Bits and Pieces
EAA SportAir Workshops - Ontario
Teaching Soldering Techniques
Sheet Metal Basics
Three of the popular EAA SportAir Workshops were held in Ontario centres on October 18 and 19. EAA Chapter 245 of Carp, held two of these workshops; "Electronics/avionics", and, "Annual Maintenance Inspection of your Amateur-built Aircraft". Kitplane Builders of Mississauga hosted the third class; "Sheet Metal Basics".
Students in the 'Electronics/avionics' workshop were taken from elementary electrical theory through soldering techniques, designing simple wiring schematics, wiring exercises, antennae and ground-planes theory, and each student wired an intercom harness.
The 'Annual Inspection of your Amateur-built Aircraft course' was offered as an interactive discussion of the requirements for amateur-built aircraft owners on their ongoing airworthiness responsibilities. Ask yourself, "From the day you received your 'flight authority' to a period three years following; what should my logbook look like? What is my responsibility and what authority do I have and do I need to manage?"
The ever popular 'Sheet Metal Basics' course helps the student understand what and how to work with sheet metal. All aircraft construction includes a sheet metal component, and students in this course learn the 'how', the 'why' and the 'when'! This course inevitably builds a tremendous confidence in any project.
EAA SportAir Workshops are popular throughout the USA, with literally hundreds of courses taught at venues like Oshkosh WI, Frederick MD, Griffin GA, Watsonville CA, Corona CA, Dallas TX, Arlington WA, Detroit IL, etc. As word travels, we believe that similar results can be expected throughout Canada. Currently, these workshops have been held in High River AB, Regina SK, Mississauga ON, and Carp ON.
Typical comments from students:
My goal in the course was to learn wiring/connecting, installation of electrical systems - What are acceptable techniques and workmanship. The course was excellent for this. Both instructors were very knowledgeable and experienced - a real asset.
The format workshop (Annual Maintenance Inspection of your Amateur-built Aircraft) content and presentation was excellent and enhanced by the open discussion by the more experienced attendees. Time allotment was perfect.
Current workshops available are: Sheet Metal Basics, RV Assembly, Electrics/avionics, Composite Construction, and Annual Maintenance Inspection of your Amateur-built Aircraft. Inquiries about the possibility of a workshop in your area should be forwarded to EAA Highriver.org. To inquire about future workshops, log on to the EAA SportAir website.