New Planes 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 crew in action! 

Our Teens at Work
Un-crating more goodies
Un-crating more goodies

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Prepping Metal for the tail
Prepping Metal for the tail

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Fitting the side skins
Fitting the side skins

We delay the skins for easy access to avionics and controls - lessons learned

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Un-crating more goodies
Un-crating more goodies

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Airplane #4

Airplane #4 has come a long way since our last post.  We’ve been blessed with a great group of Teens and Mentors. The entire tail and wings are complete. The fuselage is 80% complete. The engine and avionics are in the hangar and work is starting to add those to the airplane. Supply Chain issues have been a challenge, so we started ordering kits 6+ months in advance to keep the work flowing. Unfortunately, we’re still waiting for the Finish Kit which includes the bubble canopy, engine cowl, landing gear, flight controls and interior finishes. That kit is slightly overdue and expected any day. We expect this airplane to make its first flight around New Years.  Fingers crossed.

Airplane #5

Have we told you about Airplane #5? Teen Aircraft was fortunate to be contacted by an EAA Chapter in South Texas that had RV-12 wings and tail available. We worked out a mutually beneficial deal and rushed to South Texas to pick up the pieces. Lucky for us a chapter member has TBM and offered to fly a few of us directly to their airport. Since we all love airplanes, people were lined up for a chance to go. We loaded the parts in a Penske rental truck and drove 1,300 miles back to Sarasota.  Anticipating continuing Supply Chain delays, TAFM ordered and has received the Fuselage Kit and expects the Finish Kit shortly. Having these parts in the hangar provides a cushion of approximately 4 months of work for our program. We’d have the avionics and engine on order as well, but we just don’t have the $60k cash until we wrap up #4. Airplane #5 should be complete around December 2023.