The team aviation mechanics at Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Atlanta have finished the side fairings and stringers on their Sopwith Strutter aircraft project. These fairings will give the rounded shape to the front of the aircraft. It also will let the team at this aviation career school continue work on the center wing sections. The center sections of the Sopwith Strutter have been a hold up for the AIM students, as they have to be glued in place and can not be removed to facilitate any other work in the area. They have to make sure we have everything else in that area finished before they do the final install. Just one more item that had to be built a little differently (due to the metal frame) than the original WWI Sopwith Strutter aircraft specifications.
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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Cabane struts fitted to cockpit decking
Today at AIM Atlanta we finished making the cutouts on the cockpit deck to fit the cabane struts of the WWI Sopwith Strutter aircraft. It was a tight fit, but the end product looks good. We are working on the fitting of the instrument panel to the cockpit decking, the cabane struts took up a bit of the room in that area so the instrument panel needed some trimming, that done it fits as planned. The volunteer students at our aviation career school are doing a fantastic job.
Stabilizer trim wheel assy, notice gear on right
Cabane struts fitted to frame
The Cabane strut, the 1/2 of the 1 and 1/2 WWI Strutter Sopwith aircraft is finished. It needs to be welded to the frame but we won’t do that until we have verified its position against the lower wing attachments. The new aviation career school students are busy making pieces for the wing. After the wing pieces are finished we will complete the welding and start building the wings. The stabilizer trim system is finally finished, the gear made by one of our AIM students came out great and works as planned. The air brake is also in working order but we will wait to do the final pinning of the cross shaft until we can determine the trailing edge position of the airbrake.
Aviation Institute of Maintenance at Atlanta students are volunteering to come in during spring break so the work will continue.
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New volunteers Jose Cuellar, Juan Lopez, and Jake Gruenwald
Work slowed down over the last couple of weeks as we had to move the WWI aircraft project to a new area of the aviation career school hangar. We have finally gotten everything back in order and the work on the Sopwith Strutter is getting back on schedule. Our new AIM volunteers are working on wing inspection panels this week, they are learning how to read plans and how to convert the plans to the part they are making.