Concurrent Activities

Source for Photo
U-05 Jan 70-Parts Manual for Expeditor-RCAF

Area Group Assembly Last Updated Status
1 Wing Group 20-Mar-15 U/S
2 Center Section Wing Group 20-Mar-15 U/S
3 Tail Group 20-Mar-15 U/S
4 Fuselage Group 20-Mar-15 U/S
5 Landing Gear Group 20-Mar-15 U/S
6 Brake System Group 20-Mar-15 U/S
7 Tail Wheel Group 20-Mar-15 U/S
8 Power Plant Group 20-Mar-15 U/S
9 Flight Controls Group 20-Mar-15 U/S
Furnishing Group - Utilities System 20-Mar-15 U/S
Furnishing Group - Electrical 20-Mar-15 U/S
Furnishing Group - Radio 20-Mar-15 U/S
Furnishing Group - Cabin and Pilot's Compartment 20-Mar-15 U/S

"Concurrent activites" is a military term, defined as an activity that continues throughout a project as other phases are completed. Now, one - of the many! - problems of restorations (especially ones that go to this detail) is that it's hard to find available parts. (I'm not just talking parts for one or two systems - parts in general.)

After the parts are found (through a process best described as using "non-standard search techniques", which can take a great deal of time, energy, and money) the parts have to be cleaned, inspected and certified. (At that point, one of the problems with that is making sure that you have the available technical material to be able to certify the parts at all). This is one of the reasons why it was decided at Time Travel Air to create the Engineering Order Technical Library for Beech 18 D Models. Restoration work is difficult enough. Without having the reference material - or have any hope of even finding the reference material - makes one feel very much like an orphan.

Keeping in mind that while this is going on, there are a whole lot of other things to work on with regards to restorations! More parts to search for, more manuals, more connections, more time - and more money - spent, all the while trying very hard to put (and/or keep) the airplane in the air.

That's why this particular section was created. In addition to what happens on the Mobile Repair Parties (or MRP's), there are all these events that are happening behind the curtain. So, this is the section that will be tracking the rebuild of each and every part on the airplane. Step by step, as it happening - complete with manual references, photos, and final certification.

One final word about this page and the status of the different systems on the airplane. The last time she moved under her own power was quite some time ago. As such (and in addition to being "something" of a perfectionist), I've decided to pull each and every system (and sub system) out of the airplane. When all the systems are pulled, inspected, and certified (which will take more than a smile and a cup of tea), that's when they will be going back in the airplane. As this is such a large job, I would imagine that more than a fair amount of people are going to be asking how we did such an impossible job.

This is how we did it.

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