Burnside State High School – Updates and Photo Gallery

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SEPTEMBER 2020

After the impressive official “opening of the box” ceremony with media presence at Burnside State High School, it was back to the minutia and hard work of preparing for the construction of our part of the aircraft. We are constructing the rear fuselage, vertical and horizontal stabiliser, rudder and elevator and associated hardware and moving parts.

Our first construction session was like the students had discovered Aladdin’s Cave. The excitement was palpable, as they first removed the parts from the shipping box and sorted the into easily accessible boxes and crates for the construction sessions. There were smiles all round as they held the parts in their hands and examined the drawings to see where the parts all fitted into our aircraft structure.

There were lots of questions about where individual parts fitted, and the answer “look at the drawings” was followed by a lot of searching the drawings, conversation amongst themselves and satisfied smiles once the answer was found. This was a great exercise in getting to know the aircraft components and where they will eventually fit into the aircraft structure.

The initial enthusiasm was dampened a little bit by the next step – de-burring the parts to make a start on the structure. Aircraft builders and maintainers are remarkably familiar with this process which can be repetitive and a bit boring – but necessary – part of aircraft constructing and maintenance.

They all got stuck into the process and soon we had a stack of “de-burred” parts. All the students got excited about the next step – building structures from the pile of parts.

The second session was dedicated to assembling parts into structures. The students were very focussed on reading the plans and instructions, checking the parts for correct orientation, and finally clecoing parts together. Some groups pulled them apart again and rebuilt them, just because they could.

 As the sessions progress, the number of parts will decrease, and the structures will grow in size and complexity to look like an aircraft. That will be extremely exciting.

 The SAAA mentors are getting as much out of this process as the students. This is going to be a great aircraft.

 

AUGUST 2020

Update received from John Butler – Local Cordinator and Mentor

The group of twelve students at Burnside State High School in Nambour, Queensland, is working steadily towards building their skill levels to the point where they can commence building the Vans RV-12iS kit aircraft with confidence in their ability to tackle the build and complete it to a high standard.

Their teacher, Adrian Casten, has been instrumental in introducing the “Aviation Stream” to Burnside. Aviation commences in year nine, with students building radio-controlled models made of wood, foam and paper, all the way up to year twelve students scratch building a Zenith 701 aircraft.

The activities take place in the school’s metalwork classrooms and workshops which are very well equipped and well laid out for student learning activities, as you would expect in a school of this caliber.

The students are normal happy, healthy teenagers that are gradually acquiring a taste for precise metalwork and a sense of anticipation for what is about to begin – the building of the tail cone, Horizontal and vertical stabiliser, rudder and elevator of the Vans RV-12 iS Sport Aviation Association of Australia Youth Aircraft Build and Fly Program aircraft. The kit has not arrived at the school yet, but the excitement is building amongst the students.

SAAA Chapter 22, based at Caboolture Airfield, is developing a close relationship with the school. So far, the Chapter has resolved to partner with the school and work closely together to ensure the success of the program and successful outcomes for the students. Chapter 22 has resolved to donate $500 to the program at Burnside and $500 to Mueller College involved in the program and building sections of the aircraft. The Chapter has also arranged a Chapter meeting at the school, so that members can meet the students, teachers, parents, and the Principal who are all key to the success of the program and the students learning journey. Burnside State High School has generously invited all Chapter members and their partners to a barbecue hosted by the school to assist in cementing the relationship between Chapter 22 and the school. Chapter 22 members will view the facilities at the school, meet the students and teachers and witness first-hand the great work that the SAAA program is doing and the very positive impact that it is having on the students and their futures.

I believe that the SAAA program is an investment in the future of our young people and aviation. With SAAA developing this unique and innovative program, we are all helping to promote our passion for building and flying aircraft to the general community and the most important recipients of the program – our future generations of builders and flyers.

 

JULY 2020

Update received from John Butler – Local Cordinator and Mentor

The group of twelve students at Burnside State High School in Nambour, Queensland, is working steadily towards building their skill levels to the point where they can commence building the Vans RV-12iS kit aircraft with confidence in their ability to tackle the build and complete it to a high standard.

Their teacher, Adrian Casten, has been instrumental in introducing the “Aviation Stream” to Burnside. Aviation commences in year nine, with students building radio-controlled models made of wood, foam and paper, all the way up to year twelve students scratch building a Zenith 701 aircraft.

The activities take place in the school’s metalwork classrooms and workshops which are very well equipped and well laid out for student learning activities, as you would expect in a school of this caliber.

The students are normal happy, healthy teenagers that are gradually acquiring a taste for precise metalwork and a sense of anticipation for what is about to begin – the building of the tail cone, Horizontal and vertical stabiliser, rudder and elevator of the Vans RV-12 iS Sport Aviation Association of Australia Youth Aircraft Build and Fly Program aircraft. The kit has not arrived at the school yet, but the excitement is building amongst the students.

SAAA Chapter 22, based at Caboolture Airfield, is developing a close relationship with the school. So far, the Chapter has resolved to partner with the school and work closely together to ensure the success of the program and successful outcomes for the students. Chapter 22 has resolved to donate $500 to the program at Burnside and $500 to Mueller College involved in the program and building sections of the aircraft. The Chapter has also arranged a Chapter meeting at the school, so that members can meet the students, teachers, parents, and the Principal who are all key to the success of the program and the students learning journey. Burnside State High School has generously invited all Chapter members and their partners to a barbecue hosted by the school to assist in cementing the relationship between Chapter 22 and the school. Chapter 22 members will view the facilities at the school, meet the students and teachers and witness first-hand the great work that the SAAA program is doing and the very positive impact that it is having on the students and their futures.

I believe that the SAAA program is an investment in the future of our young people and aviation. With SAAA developing this unique and innovative program, we are all helping to promote our passion for building and flying aircraft to the general community and the most important recipients of the program – our future generations of builders and flyers.