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Team Philadephia is back in the running!

Posted by on Aug 2, 2012

The new build team has been busy getting things organized and making themselves more visible.  They have been assigned a dedicated area in the shop, and the project can be included on tours when new students are checking the school out.  Additionally, a large wall display will show the team members, and photos showing both history and current activities with the project team.

  This new display will keep everyone posted with the progress on the Nieuport Project.

Nieuport 17 back on track

Posted by on Jun 25, 2012

After the rapidly growing student population at the Philli school squeezed the Nieuport project out of its dedicated workspace, it was relegated to a shipping container setting next to the hangar. While this held the materials just fine, it did not allow for any work room. Everytime the team wanted to work on the airplane, they had to move everything out, accomplish what they could, and then move it back to storage. Not a real productive situation. To provide for the larger student population, a new hangar has been built, and several lab spaces have been turned into classrooms. The school finally has room to breathe, and space to dedicate to this project. A separate, and secure space has now been dedicated to the Nieuport, a new project team assembled, and once again progress is being made.

The Neiuport 17 gets a new home.

The new project teams consists of:

Fuselage Team  Corey Jones(Graduate/ Team Chief), Luis Bendezo, Martin Heck

Powerplant Team  Anthony D’Onfrio(Graduate/ Team Chief), Ernst Jean, Ainsworth Palmer

Wings Team  Alfred Gunter (Team Chief), Peter Hamilton

Landing Gear Team  Jose Camacho(Team Chief)

Tailfeathers(Empennage)Team  Barbara Rivero (Team Chief), Billy Sutherland

Instructor Scott Roberts will serve as project manager, with instructors Pete Costa and Douglass Babb as advisors.

Recent activities include,  Pete Costa and Tony D’Onofrio borescoped the Rotec R-3600 engine (which has been in storage for several years) and determined that all was well inside. Work on the new engine test stand is progressing, but we are awaiting metal for the structure, having already built the base. This will allow us to run the engine and make certain that everything is in working order before it is installed on the fuselage.

The airframe is still in process: We have encountered a compound problem with the

square tubes used for the upper and lower longerons: our regular supplier has run out of stock of the .750″ x .049″ square tubing we switched to when they ran out of the same size in .035″ stock. They are not, apparently, running another production batch at this time, so we are trying to find an alternate source. Our back-up plan is to replace the square tubing with round, then add an edge former to replicate the square outside corners for cosmetic purposes: this would entail replacing at least the upper sections of longeron, so they both match. The lower longerons are currently in process of being shaped properly to conform to the required curvature. One advantage to switching to round tubing is we would be able to more easily curve the materials using a tubing bender.

The Tailfeathers Team is working with the elevators which were previously cut and shaped, and will be constructing the horizontal stabilizer next, followed by the rudder. We are still sourcing a few of their parts, bushings, etc.

The Wings team is making their patterns, and will be beginning construction of their pieces within the next month. We believe once the templates are made, the plywood ribs, fittings, etc. should come together relatively quickly.

The Landing Gear team is waiting for their aerodynamic tubing to arrive: It has been backordered twice at this point, and they are working on the sheet metal pieces.

Keep coming back to see the progress we are making.



Posted by on Feb 5, 2010

Had to cancel Weekend WWI build because of Possible 2 feet of snow. The WWI airplane spirits are working against us again.

AIM Philly Nieuport 17

Posted by on Jan 21, 2010

Unfortunately we have made no significant progress in our aircraft. With no space in the hangar for the project and the project in a conex box the set up time on a normal day is inhibiting any real progress. Once the new hangar is finished in July we maybe able to get some dedicated space for the project and make some significant progress. We have made a some progress in our flight controls. The one instructor that was volunteering his time had almost completed the elevators before he departed the pattern.

Guess my Pilot?

Posted by on Jun 14, 2007

There have been no winners yet. After the first clue it narrowed it down to about every pilot in World War I. This week’s clue should narrow it down only a little. I do not want this to be to easy. This pilot raced cars before the war and he was not an American.

Have fun Andrew AMP

Philadelphia is rolling!

Posted by on Jun 8, 2007

Here at Philadelphia we are finally cutting tubing. Our back ordered tubing finally showed up so we can get started. I expect to be flying our plane by the end of next week. (-; I should have some pictures soon.

Our research team Instructor Nick has spent many hours trying to find a Philadelphia connection to the Nieuport 17; that we are building. There were three pilots that died in WWI from Philadelphia but none of them flew the Nieuport. We were unable to find and exciting connection with Philadelphia. We have located our pilot.

Let’s play a little game of lets Guess My Pilot? First Clue: He was a fair student but excellent at sports. Boxing was his favorite sport. I will post a new clue every week till someone guesses My Pilot. You can e-mail your guess to Presently I do not have a prize for the winner but I will try to come up with something related to the plane.