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Chesapeake AIM Taxi Check Nieuport 24 WW1 Aircraft

Posted by on Jan 19, 2014

Prep for engine run

Prep for engine run

A  huge milestone was met by the Aviation Institute of Maintenance located in Chesapeake, Virginia Friday January 17, 2014.

Our Nieuport 24 went for it’s first taxi check! This is the direct result of many current and past students building this aircraft for many years. Our next goal is to have it flying in the blue skies for the 100 year anniversary of the Great War. We feel we can make this goal by June/August 2014 time frame.

Our upper wings need a little more work and then we will try to fit them to the aircraft.

Rotec Running Strong

Rotec Running Strong

 

 

Very Windy

Very Windy

Nieuport 24 first taxi check

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Please click on any picture to enlarge and watch the short clip of the Nieuport 24 taxi.

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AIM Chesapeake WW1 Nieuport 24 Building Continues

Posted by on Dec 23, 2013

AIM Chesapeake Virginia Still Coming Together and Working On Their WW1 Nieuport 24 Replica

Our Nieuport 24 is getting closer every month to becoming a great WW1 replica aircraft. Many students throughout the year have done some amazing work and volunteered their time after school to getting this aircraft closer to its maiden flight. Here at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Chesapeake, Virginia/USA we are setting a goal of a June/July 2014 completion time frame. The following pictures show Travis Gogan working on the engine cowling installing rivets.

Travis Gogan engine cowling on WW1 Nieuport 24

Travis Gogan engine cowling on WW1 Nieuport 24

Travis Gogan installing rivets on WW1 Nieuport 24

Travis Gogan installing rivets on WW1 Nieuport 24

Travis Gogan installing rivets on WW1 Nieuport 24

Travis Gogan installing rivets on WW1 Nieuport 24


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Torque Tube work Continues at Chesapeake, AIM

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013

Gary Garnes and James Lester

Gary Garnes and James Lester

In our first picture Gary and James are checking the torque tube for proper fit and movability.

10-18-13A 007 Gary is pictured here checking how the parts are lining up and James is in the back ready to help remove the torque tube.

10-18-13A 012 James Lester is marking the torque tube for some more work.

10-18-13A 009 Some of the parts and notice the two brown pieces which are the bushings we make in-house.

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The bushings are being made by Chaez Ryder, pictured here.

To keep our Rotec Radial in tip top condition we remove the spark plugs and make sure the cylinders keep lubricated when the engine has not been started in awhile. A makeshift propeller is used to turn the engine over.

Here in our next pictures is Georgi Stanov our Student Spotlight this week.

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Temporary prop to turn engine for lubrication.

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Georgi Stanov was born in Bulgaria and his family came here to the United States of America in 2002. He liked living in Virginia Beach, Virginia and attended Princess Anne High School.He said he always liked working on cars so much he wanted to take it to another level, aviation. With a degree in Business Administration already in his pocket he is now working on an Aviation Maintenance Technician Engineering certificate from the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Chesapeake, Virginia. He is also taking Engineering classes at a local college because like his uncle who was a Space Engineer, Georgi wants to pursue a PH.D. in aerospace.

He likes this WW1 project and has been working on it since his first week of school. He said Avionics class was the best so far because of all the technical data and it was the most challenging. If someone likes mechanics/cars he said this is ten times better, it is a higher level of mechanics!

Enroll at Chesapeake, Virginia Campus and help us build our Nieuport 24 aircraft.

Enroll at Chesapeake, Virginia Campus and help us build our Nieuport 24 aircraft.

 

AIM Chesapeake Virginia Keeps Building WW1 Nieuport 24

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013

AIM Chesapeake Virginia is still working on their WW1 Nieuport 24 for the Great War Aircraft Project

The student project of building a World War One aircraft has had many students volunteering their time after class and on their non-school day (Friday).  Building  something as truly unique as this WW1 Nieuport 24 aircraft takes a lot of volunteers.  Here are some pictures of some of those people as they keep up the build.

One of our graduates who has dedicated many, many hours is Gary Garnes.  Gary is pictured below checking the position of a small metal plate for alignment. Gary completed the program here at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Chesapeake, Virginia and is in the process of passing his Oral and Practical tests.

Gary Garnes checking small metal plate on WW1 Nieuport 24

Gary Garnes checking small metal plate on WW1 Nieuport 24

Closer look at Gary checking small metal plate on WW1 Nieuport 24

Closer look at Gary checking small metal plate on WW1 Nieuport 24

Zooming in on small metal plate on WW1 Nieuport 24

Zooming in on small metal plate on WW1 Nieuport 24


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Chesapeake students working hard on Nieuport 24

Posted by on Oct 7, 2013

Aviation Institute of Maintenance – Chesapeake students are working hard on their Nieuport 24

Cheapeake students work on torque tube

AIM Cheapeake students Delano Jones, Van Crudup, and Marcus work on torque tube of Nieuport 24 flap.

AIM Chesapeake students work on torque tube

Another shot of Chesapeake students Delano Jones, Van Crudup, and Marcus working on torque tube of Nieuport 24 flap.

AIM Chesapeake students are working hard on the Nieuport 24 project.  Here are a number of photos showing the students hard at work on the torque tubes and upper wing brackets.  Don’t forget to read this entire post as there is a special spotlight on AIM Chesapeake student Van Crudup below.

In our first two pictures we have Delano Jones, Van Crudup and Marcus Cook diligently working on a main torque tube for the flap of our Nieuport 24 World War One aircraft.
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Atlanta WWI Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter Project Update

Posted by on Jul 25, 2013

More work completed by students in Atlanta on their WWI Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter aircraft.

overhead view of oil tank and new battery box for Atlanta WWI Sopwith Strutter

overhead view of oil tank and new battery box

Completed battery box for Atlanta WWI Sopwith Strutter

Completed battery box

Volunteer students at Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Atlanta have been busy this week completing numerous projects on the WWI Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter.  These promising aviation mechanic students finished plumbing the oil lines and the fuel systems hard lines on this challenging aircraft. Another group from the aviation school finished the battery box installation. They have started wiring the instrument panel for the Sopwith and all the wires that go through the firewall, ignition, alternator and such. One of the sheet metal instructors from the aviation career school in Atlanta has been helping on the nose cowl so that should be completed soon.

All in all the Atlanta WWI Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter project is moving along very well.  There are still some hurdles to get over but they are getting there.

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