June 12 – Oct 24, 2017 -
IT’S BEGUN!! Photos from construction between the above dates have been added to the slide show.
All of us who volunteer with the Learning Jet are very excited! Construction is moving along in the hangar which will soon be a new classroom for the STEM (which we refer to as STEAM with A for Aerospace) education program at the Learning Jet. The three hangars surrounding the Learning Jet have all been painted on the outside, and below are some photos showing the construction on the inside of the new classroom hangar.
Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) working on “Timmy”, a 727.
Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) working on “Tiny Tim”, a Piper Warrior.
Meet “TINY TIM” and also the new STAIRCASE!
Tiny Tim is a Piper Warrior which has been donated to be taken apart – put back together, and generally worked on by students. And, our new staircase is donated by Signature.
June 26, 2015 – THE LEARNING JET LOGO APPLIED TO THE PLANE!
It was a beautiful sun-shiny day! The “crew” arrived at 9:00am all ready to work to help apply the first six panels to the right side of the jet! Patrick (3M) was a great “teacher” and with a break for lunch (had to feed these guys!) five hours later the right side was done! “Timmy” has “The Learning Jet” applied!! Thank you to Patrick (3M), Wayne, James, and Al for their help!
BELOW IS THE SLIDE SHOW OF THE APPLICATION DAY!!
January 15, 2015 – MOVING OF LEARNING JET TO ITS NEW HOME!
January 15, 2015 – Moving Day!
On a brisk (no, it was cold!) and sunny morning the Learning Jet was moved from the temporary location this past year to the new permanent location. Thank you to everyone involved! It could not have been done without YOU!! Enjoy the photo slide show of the move.
The Learning Jet is now located next to the Wings building on the north east side of the airport at the end of Bayfield Road at the old Wings property. It has been moved from the yellow circle to the green box!
THE LEARNING JET IS COMPLETE!!
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The Learning Jet and Multi-Modal Transportation Curriculum Project
An innovative project to help students succeed in school, mobilize future talent, and cultivate a workforce that is prepared to meet the transportation challenges of the future.
The Learning Jet Conversion – Progress Report:
December 5, 2014
On a brisk (flat out cold!) windy December morning volunteers Tom Olekers, Tom Tousignant, Mike Carver and Wayne Snyder joined Project Director, Steve Hurvitz, to pick up two donated baggage carts and deliver them to the Learning Jet area. Thank you to these volunteers for their help, and to US Air for this donation!
October 21, 2014
Prepping the plane for the graphics – scaffolding going up – interior being finished!
October 2, 2014
SO CLOSE!! Lighting, ceiling panels, finishing design touches!
September 18, 2014
The furniture has arrived!!
Installing the ceiling lighting and panels!
July 29, 2014
Painting the tail in preparation for the new Learning Jet logo!
Thank you to all the volunteers who have been providing their services on this project!
The monitor has been installed! A high five from Steve Hurvitz, Project Manager and Tom Oelkers!
July 27, 2014
The conversion of the interior – in 8 slides. Thank you to Project Manager, Steve Hurvitz, and all the volunteers who have been hard at work to get this done!
July 16, 2014
- As of July 5th, the main walls are now complete!
- On July 9th the floors were carpeted and are done.!
- On July 15th the three service doors now have covering that are removable when we need to use the doors.
- We have acquired a 55 inch flat screen TV and will hang it on July 17th.
- We have now covered the cargo door in carpet.
- Work has begun on painting out the FedEX logo.
- The material for the baseboard coverings has been acquired and will be installed July 17th..
Steve Hurvitz, project manager, reports that the conversion is about 85% complete.
These are the tasks that remain:..
- Coverings for the three service doors - In process.
- Acquire the flat screen display and hang it
- Determine a covering for the cargo door and install
- Acquire the ceiling material and install.
- Acquire and install the LED lighting above the ceiling.
- Acquire, assemble and move into place the furniture.
- Install outlet devices and cover plates.
- Paint out FedEx on aircraft.
- Acquire and install air register covering at baseboards.
- Install Plexiglas covering over rear cabin display area.
- Paint entry vestibule wall.
- Complete ceiling in entry vestibule.
- Name put on outside of Learning Jet
Steve Hurvitz, who is the project manager, reports that the conversion is about 65% complete.
- The interior walls of this cargo jet have been removed to the bare aluminum framework and insulation.
- The floor of the jet had the rollers removed and a plywood fire-retardant floor has been installed.
- Part of the front bulkhead has been cutout to facilitate easy access to the main cabin door and the cockpit.
- The original recessed lighting has been removed and replaced with more energy efficient fixtures and led lights.
- Speakers have been installed throughout the cabin with two sets of switches installed to divide the cabin into two areas: forward section – classroom and the aft section for simulators and a reading area.
- All electrical work has been completed.
- A small gas driven generator has been purchased to run the electrical equipment while the conversion is taking place.
- We have also purchased a large heating and air conditioning unit that will be used with the existing ductwork.
- The next step is to install the plastic wallboard which is semi-flexible to form to the curvature of the aircraft cabin.