thread the wires of the eyeball light through.  After that, the roll bar was entirely riveted together as one piece. 

Check back soon!