Work continues apace in the Customer Assembly Center (CAC) hangar with the Baur father–and-son team and Olney High School students making good time on all sections of the Sportsman airplane underway. Which stands to reason given the extra help they’ve received from sponsors of GAMA’s Aviation Design Challenge who have dropped by to lend assistance.
Tuesday, June 20, saw seven Click Bond engineers and marketers fly direct to the CAC hangar on Arlington Municipal Airport from the company’s home base in Carson City, Nevada. Their purpose: Do whatever was needed to support the students that day, working hands-on with parts when they could. They stayed most of the day, flying back in the company’s Citation CJ3.
It just happened to be Click Bond Day, as you can see from Tuesday’s T-shirts. Pretty hard to miss. (Each sponsor has supplied T-shirts and caps for the student team and the Baurs to wear, a different company tee worn every day.)
Wednesday morning began with a visit by Barbara Humpton, CEO of Siemens Government Technologies, who spoke at length about recent engineering advances in electric flight and its exciting prospects yet ahead. Questions she left us with: How would you configure an airplane once you could separate its power and propulsion units? How might that change the face of aviation? Society?
Not just one for talk, Ms. Humpton got hands-on with the build, competing with the young women on the student team and proving she can drill holes in wing parts with the best of anyone on the CAC.
Wednesday was also the day the students took to the air in a Sportsman. Glasair Aviation has made these flights an annual rite of passage. Only two of the students had flown in a small airplane before.
On related news, we enjoyed reading about this year’s Build-A-Plane effort in Tuesday’s Plane&Pilot online edition. Catch it here.