The first club glider. ACE. The glider that started it all. Follow our progress as Kevin provides great narration to the project!
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Update #1. Jan. 30, 2016:
Ryan, Jill, and Garth spent the day today in Debert with Val working on ACE. They sanded the elevator and horizontal stabilizer. It is almost ready for paint.
Update #2. Mar. 12, 2016:
ACE fuselage is primed and painted. The tail section and canopy are also being primed and paint. ACH was moved into the loft to be used as a part source for ACE and as a reference guide.
Update#3. Mar. 23, 2016:
Parts have been moving over from ACH to ACE. During the 2016 AGM Dart Air Industries, who supports ACES stated they will be covering the cost of the required materials to complete the project. A big thank you to Dart Air!
Update #4. May 5, 2016:
April saw lots of work done on ACE as we continued the process of reinstalling all mechanical and structural parts. As of this week, the frame will be shipped to St. John for NDT courtesy of Andrew Costain and Neil Wolthers (thank you guys!). This weekend, work will commence on stripping the old paint off the Wings, Canopy, Window, Door; and, a few miscellaneous parts (inspections covers, sky light, etc.). Once the frame is back (hopefully next week), we then we then start the fabric work, reinstall all parts, check instruments and then ready for flight tests and sign-off.
Update #5. May 6, 2016:
We have moved ACE over into Rob Francis’ Hangar and on the weekend, we will start stripping the aluminum parts that could not be sand blasted.
The Ka-7 trailer has been rewired and depending on word from Neil re getting ACE to St. John and back next week, on Sunday we can get the frame on the trailer, secured and covered (to avoid rain and surface water infiltration into the tubes).
Update #6. May 7, 2016:
All together now!
We have now completed checking all controls and all is ready for next step NDT, then fabric.
Update #7 May 13, 2016:
The work continues on ACE as we switch from turning wrenchs to stripping, chemically speaking.
Update #8 June 17, 2016:
The Olde Switcheroo
Many thanks to Stephanie, Ryan and Rob who helped off-load the Club’s latest addition – a Cavalier 102 to be finished and set up as a taildragger for conversion training and towing.
We then loaded ACE onto the trailer and tarped it so it is ready to leave this morning with Andrew Costain for NDT testing in St. John, courtesy of Andrew and Neil:)
We hope to have ACE back by the end of June for when the fabric arrives. After we get it flying, we then start work on the Cavalier.
Update #9. July 24, 2016:
Big Push Day!
We had a good crowd today as the Team of Val (our AME), Rob, Bud; and, Ryan worked riveting the left wing and Jill and I continued with stripping and painting.
Update #10. August 2, 2016:
Another Weekend Closer!
We are getting close to the “Big Push Week” when we start applying fabric. Aircraft Spruce advises that the Materials we have ordered for refinishing (fabric, dope, tape, paint, etc.), are scheduled to arrive August 12th.
We will be organizing the fabric work for last week of August into Labour Day weekend. If anyone wants to take some vacation time and come help, that would be most welcomed and appreciated.
The preparation work continues on Wings. All the bucked rivets are installed and Wings are ready for inspection by Val (our AME). To finish the Wings there are about 2 dozen pulled rivets to install in ribs where solid rivets can’t be bucked. The Wing tip d-tube then needs fastened. This work should be finished by the week after next and then Wings will be stripped and painted, ready for fabric.
The Canopy, Window and Door work continues and should be finished in the next week or two as well. The airframe is completed and due back from the donated Non-Destructive Testing in St. John later this week or early next (thank you Andrew & Neil); thereafter, we are ready for the “Big Push Week”; when, hopefully, it all comes together!
Update # 11. August 14, 2016:
The Happy Scene that Greeted me Friday Afternoon!
I was pleased to see Rob had made great progress on ACE’s left Wing and the mechanical work is all but finished! Additionally, my thanks to the Senior Air Cadet Band from Greenwood for the wonderful music as I worked:)
The graduation went well albeit we had a little rain but that did not dampen spirits. Former CFI, now JAG Office Major Marty Kenny was the RO and his speech was uplifting, encouraging, funny and well received.
Congratulations once more to all new Gilder Pilots. ACES would love to see you out flying this fall with us!
Update #12. August 29, 2016:
“One Wing Done!”
We also did an overnight test spot on Wing 2 (right wing). Hopefully all Prep. Work will be completed by Labour Day
Update #13. September 3, 2016:
Vanessa, Mike & Adam washing down ACE’s Wings.
We will be working Monday on mechanical, then picking up the frame on Tuesday with the final mechanical fit of all parts on the frame next weekend if anyone is around and wants to help turn wrenches!
Labour Day Milestone!
Well after one year of preparing our workspace in the Dart Air Hangar; then, nine months of painting the airframe, adding the flight systems, stripping, painting the Canopy, Window and Door; and, installing new lexan; fixing, stripping and cleaning the Wings, as of 3:15 pm this afternoon, we are ready to put it all together and do final mechanical adjustments and fine tuning before taking it all apart to add fabric, paint and reassemble for flight testing.