Day 46 - October 25, 2014

TeenFlight 3 accomplished some very important tasks during this week's session.  Students worked very hard on the preparation of the rear window installation which included a lot of deburring and match drilling to align the window onto the skin of the plane.  It was a good fit and Pro-Seal was added to the surface between the skin and the window itself in order to seal the window properly.

Prep work continues on the inner cooling duct and engine cowl.  Acetone was applied to the contact areas of these parts in order for the epoxy resin to adhere each part together.


Work on the brake lines is now complete.  Looks like good work which means safe landings when TF3 eventually takes flight!


Work also progressed on the fuel tank's filler neck assembly.  This involved clecoing the nut plates onto the assembly.

Work continues on the fairings.  This is a time consuming task, but it is a very important one which will pay off.  Filling the pin holes will make the paint smooth which will allow for a more aerodynamic fairing.  A little more work is still to be done until it is just right!

The build is really moving along.  Check back next week for more updates. 

Summary: September 27 - October 18, 2014

Regular Saturday classes have started back up again.  Students and mentors have been very productive over the past several weeks.  The engine was mounted as planned and students have been busy working on many installation details.  The propeller and spinner have been successfully fitted with the bulkheads to the propeller hub, but not permanently.  During the last few classes, prep work on the cowl duct installation has involved drilling alignment holes in the engine duct as well as sanding multiple engine parts to allow for a perfect fit.  Another important task being worked on is the installation of the aircraft's multiple antennas. 

The installation of the rear window is progressing and should be completed soon.  In the meantime, time has been spent sanding and filling the wheel fairings and more finish work on these fairings is still to come.  Also, the remaining students have been taking their flights in the TF1 airplane and everyone has had a great time! 
Check back soon on our progress of the TF3 build as we near the final months of construction. 

Oregon International Air Show: September 19-21, 2014

The Oregon International Air Show was a great success!  Airway Science for Kids and TeenFlight had an information booth at the big event manned by many volunteers.  The airplanes, TF1 and the in-progress TF3, were on display.  Many interested visitors and possible future participants stopped by the booth to learn about our programs.  It was a  great day talking with aviation fans and watching the amazing flight displays. 


The U.S.M.C. Harrier was exciting to watch as well as the U.S.A.F. F22 Raptor.  They put on quite a show, hope you remembered to bring your earplugs! 
Another favorite (of course!) was the impressive formation flight of the sleek Van's Aircraft RVs!
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds wrapped up the day's show with an exciting display of formations and starbursts.
If you missed the air show this year, be sure to put it on your calendar in 2015 and look for us again at the Airway Science for Kids/TeenFlight booth!