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.
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The student volunteers at Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Atlanta finally installed the Rotec R3600 on the WWI Sopwith Strutter aircraft. The mount fit perfectly after being reworked. Now we can begin work on the cowling and routing all the lines and wiring for the engine.
The team of future aircraft maintenance technicians at Aviation Institute of Maintenance of Atlanta finished the rebuild on the engine mount of their WWI aircraft. They moved the mount out from the firewall to allow room for the engine accessories. They will install the engine in the Sopwith Strutter this week. This will allow them to position the oil tank and lines. They will also start working on the airbox for the carburetor. Center section work also continues.
The aviation career school has a new group of volunteers, mostly students from first and second term. One of the new students is a certified TIG welder so that should help with finishing the wing attach fittings on the Sopwith Strutter.
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.
Rotec R3600 mount
Rotec R3600 mount
It’s another busy week for Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Atlanta. This week we are modifying the mount on our Sopwith Strutter. We are moving it out from the firewall to allow room for the accessories on the engine. We have added longer attach points and now it just needs the services of our expert TIG welder. The rest of the build is moving along, though it has been a bit of a struggle on a few of the parts. The aviation career school student volunteers have just about finished the metal parts for the wings, now they need assembly and welding. We continue on the wood parts for the center section of the Sopwith, though we can’t finish until we get the wing attach plates welded and installed.
Follow along with the AIM Atlanta team.