EAA Heartland Chapter 1240 - The Spirit of Aviation

22,000 parts

What do you do with 22,000 parts?

Aircam Build family
A family affair. Jude Halpern front making the labels, brother Luke behind cutting, and their dad Mike organizing the morning’s effort.

Anyone who has a workbench, workshop, or other area where you would repair or build things knows the challenge of getting organized. How many time have you said to yourself; “I know I have this (insert the tool or fixture you desperately need right now), but where is it?” I have at times spent more time searching for something rather than the time I needed to complete the project. You would think I would know better, but we all fall into the trap.

One of my challenges is I have a wide variety of tools, many designed for a special or particular purpose. You know that saying; “A person can never have enough tools”. Well it appears I’m that person. Having been trained as one of the original “Industrial Arts” teachers, I’ve had the need, otherwise known as an excuse, to get lots of tools for carpentry, general woodworking, electrical, auto, plumbing, masonry, and working on aircraft. I don’t claim to be an expert in any of these areas, but I know enough to be dangerous, and I have the tools for them.

It doesn’t take long for the “Where is it?” curse to take effect. The issue is that tools take up space, and there never seems to be enough wall space to hang them, drawers or cabinets to store them. Now that I’m retired, I’m supposed to have that extra time to organize the garage/shop to sort all of it out. I’ve made progress cleaning and sorting, but it is not done yet. Sometimes when searching, you discover something you forgot you had, or find something that is the same thing you just bought, since you didn’t remember you had one already.

My point in sharing this is that I have promised I would not take some of my bad habits to the EAA 1240 hangar and the AirCam build. It has worked well so far. We have space and the proper amount of places to sort and store at the ready, all the 22,000 parts it will take to build the aircraft. God bless the wheel, as all the storage cabinets, worktables and caddies for the fuselage and other large assemblies are on casters. We can move anything around the floor of the hangar as needed to make the work go smoother.

Aircam Parts
The build team sorting and labeling the AirCam parts

Last Saturday we made a significant step forward for the build. The youth and adult build team worked on getting to know how the parts were divided and we did some initial organizing, getting everything sorted and labeled. With the compressor and air lines installed we were able to practice drilling some scrap aluminum parts to install “Clecos” and then fasten the parts together with high strength aircraft quality rivets.

The build team had to go through the manual and pull out and label all the different bags of parts that were identified for a particular step of the assembly. Lockwood Aviation has done a great job in organizing the AirCam kit by labeling all the components in different boxes as to where they are to be used. We took it to the next level by organizing the parts bags in labeled drawers for clear identification and easy access.

Tomorrow will be the first day we will be assembling some of the “real” parts. We will have some help from the Lockwood factory staff to help guide us and assure it is being done to the proper standards. We will be working on the horizontal stabilizer, which is the horizontal part of the tail of the aircraft. All the parts are cued up on the work table, the tools are ready, and all we need are the hands of the build team.

Last week in explaining the Four Forces of Flight I was not clear on how lift is created; thank you reader Ingrid for bringing it to my attention. When the air goes over the curved top surface of the wing is moving faster than the air passing the bottom flat surface. That is what causes a difference in pressure developing lift.

This is “Bernoulli’s Principle”. “Bernoulli’s principle can be used to calculate the lift force on an airfoil, if the behavior of the fluid flow in the vicinity of the foil is known. For example, if the air flowing past the top surface of an aircraft wing it is moving faster than the air flowing past the bottom surface, then Bernoulli’s principle implies that the pressure on the surfaces of the wing will be lower above than below. This pressure difference results in an upwards lifting force.” Sorry for the confusion, I was just trying to keep it simple regarding the speed of the airflow past the two surfaces of the wing.


 For more information about EAA Chapter 1240 and our programs, contact John Rousch at jhr@stratomail.net or call 863-273-0522.

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