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Aircraft Construction

Building Kit Aircraft

Building your own airplane means dealing with parts, aluminum and making sure that corrosion does not show up years later when the aircraft is in service. Evenmore you will need to learn how to prepare and install an engine and propeller on the firewall.

We also take some time to look at aerodynamic cleanup, during construction you will have the opportunity to do so and streamline your pride. Aircraft usually have some composite parts so there's time spent with that too.

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Aircraft Construction

Working with sheetmetal, drilling round holes and or reaming them to exact dimensions are for some builders new techniques they need to aquire. Corrosion protection is also required at this stage. Proseal is used to seal wet wing tanks.

  • Airframe Construction
  • Aircraft Sheetmetal
  • Proseal Sealant
  • Drilling Holes & Cleco's

Powerplant Installation

Installing an engine takes serious planning and preparation of the firewall. All parts should be on hand so that works continues.

When that is done installing your favorite propeller and spinner plus cowling will be your next job.

  • Firewall Preparation
  • Aircraft Engine Mounts
  • Installing That Engine
  • Fuel & Oil Lines
  • Installing Baffles
  • Cowling Installation
  • Propeller Selection
  • About Spinners

Aircraft Parts

An airplane is made from a lot of parts flying in very close formation. Here we show you the most commonly used bolts, nuts, washers, and how to install rivets and preparing holes.

Your kit will probably have hundredths of these items so paying attention helps.

  • Torquing Bolts
  • Bolts & Threads
  • Bolt & Thread Locking
  • Bolt Grip Details
  • Eye & Clevis Bolts
  • Nuts & Washers
  • Rivets & Deburring
  • Turnbuckles
  • Hinges & Nutplates
  • Thimbles & Tubes

Aluminum Alloys

Aircraft are usually built from aluminum as this is strong and lightweigth, it also gets stronger with lower temperatures. Although not so corrosive as steel or iron aluminum does corrode and it needs proper preparation before painting.

  • Aluminum in Aviation
  • Aluminum Properties
  • Corrosion Protection

Aerodynamic Cleanup

When busy constructing your aircraft you have the opportunity to make small changes to improve its efficiency, lower the drag. Here we take a look at what you can do.

  • Aircraft Drag Reduction
  • Parasite Drag
  • Induced Drag
  • Aerodynamic Cleanup

Composite Aircraft

With these machines some parts are made from fiberglass or carbon and this can be worked in all kinds of shapes and sizes and is easy to work with. Working with temperature, resin and applying the right amount of hardener is the subject here.

  • Composite Construction
  • Paint Preparation

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