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Fiberglass SportAir Workshop Empowers Sheet Metal Builders

Fiberglass SportAir Workshop Empowers Sheet Metal BuildersApril 19, 2018 -Van’s RVs and similar homebuilt aircraft are largely constructed by working with sheet metal, but there’s more involved in the completion of these airplanes. Eventually, some fiberglass work is going to come up, which a lot of builders find difficult after becoming accustomed to working with metal.

EAA’s Van’s RV Fiberglass Techniques SportAir Workshop class is the perfect solution. Scott VanderVeen, EAA 677456, has been a SportAir instructor since 2009 and is the owner of Pro-Composites, Inc. Scott said the workshop will empower builders to finish their builds.

“In this class we’ll cover the basics of composite construction, and provide plenty of hands-on experience so by the end of the class you’ll have the confidence you need to complete the fiberglass portion of your aircraft,” he said.

Working with fiberglass tends to come up when installing the canopy of the aircraft on the fuselage, and making parts such as cowlings and wheel pants, among others. The hands-on Van’s RV Fiberglass Techniques class shows attendees how to accomplish these tasks.

“Aircraft builders have a fair amount of apprehension transitioning from the technical process of working with sheet metal to the more artistic process of working with fiberglass on their aircraft,” noted Mark Forss, director of the EAA SportAir programs. “The Fiberglass for RV Aircraft course, through its unique use of hands-on projects that duplicate the real world experience, gives builders the ability to do this work with ease.”

Additionally, Scott shows attendees how to fix fiberglass or composite parts on their airplanes. This unique class looks to answer a common concern for builders of RVs and other sheet metal airplanes, and would benefit any sheet metal airplane builder, especially those apprehensive about working with fiberglass.

The two-day course is available in Oshkosh on April 21-22, June 6-7, September 22-23, and December 8-9. It’s also available in Peachtree, Georgia, at the east coast location of Aircraft Spruce & Specialty during their customer appreciation weekend on May 19-20. More information can be found on EAA’s website, and information about the entire offering of SportAir Workshops can be found at EAA.org/SportAir

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