GAMA / Build A Plane Aviation Design Contest Build: Day 11 – Taxi Day

Taxi Day: It’s here! The morning was a flurry of action as the last (and also some of the most important) items were installed onto our almost taxi-ready airplane. The prop was installed and secured, engine pre-oiled, spark plugs torqued, seats installed, air filter installed and every detail attended to. One by one, the last elements fell […]

GAMA / Build A Plane Aviation Design Contest Build: Day 10

Today was the last day of preparation before the taxi. As the last few assembly details are being squared away, the focus changes from building to inspecting. Over the next two days every nut, bolt, wire, and cotter pin are going to have many sets of eyes scanning them for any sign of defect of […]

GAMA / Build A Plane Aviation Design Contest Build: Day 9

Day 9 of the build here at the Glasair factory and our projects continue to draw in tighter to one another. The last few days of the build will consist of a good deal of wiring, installing and hooking up engine sensors, and finishing up some of the fairings and covers. Wiring is a process […]

GAMA / Build A Plane Aviation Design Contest Build: Day 8

It’s Monday, the team has had a day off (sort of), and everyone is back to swarming around the plane like wrench-turning ants. This phase of the build is particularly challenging; everyone has a job to do, but every job is in the same place! This dynamic takes the need for teamwork and situational awareness to […]

GAMA / Build A Plane Aviation Design Contest Build: Day 6/7

The students and volunteers are now more than halfway through with their time with us at Glasair Aviation… Fortunately the airplane is more than halfway complete as well! Saturday the students were able to get a good handle on getting all of the control cables routed and set to the correct tensions. Another milestone was also […]

GAMA / Build A Plane Aviation Design Contest Build: Day 5

Today we reached a great point in any build; one can start to glimpse the almost magical point at which sub assemblies start to meld into an aircraft greater than the sum of its parts. The engine has been bolted in place, the wings and tail feathers gleaming their mirroring shine while fastened securely to the fuselage. […]

GAMA / Build A Plane Aviation Design Contest Build: Day 4

The students are now more than halfway through the first week of the build! Today also came with a remarkable visitor: Jeppesen CEO, Mark Van Tine. Mark is an incredible leader who is passionate about flying and inspiring youth to find their own place in aviation. Mark built his own Sportsman, with the first Build A […]

GAMA / Build A Plane Aviation Design Contest Build: Day 3

‘Teamwork’ would be the best word to describe the atmosphere in the hangar today. Everyone came together in outstanding fashion to meet the day’s goals. The day’s largest focus was getting the landing gear on the plane. At a glance, this looks like a simple effort… Three gear legs? check. Three tires? check. Left and […]

GAMA / Build A Plane Aviation Design Contest Build: Day 2

Today the CHEF Homeschoolers are really getting into the groove. All day the shop has been ringing out with the percussive music of riveters. Each student is getting a chance to pound a portion of the thousands of rivets that mount the top wing skins. In addition to the completion of the riveting on one wing, the […]