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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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
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.
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.
Aileron Hinges: The Aileron hinges are near completion, including sanding to the final dimensions, drilling through the aileron, and adding lightening holes.
Spars: The Spars are near completion; which includes hand carving the routing to final dimensions, shaping the ends to meet spar box dimensions, and completing the spar boxes for connection.
After a too long period of little to no work done on this project, we are now back in gear and moving ahead. Just to bring the readers up to date, the team estimates that that the steel tube fuselage is 90% complete, the tail feathers are ready for cover, and the landing gear is about halfway done. The engine sits off in the corner, ready for installation.
Nearly complete, the fuselage sits waiting for the wings to be done.
Completed parts awaiting installation
The current effort has moved to the wings and ailerons. This means a lot of wood work, and some steel fabrication (aileron hinges). Lots of gluing, routing, cutting, sanding and fitting. A new group of dedicated students have emerged and we have seen them logging more and more hours on this projects. We have a new “blogmeister” in Camron Staples, our Student Advisor. That should mean much more regular updates to let the world know what is going on in Manassas.