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! 

Day 11 & Day 12 - March 28, 2015 & April 4, 2015

The TeenFlight 3 RV-12 is now in a different hangar waiting on some final details.  More information on that coming soon.
As for TF4 last Saturday and today, we started to see many sub-assemblies coming together.  The main thing that was worked on today was the assembly of the main center section assembly, the baggage ribs, the seat ribs, and the step ribs.  This fuselage assembly is looking great!
The side skins were finished being deburred and the side air vents were completed.  The left and right canopy decks were riveted to both of the longerons to fit the shape of the canopy and fuselage. 

The rudder pedals started to see some progress today, and the canopy rollbar was match-drilled for future riveting.  The roll bar straps were also deburred and prepared for assembly.    
Stay tuned for more next week! 

Day 65 (TF3) & Day 10 (TF4) - March 21, 2015

We worked on some final details on TF3 before the aircraft heads off to a different hangar for awhile.  We calibrated the fuel voltage into the EFIS (Electronic Flight Information System), and the interior upholstery was permanently installed.  It looks great!
 The gascolator bolts were safety wired to make sure they would not come loose and the empennage fairing was trimmed in order for it to clear the horizontal stabilator.

As for TF4, the main center section assembly was completed.  The baggage ribs and skin were also riveted together to the assembly.


The seat ribs and skin were finished and they are ready to be attached to the main center section assembly.

The step ribs were also prepared and riveted to one of the forward bulkheads.

The control column mount assemblies were assembled and are ready to be attached to the bulkhead where the control sticks will be.  The longerons were incrementally bent every one inch, to fit to the shape of the canopy decks.

Check back soon for more progress!