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Biplanes and Triplanes Airshow!

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014

Here at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Chesapeake, Virginia, USA we had the opportunity to display our Nieuport 24 aircraft at a very special event this past week. This event was a Biplanes and Triplanes Airshow that was held at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, Virginia on October 4-5, 2014. This World War One Airshow was top notch! There were many World War One aircraft flying, re-enactors galore, musical entertainment, steak dinner and even a hangar dance.

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Team Chesapeake – Support Cables Installed Right Wing [Photos]

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014

Team Chesapeake – Support Cables Installed Right Wing [Photos]

The World War One Nieuport 24 aircraft Team Chesapeake is building at Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) in Chesapeake, Virginia is moving along towards completion. Last week some fabric covering was completed on one flight control. Now we have the right upper and lower wings secured to the fuselage along with all the support cables in place. It is starting to look like a real flyable aircraft. Some other items we accomplished this past week were finishing the contour of stringers on the left, side steam and bend the false rib caps. Here at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance, the students work on this aircraft and the certified Instructors help. This has been a student project since 2007 and we are all very excited here because it is getting close to completion. We all want to see it fly!

Please enjoy the pictures and click on them to enlarge. Check back soon and remember if you are looking for the best aviation maintenance school to help get your Airframe and PowerPlant certificate look at AIM in Chesapeake, Virginia USA!

Team Chesapeake


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Fabric Covering – Team Chesapeake [Photos]

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014

Fabric Covering – Team Chesapeake [Photos]

The Nieuport 24 aircraft that the students are building at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) Team Chesapeake in Chesapeake, Virginia is moving along. This past week Oliver Faulk is utilizing what he learned in class and applying it immediately by covering one of the flight controls for our Nieuport 24. In the following pictures he is working the material and heating it up to tighten the fabric. Once the fabric is in place and tight he is shown taking a razor blade and closely cutting the excess material off. The flight control turned out great. Oliver says he really enjoys working on this project and he is doing a fantastic job! In the next couple of days we should have the left wing completed /installed so check back soon for more pictures on that.

If you are looking for an aviation school to get your Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate look no further because here at Team Chesapeake, Virginia, AIM has great student projects like building a World War One Aircraft to get involved in not to mention just minutes away to the best beaches in the mid-Atlantic!

Team Chesapeake


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Right Wings Getting Connected – Team Chesapeake

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014

Right Wings Getting Connected – Team Chesapeake

Our World War I aircraft, the Nieuport 24 is getting closer to a completed aircraft every week.
We are focusing on getting the right lower wing attached to the outboard struts and fuselage. Last week we finished fabricating the parts and were working on the connection point for the wings and lower fuselage attachment point.
In the following pictures we also want to “welcome” Adeniyi Solomon Awolesi, a fairly new student at our campus that is volunteering to help build this aircraft. Adeniyi says he is having fun at our school and enjoys this opportunity to help build this aircraft. This is and always has been a student project with oversight from our certified Airframe and Power Plant mechanics, our Instructors. We have had hundreds of student help build this aircraft and it is a once in a life time opportunity to be part of something like this. It is not part of our curriculum, students volunteer after school hours and on Friday because we do not have classes then. Please look at the new pictures and click on them for a close-up.

We are the Aviation Institute of Maintenance located in Chesapeake, Virginia, USA. We do more than the rest for our students because we are the best!

Adeniyi Solomon Awolesi - Team Chesapeake

Adeniyi Solomon Awolesi getting ready to paint flight control


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Installing Right Lower Wing – Team Chesapeake

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014

Installing Right Lower Wing – Team Chesapeake [Photos]

The Nieuport 24 team has moved over from the left wing to the right wing. Team Chesapeake is working on the connection of the lower right wing to the fuselage. In the following pictures you will see the lower connection brace and mounting hardware. All these parts/materials are made here in our shop.

We have another new team member this week and we would like to “Welcome” John Dixon. John just started here at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) in Chesapeake, Virginia this past June. He is originally from Galax, Virginia. He said, in his town there were not many jobs available and since he always was interested in aviation he decided to come to our school. John said he has learned a lot and he likes his teachers. John is doing great in school and building/working on a World War One aircraft is extra special!

Please see the pictures below, click on them to enlarge and if you are looking for the best school to become an aircraft mechanic… look at AIM in Chesapeake, Virginia where you too can make history building a World War One aircraft. Come on by and take a tour!

John Dixon of Team Chesapeake prepping metal.

John Dixon prepping metal.


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