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A Truly International EAA SportAir Workshop


Phillippe Cordier

Hank Cheng

Mathew Kuperous

Arlington, WA, May 17-18. Just another run-of-the-mill EAA SportAir workshop, "RV Assembly," with 18 students. All are passionate about amateur-built aircraft construction; all are planning on building a Van's RV; and all are finding the effort and the expense worth every bit of it.

So what is different and "International" about this particular one? Just consider the participants in this one workshop.

Meet Susan and Joseph Barnosky and their son Michael. They hail from Cedaredge, Colorado, and are just beginning their homebuilding journey with a Van's RV-7A. In their other world, Susan is an RN and Joseph flies left seat on a 737 for Alaska Airlines. What's really neat is to see a family adventure with all members so involved in a project.

Incidentally, 13-year-old Michael appears to be the driving force behind the whole airplane-building project.

Meet Philippe Cordier, (red shirt), from Pontault-Combault, France. Philippe, French-English translational dictionary in hand, has previously built a wooden aircraft, a Henestrel HN700, and now is turning his attention to building an RV-9A.

Meet Hank Cheng from Lantau, Hong Kong. Hank flies the right seat of a Boeing 777 for Cathay Pacific. Hank is building an RV-7, which will be the first homebuilt aircraft constructed and flying in Hong Kong, and Hank is virtually writing the rules and regulations for amateur-built aircraft with Hong Kong aviation authorities.

Meet anyone of the other students, like Mathew Kuperous, from Las Vegas. Mathew is a fighter pilot with the U.S. Air Force, having flown the F-16. Mathew presently flies the (get this) Predator Drone. "It sucks!" he says. "I'm a fighter pilot!" We enjoy a good laugh together with other students.

This class consists of aerospace, ergonomic cockpit/pilot interface, and IT engineers, a dentist, a journalist, heavy equipment supervisor, and believe it or not, a couple of actual retirees!

And then there's Gar Burroughs and Danny Sheridan. "Where have I seen you guys before?"

They reply, "We've taken these courses before, and they were so much fun we decided to do it again!

"International: Class held in Arlington; students from the United States, France, Hong Kong; instructor from Canada. If you haven't yet attended an EAA SportAir Workshop, you're missing out on a great deal of resource information and hands-on experience. You're missing out on meeting some of the neatest friends you'll keep for a lifetime, and you're missing a great weekend of pure fun.

Host a Workshop!
If you or a group of you wish to explore the possibility of hosting an EAA SportAir Workshop in your area, please contact Jack Dueck at cgyrv@yahoo.com. Subjects include: Sheet Metal Basics, RV Assembly, Electrics/Avionics, Composite Construction, Fabric Covering, and Welding.

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