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Bob's RV-8 Build Site
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Date:  10-17-2013
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Brief Description:  Lycoming School

I went to the Lycoming School for 2 weeks of the Service School and Assembly/disassembly class. I absolutely enjoyed the classes.

The Service School consisted of going through the theory of the engines. It was an indepth look at the oil and ignition systems. Engine components such as the crankshaft, camshaft, cylinders, magnetos, oil pump, fuel pump, lifters....and every other part that you can think of. The man who taught the class is Jim Doebler. He was an absolute wealth of information, having worked at Lycoming for a number of years in many capacities. Jim is also a master teacher....he uses great illustrations and keeps your attention. I was never bored during the class!!!

The Disassembly / Assembly class was next. Different shop instructor who also had a lot of experience named Barry Heiser. Believe it or not....it really takes some time to tear down and put these things back together. I really endoyed the class. There was a few problems with it though.
First, you work in 6 teams of two. This means that you have six teams all at different places in the build so everyone was at a different place in the process. When the instructor tried to get all the folks together for a demonstration, it ended up being a chore to do and really ended up eating up a lot of shop time.

Secondly, some of the people in the class seemed to be just looking to do it and get out....so they were just sloppin it together and really not keeping with the instructor pace of the class which made things a little hectic. Me and my partner Carl (from Norway) were looking to do things right and by the book.....we ended up being the last to complete....but I wasn't worried because I paid for a class that I intended on doing right and complete!!!

Thirdly, the school toolboxes provided really left something to be desired. The safety wire pliers in our box were so worn they wouldn't even hold on to the safety wire. The side cutters took all our strength to try to cut the safety wire. The boxes had a minimal amount
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What it looks like at the beginning and end

What it looks like at the beginning and end

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What it looks like in-between

What it looks like in-between

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The assy/disassy class

The assy/disassy class

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