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Composite

Repairing Composite Surfaces

6/1/2000 12:00:00 AM By Ron Alexander(originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, June 2000)

Repairing dents and dings in sheet-metal airplanes is often fairly simple, and assessing the damage to repair is usually straightforward.

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Part 4 Basic Composite Construction

8/1/1999 12:00:00 AM By Ron Alexander(originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, August 1999)

Over the past few months we have discussed most aspects of building a composite airplane. This article will focus on a few specific items that require explanation such as proper preparation of parts prior to bonding, post-curing, blushing problems, etc.

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Part 3 Composite Construction Bonding

7/1/1999 12:00:00 AM By Ron Alexander(originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, July 1999)

During this series on composite construction, I am attempting to convey to potential builders the very basic knowledge necessary to construct a composite airplane. Composite building is not difficult.

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Part 2 Basics of Composite Construction

6/1/1999 12:00:00 AM By Ron Alexander(originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, June 1999)

In the May issue of Sport Aviation, I presented the first part of a series of articles on the basics of composite construction. Workshop space, tools required, and the methods of working with core materials, cloth, etc. were discussed. In this part I will continue with fillers, safety issues and basic layups.

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Part 1 Working With Composites

5/1/1999 12:00:00 AM By Ron Alexander(originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, May 1999)

During the fall of 1997, I wrote a series of three articles on composite aircraft construction. These articles provide an overview of composites as they relate to aircraft building.

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Building Composite Aircraft Part 2

11/1/1997 12:00:00 AM By Ron Alexander(originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, November 1997)

Last month I began a series of articles introducing composite construction. As a review, I discussed the history of composite aircraft within the sport aviation field, defined the term "composite", and listed the stages of building a composite airplane.

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Building Composite Aircraft Part 1

10/1/1997 12:00:00 AM By Ron Alexander(originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, October 1997)

Within the sport aviation world, the term "composite aircraft" is synonymous with sleekness of design and speed. These airplanes, composed largely of fiberglass, are becoming more and more popular. Certainly when we attend a large fly-in we see rows and rows of composite aircraft.

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Before You Try Your Hand with Fiberglass

2/1/1996 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, February 1996)

It is a rare homebuilt that doesn’t have a few fiberglass parts and components installed somewhere.

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Vacuum Bagging Fiberglass Components

5/1/1988 12:00:00 AM By Ben Owen (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, May 1988)

If you will check some of the advanced articles on fiberglass components, you will see that many of the early articles and textbooks on fiberglass show . . . "a good ratio by weight of epoxy to fiberglass cloth to be about 50/50."

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