Aircraft Design and Construction
The Aircraft Engineering Construction program will introduce the student to the proper use of tools in building an airplane, rigging required for flight controls, instrument installation, understanding drawings, and shop safety procedures. The student will also gain understanding of electrical systems, avionics installation and aircraft maintenance. Our students will build a real airplane, the Vans Aircraft RV-12 LSA.
The aircraft build project will consist of both classroom and shop participation. The
project is designed to:
1. Develop students academically in areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
2. Assist students in areas of skill development that will result in practical real-world skillsets sought by future employers.
3. Provide an environment where the passion for aviation, auto mechanics, automation, and engineering (both mechanical and electrical) will be nurtured.
4. Encourage students to behave in a manner that is both ethically and morally consistent with future employers’ expectations.
Blueprint reading and interpretation.
Understanding of SAE and metric values.
Measurement and layout.
Calculation of weight & balance.
Lift, drag, thrust and weight.
Internal combustion engines and other power plants.
FAA certification process.
Practice of Van’s Project Boxes.
Safety in tool handling.
Assembly of aircraft, powerplant and test flight of Van’s RV-12 aircraft.
The Van’s RV-12 assembly manual will be the main guide for the construction of the aircraft as well as the construction drawings.The FAR-AIM and other pertinent literature will also be used as needed.
The Van’s RV-12 assembly manual will be the main guide for the construction of the aircraft as well as the construction drawings. The FAR-AIM and other pertinent literature will also be used as needed.
Upcoming Start Date:
Due to the nature of the product, we are creating, students will be expected to always exhibit proper behavior and attitude. Respect for faculty, peers, project materials and tooling will be necessary. Student will be treated with proper respect and encouragement as well.
High School students (student must be approved by their school and the A.C.T.)
Allan Guff ,1st Lieutenant 101st Airborne, Certified Electrician, Experienced Aircraft builder, Co-Founder EAA Chapter 1354