Posted by: Miguel E. Mármol G. | Aug 6, 2013

Weight on Wheels!!!

Hello everyone!

I realize that we have not posted on the blog in over a year! It’s not that we didn’t want to, it’s that we were all busy building the darned thing! I hope that within the next few weeks we can put up several posts with more detail on what we’ve been doing for the past year. For now though, I want to entirely dedicate this post to a MAJOR event that we just accomplished: WEIGHT ON WHEELS!!!

Aircraft sitting on its wheels for the first time!

Aircraft sitting on its wheels for the first time!

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Posted by: Miguel E. Mármol G. | Apr 20, 2012

600 words on attaching the horizontal stabilizer to the fuselage

Some of you remember the post about when the horizontal stabilizer was closed. After that we spent a lot of time working on the finishing touches and on making the elevators. The culmination of all those efforts are the attaching of the now fully complete horizontal stabilizer to the fuselage! A major step in the right direction!

Horizontal stabilizer attached to the fuselage. The first securing plies have just been laid.

After we closed the horizontal stabilizer the next series of plies were reinforcing plies to the leading edge and the rear spar. At the conclusion of these reinforcements the stabilizer had a nice smooth and sturdy-looking leading edge as seen in the picture below.

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Posted by: Miguel E. Mármol G. | Mar 30, 2012

The not-so-wasted trip

This post deals peripherally with the build but is mostly about aviation and one of the motivations that we have for building an airplane. Last week I took a flight on one of BEFA’s aircraft, a Cessna 182RG whose tail number was N2365C, up to Arlington airport to pick up some supplies for our team from Glasair. It was an interesting journey.

N2365C, the vehicle in this adventure. Image courtesy of BEFA

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Posted by: Miguel E. Mármol G. | Mar 9, 2012

Wing Closure Time-Lapse Video

I’ve never ceased to be amazed at the talents & hobbies that some of my Boeing co-workers have. They run the range from people who are sailors, philanthropists, real-estate agents, pilots, writers, etc. Dan Hould, one of the members of the systems team, seems to have an interest in movie making (and an interest in building airplanes too!) . A few days before the wing close was scheduled he came to me with the idea of recording the entire wing close process and then creating a time-lapse video of it. naturally, it seemed like a fantastic idea to me. Well, he was there during the ordeal that was the day we closed the wing and he filmed the entire thing. His presence was also very useful as he jumped in many times to help where it was needed to get the wing closed. With that, I leave you with the fruits of his labor, a pretty awesome video of the sequence of getting our wing closed.

Posted by: Joey Burgess | Feb 8, 2012

Office Scanning

Every office, and many homes, have a scanner – a way to take a physical object and make a digital representation of it. But what if the object is in 3 dimensions? You would need some sort of 3D scanner.

Fortunately for us, there’s one of those in our office.

With the help of the Systems Concept Center at Boeing, we were able scan the interior volume of our airplane, N320NE. Read on to see how this process works.

Fuselage model scan after smoothing

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Posted by: Miguel E. Mármol G. | Feb 2, 2012

WE CLOSED THE WING!!!

After over a year of work, lots of itchy fiberglass, many discussions, and one night of frenzied work we have finally closed the wing on the aircraft!

The whole team just after wing closure. Jean, Maria, John, Miguel, Brandon, Zach, and Chris

Closing the wing? Let me explain.

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Posted by: Miguel E. Mármol G. | Jan 27, 2012

Steve Atkins Visits the Project

Wednesday, January 11th 2012 was a big day for the project. Some major construction milestone? No. Some big purchase or installation? No. New partnership? No. So what happened? Steve Atkins visited!

Your truly showing Steve how to operate the avionics in the cabin mockup as seveal of the team members looked on

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Posted by: Miguel E. Mármol G. | Jan 27, 2012

Header Tanks, Engine Mounts, and Horizontal Stabilizers

As the past couple of entries have been related mostly to systems I wanted to post something new about all the hard work that the build teams have been doing. This particular post is about their work in the fuselage of the aircraft. They have reached two big milestones:

1. installation of the engine mount and nose gear!

2. closing of the header fuel tank

3. trial-fitting the horizontal stabilizer in the fuselage

Flint and Burt using the laser level to make sure that the nose wheel is rigged properly

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Posted by: Joey Burgess | Dec 8, 2011

Systems Goodies!

Yep, we ordered it, yep it got here! After going through the detailed design phase we actually went out and ordered most of our equipment. The first order was in late October and the latest order was last Friday.
Boxes and boxes of avionics equipment

Boxes and boxes of avionics equipment

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Posted by: Miguel E. Mármol G. | Nov 18, 2011

What it Takes to Wire a Wing

Up to now the vast majority of the actual building has had to do with the fuselage and wing structure. The systems team has been focusing mostly on requirements, design, and procurement. That all changed last week when the systems team installed the first wire bundle into the wings!!!

Wing wiring coming out of wingtip end of conduit at the center of the image. Notice fuel probe on right of image and the label on each wire

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