Bits and Pieces
EAA SportAir Workshops
Hosted by Chapter 1410, High River, Alberta
These two-day workshops are designed to help you build and maintain your amateur-built aircraft. You’ll receive an incredible amount of knowledge and the confidence to proceed with your project. Courses are comprehensive, and course sizes are limited so that students can receive individual instruction and help. All course materials, tools, and workbooks are included. Read more
The following courses are being proposed:
Sheet Metal Basics or RV Assembly (April 16 and 17)
Either course prepares you to build or repair any sheet metal airplane. RV Assembly is specifically directed to RV builders. Both courses cover all the basics, including types of aluminum, rivets, necessary tools, cutting, drilling, dimpling, and countersinking. Either course is hands-on, with students building an airfoil section. (Course selection will be based on interest indicated by prospective students.)
Electrical Systems, Wiring, and Avionics (April 16 and 17)
This course will prepare you to install your entire electrical system. Definitions of electrical terms are discussed. You’ll learn how to choose proper wire sizes and how to route them, as well as circuit protection. In addition, you’ll learn how to install avionics and antennas. Students will wire projects to practice their new skills.
Annual Inspections for Amateur-Built Aircraft (May 14 and 15)
The course objective is to provide the Canadian owner of an amateur-built aircraft enough training to confidently carry out the annual inspection and confirm that the aircraft is in condition for safe flight. It’s based on the maintenance requirements of CAR 625 B and C. Students will experience practical hands-on maintenance procedures.
Composite Construction (April 23 and 24)
Modern amateur-built aircraft are using more composite materials, enabling smooth contours and easy assembly of components. Hands-on building knowledge using composite materials will help you with your project.
This course covers molds versus moldless fibreglass methods, tools, materials, and strength considerations. Students learn how to build composite parts, working with core materials, resins, fillers, laminates, and reinforcing materials. Vacuum bagging and composite bonding procedures are covered. Finally, priming, topcoat, and clear gloss systems are demonstrated. This course “takes the scary” out of composites (but not the itchy).
Test-Flying and Developing the POH for Your Homebuilt (May 14 and 15)
This is a course that every builder of a homebuilt aircraft should attend. The syllabus is based on proven test flight procedures, starting with the very first flight and then expanding the flight envelope. It’s based on the premise that flight profiles are kept within the capability of the novice pilot and homebuilder but assist in developing the knowledge and experience to make his flying experience safe, practical, and intimate with the aircraft. Exercises are designed to help the pilot gather the flight test data, interpret it, and write it into a pilot’s operating handbook (POH) for the specific aircraft.
Each student will receive a CD that will enable him to input flight test data which will in turn produce the POH specific to his aircraft.
We are indebted to Rob Erdos, chief test pilot for National Research Council of Canada, for developing and providing this excellent resource product.
Course Fees: $300 each course for EAA members ($350 for non-members)
Location: High River Regional Airport (CEN4; 50 kilometres south of Calgary, Alberta)