It’s a long way to AIM Manassas from Vietnam, but well worth the travel; so said the delegation from the Vietnamese Embassy as they explored the campus of AIM Manassas back in February. Their purpose was simple; to find an appropriate facility to train their countrymen/women in fixing aircraft safely and effectively. John Allbright (Director of Education) and Jan Schoonmaker (Campus Executive Director) were the perfect hosts as they accompanied the guests around the campus pointing out the extensive handson equipment used in teaching students. Let us not forget the faculty, most of whom have over 20 years of field experience while also holding an A&P License. Near the lobby, next to the glowing AIM sign, the tour ended. The officials of Vietnam seemed pleased with the expertise and professionalism of the staff, faculty and curriculum taught. As the months go by our campus seems to become a magnet of diversity, brimming with chances to learn new cultures. This makes AIM Manassas a great place to study a vocation built on safely maintaining the globalization of travel as we know it today.
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How does Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Manassas keep busy?
Our WWI Sopwith Camel aircraft project participants have been very busy as they continue to work on the wing. Wooden ribs which help make the shape of the wing (fabric is attached to these) have been made and put in place. Detailed work has begun in making 50 nose and trailing edge ribs, and brace wires have been put in place which tie all the wooden parts together. The steel struts with a coat of primer have been inserted as well.
Close up of aircraft plans
Another close up of the plans
A wide angle shot of the plans
Center Wing Section
- Leading edge of the wing.
Work on the project was affected by school delays and closing due to Hurricane Sandy. Project work this past week work has been slow, however, parts for the upper wing are on site and construction of the upper wing is nearly complete.
Work continues on the upper wing for the WWI Sopwith Camel aircraft at this aviation career school in Manassas. Several spar boxes for the plane have been completed, painted and fitted. The metal struts are finally being attached where the wings of the Sopwith Camel join together. The student volunteers continue to work on finishing the clips.
AIM-Manassas instructors, Richard Lewis and Stuart Ehrlich, working on a spar box.
Rear spar box, blasted and painted.
Upper wing frame with spar boxes, metal and wood struts.
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working on the spar boxes
Close up of spar boxes
Can we paint, yet?
The aviation career school students at Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Manassas continued working on the spar boxes this week, concentrating on the upper wing spar box. Several have been blasted and are being prepped to be painted.
Rear spar box with socket
Forward spar box
Rear spar box
Foward spar box in work
This week, the student aviation maintenance technicians try to finish the spar boxes for the Sopwith Camel war aircraft project. They concentrated almost entirely on spar boxes in order to complete a top wing. The pictures are of a front spar box, rear spar box, forward spar box in work and a rear spar box with socket. The prints are provided to the aviation maintenance technician students to follow as they are making the spar boxes for the Sopwith Camel.
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