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Jasta 6 – A Few Challenges

Posted by on Jun 1, 2007

We realized at the outset that we would have a few challenges with the wing on the DVIII (So did Anthony Fokker) and we ran into one. Some of the DVIII wing ribs have a negative camber and the drawings we possess do not give us much information in that regard (That particular portion of the drawings are 1/5 scale). After much head scratching and use of measuring devices we dropped back and punted to Paul Musso and his partner “Karl” who are building a DVIII and build wings for other individuals. Pete Ihrisky spent valuable time with them on the phone and they were more than willing to help. Pete also was concerned about some of the tubing dimensions on the drawings (they don’t make sense) and that was also discussed. It was finally decided by both parties that it would be best if we (AMO) documented our concerns via E-mail and provided Paul & Karl with digital photographs of the parts of the drawings that we are concerned with. That is in work and will be provided shortly.

Work this week has been slow due to the Memorial Day holiday and other factors, but we expect to spool up next week and press on.

As always, if we can do anything for anyone please let us know!

“Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season”…….. Jasta 6

Jasta 6 Moving On!

Posted by on May 11, 2007

It’s Friday once again and time to bring everyone up to date on the goings on at Jasta 6. The week was very productive. All of our tooling has been set up and calibrated, more work than we anticipated, but a success! Our build tables have been constructed and leveled to our satisfaction. Mike Harris did a great job constructing them, kudos to Mike! Also, we have the final list of wood,tubing and misc. we need. The orders will go in Monday or Tuesday.

We had our final selection of the students that were wanting to particpate and we put the “Wing Crew” to work under the watchful eye of Mike Harris and Pete Ihrisky. We’re on our way!! The Wing Crew began scaling the drawings and cutting out templates for ribs, etc. (Uh Oh Drawing Class all over again!) To my delight the students didn’t want a break and kept right on truckin’! Below are the names of the students in the “Wing Crew”. The remaining students will be assigned as we ramp up over the next week or two.

“Wing Crew”

G. Gil

G. Garcia

C. LaForte

H. Donis

O. Eusebio

F. Mandujano

We’ll have some pictures to view early next week.. Everyone have a good weekend – Jasta 6 signing off…..K.C.

Jasta 6 Update

Posted by on May 4, 2007

Most of the tooling we ordered has arrived and is currently being assembled and set up. The actual work area has been cleared and a large drafting table has been erected which we will use for drawings during the build process. Selection of our core students is being finalized and we’ve decided on a shirt that will be given to each student and instructor that is involved. The T-shirt will be black with a pocket on the front. The AIM logo will be on the pocket. On the back there will be the words “Project 2007 The Fokker DVIII” in red letters. In the middle of the back will be a picture of the DVIII. In addition we have purchased the materials and are begining to construct the tables to build the wing and fuselage on. We are also begining to scale out our drawings and other minor tasks to insure we do it right.

In addition to the above we just want to pass along a little summation of what we encountered during our visit to Sun N’ Fun.(Sorry we missed you John!) Mike Harris, Pete Ihrisky and myself attended and were somewhat surprised how large the homebuilt/LSA world has gotten. It’s definitely the wave of the future. We spoke with many people that had good tips and ideas. One thing we did encounter was a company based in New Smyrna Beach Fl. that is about to receive an STC to outfit C-172s and other small aircraft with diesel powerplants. We had to admit the engine was one of the coolest engines we had ever seen. The engine had dual FADEC and was turbo’ed to 70lbs boost constantly. By the end of the conversation thier representative said he would like to come to the school and be a guest instructor to explain diesel powerplants and said it may be possible to fly an airplane here that is equipped with one of thier engines. We’re waiting to hear from them. The name of the company is Epic Aviation. Anyway,we will be posting our blog every Friday to sum up the week unless of course we reach a milestone or just want to share something we encountered etc. If there’s any thing we can do let us know!

Have a Good Weekend— K.C. and Jasta 6

Jasta 6 Layout Work

Posted by on Mar 18, 2007

Our layout efforts continue on with more students coming on board. They can’t wait to use some of the tooling we aquired such as the metal cutters, drill press and planers. We’ll continue to roll in more students as the work load increases and becomes more complicated.


The tooling we acquired                                              Layout work

We’ll keep you posted weekly as the work continues…………Jasta 6

Jasta 6 – Rotec Engines – On a motorcycle!!

Posted by on Mar 13, 2007

Thats right!!!!! Jesse James the reknowned chopper builder took a Rotec radial and installed it on a motorcycle!!!!! To get a look at this beast find a copy of  the April edition of Cycle World and go to page 46.  Unreal!!!!!   K.C.