Three Big Projects…

Not just some wood for long!!!

We officially finished the first of our three courses; the General portion of the Airframe and Powerplant License. Now, it seems, the fun begins!!! We have received three BIG projects and we spend almost all day working on them. The first three hours are spent creating an working electrical mock-up of an airplane electrical system. I am working with my friend Tim. We have decided to make a 24-volt system with a “Master” switch, dual magneto’s (they spin and send the spark to the spark plugs), a starter button, and fans to pretend to be a propeller. We are using a lot of the general electrical knowledge and I am having a lot of fun.

Why is there a hole in the wing?

The second BIG project is removing all of the fabric off of an airplane part, cleaning and fixing everything inside, and then recovering the part with fabric. Fabric?!?! Yes, some airplanes are still covered with fabric. Duane, one of my instructors, says that the only real airplanes are the ones with fabric and wheels on their tails. I am still trying to figure out what I have been flying for the past few years! I am working by myself on this one and it is very time consuming. I probably won’t work on too may fabric covered planes, but who knows where God will lead?

Playing with fire!

The third BIG project is simply learning how to weld. Do you remember my post about finding new skills and hidden talents that I never knew I had? Well, welding is NOT one of those hidden talents. Don’t get me wrong! It is a lot of fun to melt steel into a puddle and move it across the plate, but I am having a hard time welding things together! It turns out that steel will melt like plastic with enough heat! If you have a second around 2:15 pm Eastern Standard Time, please pray that I would start learning how to weld!

All in all, we are doing very well. We made all of our Christmas presents this last weekend and had a great time as a family. my parents will be joining us for Thanksgiving in Michigan and I get a shortened week at school!

Thanks for all your love and have a Happy Thanksgiving with your families!!!

How did our kid get so CUTE?!?!

12 thoughts on “Three Big Projects…

  1. love it – love to peek in on your adventure – it sounds fun phil – thanks for the pictures – i’m sure you’ll get the welding thing – you’re talented man, it’s only a matter of time – that steel doesn’t stand a chance.

  2. Happy Thanksgiving Vana Family. I enjoy your updates. Thank you for being so diligent in posting them. BTW, she’s so cute because she looks like her Momma 🙂 God Bless

  3. Wishing you all Gods’ many blessings for Thanksgiving. So great to have family with you then.
    You all look happy and healthy.
    Phil, will keep you in prayer re’ your welding skills!
    Looking forward to your next posting……….
    With Love

  4. We are all excited at our house about the short school week as well! Enjoy making precious memories this Thanksgiving with your family. What a blessing! We will keep praying for you Phil as school progresses. Love the pics, especially the one of your growing family! Happy Thanksgiving from the Sissoms!

  5. WOW, what a wonderful experience you are having, really impressed with all you are learning. I so appreciate you sharing what is going on with your family. How is Jess feeling? We miss you. John and his mentor Barry sang hymns with their Operatic Tenor voices a couple of weeks ago. The whole building was alive. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving. Love, Deb & Rob

  6. Welding can be just melting stuff or art. I thought you had mastered the art of welding in Chile?? Thanks for keeping us updated and posted on all that is going on. You make school look like fun – is that intentional? Have a terrific Thanksgiving!
    Jan and Ross

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