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Aviation career school students build wings for Sopwith Camel

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012

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.

AIM-Manassas instructors, Richard Lewis and Stuart Ehrlich, working on a spar box.

Rear spar box for Sopwith Camel, blasted and painted.

Rear spar box, blasted and painted.

Sopwith Camel Upper wing frame with spar boxes, metal and wood struts.

Upper wing frame with spar boxes, metal and wood struts.

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Upper Wing Spar Box

Posted by on Oct 5, 2012

spar blueprints


Aviation Maintenance Technicians

working on the spar boxes

Close up of 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.

Aviation Maintenance Tech students work on Sopwith Camel

Posted by on Sep 27, 2012

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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Student Activites at AIM Manassas

Posted by on Sep 11, 2012

The Sopwish Raffle Winner!

The student winner of the “Name My Pet Betta Fish” contest with his new AIM backpack!

Even the staff played long…

Some student participants in the bowling tournament.

There were several activities in the months of July and August at AIM Manassas promoted to get the students excited and involved with campus life and promoting a sense of community, while keeping in the theme of aviation maintenance training. Some of the events were:

* Sopwith Camel contest

* Remote controlled car obstacle course

* Student and staff bowling tournament

* Name my pet contest with prize of $25 AIM backpack

* Veteran’s workshop for Veterans, Active Duty and Reserve personnel

* National Aviation Day celebration with Auntie Anne’s hot pretzels

* Ice cream social

* Sign up period for the American football elimination contest (top prize is $300 tool kit)

* Shoe donation drive for one of our student’s home country in West Africa

AMM Sopwith Camel 07/20/12 Update

Posted by on Jul 20, 2012

Student, Ben-Joel Ndjami drilling wire tabs

Bending, shaping and cutting remaining spar clips (5). Bending and shaping spar box ends, and drilling holes in wire tabs for clips.

AMM Sopwith Camel 7/13/12 Update

Posted by on Jul 13, 2012

Metal fabrication continues as students and faculty work together to complete the Aileron Hinges. The Sopwitch Camel project continues to stay on schedule, as we prepare to begin cabling the spars and brackets of the upper wing.