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Student-Built WWI Aircraft Arrives at Fighter Factory

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015

Late in September, a number of crates were delivered to the Military Aviation Museum’s Fighter Factory from the Aviation Institute of Maintenance – Kansas City campus, where a team of students and instructors have been working on the Museum’s latest aircraft, a World War I vintage Morane-Saulnier AI, building it from the ground up.

Morane-Saulnier AI arrives at FF Morane-Saulnier AI wings delivered


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Nieuport 24 at Fighter Factory

Posted by on Dec 24, 2014

Just got some pictures in from the Fighter Factory and in them are students from the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Chesapeake, Virginia working the Nieuport 24 aircraft today. The day before Christmas, what dedication! Please see the pictures. What a cool shop to work in. Maybe you can work there if you enroll in our school. Give us a call at 757-363-2121 we are enrolling now!

Apprentice’s working Nieuport 24

Apprentice’s working Nieuport 24

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Apprentice’s working Nieuport 24

Getting the upper wing together

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check back soon and have a Happy Holiday from the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Chesapeake, Virginia-USA 757-363-2121

Our Nieuport 24 Aircraft Has a New Location

Posted by on Dec 24, 2014

Recently we made the decision at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Chesapeake, Virginia to transfer our World War One aircraft to Fighter Factory which has four of our current students employed while they attend our school to become aircraft mechanics. Since this is a student project with oversight from certified Airframe and Powerplant mechanics we are still holding to our original concept of having students build this aircraft and it gives us at the school some much needed shop area. Please see the pictures of loading up the Nieuport 24 aircraft.

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Setback for our Nieuport 24 Aircraft

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014

At The Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Chesapeake, Virginia USA we have a setback of our Nieuport 24 (N24) aircraft we are building. After we disassembled and returned the aircraft back to the school from the Biplanes and Triplanes airshow we noticed some glue separation on some ribs. Upon further investigation this turned out to be true on numerous lower wing ribs. The lower wing ribs were varnished first and then the cap strip was glued to the ribs. This was the cause of the discrepancy, the cap strips should have been glued onto bare wood not a varnished piece. The work that has been done to build this aircraft has been very good, just this mistake which was found will push our completion date forward, but we need to fix this now. We are now in the process of checking all the lower wing ribs for any more separation. Please see the pictures of the new ribs and the old ribs that were removed so far.

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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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