Build Updates




SAAA CHAPTERS 22 & 24                                                                      






We have been very fortunate to have an aircraft donated to us.  A big thank you to Peter Yore who donated his part built Murphy Rebel to our SAAA Sponsored Youth Build and Fly Project.  This will run alongside our RV12 build.

Temora High School are taking on this build and we are absolutely delighted to have lead teacher, Brett Inch and his students on board. Temora High School is a comprehensive high school in the Riverina region of New South Wales. The town has a strong aviation background, being a site for a RAAF training squadron during WWII and the current site for Temora Aviation Museum which boasts 2 flying spitfires.

The school has an enrolment of approx. 350 students across years 7 – 10. The school has enjoyed considerable success in sporting, cultural, academic and trade skills areas. Students are offered the opportunity to pursue many different interests and career paths. The addition of the Murphy Rebel project to these opportunities shows the school’s commitment to delivering and expanding on opportunities for the students. Temora High is honoured and proud to be a part of the SAAA’s school build program and look forward to keeping its members updated with our progress

We also welcome Temora Aviation Museum as sponsors, we thank Peter Harper and everyone at the museum for your generosity and support for this build.

This morning, Temora High School took delivery of the Murphy Rebel.  We will keep you updated of progress via this page, NOTAM’s and our Facebook page.


Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, Lyndale Secondary students could not attend the school and physically work on the build, however, we have all been very enthusiastic about the project and committed to continuing the project online via Microsoft Teams.

Before the abrupt implementation of Stage 4 lockdown, the Lyndale team decided to meet up at the school and watched a time lapse video on building the RV-12 wing. We met one of our Mentors, Brian, who discussed some of the parts of the wing and allowed us to practice cleeco installation. We were all provided a printed copy of the General Information section of the Plane Build Overview for future reference.

The following week we met our other mentor, Ray, using Microsoft Teams and read the Plane Build Overview General Information section creating a presentation to summarise the information required to understand terms and physical skills required for the build process.

Since then we have started looking at the build drawings to recognised different parts and the assembly sequence.

The team wishes to thank our mentors and generous sponsors
Aruzou Alizadah
Lyndale Build Team

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Burnside State High school – Update received from mentor John Butler

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.

Burnside have also been covered in their local press.

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Mueller College will be posting updates on the build on the Mueller Aviation facebook page


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Update received from Anthony Banks (Teacher) and John Keen (Mentor)

Over the past month the students were introduced to the concept of the SAAA Youth Build and the expected trajectory of the project.  They have been Introduced to tools and 2024-T3 aluminium characteristics and commenced the building of toolbox practice kits.  Students have continued on with toolbox practice kits, learning deburring, match drilling, use of clamps and clecos.  They have also learnt marking out, drilling and cutting of hinges, solid riveting and pop riveting.  With the wing arriving, they have now carried out inventory and preparation of wing ribs and spar components.

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Update received from Malcolm Vivian – Regional Project Manager

Since the fuselage kit was received,  the inventory checks commenced with the aid of students.  Work has continued on test pieces during this period with mentor assistance.  Along with the test pieces we have continued with General Information Section.  The students have been broken into four groups and they will stay in these groups for the time being.   Four work packs developed for student groups to start work on, a mentor was assigned to each group. Work has commenced on the Fuselage Centre Section and Mid-Section.

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