Agragami has adequate workshops and laboratories with all the necessary equipment, tools and instrumentation to train and to perfom useful work (we are actually rebuilding our aircraft). We train our students to use all this machinery and tools, as well as computer hardware and software.
You really have to see our workshops and laboratories to fully appreciate the extent of our committment to teaching students the skills they need. This is just a small peek at our facilities.
In our General Engineering Shop
we learn to work with hand tools to make sure the individual parts fit precisely. What you will learn here, you can apply anywhere. Our six girls shown here will never have to ask someone to help them to repair something. Even for guys it surely removes the syndrome of two left hands...
This professional Machine Shop
has lathe machines, drilling machines, grinding machines and a milling machine.
This is the Piston Engine Lab
. A piston or reciprocating engine, is a heat engine that uses one or more reciprocating pistons to convert pressure into a rotating motion. Opposed, air-cooled four and six cylinder piston engines are by far the most common engines used in small general aviation aircraft requiring up to 400 horsepower (300 kW) per engine.
This is another view of the Piston Engine Lab
with different example of a piston engine, which can come in several configurations and models depending on the manufacturer.
This is a Jet Engine Lab
. The key part of a jet engine is the exhaust nozzle. This is the part which produces thrust for the jet; the hot airflow from the engine is accelerated when exiting the nozzle, creating thrust, which, in conjunction with the pressures acting inside the engine which are maintained and increased by the constriction of the nozzle, pushes the aircraft forward.
The most common jet propulsion engines flown are turbojet, turbofan and rocket. Other types such as pulsejets, ramjets, scramjets and Pulse Detonation Engines have also flown.
Motors, generators, rotors, windings, transformers, switches and all sorts of controls are available in our Electrical Lab
to play with and learn the properties of electrical energy and amazing physics of its relationship with magnetism. There is so much to learn, that if you are trully interested, you can take a peek already into our library where we assembled some basic material, courtesy of US Navy.
These two photos above are our Radio Navigation Lab
. The library materials we mentioned above will also give you some primer on that.
The two photos above show our Instrument Lab
. Flight instruments are the instruments in the cockpit of an aircraft that provide the pilot with information about the flight situation of that aircraft, such as height, speed and attitude. The flight instruments are of particular use in conditions of poor visibility, as in a cloud, when such information is not available from visual reference outside the aircraft.
The term is sometimes used loosely as a synonym for cockpit instruments as a whole, in which context it can include instruments for engine, navigational and communication equipment. In other words, what you learn in the previous labs comes visually together in this one not only for you, but most importantly, for the pilot who has to rely on the presented information.
The Avionics Lab
is closely related to the prevously discussed labs. While the "instrumentation" is what pilot sees, avionics are the "guts" behind everything and not necessarily visible. Avionics means "aviation electronics". It comprises electronic systems for use on aircraft, satellites and spacecraft, comprising communications, navigation and the display and management of multiple systems. It also includes the hundreds of systems that are fitted to aircraft to meet individual roles, which can be as simple as a search light for a police helicopter or as complicated as the tactical system for an Airborne Early Warning platform.
The three photos above show the Air Frame Lab
. The airframe of an airplane is the basic plane without the power plant and other parts that are regularly replaced. The major parts of the airframe are the fuselage, wings, tail assembly, engine mounts, and landing gear (visible in the last photo, and yes, tires need occasional replacement). You will see how the pneumatic systems work that regulate the performance of these components.