Although not much has been posted on the blog lately, the TeenFlight program has been steadily progressing through building its second RV-12 kit. 15 teens and at least a dozen mentors(adults and students who participated in the first TeenFlight build or have built their own aircraft) were gathered and a location was secured at the ASK building at the Hillsboro Airport.
TeenFlight 2 began with an orientation and introduction by the project leads in mid September. After the first few weeks of assembling toolboxes, name tags, and practice projects, we jumped into the empennage kit. Early November saw the finish of the vertical stabilizer
and the rudder.
The tailcone and stabilator(and anti servo tab) followed in December.
To keep all of us busy(and focused), the wing kit was delivered early December and we dove in.
A few weeks ago we got the fuselage kit and have progressed on the center bulkheads and seat assembly(pictures on that next week). The theory is that once we get farther along on the fuselage, the work becomes more suited for three or four people instead of eight or nine, so the mentors have left the left wing, flaperons, and empennage assembly for that time.
We recently had an article about us published in the Oregonian:
Our goal is to have this plane flying by Airventure 2012 and last Saturday was build day #15. You can expect more updates as the build progresses. We build every Saturday from 9a.m. to 3p.m. Visitors are always welcome.