Cabane struts fitted to cockpit decking
Today at AIM Atlanta we finished making the cutouts on the cockpit deck to fit the cabane struts of the WWI Sopwith Strutter aircraft. It was a tight fit, but the end product looks good. We are working on the fitting of the instrument panel to the cockpit decking, the cabane struts took up a bit of the room in that area so the instrument panel needed some trimming, that done it fits as planned. The volunteer students at our aviation career school are doing a fantastic job.
Stabilizer trim wheel assy, notice gear on right
Cabane struts fitted to frame
The Cabane strut, the 1/2 of the 1 and 1/2 WWI Strutter Sopwith aircraft is finished. It needs to be welded to the frame but we won’t do that until we have verified its position against the lower wing attachments. The new aviation career school students are busy making pieces for the wing. After the wing pieces are finished we will complete the welding and start building the wings. The stabilizer trim system is finally finished, the gear made by one of our AIM students came out great and works as planned. The air brake is also in working order but we will wait to do the final pinning of the cross shaft until we can determine the trailing edge position of the airbrake.
Aviation Institute of Maintenance at Atlanta students are volunteering to come in during spring break so the work will continue.
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New volunteers Jose Cuellar, Juan Lopez, and Jake Gruenwald
Work slowed down over the last couple of weeks as we had to move the WWI aircraft project to a new area of the aviation career school hangar. We have finally gotten everything back in order and the work on the Sopwith Strutter is getting back on schedule. Our new AIM volunteers are working on wing inspection panels this week, they are learning how to read plans and how to convert the plans to the part they are making.
fixture for cabane struts
Had to go back and start over on our fixture for the cabane struts, as the first fixture was not sturdy enough. Our new fixture at this aviation career school is more rigid which will help in getting our parts to fit correctly. The upper fittings for the WWI aircraft are complete and we are about half way through the lower attach fittings.
Yesterday we had 5 AIM Atlanta student volunteers working on some of the wing attach fittings. They are becoming more proficient with a file and the drill press, these skills will help them as they move on too term 2 in their A&P license program.
Precision measurements are required to ensure the upper wing attache points are in the correct position.
Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Atlanta is continuing work on the WWI Sopwith Strutter aircraft. The last two weeks have seen some good progress on the wing attach fittings. We have some new term 1 student volunteers here at the aviation school and they have been busy cutting and filing the pieces. We are also working on the cabane fittings to attach the upper wing. The upper wing attach section is taking a bit of time as it has to be very accurate to insure the angle of the wing is correct. Another aviation school student has come forward to volunteer and he has a background in machine work, so we put him to work on a gear set we need for the trim system. When they are finished we will finally be able to operate the system and confirm that it works as planned.
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Sopwith Strutter airframe
Another week goes by at the best aviation career school in Atlanta. We continue to work on the WWI aircraft project but not much progress made this time. We are doing finish work on the wing spars, should be ready for a trial fit soon. Fabrication work on the wing fittings has been a bit of a start and stop project. Will get to them full time soon. Started the aft cockpit windscreen, it’s being constructed out of wood and aluminum. really adds to the look of the airframe of this Sopwith Strutter.
A new term is starting soon at our aviation career school here in Atlanta, hopefully we will get some new volunteers out of the group.