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Sopwith Strutter progress at AIM Atlanta

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013

oil lines and filter of Sopwith Strutter at AIM Atlanta

oil lines and filter

top of oil tank of Sopwith Strutter at AIM Atlanta

top of oil tank

Busy week at Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Atlanta.  The students have finished fabricating and installing all the oil lines on the engine side of the firewall of the WWI Sopwith Strutter aircraft. This week they are also working on the lines from the firewall to the oil tank. As soon as they have finished the oil lines we will start working on the fuel line routing.

We have been averaging about 6 students everyday on the project, many are in term 1 so we are doing a lot of one on one instructing on tool use and interpreting the aircraft drawings.

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Aviation Students work on Sopwith Strutter

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013

Nose cowl on Sopwith at aviation career school

Nose cowl

Firewall accessories at career school

Adding accessories to firewall

Sopwith firewall at aviation school

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Oil filter for Sopwith at aviation school

Oil filter

It has been a busy couple of weeks at the aviation career school in Atlanta. We have started the install of the oil lines, pumps, ignition modules,and oil filter on the firewall of the Sopwith. The students here at AIM are really excited about getting to work on the engine. We had to remove the exhaust tail pipes and weld extension on them to clear the bottom of the cowling. We have modified the instrument panel a bit, we will be installing it this week. The cabane struts are now welded in place so now we can start forming the back half of the cowling. I believe we set a record on the Sopwith Strutter project last Thursday afternoon.  We had 14 Aviation Institute of Maintenance students helping out on the project. It was crowded in our work place but everyone got to help on a piece of the Sopwith. It is great to see so many students becoming interested in the project.

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Aviation School Rebuilds mount on Sopwith Strutter

Posted by on May 20, 2013

rebuilt mount on Sopwith Stutter at aviation career school

rebuilt mount

engine mount on Sopwith Strutter at aviation career school hangar

engine mount

The team of future aircraft maintenance technicians at Aviation Institute of Maintenance of Atlanta finished the rebuild on the engine mount of their WWI aircraft.  They moved the mount out from the firewall to allow room for the engine accessories. They will install the engine in the Sopwith Strutter this week. This will allow them to position the oil tank and lines. They will also start working on the airbox for the carburetor. Center section work also continues.

The aviation career school has a new group of volunteers, mostly students from first and second term. One of the new students is a certified TIG welder so that should help with finishing the wing attach fittings on the Sopwith Strutter.

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Aviation Career School Students Modify Sopwith Rotec Mount

Posted by on May 9, 2013

Rotec R3600 mount in the aviation career school hangar

Rotec R3600 mount

Inside the aviation career school you can see the Rotec R3600 mount

Rotec R3600 mount

It’s another busy week for Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Atlanta.  This week we are modifying the mount on our Sopwith Strutter. We are moving it out from the firewall to allow room for the accessories on the engine. We have added longer attach points and now it just needs the services of our expert TIG welder. The rest of the build is moving along, though it has been a bit of a struggle on a few of the parts. The aviation career school student volunteers have just about finished the metal parts for the wings, now they need assembly and welding. We continue on the wood parts for the center section of the Sopwith, though we can’t finish until we get the wing attach plates welded and installed.

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Aviation mechanics finish fairings and stringers on Sopwith Strutter

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013

Side fairings for the Sopwith Strutter in the aviation career school hangar

Side fairings

The team aviation mechanics at Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Atlanta have finished the side fairings and stringers on their Sopwith Strutter aircraft project. These fairings will give the rounded shape to the front of the aircraft. It also will let the team at this aviation career school continue work on the center wing sections. The center sections of the Sopwith Strutter have been a hold up for the AIM students, as they have to be glued in place and can not be removed to facilitate any other work in the area. They have to make sure we have everything else in that area finished before they do the final install.  Just one more item that had to be built a little differently (due to the metal frame) than the original WWI Sopwith Strutter aircraft specifications.