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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 School Rebuilds mount on Sopwith Strutter

Posted by on May 20, 2013

rebuilt mount on Sopwith Stutter at aviation career school

rebuilt mount

engine mount on Sopwith Strutter at aviation career school hangar

engine mount

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.

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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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Aviation Career School Students Modify Sopwith Rotec Mount

Posted by on May 9, 2013

Rotec R3600 mount in the aviation career school hangar

Rotec R3600 mount

Inside the aviation career school you can see the 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.

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