The assembly of an aircraft refers to the joining of parts or subassemblies by various means until the entire aircraft is in condition for operation. Rigging is the alignment of aircraft parts or sections to obtain proper flight characteristics. A certain amount of rigging is necessary during the assembly of an aircraft, but even after final assembly, certain rigging adjustments must be made. Thus, there is some overlap between the assembly operation and the rigging operation.
Major assemblies, such as the fuselage, wings, engine nacelles, and landing gear, are ...