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Attention to the details – building a Sopwith Pup

Posted by on May 24, 2013

As the Sopwith Pup at Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Dallas continues to take form, I wonder if the designer, Herbert Smith would be proud of our volunteer’s attention to the details.  Each rib and part of this WWI aircraft is carefully created to meet our standards of accuracy.  Picky?  Some might say so but why not? Our Sopwith Pup has taken on a strong sense of pride for our aviation career school family.  We look forward to additional progress in the weeks and months to come.
Carefully crafted Sopwith Pup parts at the aviation career school Paying attention to the details at the aviation career school

Crafting your way to a career in aviation maintenance Hand-crafted Sopwith parts at the aviation career school

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Aviation Maintenance Education Day and the Sopwith Pup

Posted by on May 10, 2013

On April 26, 2013 Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Dallas hosted an Aviation Maintenance Education Day.  The event brought over 125 high schools students, aviation maintenance hiring employers, and prospective students to campus to learn about aviation maintenance.  Guests were treated with tours of the school facilities and training equipment.  Additionally our instructors fired up our PT6, Allison 250 engines and our Robins R22 Helicopter.  To cap off the tour, our inquisitive  guests were given an opportunity to view our plans and progress on our WWI Sopwith Pup. They learned  about our chosen pilot Captain Pratt and the profound impact the WWI era had on modern aviation.

THe Sopwith Pup sign at the aviation career schoolAnother view of the Sopwith Pup signBuilding parts for the WWI Sopwith PupSome visitors at Aviation Maintenance Education day

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Cap Strips and Mini “Riblets” for Sopwith Pup

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013

Sounds like an appetizer order at a restaurant but hardly the case…

The team mechanics at Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Dallas have routed 65 cap strips for the production of main wing ribs A, B, C, D, E and mini “riblets” for the WWI Sopwith Pup aircraft. They also have made fabricated the jigs for cutting and assembling, as well as a drying rack.

The next big item to do will be getting the tooling made from the local machine shop. We are currently looking at two different shops for a bid. After that, the jib and materials needed to fabricate the main landing gear and the rear tail fixture for the WWI Sopwith Pup aircraft are next.

In the shop at the aviation career schoolanother step in the fabrication at the aviation career school hangar

all clamped down at the aviation career schoolmeasuring some riblets at the aviation career school

more measuring at the aviation career school

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Sopwith Pup in production mode at aviation career school

Posted by on Apr 12, 2013

The Sopwith Pup is in parts production mode at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Dallas.  The jigs have been fine tuned and drying rack constructed.  The students, faculty and staff of this aviation career school are all pitching in various ways to help our project move forward.

A number of students/faculty/staff  have earned a Sopwith Pup T- Shirt  by logging 23 hours (half of the Captain Pratt’s RAF No. 46 Squadron) of activity with the WWI Sopwith Pup aircraft project.  The logged activities include, but are not limited to, actual hands on work, promotion verbally or written and or preparation/cleaning, of the Sopwith Pup project and the work space in the aviation career school hangar and even cooking for the team, as we like to eat!    Once students/faculty/staff have logged 46 hours they will receive a service strip to be ironed on their left sleeve. Every 46 hours logged thereafter will be rewarded with another service strip. This is a community effort and everyone is welcome!

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Aviation Institute of Maintenance Sopwith Pup T-Shirtworking on the wings in the aviation career school hangaraviation career school future aircraft mechanics working on the Sopwith Pupaviation career school students lay out all the partsa close up of the partsanother close up of the partsthe bench at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Dallas

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