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.
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?
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!!!