Posts made in September, 2010

Warren Access Platforms sponsor truck

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 in Featured articles, Project News | 0 comments

Warren Access Platforms have kindly sponsored a cherry picker truck for us to use when cutting the tail off our Trident. Specialising in the hire and supply of van and lorry mounted hydraulic platforms and cherry pickers within the North East, Warren Access is a family owned and controlled business, based in Newcastle upon Tyne, with over 40 years knowledge and experience of solving problems however awkward they may appear. You can visit their website and obtain a quote at...

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Day 5

Posted on Sep 17, 2010 in Featured articles, Other News | 1 comment

Day 5 came and went today. The team assembled at G-ARPO again for another day of cutting, and we were joined again by yesterday’s contractor, and another person from MSD Cranes to help us. They brought an impressive crane with them! The day got off to a great start, with the crane attached to the horizontal stabiliser ready to lift. However, the final bolts holding the stabiliser to the tail proved stuck fast and corroded, and we simply couldn’t remove them. Elsewhere on site, more titanium and unwanted metal was removed from the rear end of the aircraft. A panel was cut...

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Days 3 and 4

Posted on Sep 16, 2010 in Featured articles, Project News | 0 comments

Two more days have now passed over at Durham Tees Valley working on Trident 1C G-ARPO. Sadly on Day 3 high winds prevented much work being done at height on the cherry picker, so this slowed progress. Today, Day 4, a lot of work was achieved with most members of the team in attendance. We also had a contractor from MSD Cranes on site to do the cutting for us, which really sped things up. The final parts of the s-duct and a lot more of the metal inside the rear of the aircraft was removed today. We also cut along the line that the tail will be removed, and also cut a number of panels on the...

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Day 2

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 in Featured articles, Project News | 0 comments

Today work continued preparing G-ARPO for cutting. Despite high winds and rain the team were able to continue work. The rear engine casings were removed as was the s-duct. The cockpit is also now complete apart from a few instruments. Representatives from BHP Law also visited today to do a press piece on the company’s involvement, so we enjoyed welcoming them to the Trident to see what they are sponsoring. Tomorrow we have Driftwood Joinery on site to build¬†trestles to support the aircraft, and work begins on removing the...

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Cutting week begins! Day 1

Posted on Sep 13, 2010 in Featured articles, Project News | 0 comments

The long-awaited “cutting week” has arrived. Members of the team met at Durham Tees Valley Airport this morning to begin work on G-ARPO. Tony brought the cherry picker to the site, courtesy of ES Access Platforms. Rear access panels were removed, along with some of the redundant metal piping in the rear. We also spent time working on the side engine pods, ready to remove them. Inside, most of the wall insulation was stripped, and in the cockpit Neil reattached the control columns he has restored. Tomorrow more preparation work for the final cut takes place, and we hope to strip...

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