It has been some time since we last posted about the build progress of the airplane on the blog. If you want daily updates on what we are doing, complete with pictures, you can always go to the build log at: http://bcnflog.appspot.com/. This next post was written by Brandon Huelman who is one of the guys focused on building the wing:
Though we wanted to start building the wing right away, we needed to take care of a few unglamorous tasks first. Before the team could begin working on the wing we needed to build a jig. Because of its importance in the wing construction we spent a great deal of time measuring and re-measuring before we made any cuts.
Generally the main components went together without much hassle. The tedious part to finalizing the jig was to make sure the wing sat level in the jig. Initially we started by using a “simple” tool, the water level. On the positive side it is cheap, but after spilling water on more than one occasion we knew we needed a laser level. Chris Yeeles, our subject matter expert, generously let our team borrow his laser level. This helped immensely but if I were to do this again I would try to acquire two or three laser levels.
The wing team has completed the jigging and are now ready to start bonding in the wing ribs. Update on that to come soon!