It was very gusty and cold at KHIO today, but the TeenFlight hanger was warm and alive with activity. We did not get quite far enough in the construction proccess to mate the fuselage pieces and the tailcone together, but we got closer. One of our donors and TeenFlight founder, Mr. Ted Millar, flew in to check on our progress.
The team that I was on last week, finished the forward lower fuselage right after lunch.
A couple of the guys began work on the roll-bar that supports the canopy. It will eventually be riveted across the fuselage.
The main bulkhead and fuselage section (below) is coming along slightly slower than the other pieces, but there is so much material packed into this area that it is expected to take a little longer. The most important thing is to build and manufacture each and every piece as close to perfect as it can be, and although it may seem to take longer it always is better to take time doing it right than waste time doing it wrong.
The "cockpit entrance step" mount was built and fitted to the main fuselage section.
Longerons! The long pieces of metal that provide the lateral structural support and rigidity to both sides of the fuselage. The team that I am on began construction on these after finishing the forward lower fuselage.