Course length: 2 days
The Composite Construction course will present basic composite building techniques. This two day course is an intensive "hands-on" workshop discussing tools needed, safety aspects of composites, moldless construction to include "hot-wiring", bonding methods for composite kitplanes, etc. A large amount of time will be spent learning the basics of composite construction.
The following is a brief outline of the course content:
A thorough discussion of what comprises a composite to include various cores, reinforcement materials, and resins will be given. Fillers and their applications are discussed. This course, like all SportAir courses, presents the safety issues involved with this type of construction.
The course concentrates largely on epoxies and their use in aircraft projects. Extensive hands on training and practice will be the mainstay of this class. We'll start out with a detailed classroom presentation on all aspects of composite materials and the tools required. The "lab" portion of the course begins with the construction of a composite sandwich panel to illustrated molded and moldless construction. Then, a canard airfoil shape is fabricated using hot wire techniques and moldless composite sandwich construction methods. We'll continue by fabricating a joint using standard laminate bonding techniques. Free form molding is discussed and you will also make a simple model and molded part using commonly available materials. Inspection, repairs and hard points are discussed. Finishing techniques of composite surfaces are discussed and demonstrated. Vacuum bagging techniques are presented and demonstrated as well. An overview of constructing molds and parts is also presented.
This course is very in-depth in its scope. A high degree of confidence in the composite area will be gained by the end of the two-day period. The class includes all materials and a very concise and informative workbook along with a completion certificate to proudly display.
Special Discounts and Incentives:
Register for two or more seats (bring your spouse, family member, friend, building Partner, fellow Chapter member, etc) to the workshop and receive a 15% discount on the course fee.
Aircraft Spruce and Specialty offers a special discount on items purchased, as well as free shipping on most items to attendees of the workshop!
EAA members - $349 (log in to see Member Pricing)
Non-members - $389* *Includes trial membership
If you've taken a SportAir Workshop course previously, then you are a valued alumni and will be given a 10% discount on additional courses during payment processing.