New Plane Underway

In June 2021, we started our new crew of teens to help us build our fourth RV12.  Although it was sad to say goodbye to many of our previous students, they are off to college and the military with a better understanding and respect for aeronautics.  We have enhanced the program by adding structured classes to our build sessions, allowing us to teach the students about important topics such as weather, direction, mechanics, etc.

 

Below are some pics of our new crew in action! 

Teen Building of our latest Van's RV12iS 
Prepping the wing components
Prepping the wing components

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Riveting on the Wing Spar
Riveting on the Wing Spar

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Working on the tail
Working on the tail

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Prepping the wing components
Prepping the wing components

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08/2021 - 09/2021

Wings & Fuselage Work Begins

The next 2 kits (Wings and Fuselage) arrived on August 25th just as the final touches were being applied to the tail kit.  On August 28th the team began prepping and assembling the wings.  Each wing contains over 60 parts and 600 rivets.  The 3rd RV-12 is currently parked next door so we have a completed example for consultation and inspiration along the way.  The wings are a ton of work, but allows are teens to work as a team and excel.  We plan to do in 6 weeks what would easily take a single builder 6 months to complete. 

06/2021 - 07/2021

A Lesson in Riveting and Teamwork

Our new group of 18 teens started this month to help us build our fourth RV12.  After temperature taking and an overview of shop and COVID safety, we got the teens organized into teams to start working on various parts of the plane.  Everyone needed a lesson on riveting... of which we will do a lot of over the next few months!  By the end of July, our four groups of teens completed the Rudder, Vertical Stabilizer, Stabilator, and Tail Cone.