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Individual Membership

Your Individual membership makes you a part of the passionate EAA Family and gives access to EAA-Exclusive benefits. Membership also gives you thousands of opportunities to go flying at local aviation events, participate at your local EAA chapter, and give youngsters their very first flight.

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From benefits like EAA Insurance Solutions and EAA Finance Solutions to EAA Webinars and EAA Technical Counselors we have something for everyone with an interest in  aviation! 

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ASTC Passport Program

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Take to the skies with a free introductory flight and discover the next steps toward becoming a pilot.

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Find a Flight Advisor

EAA Flight Advisors can help you find the right path to get you flying efficiently and, most importantly, safely.

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Next Steps After Plane is Build

You've finally achieved your dream of building your own airplane. Here are some resources that will help you fly safely or sell your airplane.

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Getting Started

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Affordable, achievable, and fun! Experience the freedom of flight as a sport pilot.

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Connect With Aviators

Your local EAA chapter allows you to share your interest with thousands of other members in a variety of different events and activities, including fly-ins, picnics, workshops, Young Eagles rallies, and more.

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Start a Chapter

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Chapter Insurance Program

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Leadership Academy

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10 for 2014 Recognition

Each pilot who flies 10 or more Young Eagles during a calendar year will receive a custom “10 for 2014” lapel pin and will earn Young Eagles credits that can be used to help offset the cost of sending a young person to an EAA Air Academy session in Oshkosh or assist their local Young Eagles and youth outreach programs.

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Calendar of Events

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AirVenture Schedule of Events

Fill up your itinerary and sort through thousands of forums, workshops, special events, and much more for AirVenture 2015.

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Spirit of Aviation Mobile Experience

We promote a culture of education, safety, and camaraderie and provide you with opportunities to enjoy aviation, no matter what your level of interest.

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EAA Sport Aviation

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Composite Construction

The Composite Construction 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.

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Scholarships

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B-17 Tour Stops

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Tri-Motor Tour Stops

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Visit Pioneer Airport

From May through October, Pioneer Airport gives visitors a unique “living history” re-creation of what airports were like during the early days of air travel. It brings back a time when the magic of flying astounded and charmed the whole world. 

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Your Flight Experience

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Your Flight Experience

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Paul Poberezny

Paul Poberezny came from humble beginnings, yet he emerged as one of the 20th century's greatest aviation leaders, creating a worldwide aviation organization and the world's largest annual fly-in event, EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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Tribute Opportunities

Special places like the museum’s Founders Wing and other campus tribute areas like the Brown Arch, Compass Hill, and Memorial Wall combine to give wings to countless aviation dreams and accomplishments. Leave your legacy or that of your loved ones for all who visit Oshkosh to see.

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This is your chance to win a beautiful, brand-new Van's RV-12. This striking aircraft, painted Tahoe Blue, will remind you just why you love to fly. Enter now to win!

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Advertise in Sport Aviation

EAA Sport Aviation contains the broadest editorial content and coverage for recreational aviation today - introductions to new aircraft and innovations, the latest aviation products and services, hands-on and personal experience in the nuts and bolts of aircraft ownership, and so much more.

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AirVenture enables our commercial partners to have an unmatched forum to present their products and services to the most passionate aviation consumers.

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Outreach Guidelines

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HOMEBUILDERS

Dream It. Build It. Fly It.

A tradition that began with the Wright brothers continues today with you. The art of building an aircraft is the stuff of dreams. Until, that is, you build it and take to the sky.

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Title

EAA Hints For Homebuilders Video Index  Description

Date Published

Presenter

Wood

Erasing Wood Curl

After cutting wood, a fuzz or curl is typically left on the bottom side of the cut, commonly sandpaper is used to remove this.  Timm Bogenhagen from the EAA staff demonstrates how to use an eraser to remove this fuzz without damaging, removing excess or splintering the wood.

2/16/2017

Timm Bogenhagen

General

Pressure Testing Fuel Tank

Testing newly fabricated fuel tanks for leaks is always a good idea prior to flight. Tim Hoversten from the EAA staff demonstrates a simple technique to pressure test a welded aluminum fuel tank. 

2/9/2017

Tim Hoversten

General

Installing Vent - Portable Fuel Can

Newer style portable gas cans have vents incorporated into the fuel nozzle making it difficult to control the flow of fuel.  Kyle Voltz from the EAA staff demonstrates how to install an air valve to make venting portable cans more convenient.

2/2/2017

Kyle Voltz

General

Fixing Broken 3D Printed Parts

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates methods to fix 3D printed parts that have become broken.

1/26/2017

Brian Carpenter

General

Joining 3D Printed Parts Together

Joining 3D printed parts together into larger structures is possible.  Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates techniques to bond 3D printed parts together.

1/19/2017

Brian Carpenter

General

3D Printing Post Process Finishing

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates techniques for post processing and finishing a 3D printed part. 

1/12/2017

Brian Carpenter

General

3-D Printing Part Removal

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates the printing of a 3-D part and the removal process of the part from the Zortrax M200 3D printer.

1/5/2017

Brian Carpenter

Fabric Covering

Maule Fabric Tester

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates the use of a Maule fabric tester to aide in the determination of aircraft fabric condition.

12/29/2016

Brian Carpenter

General

Tube Marking Tool

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates the use of a 3D printed tool that enables precision marking to be placed around the circumference of a round tube.

12/22/2016

Brian Carpenter

General

3D Printed Aircraft Parts

3D printing is starting to show its limitless potential.  Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation Services provides an overview of 3D printing and shows numerous parts he has fabricated for his EMG-6 using the 3D printing process.

12/15/2016

Brian Carpenter

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Cutting Cable with Cold Chisel

Cutting steel cable can be easier than you might think.  Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates how to cut control cable using a tempered steel cold chisel. 

12/8/2016

Brian Carpenter

Firewall Forward

Fuel Primer System

EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Dick Koehler discusses the operation and component parts that make up a common used fuel primer system.

12/1/2016

Dick Koehler

Firewall Forward

Engine Overhaul Reference Data

EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Dick Koehler discusses engine data necessary to reference when preparng for, and during an engine overhaul.

11/24/2016

Dick Koehler

General

Inspection Tools

EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Dick Koehler discusses and demonstrates common tools used when performing an annual condition inspection.  He also discusses the usage of a checklist to document the inspection.

11/17/2016

Dick Koehler

General

Measuring Devices

EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Dick Koehler demonstrates the use of several measuring tools commonly used while building an aircraft.

11/10/2016

Dick Koehler

Sheet Metal

Bucking Bar Basics

EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Bob Koehler shows different types of bucking bars to set rivets.  He reviews several designs and demonstrates their usage.

11/3/2016

Bob Koehler

General

Micrometer Usage

EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Dick Koehler demonstrates usage of micrometers and how to read the scale to determine accurate measurements.

10/27/2016

Dick Koehler

Sheet Metal

Cutting Rivets

EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Bob Koehler likes to stock longer sized rivets then cut to size when needed.  He demonstrates how to cut solid structural rivets to proper length prior to being set.

10/20/2016

Bob Koehler

Firewall Forward

Cut Open and Inspect Oil Filter

EAA Technical Counselors and A&P/IA mechanics Dick and Bob Koehler demonstrate how to cut open an oil filter to remove the filter media and inspect to help determine the condition of an engine.

10/13/2016

Dick & Bob Koehler

General

Converting Fractions to Decimals

EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Dick Koehler reviews the process to convert fractions to decimals and then decimals to fractions. 

10/6/2016

Dick Koehler

Tools and Workshop

Safety Wire Twisters

EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Dick Koehler shows the two more common safety wire pliers.  One with reversible function and one without. 

9/29/2016

Dick Koehler

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Cutting Internal Threads

EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Bob Koehler demonstrates the use of a tap to cut internal threads within a piece of aluminum plate. 

9/22/2016

Bob Koehler

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Measuring Bolt Diameter and Pitch

EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Bob Koehler demonstrates the use of tools, gauges and charts to acurately measure bolt diameter and pitch.

9/15/2016

Bob Koehler

Sheet Metal

Gun Riveting Basics

EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Bob Koehler demonstrates the basics of using a 2X rivet gun and bucking bar to properly set protruding and flush head rivets.

9/8/2016

Bob Koehler

Sheet Metal

Identifying Good vs. Bad Rivets

EAA Technical Counselors and A&P/IA mechanics Dick and Bob Koehler show samples of properly and improperly installed rivets.  They review why and gives tips to follow for proper installation.

9/1/2016

Bob Koehler

Sheet Metal

Back Riveting

 EAA Technical Counselors and A&P/IA mechanics Dick and Bob Koehler demonstrate back riveting using a back rivet set, steel plate and 2X rivet gun.

8/25/2016

Dick & Bob Koehler

Sheet Metal

Flush Riveting with C-Frame

 EAA Technical Counselors and A&P/IA mechanics Dick and Bob Koehler demonstrate the use of a C-frame to flush rivet two pieces of aluminum together.

8/18/2016

Dick & Bob Koehler

Sheet Metal

Flush Riveting with Hand Squeezer

EAA Technical Counselors and A&P/IA mechanics Dick and Bob Koehler demonstrate the use of a hand squeezer to dimple aluminum and then flush rivet two aluminum pieces together.

8/11/2016

Dick & Bob Koehler

Firewall Forward

Engine Overhaul Records

EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Dick Koehler reviews the paperwork that you should keep while you are in the process of overhauling your engine.  Keeping track of the paperwork while the work is being completed will make it easier in the end, when you make the logbook entry.

7/21/2016

Dick Koehler

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Easy Adel Clamp Installation

EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Dick Koehler demonstrates a procedure to use safety wire to make it easy to install a cushioned adel clamp.

7/14/2016

Dick Koehler

General

Static System Leak Test

EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Dick Koehler demonstrates a procedure to perform a leak test of your static system.  Performing this test prior to a pitot/static check at an avionics shop could save you some money if you find a leak and fix it yourself.

6/30/2016

Dick Koehler

General

Pitot/Static System Overview

EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Dick Koehler shows how a pitot/static system is hooked up for a typical steam guage panel using; airspeed, altimeter and vertical speed instruments. 

6/23/2016

Dick Koehler

General

Cutting and Shaping Plexiglass

EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Bob Koehler demonstates a techniques to cut and shape plexiglass (acrylic plastic).

6/16/2016

Bob Koehler

General

Patching Plexiglass

EAA Technical Counselors and A&P/IA mechanics Dick and Bob Koehler demonstrate how to glue a patch of plexiglass (acrylic) to an existing damaged plexiglass window.

6/9/2016

Dick & Bob Koehler

General

Stop Drilling Plexiglass

EAA Technical Counselors and A&P/IA mechanics Dick and Bob Koehler demonstrate a technique to stop drill a crack in acrylic (plexiglass) window material using a diamond dust plastic drill bit.

6/2/2016

Dick & Bob Koehler

Sheet Metal

Stop Drilling Cracks

Thin aircraft aluminum can develop cracks.  In many cases when you see a crack it is important to stop it from getting any longer.  EAA Technical Counselors and A&P/IA mechanics Dick and Bob Koehler demonstrate how to stop drill cracks in aluminum. 

5/26/2016

Dick & Bob Koehler

Electrical

Voltage Regulator Overview

EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Dick Koehler shows the inside of a mechanical voltage regulator and discusses the component parts and how it all works to regulate voltage in an aircraft's electrical system.

5/19/2016

Dick Koehler

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Tension vs. Shear Nuts

Aircraft bolts can be installed primarily in either shear or tension loads.  EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Dick Koehler reviews these applications and discusses the differences in the type of nut used to secure the bolt and how their torque values differ.

5/12/2016

Dick Koehler

Electrical

Antenna Ground Plane

Antenna ground planes for composite or wood aircraft can be made in various ways.  EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Dick Koehler demonstrates how to use copper foil tape to make a light weight and effective antenna ground plane.

5/5/2016

Dick Koehler

General

Spacing Holes on a Round Tube

EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Dick Koehler demonstrates how to layout equally spaced holes around the circumference of a round tube.

4/28/2016

Dick Koehler

Firewall Forward

Engine Crankcase Plugs

EAA Technical Counselors and A&P/IA mechanics Dick and Bob Koehler discuss various pipe threaded plugs that are used in engine crankcases.

4/21/2016

Dick & Bob Koehler

Firewall Forward

Cleaning Crankcase Oil Galley

EAA Technical Counselors Dick & Bob Koehler demonstrate the use of a rifle cleaning rod to clean out the oil galley in a Continental A65 engine case.   Dick & Bob are also A&P/IA Mechanics and EAA SportAir Workshop instructors.

4/14/2016

Dick & Bob Koehler

Sheet Metal

Rivet Gauge for Shop Head

EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Bob Koehler demonstrates how to make a guage to measure the shop head of a rivet to ensure it has been properly set.

4/7/2016

Bob Koehler

Sheet Metal

Use of the Whitney Punch

A Whitney punch is a great way to make perfectly round holes thru sheet metal.  EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Bob Koehler demonstrates the use of this useful tool.

3/31/2016

Bob Koehler

General

Paint Masking Stickers

Good surface preperation prior to painting is the key to getting good results.    EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Dick Koehler demonstrates the use of pricing stickers to mask an engine case prior to painting.

3/24/2016

Dick Koehler

Electrical

D-Sub Connectors

D-Sub connects are commonly used for electric connections for avionics.   EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Dick Koehler demonstrates the procedure to attach and detach the connector pins to the terminal block.

3/17/2016

Dick Koehler

Firewall Forward

Cleaning a Carburetor Fuel Screen

Keeping contaninants out of fuel is critical.  EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Dick Koehler demonstrates the procedure to remove and clean the fuel inlet finger screen on a marvel schebler carburetor.

3/10/2016

Dick Koehler

Firewall Forward

Cleaning the Bendix Fuel Servo Screen

Keeping contaninants out of fuel is critical.  EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Dick Koehler demonstrates the procedure to remove and clean the fuel inlet finger screen on a bendix fuel servo.

3/3/2016

Dick Koehler

Tools and Workshop

Phillips Screwdrivers

Using the proper tool for the application is important.  EAA Technical Counselor and A&P/IA mechanic Bob Koehler discusses the different types of common phillips screwdrivers and the importance of using the right one. 

2/25/2016

Bob Koehler

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Aircraft Screw Identification

Using the proper screw for the intended application is important.  EAA Technical Counselor and A&P mechanic Bob Koehler reviews different types of nonstructural screws commonly used in aircraft construction.

2/18/2016

Bob Koehler

Electrical

Labeling Electrical Wires

Labeling electrical wires is sometimes overlooked during the building process.  EAA volunteer Fred Stadler shows how effective a label maker can be to mark heat shrink tubing and install on wires as a method to mark wires for later identification.

2/11/2016

Fred Stadler

Sheet Metal

Removing Protective Plastic from Aluminum

Removing protective plastic from large sheets of aluminum can be difficult.  Tim Hoversten from the EAA staff demonstrates the use of a heat gun and wood dowel to conveniently remove large sections of the protective plastic coating.

2/4/2016

Tim Hoversten

Wood

Wood Drill Alignment Jig

Timm Bogenhagen from the EAA staff shows how to build and use a simple alignment jig made from a wood block and steel bushing stock.  The Jig is useful to align attachment straps when having to use a hand drill.

1/28/2016

Timm Bogenhagen

Firewall Forward

Clean and Oil K&N Air Filter

Timm Bogenhagen from the EAA staff demonstrates how to service a K&N air filter using the standard K&N cleaner and filter oil.

1/21/2016

Timm Bogenhagen

General

Marking Large Radius Arcs

Timm Bogenhagen from the EAA staff demonstrates a technique to draw large radius arcs using a common tape measure. 

1/14/2016

Timm Bogenhagen

Firewall Forward

Rebuild Mikuni Fuel Pump

Timm Bogenhagen from the EAA staff demonstrates the disassembly and replacement of the internal parts for a rectangular single carb Mikuni fuel pump.

1/7/2016

Timm Bogenhagen

Wood

Forming Aircraft Plywood

Timm Bogenhagen from the EAA staff demonstrates how thin aircraft plywood can soaked in hot water then formed.  This can be useful for aircraft that use plywood for the leading edge of the wing.

12/17/2015

Timm Bogenhagen

Steel and Welding

Marking Tubing Reference Lines

Timm Bogenhagen from the EAA staff demonstrates an easy way to mark a reference line on long pieces of tubing.

12/10/2015

Timm Bogenhagen

Steel and Welding

Tube Coping with Angle Grinder

EAA Technical Aviation Expert Tim Hoversten demonstrates the use of an inexpensive angle grinder with a 60 grit flap disc to shape steel tubing when fitting joints for welding.

12/3/2015

Tim Hoversten

General

Firewall Compression Fitting

EAA Technical Aviation Expert Tim Hoversten demonstrates the use of an inexpensive hardware store brass compression fitting to pass a bowden cable thru a firewall or other bulkhead structures.

11/26/2015

Tim Hoversten

Sheet Metal

Sheet Metal Bender

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates the use of a modified Wiss Hand Seamer used to bend smaller pieces of sheet metal.

11/19/2015

Brian Carpenter

Firewall Forward

Spark Plug Heat Transfer Compound

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation Services discusses and demonstrates proper use of heat transfer compound on spark plugs used in the Rotax 912 engine.

11/5/2015

Brian Carpenter

Tools and Workshop

Overview of 3D Printing

EAA SportAir workshops manager Mark Forss provides a general overview of 3D printing systems that are available for the homebuilder. 

10/29/2015

Mark Forss

Firewall Forward

Rotax 912 Fuel Pump Overview

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation Services provides an overview of the inside workings of a Rotax 912 engine fuel pump and describes common failure modes.

10/22/2015

Brian Carpenter

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Safety Wire Techniques

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates a method to safety wire multiple fasteners with a single wire and tips to keep the wire tight and secure.

10/15/2015

Brian Carpenter

Fabric Covering

Modified Seine Knot - Alternate Method

Jasen Golden from Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates an alternate sequence to tie the modified seine knot for rib stitching fabric covered aircraft.

10/8/2015

Jasen Golden

General

Cotter Pin Install - Tuck Method

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates an alternate method to bend cotter pins so the sharp ends are tucked within the castellated portion of the nut. 

10/1/2015

Brian Carpenter

General

Measure Control Surface Travel

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates the use of a prop protractor and smart level to measure control surface travel angels.

9/24/2015

Brian Carpenter

Sheet Metal

Flanging Lightening Holes

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates the use of Mittler Bros. dimple dies to flange lightning holes.

9/17/2015

Brian Carpenter

Sheet Metal

Leading Edge Wing Skin Clamp

EAA SportAir workshops manager Mark Forss demonstrates a technique using some simple components to clamp sheet aluminum over the leading edge ribs of a wing.

9/10/2015

Mark Forss

General

Cutting External Threads

EAA staff member Timm Bogenhagen demonstrates cutting external threads on an aluminum rod using a 1/4"-28 thread cutting dye.

9/3/2015

Timm Bogenhagen

General

Valve Mixer

EAA SportAir workshops manager Mark Forss shows a way to use an engine valve to mix paint or other thick liquids with solids that setted out to the bottom of the container.

8/20/2015

Mark Forss

Fabric Covering

Fabric Covering Drain Holes

Installing holes in fabric covered airplanes is one of the last steps in the fabric covering process.  Timm Bogenhagen from the EAA staff shows an easy way to do this using a round tip soldering iron.

8/13/2015

Timm Bogenhagen

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Cable and Nicopress Sleeve Tips

EAA volunteer and A&P mechanic Fred Stadler provides tips on making up control cables and nicopress sleeve crimping tips. 

8/6/2015

Fred Stadler

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Control Cable Components

EAA volunteer and A&P mechanic Fred Stadler discusses the various components that make up a control cable.  Fred provides information about typical uses and selection of components to make up control cables in homebuilt aircraft.

7/30/2015

Fred Stadler

Sheet Metal

Dimpling with Hand Squeezer

EAA Technical Counselor Joe Norris from Sonex Aircraft demonstrates the use of a hand squeezer to dimple sheet aluminum to accept a flush head rivet.

7/16/2015

Joe Norris

Sheet Metal

Alternate Method to Drive Rivets

EAA Technical Counselor Joe Norris from Sonex Aircraft demonstrates a unique way to set a solid rivets using a large bolt and hammer.

7/9/2015

Joe Norris

Sheet Metal

Straighten Metal Ribs with Fluting Pliers

EAA Technical Counselor Joe Norris from Sonex Aircraft demonstrates the uses of a fluting pliers to straighten a metal rib.

7/2/2015

Joe Norris

General

Threadlocker Types and Uses

EAA Technical Counselor Joe Norris from Sonex Aircraft discusses threadlocking compounds used to prevent a bolt or nut from becoming loose.

6/25/2015

Joe Norris

Sheet Metal

Riveting with Hand Squeezer

EAA Technical Counselor Joe Norris from Sonex Aircraft demonstrates the use of a hand squeezer to set solid rivets.

6/18/2015

Joe Norris

Tools and Workshop

Easy Workbench Shim

Often times the leg of a workbench needs to be shimmed to ensure the surface is flat and level.  Timm Bogenhagen from te EAA staff demonstrates the use of a pronged tee nut to make this process an easy task.

6/11/2015

Timm Bogenhagen

Tools and Workshop

Checking for Flat Workbench Top

A flat and level surface to build airplane components upon is a good initial step in the building process.  Timm Bogenhagen from the EAA staff demonstrates how to use a piece of string to verify you have a flat work surface.

6/4/2015

Timm Bogenhagen

Sheet Metal

Rivet Tape

EAA Technical Counselor Joe Norris from Sonex Aircraft demonstrates the use of rivet tape to hold solid rivets in place prior to completing installation and setting the rivets.

5/28/2015

Joe Norris

Sheet Metal

Specialized Deburring Tool

EAA Technical Counselor Joe Norris from Sonex Aircraft discusses how to make a useful deburring tool using a worn out hacksaw blade. 

5/21/2015

Joe Norris

General

Drilling Plexiglass

EAA Technical Counselor Joe Norris from Sonex Aircraft demonstrates how to drill holes in acrylic parts such as a canopy using a unibit step drill. 

5/14/2015

Joe Norris

Sheet Metal

Aluminum Angle Adjustment

EAA Technical Counselor Joe Norris from Sonex Aircraft demonstrates how to make small adjustments to change the 90 degree angle in 6061-T6 aluminum angle. 

5/7/2015

Joe Norris

General

Remove Powder Coat Paint

EAA Technical Counselor Joe Norris from Sonex Aircraft discusses how to chemically remove powder coat paint from steel parts. 

4/30/2015

Joe Norris

General

Aircraft Maintenance Log Entry

Dick Koehler discusses how to make an entry in a maintenance logbook after routine maintance has been performed on an experimental amateur-built aircraft.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for EAA Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

4/23/2015

Dick Koehler

Electrical

Molex Avionics Connectors

Dick Koehler demonstrates how to make a Molex connector commonly used in avionics installations.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for EAA Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

4/16/2015

Dick Koehler

General

Holding Nuts and Washers

Dick Koehler demonstrates the use of tape, super glue, and EZ Turn lubricant to install nuts and washes in difficult to reach places.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for EAA Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

4/9/2015

Dick Koehler

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Safety Wire

Dick Koehler discusses different sizes of safety wire, when each size should be used.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for EAA Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

4/2/2015

Dick Koehler

Electrical

Electrical Switches

Dick Koehler discusses types of electrical switches and their usage.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for EAA Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

3/26/2015

Dick Koehler

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Borescope Demonstration

Dick Koehler demonstrates the use of a borescope to inspect the cylinder combustion chamber.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for EAA Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

3/19/2015

Dick Koehler

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Replacing Control Cables

In this 400th EAA Hints for Homebuilders video, Earl Luce demonstrates a great way to attach an old cable that is being removed to a new replacement cable to allow fishing it thru bulkheads and around pulleys.  Earl is an EAA Technical Counselor and gas welding SportAir workshop instructor.

3/12/2015

Earl Luce

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Air/Oil Separator

Dick Koehler discusses the design and use for an air/oil separator.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for EAA Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

3/5/2015

Dick Koehler

General

Wheel Bearing Race Removal

Dick Koehler demonstrates the removal and replacement of a wheel bearing race.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for EAA Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

2/26/2015

Dick Koehler

Electrical

Multimeter Usage

Dick Koehler demonstrates the use of a digital multimeter to measure voltage in a battery and ohms resistance of a spark plug.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for EAA Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

2/19/2015

Dick Koehler

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

All About Washers

Dick Koehler discusses different types of washers including tips for where to use different types and the nomenclature designations.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for EAA Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

2/12/2015

Dick Koehler

Electrical

Electrical Volt/Ohm Multimeter

Dick Koehler discusses the use of a digital volt/ohm multimeter which is a useful tool for diagnosing electrical issues.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for EAA Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

2/5/2015

Dick Koehler

General

Advisory Circulars

Dick Koehler discusses several advisory circulars that contain useful information for the builder and owner of experimental amateur-built aircraft that are available free of charge.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for EAA Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

1/29/2015

Dick Koehler

General

Removing Damaged Fuel Drain Valves

Dick Koehler demonstrates a simple method to remove damaged fuel drain valves.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for EAA Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

1/22/2015

Dick Koehler

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Carburetor Heat Operation

Dick Koehler describes how traditional carburetor heat valve systems work, including maintenance and repairs.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for EAA Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

1/15/2015

Dick Koehler

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Portable Engine Preheater

Dick Koehler shows how to use a heat gun and scat flexible ducting to make an inexpensive engine preheater.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for EAA Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

1/8/2015

Dick Koehler

General

Calculating Antenna Drag

When deciding how to mount an antenna, it is useful to know how much force is being placed on it.  Dick Koehler walks you thru the steps to determine the pounds of force the antenna will create.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for EAA Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

12/18/2014

Dick Koehler

Tools and Workshop

Bead Breaker for Tires

Dick Koehler demonstrates the use of an inexpensive tool used to break the seal between the rubber tire and wheel when changing tires.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for EAA Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

12/11/2014

Dick Koehler

Composite

Composite Fairings Made Easy

EAA Technical Counselor Mike Busch demonstrates how to trim a layup while in the green state not fully cured.

12/4/2014

Mike Busch

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Knife Trimming Composites

EAA Technical Counselor Mike Busch shows how to join foam core pieces together to make larger foam sections.

11/27/2014

Mike Busch

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Joining Foam Cores

EAA Technical Counselor Mike Busch demonstrates how to repair broken sheets of polyurethane foam.

11/20/2014

Mike Busch

Sheet Metal

Removal of Stainless Steel Pulled Rivet

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates a technique to remove a stainless steel pulled rivet.

11/13/2014

Brian Carpenter

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Repairing Broken Foam Sheet

EAA Technical Counselor Mike Busch demonstrates how to use a hot-wire bow to square up large billets of blue styrofoam. 

11/6/2014

Mike Busch

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Squaring Up Blue Foam

EAA Technical Counselor Mike Busch provides a tip to help locate holes without the use of a hole-finder tool. 

10/30/2014

Mike Busch

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Locating Blind Holes

EAA Technical Counselor Mike Busch demonstrates the use of a hole saw to cut accurate holes in cured composite materials.

10/23/2014

Mike Busch

General

Rod End Bearing Installation

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation Services provides tips and the installation of rod end bearings.

10/16/2014

Brian Carpenter

Composite

Drilling Holes in Composites

EAA Technical Counselor Mike Busch shows ways to inspect cured composite layups to inspect for any defects in the finished part.

10/9/2014

Mike Busch

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Composite Post-Cure Quality Checks

EAA Technical Counselor Mike Busch demonstrates a tip to test epoxy resin to verify it has cured properly. 

10/2/2014

Mike Busch

General

Making Gap Seals

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates a uniue way to fabricate effective and light weight gap seals using closed cell polyethylene pool flotation noodles.

9/25/2014

Brian Carpenter

Composite

Epoxy Resin Scratch Test

EAA Technical Counselor Mike Busch shows how to assemble a homebuilt hot-wire bow to cut foam for composite layups.

9/18/2014

Mike Busch

Fabric Covering

Cutting Dacron Sailcloth

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation Services shows how to cut dacron sailcloth by modifying a soldering iron into a hot knife.

9/11/2014

Brian Carpenter

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How to Make a Hot-Wire Bow

EAA Technical Counselor Mike Busch demonstrates the use of various tools to cut cured fiberglass composite materials.

9/4/2014

Mike Busch

General

Cable End Treatment

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates a way to permanently eliminate frayed cable ends.

8/28/2014

Brian Carpenter

General

Zenith Part Number System

Rogert Dubbert from Zenith Aircraft describes the system for numbering Zenith aircraft parts and how the part can be identified on the plans page. Roger also gives a tip to remove the part number sticker.

8/21/2014

Roger Dubbert

Sheet Metal

Sheet Metal Snips

Sebastian Heintz from Zenith Aircraft demonstrates how to use different types of hand held snips to cut sheet aluminum.

8/14/2014

Sebastian Heintz

General

Kit Aircraft Delivery

Sebastian Heintz and Roger Dubbert from Zenith Aircraft discuss what to expect when you receive and open a crate containing a Zenith Aircraft Kit.  They provide tips for organizing and inventorying the contents.

8/7/2014

Sebastian Heintz Roger Dubbert

General

Painting Steel Parts

Roger Dubbert from Zenith Aircraft discusses options for painting steel parts for Zenith kit aircraft parts. 

7/24/2014

Roger Dubbert

General

Zenith Nose Gear Bungee Installation

Sebastian Heintz and Roger Dubbert from Zenith Aircraft show how to install a bungee cord on the nose gear strut of a Zenith CH-750.

7/17/2014

Sebastian Heintz Roger Dubbert

Sheet Metal

Cutting Holes with a Fly Cutter

Sebastian Heintz and Roger Dubbert from Zenith Aircraft demonstrate how to use a fly cutter to cut a large hole in an aluminum fuel tank used to mount the fuel sending unit.

7/10/2014

Sebastian Heintz Roger Dubbert

General

Sealing Fuel Tank Fittings

Rogert Dubbert from Zenith Aircraft shows a method to seal a fitting used in an alumimum fuel tank.  Roger has found that 3-M Scotchweld Epoxy adhesive works very well to seal the threads and prevent leaks.

7/3/2014

Roger Dubbert

General

Corrosion Protection

Sebastian Heintz and Roger Dubbert from Zenith Aircraft show how to brush Cortec Primer on an aluminum rib flange prior to riveting to aluminum skin.  This amall optional step can help prevent corrosion between these surfaces.

6/26/2014

Sebastian Heintz Roger Dubbert

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Cutting Composites

EAA Technical Counselor Mike Busch demonstrates how to apply two layers of fiberglass cloth over a foam core.

6/19/2014

Mike Busch

Composite

Making a Fiberglass Layup

EAA Technical Counselor Mike Busch demonstrates how to mix a batch of epoxy slurry using light weight micro balloons.  The slurry is then spread over foam to fill the porus texture prior to making a fiberglass layup.

6/12/2014

Mike Busch

Composite

Making Epoxy Slurry

EAA Technical Counselor Mike Busch demonstrates the process to purge and use metered pumps when mixing a batch of 2-part epoxy.

6/5/2014

Mike Busch

Composite

Epoxy Mixing Hints

EAA Technical Counselor Mike Busch explains peel ply properties and the uses for it during composite construction.

5/29/2014

Mike Busch

Composite

Peel Ply for Composites

EAA Technical Counselor Mike Busch demonstrates how to drape fiberglass cloth around a T-joint, and over curved and flat surfaces.

5/22/2014

Mike Busch

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Draping Fiberglass Cloth

EAA Technical Counselor Mike Busch discusses how to identify the weave of fiberglass cloth and demonstrates methods to cut the cloth on a bias. 

5/15/2014

Mike Busch

Composite

Cutting Fiberglass Cloth

EAA Technical Counselor Mike Busch shows bi and uni-directional fiberglass cloth.  Highlighting how they are different and where they are typically used.

5/8/2014

Mike Busch

General

Trim for Hands-Free Flight

Flight testing proves if an airplane requires constant control pressure to fly straight and level coordinated flight.  Many airplanes require some form of a fixed trib tab to achieve that desirable "hands-free" flight condition.  Sonex Aircraft chief flight instructor Joe Norris gives some suggestions for simple but effective fixed trim devices.

5/1/2014

Joe Norris

General

Paint Markers

EAA Homebuilt Community Manager Charlie Becker shows some uses for paint markers.  They work great to mark tools and tungsten for TIG welding.

4/24/2014

Charlie Becker

Sheet Metal

Clecos - Types and Uses

Rogert Dubbert from Zenith Aircraft shows the different types of clecos and their uses along with how to use the cleco pliers.

4/17/2014

Roger Dubbert

Sheet Metal

Zenith Builder's Tool Kit

Sebastian Heintz and Roger Dubbert from Zenith Aircraft show the tools that come in a Zenith aircraft kit and are required for building a Zenith kit.

4/10/2014

Sebastian Heintz Roger Dubbert

General

Using GPS to Verify Indicated Airspeed

An easy way to verify the accuracy of your airspeed indicator is by using GPS ground speed data.  Sonex Aircraft chief flight instructor Joe Norris gives tips to accomplish this essential task for all flight test programs.

4/3/2014

Joe Norris

Sheet Metal

Removing Blind Pulled Rivets

Rogert Dubbert from Zenith Aircraft gives some tips for removing a blind rivet using a drill, punch and side cutter. 

3/27/2014

Roger Dubbert

Sheet Metal

Drilling Pilot Holes

Rogert Dubbert from Zenith Aircraft gives some tips for drilling a pilot hole in thin aluminum using an air drill. 

3/20/2014

Roger Dubbert

Tools and Workshop

Band Saw Tabletop

Cutting very thin material on a bandsaw can be made easier and safer by incorporating this hint.  Manager of EAA SportAir Workshops program Mark Forss shows how to create a new table surface to your bandsaw.

3/13/2014

Mark Forss

Sheet Metal

Deburring Aluminum

Sebastian Heintz and Roger Dubbert from Zenith Aircraft demonstrate how to deburr aluminum.   Using various tools they remove sharp edges to prevent stress risers and cracks from developing. 

3/6/2014

Sebastian Heintz Roger Dubbert

Sheet Metal

Blind Pulled Rivets

Sebastian Heintz and Roger Dubbert from Zenith Aircraft demonstrate how the flat headed, countersunk blind rivets used in the construction of Zenith aircraft are pulled and shaped into a low profile dome head rivet. 

2/27/2014

Sebastian Heintz Roger Dubbert

General

Determine Vso Speed

EAA Flight Advisor and Technical Counselor Joe Norris discusses Vso speed.  This speed is required to be determined for experimental amateur-built aircraft during the phase 1 flight testing process.

2/20/2014

Joe Norris

General

Determine Vx and Vy Speeds

EAA Flight Advisor and Technical Counselor Joe Norris discusses Vx and Vy speeds.  These speeds are required to be determined for experimental amateur-built aircraft during the phase 1 flight testing process.

2/13/2014

Joe Norris

Wood

Cutting Plywood

Achieving a clean cut line without splintering can be a challenge when using a jigsaw. Timm Bogenhagen from the EAA staff gives a couple tips that can minimize wood splintering on your cut line. 

2/6/2014

Timm Bogenhagen

Sheet Metal

Layout Templates

Mark Forss, manager of EAA SportAir Workshops demonstrates a way to transfer layout holes using a see-thru plastic template.  This process allows matched-hole layout of wing skins or other large parts.

1/30/2014

Mark Forss

Weight and Balance

Weight and Balance: Most Forward Weight and CG

Part 4 of the 7 part series on weight and balance.  EAA Flight Advisor and Technical Counselor Joe Norris discusses how to calculate the most forward weight and center of gravity location based upon the previously computed empty weight and center of gravity location.

1/23/2014

Joe Norris

Weight and Balance

Weight and Balance: Creating the Report

Part 7 of the 7 part series on weight and balance.  EAA Flight Advisor and Technical Counselor Joe Norris discusses how to put all the weight and balance information together to create a useable weight and balance report that will be given to the FAA and kept in the airplane.

1/16/2014

Joe Norris

Weight and Balance

Weight and Balance: Flight Test Weight and CG

Part 6 of the 7 part series on weight and balance.  EAA Flight Advisor and Technical Counselor Joe Norris discusses how to calculate the critical flight test weight and center of gravity location based upon the previously computed empty weight and center of gravity location.

1/9/2014

Joe Norris

Weight and Balance

Weight and Balance: Most Aft Weight and CG

Part 5 of the 7 part series on weight and balance.  EAA Flight Advisor and Technical Counselor Joe Norris discusses how to calculate the most aft weight and center of gravity location based upon the previously computed empty weight and center of gravity location.

12/19/2013

Joe Norris

Weight and Balance

Weight and Balance: Empty Weight and CG

Part 3 of the 7 part series on weight and balance.  EAA Flight Advisor and Technical Counselor Joe Norris discusses using the arm measurements and weight information to calculate the empty weight and center of gravity location.

12/12/2013

Joe Norris

Weight and Balance

Weight and Balance: Weighing the Airplane

Part 2 of the 7 part series on weight and balance.  EAA Flight Advisor and Technical Counselor Joe Norris discusses the process and to put the airplane on scales and obtain the total weight.

12/5/2013

Joe Norris

Weight and Balance

Weight and Balance: Arm Measurement

Part 1 of the 7 part series on weight and balance.  EAA Flight Advisor and Technical Counselor Joe Norris discusses the datum and locations that require an arm measurement used to establish a weight and balance document.  Joe gives suggestions on techniques to measure the arm distance.

11/28/2013

Joe Norris

Sheet Metal

Custom Bucking Bar

Completing a homebuilt aircraft can sometimes require fabricating custom tools and a unique process.  Fred Stadler demonstrates use of a custom bucking bar and bucking process designed by EAA's master craftsman Bauken Noack, used to buck Ford Tri-Motor rivets.  

11/21/2013

Fred Stadler

Sheet Metal

Work Bench Overhang

Access to both the top and bottom of aluminum surfaces to rivet long pieces together can be difficult.  Bearhawk builder, Caleb Ihrig demonstrates an idea to extend your workbench, allowing easy access to both the top and bottom of a long piece such as a spar.

11/14/2013

Caleb Ihrig

Tools and Workshop

Drill Alignment Jig

Fred Stadler demonstrates use of a simple alignment jig designed by EAA's master craftsman Bauken Noack.  Especially useful to ensure precise installation of a wings drag/anti-drag wires.

10/31/2013

Fred Stadler

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Overview of Bolt Torque Issues

Dave Clark from the Vintage Aircraft Association and A&P instructor at the Vincennes University provides an overview of issues associated with either under or over-torquing a bolt, including torque wrench usage.

10/24/2013

Dave Clark

General

Lubricants

Bob Koehler gives tips on various types of lubricants that could be used in applications not requiring disassembly.  Bob is an A&P Mechanic and EAA SportAir Workshop instructor.

10/17/2013

Bob Koehler

General

Masking Surfaces for Painting

Bob Koehler shows different products to use when masking off areas prior to painting.  Bob is an A&P Mechanic and EAA SportAir Workshop instructor.

10/10/2013

Bob Koehler

General

Touch-Up Painting

Bob Koehler gives some tips on touch-up painting.  Bob is an A&P Mechanic and EAA SportAir Workshop instructor.

10/3/2013

Bob Koehler

Sheet Metal

Surface Corrosion

Bob Koehler demonstrates how to identify and remove light surface corrosion using a scotch brite pad.  Bob is an A&P Mechanic and EAA SportAir Workshop instructor.

9/26/2013

Bob Koehler

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Engine Compartment Sealant

Dick Koehler shows some different types of sealants that could be used to seal around firewall pass thru areas.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for EAA Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

9/11/2013

Dick Koehler

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Propeller Erosion Tape

Dick Koehler explains how special 3M tape can be used to protect the leading edge of propellors from erosion and demonstrates how to apply the tape.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for EAA Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

9/5/2013

Dick Koehler

General

Repairing Scratched Plexiglass

Dick and Bob Koehler demonstrate the steps involved in restoring scratched plexiglass to like new using commonly available products.  Dick and Bob are both A&P mechanics with IA authorization and EAA SportAir workshop instructors. 

8/29/2013

Dick and Bob Koehler

General

Fuel Fitting Lubricant

Bob Koehler talks about the many uses for EZ Turn lubricant.  Bob is an A&P Mechanic and EAA SportAir Workshop instructor.

8/15/2013

Bob Koehler

General

Hydraulic Fluids

Dick Koehler shows different types of hydraulic fluids, including suitable uses for each.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for EAA Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

8/8/2013

Dick Koehler

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Dye Penetrant Inspection

Bob Koehler demonstrates a dye penetrant test to help locate a crack in an engine crankshaft.  Bob is an A&P Mechanic and EAA SportAir Workshop instructor.

8/1/2013

Bob Koehler

General

Removal and Replace Avionics

Dick Koehler shows how remove and then replace avionics from the instrument panel.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for EAA Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

7/25/2013

Dick Koehler

General

Servicing Brake Reservoir

Dick and Bob Koehler show how to add brake fluid to brake systems with remote and pedal mounted reservoirs.  Dick and Bob are both A&P mechanics with IA authorization and EAA SportAir workshop instructors. 

7/18/2013

Dick and Bob Koehler

General

Bleeding Hydraulic Brakes

Dick and Bob Koehler demonstrate the bleed up and bleed down methods to ensure all air is out of the brake system.  Both are A&P Mechanics and EAA SportAir Workshop instructors.

7/11/2013

Dick & Bob Koehler

General

Remove and Replace Landing Gear Wheel

A procedure for removing and replacing main landing gear wheels is demonstrated by brothers Dick and Bob Koehler.  Both are A&P Mechanics and EAA SportAir Workshop instructors.

7/3/2013

Dick & Bob Koehler

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Servicing a Gascolator

Bob Koehler demonstrates the sometimes difficult job of how to remove, service and install the gascolator.  Bob is an A&P Mechanic and EAA SportAir Workshop instructor.

6/27/2013

Bob Koehler

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Checking Propellor Blade Track

Improper propellor blade tracking can cause excessive vibration.  In this video Dick Koehler shows a simple method to check blade track.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for EAA Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

6/20/2013

Dick Koehler

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Using Magneto Synchronizer

Dick Koehler shows how to use a magneto synchronizer "Buzz Box" to check magneto timing.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for EAA Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

6/13/2013

Dick Koehler

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Engine Timing with a "Flower Pot"

Some engines don't have timing marks, in this video Dick and Bob Koehler show how to use a timing protractor (flower pot) and locator plug to position the engine crankshaft prior to timing the magnetos to the engine.   Dick and Bob Koehler are both A&P Mechanics and EAA SportAir Workshop instructors.

6/6/2013

Dick & Bob Koehler

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Lycoming Engine Timing Marks

In this video Dick and Bob Koehler show how to identify Lycoming timing marks and then position the engine crankshaft prior to timing the magnetos to the engine.   Dick and Bob Koehler are both A&P Mechanics and EAA SportAir Workshop instructors.

5/30/2013

Dick & Bob Koehler

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Engine Mount Cotter Pin Installation

Are you tired of scratching your hand on cotter pins?  I this video, Dick Koehler demonstrates how to install a cotter pin in the engine mount castle nut.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

5/23/2013

Dick Koehler

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Diagnose Low Cylinder Compression

After performing a differential compression test you may have low compression on one or more cylinders.  Dick and Bob Koehler, demonstrate ways to determine what may be the cause of the low compression reading.

5/16/2013

Dick & Bob Koehler

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Differential Cylinder Compression Test

Performing a differential compression test is required to be done when performing a condition inspection per FAR 43 Appendix D.  Dick and Bob Koehler, both A&P Mechanics and EAA SportAir Workshop instructors demonstrate a technique to perform the test.

5/9/2013

Dick & Bob Koehler

Sheet Metal

Instrument Mounting Holes

Mounting your round instruments requires proper layout of the mounting holes.  Dick and Bob Koehler show you how to accurately drill holes using an inexpensive layout tool.  Dick and Bob are both A&P mechanics with IA authorization and EAA SportAir workshop instructors. 

5/2/2013

Dick and Bob Koehler

Sheet Metal

Cutting Holes in Your Instrument Panel

EAA Technical Counselors Dick and Bob Koehler demonstrate ways to cut round holes in your instrument panel, including the use of a Greenlee Punch.   Dick and Bob Koehler are also A&P Mechanics and EAA SportAir Workshop instructors.

4/25/2013

Dick and Bob Koehler

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Fabricating Control Cables to Specific Length

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation demonstrates a method to make-up control cable assemblies to a specific length.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR for LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

4/18/2013

Brian Carpenter

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Swaging Cable Alternative

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation demonstrates use of a less expensive Swage-It tool to crimp nicopress sleeves.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR for LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

4/11/2013

Brian Carpenter

Tools and Workshop

Nicopress Swaging Tool

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation demonstrates use of the Nicopress swaging tool.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR for LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

4/4/2013

Brian Carpenter

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Cutting Aircraft Control Cable

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation demonstrates techniques to cut control cables.    Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR for LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

3/28/2013

Brian Carpenter

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Fastener Safety Basics

Filmed live at AirVenture 2012 in Paul's Vintage Workshop, volunteer Joe Norris discusses key elements in properly safetying fasteners.  Joe is an FAA CFI, A&P mechanic with IA rating.

3/21/2013

Joe Norris

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Adjustment of 2-Stroke Fan Belt Tension

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation demonstrates a technique to adjust the fan belt tension on a Rotax fan cooled 2-stroke engine.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR for LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

3/14/2013

Brian Carpenter

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Inspection of 2-Stroke Fan Belt Tension

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation demonstrates a technique to inspect the fan belt tension on a Rotax fan cooled 2-stroke engine.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR for LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

3/7/2013

Brian Carpenter

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Main-Jet Circuit Bing 54 Carburetor

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation discusses the theory and operation of the main jet circuit of the Bing 54 carburetor.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR for LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

2/28/2013

Brian Carpenter

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Mid-Range Circuit on Bing 54 Carburetor

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation discusses the theory and operation of the mid range circuit of the Bing 54 carburetor.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR for LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

2/21/2013

Brian Carpenter

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Idle Circuit on Bing 54 Carburetor

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation discusses the theory and operation of the idle circuit of the Bing 54 carburetor.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR for LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

2/14/2013

Brian Carpenter

General

Wheels and Tires

Filmed live at AirVenture 2012 in Paul's Vintage Workshop, volunteer Joe Norris discusses maintanance of wheels and tires.  Joe is an FAA CFI, A&P mechanic with IA rating.

2/7/2013

Joe Norris

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Enrichener Circuit on Bing 54 Carburetor

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation discusses the theory and operation of the enrichener circuit of the Bing 54 carburetor.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR for LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

1/31/2013

Brian Carpenter

Sheet Metal

Nut Plate Tip

Chad Jensen shares a tip to make it easier to inset screws into steel nut plates.  Used in non-critical applications where the normal locking action of a nut plate is not necessary.  Chad is the EAA Homebuilt Community Manager, builder of a Vans RV-7 and volunteer Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

1/23/2013

Chad Jensen

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Disassembly of Bing 54 Carburetor

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation demonstrates how to disassemble the Bing 54 carburetor.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR for LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

1/17/2013

Brian Carpenter

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Overview of 2-stroke Carburetor Operation

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation discusses the theory and operation of the Bing 54 carburetor commonly used on 2-stroke aircraft engines.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR for LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

1/10/2013

Brian Carpenter

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Spark Plug Maintenance

Filmed live at AirVenture 2012 in Paul's Vintage Workshop, volunteer Joe Norris discusses maintenance of aircraft spark plugs.  Joe is an FAA CFI, A&P mechanic with IA rating.

1/3/2013

Joe Norris

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Mounting Single Carburetor on 2-Stroke

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation shows how the mounting position of a single carburetor 2-stroke engine can effect operating characteristics.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR for LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

12/27/2012

Brian Carpenter

Firewall Forward

Inspect & Replace Carburetor Intake Sockets

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation demonstrates inspection techniques and replacement procedure of 2-stroke carburator intake sockets.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR for LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

12/20/2012

Brian Carpenter

Firewall Forward

2-Stroke Exhaust Maintenance

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation demonstrates exhaust maintenance techniques for a 2-stroke exhaust system.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR for LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

12/13/2012

Brian Carpenter

Firewall Forward

Inspect 2-Stroke Engine for Carbon Deposits

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation demonstrates a technique to inspect a 2-stroke engine for combustion chamber carbon deposits.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR for LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

12/6/2012

Brian Carpenter

Firewall Forward

Measuring Propeller Mass Moment of Inertia

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation demonstrates how to measure mass moment of inertia according to the Rotax Service Information SI 11 UL 91E.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR for LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

11/29/2012

Brian Carpenter

Weight and Balance

Practical Weight and Balance

Filmed live at AirVenture 2012 in Paul's Vintage Workshop, volunteer Joe Norris discusses the practical aspects of why weight and balance is critical to safe flight.  Joe is an FAA CFI, A&P mechanic with IA rating.

11/21/2012

Joe Norris

General

Repairing Cracked Plexiglass

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation demonstrates a method to repair cracked plexiglass.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR for LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

11/15/2012

Brian Carpenter

General

Drilling Plexiglass

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation demonstrates ways to drill plexilass.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR for LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

11/8/2012

Brian Carpenter

General

Bending Plexiglass

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation demonstrates ways to bend plexiglass.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR for LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

11/1/2012

Brian Carpenter

General

Cutting Plexiglass

Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation demonstrates methods to cut plexiglass.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR for LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

10/25/2012

Brian Carpenter

General

Spray Painting - Hang Those Parts

EAA aircraft mechanic Mike Peer shows how to hang parts while spray painting to provide a nice finish.

10/18/2012

Mike Peer

General

Mock-Up Instrument Panel

EAA aircraft mechanic Mike Peer shows how some cardboard can be made into a mock up instrument panel to make wiring much easier.

10/11/2012

Mike Peer

Tools and Workshop

Hand Drill Guide Jig

Drilling holes perpendicular to your work piece using a hand drill can be challenging.  Timm Bogenhagen of the EAA staff shows a handy wood guide jig block to make drilling perpendicular holes easy.

10/4/2012

Timm Bogenhagen

Tools and Workshop

Foot Activated Clamp

Clamping small pieces of metal for drilling holes can be a challenge.  Brady Lane from the EAA staff shows a cleaver clamping method to make the job efficient and accurate.

9/27/2012

Brady Lane

Electrical

Soldering Tips - Holding Wires

Holding 2 wires together for soldering can be a challenge, especially if they are under your instrument panel.  Mitch Zehr from the EAA aircraft maintenance staff shows how to use the plastic top from a spray paint can to help make it easier.

9/20/2012

Mitch Zehr

Tools and Workshop

Threaded Rod Clamp

Long pipe clamps can be expensive.  Timm Bogenhagen of the EAA staff shows a way to build an inexpensive threaded rod clamp.  He also reviews some other types of clamps for gluing wood.

9/13/2012

Timm Bogenhagen

General

Pitot Static System Fittings

Pitot/Static system leaks can cause errors in instrument readings.  EAA SportAir workshops instructor Ed McGowin shares information on the fittings he likes using to minimize the likelihood of leaks in the system.

9/6/2012

Ed McGowin

Sheet Metal

Homebuilt Fluting Pliers

Homebuilders love to make tools.  Brady Lane from the EAA staff shows how he made an inexpensive set of fluting pliers.

8/30/2012

Brady Lane

Sheet Metal

Rib Fluting - Table Top Method

Fluting metal ribs to true straight shape can be time consuming.  Brady Lane from the EAA staff demonstrates a simple table top method to flute your ribs so they are straight and true.

8/23/2012

Brady Lane

Wood

Cutting Plywood Gussets

Wood wings typically have a hugh amount of thin small plywood gussets, many the same shape.  Timm Bogenhagen from the EAA staff shows you a simple yet speedy way to stack and cut many gusset pieces with one cut.

8/16/2012

Timm Bogenhagen

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Safety Wiring Multiple Fasteners

Brian Carpenter, of Rainbow Aviation, demonstrates how to safety multiple fasteners together.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR or LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

8/9/2012

Brian Carpenter

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Safety Wiring -Single Wire Method

Brian Carpenter, of Rainbow Aviation, demonstrates how to safety wire using the single wire method.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR or LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

8/9/2012

Brian Carpenter

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Cotter Key Installation-Alternative Method

Brian Carpenter, of Rainbow Aviation, demonstrates the "alternate" method for installing a cotter key on a castle nut.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR or LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

7/18/2012

Brian Carpenter

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Cotter Key Installation-Standard Method

Brian Carpenter, of Rainbow Aviation, demonstrates the standard method for installing a cotter key on a castle nut. Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR or LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

7/11/2012

Brian Carpenter

Firewall Forward

2 Stroke Cold Seizure

Brian Carpenter, of Rainbow Aviation, discusses cold seizures on 2 stroke engines. Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR or LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

7/2/2012

Brian Carpenter

Firewall Forward

Rotax 912 Spark Plug Removal/Reinstallation

Brian Carpenter, of Rainbow Aviation, reviews how to remove and reinstall spark plugs on a Rotax 912 engine. Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR or LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

6/28/2012

Brian Carpenter

Firewall Forward

Rotax 912 Fuel Pump

Brian Carpenter, of Rainbow Aviation, reviews the 912 fuel pump and how to remove and reinstall the unit . Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR or LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

6/21/2012

Brian Carpenter

Firewall Forward

Adjusting Oil Pressure-Lycoming Engine

Dick Koehler explains how to adjust the oil pressure on a Lycoming engine.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

6/13/2012

Dick Koehler

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Safety Wiring Basics

Brian Carpenter, of Rainbow Aviation, shares some of his tips on how to properly apply safety wire.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR or LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

6/6/2012

Brian Carpenter

Firewall Forward

Engine Control Clamping

I this video, Dick Koehler demonstrates how clamp and safety wire a control cable in the engine compartment.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

5/30/2012

Dick Koehler

Firewall Forward

Replacing a Starter Rope on a 2 Stroke Engine

Brian Carpenter, of Rainbow Aviation, reviews how to replace the starter rope on a 2 stroke engine. Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR or LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

5/23/2012

Brian Carpenter

General

Greasing Rod End Bearings

Brian Carpenter, of Rainbow Aviation, demonstrates how to grease rod end bearings.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR or LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

5/16/2012

Brian Carpenter

Firewall Forward

Gascolators

Most aircraft utilize a gascolator to filter fuel.  In this video, Dick Koehler explains how to service a gascolator when performing an annual condition inspection.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

5/9/2012

Dick Koehler

Tools and Workshop

Grease Gun Basics

Brian Carpenter, of Rainbow Aviation, reviews how to use a grease gun on a Zerk and high pressure fittings. Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR or LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

5/2/2012

Brian Carpenter

General

Grease Basics

It may seem that grease is grease, but that is not the case.  In this video, Brian Carpenter, of Rainbow Aviation, reviews some of the more common greases used on aircraft. Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR or LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

4/25/2012

Brian Carpenter

General

Lubricating Control Cables

In this hint, Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation, shares with us a quick and easy way to lubricate control cables using a common tool available from the motorcycle world.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR or LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

4/18/2012

Brian Carpenter

Steel and Welding

Filler Rods for Gas Welding 4130

Dr. Joe Maj, AirVenture volunteer in the Gas welding workshops and SportAir Workshop instructor shows us the top choices for filler rod for gas welding 4130, and the application for each one.

4/11/2012

Dr. Joe Maj

Sheet Metal

Joggling of Aluminum

Brian Carpenter, of Rainbow Aviation, gives us a neat tip on how to quickly make joggles in aluminum to overlap two pieces of sheet metal. Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization, a DAR or LSA and EAB, Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, CFI, and EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

4/4/2012

Brian Carpenter

Steel and Welding

Gas Welding by the Numbers

Dr. Joe Maj, AirVenture volunteer in the Gas welding workshops and SportAir Workshop instructor shares his three key numbers for gas welding success.  If you adopt these three key numbers, you will learn to gas weld much quicker and easier.

3/28/2012

Dr. Joe Maj

General

National Pipe Thread Fittings (NPT)

National Pipe Thread (NPT) fittings are often used to carry fuel and brake fluids through your aircraft   I this video, Dick Koehler explains how to size these fittings and demonstrates how to install them.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

3/21/2012

Dick Koehler

Steel and Welding

Gas Welding Tip Selection

A lot of begining welders ask what size welding tip do I need to weld steel tubing?  Dr. Joe Maj, AirVenture volunteer in the Gas welding workshops and SportAir Workshop instructor, answers this confusing question.

3/14/2012

Dr. Joe Maj

General

Tubing 101

I this video, Dick Koehler explains how to measure and grade the tubing we encounter on our aircraft.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

3/7/2012

Dick Koehler

General

Piano Hinges

Piano hinge is used extensively on aircraft, for everything from ailerons to cowlings.  In this episode, Dick and Bob Koehler, both A&P Mechanics and EAA SportAir Workshop instructors, explain the different types of piano hinge material used on aircraft.

3/1/2012

Dick & Bob Keohler

Steel and Welding

Gas Welding Safety Equipment

Dr. Joe Maj, long-time AirVenture volunteer in the Gas welding workshops and forums, and SportAir Workshop instructor shows us the type of personal safety equipment we need before starting the gas welding process.

2/23/2012

Dr. Joe Maj

General

Heli-Coil Installation

Dick and Bob Koehler, both A&P Mechanics with Inspection Authorization (IA) show us a handy tool that is very handy to have when the need for new threads arises, the Heli-Coil.

2/16/2012

Dick & Bob Keohler

Tools and Workshop

Calipers

Bob Koehler, an A&P Mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), shows us various common used of the dial-type Caliper. A very useful tool to have in any shop.

2/9/2012

Bob Koehler

General

Servicing Disc Brakes

A follow-on to last weeks hint, in this video Dick and Bob Koehler show us how to service disc brakes and pads. Dick and Bob are both Technical Counselors, A&P Mechanics with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructors.

2/2/2012

Dick & Bob Keohler

General

Brake Systems

In this segment, Dick and Bob Koehler show us the differences between the two most commonly used brake systems we use in experimental aircraft.  Dick and Bob are both Technical Counselors, A&P Mechanics with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructors.

1/26/2012

Dick & Bob Keohler

Sheet Metal

Priming Mating Surfaces

I this video, Jack Dueck demonstrates how to properly apply self etching primer, as well as a neat trick to speed up the process to complete the assembly. Jack is a Technical Counselor, Sportair Workshop Instructor, and Chairman of the EAA Canadian Council.

1/19/2012

Jack Dueck

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Lock Washers

I this video, Dick Koehler explains to us the different types of lock washers we use on our homebuilt airplanes, and how to install them using a test plate. Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

1/12/2012

Dick Koehler

General

Installing Landing Gear Bungee Cords

Dave Clark shows us how to properly, and safely install landing gear bungee cords using manufactured and homemade install tools. Dave is an A&P instructor at Vincennes University and a member of Chapter 1311.

1/5/2012

Dave Clark

General

Corrosion Proofing

Brian Carpenter, of Rainbow Aviation, shows us how to corrosion proof aluminum parts using Alumaprep and Alodine. Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

12/22/2011

Brian Carpenter

Firewall Forward

Installing a Ground Adjustable Propeller

Brian Carpenter, of Rainbow Aviation, shows us how to properly install a ground adjsutable propeller. The guidelines are for Sensenich, but apply to many different propeller manufacturers. Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

12/15/2011

Brian Carpenter

General

Panel Labeling

The FAA requires that everything in the cockpit be labeled as to it's function.  Dick Koehler shows how he uses a standard label maker to satisfy this requirement.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

12/8/2011

Dick Koehler

Firewall Forward

Troubleshooting a Leaky Carburetor

A leaking carburetor is a serious threat to your safety and should be remedied immediately.  Brian Carpenter shows us a common place to start your troubleshooting.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

12/1/2011

Brian Carpenter

Tools and Workshop

Storage of Sealants

In this video, Bob Koehler shares how he extends the useful life of sealants like RTV.  Bob is a Technical Counselor,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

11/23/2011

Bob Koehler

Sheet Metal

Low Budget Hydroforming

In this video, Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation shows us an alternate method for forming small sheet metal pieces that will be repeated numerous times, such as nose ribs for your metal wing.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

11/17/2011

Brian Carpenter

General

Drilling acrylics

In this video, Dick and Bob Koehler show how to drill holes in acrylic used for canopies with specialized bits for the application. Dick and Bob are both Technical Counselors, A&P Mechanics with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructors.

11/10/2011

Dick & Bob Keohler

General

Servicing Flush Fuel Caps

In this video, Dick and Bob Koehler show how to service and maintain flush fuel caps.  Dick and Bob are both Technical Counselors,  A&P aircraft mechanics with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructors.

11/3/2011

Dick & Bob Keohler

Sheet Metal

Riveting 101

If you're buildng a sheet metal aircraft, odds are you're going to need to drive some rivets.  In this segment, Jack Dueck demonstrates the basics of riveting.  Jack is a Technical Counselor, Sportair Workshop Instructor and Chairman of the EAA Canadian Council.

10/27/2011

Jack Dueck

Firewall Forward

Balancing Your Propeller

Here's a hint that everyone can use…Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services shows us an easy and effective way to balance a propeller.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

10/20/2011

Brian Carpenter

Sheet Metal

Metal Shrinking

In this video, Dick Koehler shows how to use a metal shrinker to form a curved edge in sheet metal.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

10/13/2011

Dick Koehler

Electrical

Solenoids:  Master Relay and Starter Relay

Most aircaft are going to have a master relay and a starter relay.  In this video, Dick Koehler discusses operation and installation of the relays.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

10/6/2011

Dick Koehler

Tools and Workshop

Fly Cutter

A fly cutter, sometime referred to as a circle cutter, is a very useful tool for your shop.  However they can be dangerous.  In this segment, Jack Dueck demonstrates how to safely use the fly cutter to cut a large diamter hole in aluminum.  Jack is a Technical Counselor, Sportair Workshop Instructor and Chairman of the EAA Canadian Council.

9/29/2011

Jack Dueck

Electrical

Installing Circuit Breakers

In this video, Dick and Bob Koehler show how to install circuit breakers for your panel.  Dick and Bob are both Technical Counselors,  A&P aircraft mechanics with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructors.

9/22/2011

Dick Koehler

Electrical

Circuit Protection

In this video, Dick Koehler explains your options for circuit protection for your panel: fuses and circuit breakers.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

9/15/2011

Dick Koehler

General

Nut Plate Tip

In this segment, Jack Dueck shares a tip to make it easier to inset screws into steel nut plates.  Jack is a Technical Counselor, Sportair Workshop Instructor and Chairman of the EAA Canadian Council.

9/8/2011

Jack Dueck

General

Antenna Installation

In this video, Dick and Bob Koehler discuss how to install an antenna.  Dick and Bob are both Technical Counselors,  A&P aircraft mechanics with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructors.

9/1/2011

Dick Koehler

Sheet Metal

Countersinking in Tight Places

Oftentimes, the structure of the aircraft can interfere with the use of a microstop countersink tool  In this segment, Jack Dueck shares how he solves the problem.  Jack is a Technical Counselor, Sportair Workshop Instructor and Chairman of the EAA Canadian Council.

8/25/2011

Jack Dueck

General

Removing a Damaged Screw

A common occurance in aircraft building is the damaged screw head.  In this segment, Jack Dueck shares how he solves the problem.  Jack is a Technical Counselor, Sportair Workshop Instructor and Chairman of the EAA Canadian Council.

8/18/2011

Jack Dueck

Firewall Forward

Carburetor Inlet Screen Cleaning

In this video, Dick and Bob Koehler show how to remove and clean the screen on a Marvel-Schebler MA-3 and MA4-5 carburetor.  Dick and Bob are both Technical Counselors,  A&P aircraft mechanics with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructors.

8/11/2011

Dick Koehler

Tools and Workshop

File Modification Tip

In this segment, Jack Dueck shares a simple idea for modificying a file to prevent inadvertently remmoving material.  Jack is a Technical Counselor, Sportair Workshop Instructor and Chairman of the EAA Canadian Council.

8/4/2011

Jack Dueck

General

Cutting a "half" hole

Sometimes we are faced with cutting a half of a hole in a piece of material.  In this segment, Jack Dueck shows one way of making a perfect half hole using a hole saw.  Jack is a Technical Counselor, Sportair Workshop Instructor and Chairman of the EAA Canadian Council.

7/21/2011

Jack Dueck

General

Silicone Tape

In this video, Dick and Bob Koehler discuss the uses of self adhereing silicon tape (also known as Uniwrap) .  Dick and Bob are both Technical Counselors,  A&P aircraft mechanics with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructors.

7/14/2011

Dick Koehler

Tools and Workshop

Die Grinder Basics

The die grinder is a really handy tool for removing metal but you have to know how to use it.  In this segment, Jack Dueck demonstates how to use one.  Jack is a Technical Counselor, Sportair Workshop Instructor and Chairman of the EAA Canadian Council.

7/7/2011

Jack Dueck

General

Making Tie Down Ropes

In this video, Dick and Bob Koehler demonstrate how to make tie down ropes.  Dick and Bob are both Technical Counselors,  A&P aircraft mechanics with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructors.

6/30/2011

Dick Koehler

General

Alternate Power Supply

Nothing is worse than realizing you have a dead battery at a remote field.  In this episode, Jack Dueck demonstrates how to make an alternate power supply for your aircraft for charging up your battery.  Jack is a Technical Counselor, Sportair Workshop Instructor and Chairman of the EAA Canadian Council.

6/23/2011

Jack Dueck

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Crush Washers

In this video, Dick and Bob Koehler demonstrate the proper use of crush washers.  Dick and Bob are both Technical Counselors,  A&P aircraft mechanics with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructors.

6/16/2011

Dick Koehler

General

Sealing Plexiglas Windshields with Butyl Tape

Jack Dueck demonstrates how to seal plexiglas windshields using butyl tape.  Jack is a Technical Counselor, Sportair Workshop Instructor and Chairman of the EAA Canadian Council.

6/9/2011

Jack Dueck

Firewall Forward

Scat, Sceet, Ceet & Cat Hose Wires

In this segment, Jack Dueck shares a trick on how to deal with the pesky wire on a Scat, Sceet, Cat, & Ceet hoses.  Jack is a Technical Counselor, Sportair Workshop Instructor and Chairman of the EAA Canadian Council.

6/2/2011

Jack Dueck

Wood

Wood Rib Construction Tips-Part 2

Dave Clark shares some hints on gluing up wood wing ribs.  Dave and other members of Chapter 1311 are helping Paul Poberezny construct a replica of the Mechanix Illustrated Baby Ace.  Dave is an A&P instructor at Vincennes University and a member of Chapter 1311.

5/26/2011

Dave Clark

Wood

Wood Rib Construction Tips-Part 1

Dave Clark shares some tips on building wood wing ribs.  Dave and other members of Chapter 1311 are helping Paul Poberezny construct a replica of the Mechanix Illustrated Baby Ace.  Dave is an A&P instructor at Vincennes University and a member of Chapter 1311.

5/19/2011

Dave Clark

General

Aircraft Certification-5 Mistakes to Avoid

Every builder wants the final inspection to go smoothly and to receive that coveted airworthiness certificate on the first try.  Joe Norris shares the five most common errors that delay the issuance of the aiworhtiness certificate.  Joe is the EAA Homebuilders Community Manager as well as a DAR, A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and EAA Technical Counselor.

5/12/2011

Joe Norris

Wood

Wood Wing Rib Jig Construction

Dave Clark shares some tips on making a wood wing rib jig.  Dave and other members of Chapter 1311 are helping Paul Poberezny construct a replica of the Mechanix Illustrated Baby Ace.  Dave is an A&P instructor at Vincennes University and a member of Chapter 1311.

5/5/2011

Dave Clark

General

Placards and Markings

Joe Norris explains the requirements for N Number (or "registration marks".  Joe is the EAA Homebuilders Community Manager as well as a DAR, A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and EAA Technical Counselor.

4/28/2011

Joe Norris

General

Simple, Small Fairings

John Monnett shows how to use common Plumber's Putty to make simple, small fairings.  John Monnett is the founder of Sonex Aircraft, is an aircraft designer & builder and is an inductee in the EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame.

4/21/2011

John Monnett

General

N Numbers

Joe Norris explains the requirements for N Number (or "registration marks".  Joe is the EAA Homebuilders Community Manager as well as a DAR, A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and EAA Technical Counselor.

4/14/2011

Joe Norris

Tools and Workshop

Homemade Dimpling Tool

John Monnett shares how to make a homemade, simple dimpling tool that works great in tight places.  John Monnett is the founder of Sonex Aircraft, is an aircraft designer & builder and is an inductee in the EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame.

4/7/2011

John Monnett

General

EAA's Amateur Built Certification Kit

Joe Norris, an FAA Designated Airworthiness Representative, reviews the EAA's amateur built certification kit and explains why it will help you overcome the paperwork part of certifying your aircraft.  Joe is the EAA Homebuilders Community Manager as well as a DAR, A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and EAA Technical Counselor.

3/31/2011

Joe Norris

Electrical

Basics of Stripping and Crimping Wire

In this video, Dick Koehler demonstrates basic techniques of stripping and crimping wire.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

3/24/2011

Dick Koehler

Sheet Metal

Flanging Lightening Holes with the "Bob Stick"

In this week's tip, Tim Hoversten of the EAA Staff demonstrates how  to flange lightening holes with the "Bob" stick.  Tim is a Sonerai builder and is currently working on a Bearhawk..

3/17/2011

Tim Hoversten

Tools and Workshop

Scotch-Brite Wheel for Deburring & Polishing

In this week's tip, Timm Bogenhagen of the EAA Staff shares a great tool to have in your shop-3M Scotch-Brite "Cut and Polish" wheel.  Timm is a Technical Counselor and builder of an Oshkosh award winning TEAM Minimax.

3/10/2011

Timm Bogenhagen

Electrical

Circular mils-How to Calculate

In this video, Dick Koehler explains how to convert circular mils listed in AC 43.13 to determine the size of a rectangle bus bar.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

3/3/2011

Dick Koehler

Wood

Cutting Aircraft Plywood

In this week's tip, Timm Bogenhagen of the EAA Staff shares a few ways to cut aircraft plywood.  Timm is a Technical Counselor and builder of an Oshkosh award winning TEAM Minimax.

2/24/2011

Timm Bogenhagen

General

Tire Assembly

In this video, Dick and Bob Koehler show the proper way to assemble an aircraft tire on a split rim.  Dick and Bob are both Technical Counselors,  A&P aircraft mechanics with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructors.

2/17/2011

Dick Koehler

General

Tire Removal

In this video, Dick and Bob Koehler show the proper way to remove an aircraft tire from a split rim.  Dick and Bob are both Technical Counselors,  A&P aircraft mechanics with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructors.

2/10/2011

Dick Koehler

Electrical

Stripping Shielded Audio Wire

In this video, Dick Koehler shows his technique for exposing the wires from the insulation and shielding when you are wiring up your audio connections like headphones and microphones.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

2/3/2011

Dick Koehler

Composite

Fiberglass Cloth

Mark Forss of EAA’s SportAir Workshops demonstrates three simple techniques for installing a bead of resin microsphere mixture for constructing joints and fillets in composite work.  He’ll also demonstrate how to construct a "production bead layer" and how to use it.  Mark is an instructor for, and manages, the EAA SportAir Workshop program for EAA.

1/27/2011

Mark Forss

Composite

Laying a Bead of Resin Microspheres

Mark Forss of EAA’s SportAir Workshops demonstrates a quick, easy, and cost-effective way to make a composite prepreg using basic tools and materials.

1/20/2011

Mark Forss

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Gear Box Servicing for a Rotax Engine

Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates how to service the gearbox on a Rotax engine.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

1/13/2011

Brian Carpenter

Electrical

BNC Connectors for Antennas on Coaxial Cable

In this hint, Kas Osterbuhr demonstrates in detail how a install a BNC antenna connector on a piece of coaxial cable.  Kas is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor for the Electrical Systems, Wiring and Avionics workshop.

1/6/2011

Kas Osterbuhr

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Compression Check for a 2 Stroke Engine

Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates how to perform a compression check on a 2 stroke engine.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

12/23/2010

Brian Carpenter

Electrical

Soldering a Resistor or Diode to a Wire

In this hint, Kas Osterbuhr demonstrates how ot solder a resistor or diode into a wire.  Kas is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor for the Electrical Systems, Wiring and Avionics workshop.

12/16/2010

Kas Osterbuhr

Electrical

Circular Plastic Connectors (CPC)

In this hint, Kas Osterbuhr demonstrates how to assemble a circular plastic connectors (CPC).  Kas is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor for the Electrical Systems, Wiring and Avionics workshop.

12/16/2010

Kas Osterbuhr

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Adjusting a Ground Adjustable Propeller

Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services discusses how to adjust the pitch on a ground adjustable propeller.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

12/9/2010

Brian Carpenter

Fabric Covering

Testing Dacron Sailcloth

Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates how to test the condition of Dacron sailcloth.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

12/2/2010

Brian Carpenter

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

AN and Other Bolts

Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services reviews some of the different bolts you may come across and how to identify them.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

11/25/2010

Brian Carpenter

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Preserving a Two Stroke Engine

Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services shows how to preserve a two stroke engine when not flying regularly, especially in the winter.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

11/19/2010

Brian Carpenter

Weight and Balance

Weight & Balance

Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates how to perform a weight and balance on an aircaft.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

11/18/2010

Brian Carpenter

General

Rejuvinating a Canopy

Canopies are expensive, so rejuvinating a canopy is an option.  Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates how to remove scratches in a canopy with Micro-mesh.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

11/11/2010

Brian Carpenter

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Propeller Tracking

Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates how to check proppeller tracking on an aircraft.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

11/4/2010

Brian Carpenter

Electrical

Volts, Amps & Ohms-How to Measure

In this hint, Kas Osterbuhr explains how to use a multi meter to measure volts, amps, and ohms.  Kas is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor for the Electrical Systems, Wiring and Avionics workshop.

10/28/2010

Kas Osterbuhr

Steel and Welding

Paper Template for Fishmouthing Tubing

Earl Luce demonstrates how a simple paper template can help you fit your steel tubing.  Earl is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor and a volunteer EAA Technical Counselor. He also offers plan sets for the Wittman Buttercup.

10/21/2010

Earl Luce

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Spark Plug Maintenance

Joe Norris demonstrates how to clean, gap and rotate your sprark plugs.  Joe is the EAA Homebuilders Community Manager as well as a DAR, A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authoirzation (IA), and EAA Technical Counselor.

10/15/2010

Joe Norris

Electrical

Lacing Electrical wires

John Brecher shares with you his way of lacing electrical wire rather than zip ties.  John is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor, an A & P mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA) and homebuilder.

10/14/2010

John Brecher

Tools and Workshop

Paper Cutter Recycled into a Shear

In this week's hint, Earl Luce shares an idea of recycling an old paper cutter into a shear.  Earl is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor and a volunteer EAA Technical Counselor. He also offers plan sets for the Wittman Buttercup.

10/7/2010

Earl Luce

Electrical

Electromagnetism

In this hint, Kas Osterbuhr demonstrates the concept of electromagnatism and how it may impact your wiring.  Kas is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor for the Electrical Systems, Wiring and Avionics workshop.

9/30/2010

Kas Osterbuhr

Tools and Workshop

Magnetic Drill Guide

In this segment, Jim Martin shows how to construct a magnetic saw guide.  Jim is a AirVenture Workshop instructor from Chapter 93 in Madison WI.

9/29/2010

Jim Martin

General

Wing Fitting Alignment Jig for Drilling a Spar

In this week's hint, Earl Luce shows a great way to make sure the holes in your spar are perfectly aligned..  Earl is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor and a volunteer EAA Technical Counselor. He also offers plan sets for the Wittman Buttercup.

9/23/2010

Earl Luce

Tools and Workshop

Torque Wrench Basics

Joe Norris reviews the different types of torque wrenches available and how to use them.  Joe is the EAA Homebuilders Community Manager as well as a DAR, A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authoirzation (IA), and EAA Technical Counselor.

9/16/2010

Joe Norris

Tools and Workshop

Portable Vise

In this week's hint, Earl Luce shows a great way to make your vise portable so you can bring it to where the work is located.  Earl is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor and a volunteer EAA Technical Counselor. He also offers plan sets for the Wittman Buttercup.

9/9/2010

Earl Luce

General

Machine Turning

Do you love the look a machine turned finish?  John Brecher shows you how easy it is to get that look on your project.  John is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor, an A & P mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA) and homebuilder.

9/2/2010

John Brecher

Electrical

Crimping

In this hint, Kas Osterbuhr shows you how to crimp terminals.  Kas is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor for the Electrical Systems, Wiring and Avionics workshop.

8/26/2010

Kas Osterbuhr

Electrical

How a Battery Works

In this hint, Kas Osterbuhr demonstrates how a battery works in its most simpliest form.  Kas is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor for the Electrical Systems, Wiring and Avionics workshop.

8/19/2010

Kas Osterbuhr

Steel and Welding

Gas Welding-Setting the Neutral Flame

In this week's hint, Earl Luce show how to set a nuetral flame for gas welding 4130 thin wall steel tubing.  Earl is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor and a volunteer EAA Technical Counselor. He also offers plan sets for the Wittman Buttercup.

8/12/2010

Earl Luce

Electrical

How to Solder & the "Hook Method" of Joining Two Wires

In this hint, Kas Osterbuhr teaches you how to solder along with the hook method of joining two pieces of wire.  Kas is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor for the Electrical Systems, Wiring and Avionics workshop.

8/5/2010

Kas Osterbuhr

General

Logging Inspections for Your Homebuilt Aircraft

Dick Koehler reviews the basic rules for logging maintenance and inspections of your hoembuilt.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

7/22/2010

Dick Koehler

Fabric Covering

Bias Cut Fabric for Curves

In this video, Jim Miller demonstrates how bias cut tape can make covering the edge of curved surfaces much easier.  Jim Miller owns and operates Aircraft Technical Support and is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor.

7/15/2010

Jim Miller

Fabric Covering

Ironing Pinked Edge Tapes

In this video, Hualdo Mendoza demonstrates how to iron the pinked edges of fabric tapes.  Hualdo is from Flabob Airport, has covered over 10 aircraft and works at Poly-Fiber.

7/8/2010

Hualdo Mendoza

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Magnetos

In this video, Dick Koehler reviews the operation and maintenance of magnetos.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

7/2/2010

Dick Koehler

Tools and Workshop

Uses for Chalk in your Workshop

In this episode, Richard Koehler shares a few handy uses for chalk in your workshop.  "Dick" is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

7/1/2010

Dick Koehler

Fabric Covering

Heat Forming Tape Around a Curve

In this video, Hualdo Mendoza demonstrates how to heat form a fabric tape around a radius.  Hualdo is from Flabob Airport, has covered over 10 aircraft and works at Poly-Fiber.

6/24/2010

Hualdo Mendoza

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Controls for Your Engine

In this video, Dick Koehler reviews the types of control cables available and basic installtion practice.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

6/17/2010

Dick Koehler

Firewall Forward

Trimming Pushrods for the AeroVee

In this segment, Jeremy Monnett of Sonex Aircraft, discusses how to trim the pushrods to the proper length for the AeroVee 2.1 VW based engine conversion.  Sonex Aircraft offers the AeroVee Engine which is a complete VW conversion engine kit.

6/14/2010

Jeremy Monnett

Electrical

Braiding Wire

In this hint, Kas Osterbuhr shows how to braid wire.  Kas is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor for the Electrical Systems, Wiring and Avionics workshop.

6/10/2010

Kas Osterbuhr

Sheet Metal

Cardboard Templates

Cardboard templates can make scratch building a part much easier.  In this video, Mark Forss demonstrates the technique.  Mark is an EAA staff member that coordinates the EAA SportAir Workshops.

6/3/2010

Mark Forss

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Spark Plugs-Removal and Reinstallation

In this video, Dick Koehler reviews the operation and maintenance of magnetos.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

5/27/2010

Dick Koehler

General

Wheel Bearings-Inspection and Repacking

Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates how to inspect and repack wheel bearings.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

5/20/2010

Brian Carpenter

Firewall Forward

Carberator Adjustment

In this video, Dick Koehler reviews the process of adjusting a Marvel Schebler carberator typically found on Lycoming O-360 engines.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

5/18/2010

Dick Koehler

Firewall Forward

Air Filter Cleaning

In this video, Dick Koehler reviews the common air filter options and how to maintain them.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

5/13/2010

Dick Koehler

General

Testing Autofuel for Alcohol

Joe Norris demonstrates a way to test your autogas for alcohol.  Joe is the EAA Homebuilders Community Manager as well as a DAR, A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authoirzation (IA), and EAA Technical Counselor.

4/28/2010

Joe Norris

General

ELT Installation and Testing

Most homebuilts are going to require an ELT (Emergency Locator Transmitter)  .  In this video, Dick Koehler reviews how to install and what to check during your annual condition inspection.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

4/22/2010

Dick Koehler

Tools and Workshop

Dust Collector-Make Your Own

Mark Forss shows how to build your own inexpensive dust collector to reduce the harmful dust in your workshop.  Mark is an EAA staff member that coordinates the EAA SportAir Workshops.

4/15/2010

Mark Forss

Tools and Workshop

Hot Glue Gun for Jigging

Mark Forss shows how to use a hot glue gun as a temporary jig.  Mark is an EAA staff member that coordinates the EAA SportAir Workshops.

4/13/2010

Mark Forss

Steel and Welding

TIG Welding After Market Products

There are many after market products available for TIG Welding.  In this episode, Scott Skrjanc of Lincoln Electric shares some of the more useaful products to add to your TIG welding rig.  Scott teaches TIG Welding Workshops at AirVenture each year.

4/8/2010

Scott Skrjanc

Steel and Welding

TIG Welding Grinding Tungsten

In this episode, Scott Skrjanc of Lincoln Electric, demonstrates how to hold a TIG torch and grind the tungsten electrode.  Scott teaches TIG Welding Workshops at AirVenture each year.

4/1/2010

Scott Skrjanc

Sheet Metal

Flange Bender-Make Your Own

Mark Forss shows how a block of wood can be used for bending sheet metal flanges.  Mark is an EAA staff member that coordinates the EAA SportAir Workshops.

3/25/2010

Mark Forss

Steel and Welding

TIG Wedling Torch & Filler Rod Basics

In this episode, Scott Skrjanc of Lincoln Electric, reviews torch and filler rod optoins.  Scott teaches TIG Welding Workshops at AirVenture each year.

3/18/2010

Scott Skrjanc

Steel and Welding

TIG Welding Safety

In this episode, Scott Skrjanc of Lincoln Electric, provides some basic safety tips for TIG welding.  Scott teaches TIG Welding Workshops at AirVenture each year.

3/11/2010

Scott Skrjanc

General

Clay Modeling for Composite Fairing Construction

Clay modeling can be used to design the general shape of a fairing.   In this video, Mark Forss shows how to use clay modeling to your advantage.  Mark is an EAA staff member that coordinates the EAA SportAir Workshops.

3/9/2010

Mark Forss

Tools and Workshop

Using a Braid Nail Gun for Quick Jigging

Mark Forss shows how to use a braid nail gun to quickly create a temporatry jig fixture.  Mark is an EAA staff member that coordinates the EAA SportAir Workshops.

3/4/2010

Mark Forss

Tools and Workshop

Vibrating Cutting and Sanding Tool

Mark Forss demonstrates a vibrating cutting and sanding tool that would be a good tool acquisition for many aircraft builders.  Mark is an EAA staff member that coordinates the EAA SportAir Workshops.

2/25/2010

Mark Forss

Composite

Homemade Prepreg for Composites

Mark Forss introduces us to just some of the many uses of sheet wax for composite construction.  Mark is an EAA staff member that coordinates the EAA SportAir Workshops.

2/18/2010

Mark Forss

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Engine Control Attachment

In this episode, Richard Koehler show how to attach a throttle and mixture control to a carburator.  "Dick" is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

2/17/2010

Dick Koehler

Composite

Sheet Wax for Temporary Molds

Mark Forss shares two hints for cutting fiberglass cloth.  Mark is an EAA staff member that coordinates the EAA SportAir Workshops.

2/11/2010

Mark Forss

Electrical

Shrink Tubing Basics

Shrink tubing can provide strain relief and insulation.  Dick Koehler shows you the basics of shrink tubing.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

2/4/2010

Dick Koehler

Electrical

Diodes

In this hint, Kas Osterbuhr explains the basics of diodes.  Kas is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor for the Electrical Systems, Wiring and Avionics workshop.

1/28/2010

Kas Osterbuhr

Electrical

System Voltage-14 versus 28 volts

In this episode, Dick Koehler discusses the pros and cons of picking a 14 or 28 volt system.  "Dick" is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

1/21/2010

Dick Koehler

Electrical

Generator vs Alternator?

Should you use a generator or an alternator?  Dick Koehler walks you thru the pros and cons.  "Dick" is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

1/20/2010

Dick Koehler

General

Removing Powder Coating

Powder coating is now being used extensively in the homebuilt aircraft insdustry.  In this segment, John Monnett shows how to easily remove powder coating from a bearing surface.  John Monnett is the founder of Sonex Aircraft, is an aircraft designer & builder and is an inductee in the EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame.

1/14/2010

John Monnett

Sheet Metal

Pulling Blind Rivets in Hard to Reach Places

Trying to get a blind rivet into cramped quarters can be challenging.  In this week's video, Jon Gouger shares a handy tip to accomplish this task easily.  Jon is a Sonex builder from EAA Chapter 383.

1/7/2010

Jon Gouger

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Exhaust Hardware

In this episode, Richard Koehler reviews the types of exhaust hardware you'll run into when installing your exhaust.  "Dick" is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

12/24/2009

Dick Koehler

Firewall Forward

Annealing Spark Plug Gaskets

Copper spark plug gaskets need to be soft to make a good seal.  In this segment, Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services shows how to anneal your exisintg spark plug gaskets.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, an EAA Flight Advisor.

12/17/2009

Brian Carpenter

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Adjusting Control Cable Tension

Proper control cable tension is critical for certain designs.  In this segment, Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates how to adjust your control cable tension using a tensiometer.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, an EAA Flight Advisor.

12/15/2009

Brian Carpenter

General

Books for your Homebuilding Library

Anyone building an aircraft needs some basic How To reference books.  In this episode, Richard Koehler shares his "must have" books.  "Dick" is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

12/10/2009

Dick Koehler

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Adel Clamp Basics

Adel clamps are used on almost every aircraft and In this week's segment, Richard Koehler walks you thru the basics of sizing and installation.  "Dick" is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

12/3/2009

Dick Koehler

Tools and Workshop

Tap and Die Set Basics

In this week's segment, Richard Koehler walks you thru the basics of using a tap and die set.  "Dick" is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

11/26/2009

Dick Koehler

Electrical

P Lead Fabrication

Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates how fabricate a P Lead for a magneto.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

11/17/2009

Brian Carpenter

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Turnbuckle Safetying-Double Wrap Spiral Method

Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services teaches us the Double Wrap Spiral method for safetying a turnbuckle.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

11/17/2009

Brian Carpenter

Firewall Forward

Ducting:  Scat, Sceet, Cat & Ceet

In this week's segment, Richard Koehler talks you thru the various types of ducting used on your aircraft.  "Dick" is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

11/12/2009

Dick Koehler

Firewall Forward

Aeroquip 816 Hose Fitting Installation

Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates how to install an Aeroquip 816 hose fitting.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

11/5/2009

Brian Carpenter

General

Tires and Tubes

In this week's segment, Richard Koehler walks you thru the basics of tires and tubes.  "Dick" is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

10/29/2009

Dick Koehler

General

Rivnut Removal

In this segment, Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services shows how to remove a Rivnut.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

10/22/2009

Brian Carpenter

Firewall Forward

Firesleeve-Installation & Removal

In this segment, Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates the installation and removal of firesleeve.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

10/20/2009

Brian Carpenter

General

Rivnut Installation

In this segment, Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services discusses the installation of Rivnuts.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

10/15/2009

Brian Carpenter

General

Preparing a Rotationally Molded Tank for Installation

Ken Brock introduced the rotationally molded fuel tank to aviation with his gyroplanes.  In this segment, John Monnett shows how to prepare a rotationally molded tank for installation.  John Monnett is the founder of Sonex Aircraft, is an aircraft designer & builder and is an inductee in the EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame.

10/8/2009

John Monnett

Sheet Metal

Closing Aluminum Angle

Kerry Fores shows two ways to bend aluminum angle.  Kerry built an AirVenture award winning Sonex and works at Sonex Aircraft providing technical assistance.

10/1/2009

Kerry Fores

Sheet Metal

Bending Aluminium Across the Grain

Aluminum, just like wood, has a grain.  In this segment, Jack Dueck explains the best way to bend alumiumn in consideration of the grain.  Jack is a Technical Counselor, Sportair Workshop Instructor and member of both the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council and Canadian Council.

9/24/2009

Jack Dueck

Sheet Metal

Bending Aluminum Plate with an Arbor Press

In this segment, Kerry Fores shows how to use an arbor press to bend sheet metal.  Kerry built an AirVenture award winning Sonex and works at Sonex Aircraft providing technical assistance.

9/17/2009

Kerry Fores

Sheet Metal

Make Your Own Deburring Tool

In this segment, Jim Martin shows how to construct a deburring tool from an old knife sharpener  Jim is a AirVenture Workshop instructor from Chapter 93 in Madison WI.

9/16/2009

Jim Martin

Electrical

BNC Connectors for Antennas

In this week's segment, Dick Koehler demonstrates how to fabricate a BNC Connector.  Dick is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

9/10/2009

Dick Koehler

General

Installing a Nut in a Hard to Reach Place

Getting a nut onto a bolt can sometimes be a big challenge.  In this segment, Jack Dueck shows how he has solved the problem.  Jack is a Technical Counselor, Sportair Workshop Instructor and member of both the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council and Canadian Council.

9/3/2009

Jack Dueck

Sheet Metal

Closing Aluminum Angle

Kerry Fores shows two ways to bend aluminum angle.  Kerry built an AirVenture award winning Sonex and works at Sonex Aircraft providing technical assistance.

8/27/2009

Kerry Fores

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Bolt Installation

In this segment, Jack Dueck discusses the preferred way to install bolts on an aircraft.  Jack is a Technical Counselor, Sportair Workshop Instructor and member of both the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council and Canadian Council.

8/20/2009

Jack Dueck

Firewall Forward

AeroVee Ignition Timing

In this segment, Jeremy Monnett of Sonex Aircraft, demonstrates how to  properly set the timing on the AeroVee 2.1 VW based engine conversion.  Sonex Aircraft offers the AeroVee Engine which is a complete VW conversion engine kit.

8/17/2009

Jeremy Monnett

Composite

Tips for Cutting Fiberglass Cloth

In this segment, Dave Saylor demonstrates a composite layup using peel ply.  Dave is an A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and owner of Aircrafters LLC in Watsonville, CA.

8/13/2009

Dave Saylor

General

Drilling Titanium

Drilling titanium sounds like it would be quite difficult but in this video Kerry Fores shows how easy it can be.  Kerry built an AirVenture award winning Sonex and works at Sonex Aircraft providing technical assistance.

8/6/2009

Kerry Fores

General

Torque Seal Application

Torque seal provides visual evidence that a fastner has not loosened or rotated.  In this segement, Douglas Drees discusses the proper application of torque seal.  Doug is a Technical Counselor and A&P mechanic from Olympia, WA.

7/23/2009

Doug Drees

Steel and Welding

Stringer Installation

In this video, Michael Hoye shows how to get the stringers just where you want them.  Michael is a member of Chapter 168 in Dallas, Texas.

7/21/2009

Michael Hoye

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

AN Hardware Basics

In this segment, Sam Coates goes over the basics of AN bolt installation.  Sam is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 1270 from the Upper Peninsula of MI.

7/16/2009

Sam Coates

Steel and Welding

Gas Welding Tank Safety

It is critical that a gas welding rig be set up properly to ensure a safe work environment.  In this video, Dave Conrad discusses how to make sure your welding tanks are leak free.  Dave is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 640 in Wausau, WI.

7/9/2009

Dave Conrad

Sheet Metal

Cutting Aluminum on a Bandsaw

In this segment, Sam James shares a couple of tips for cutting aluminum on a bandsaw.  Sam is the owner of James Aircraft.

7/2/2009

Sam James

Sheet Metal

Removing Plastic Coating from Sheet Metal

Aluminum sheet metal is typically delivered with a  thin plastic coating that protects the surface of the material.  In this segment, Doug Kelly demonstrates how to use a soldering iron to remove the plastic coating in just the area that must be riveted.  Doug is is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 524 in Frederick, MD and a member of the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council. 

6/25/2009

Doug Kelly

Electrical

How to Solder

In this week's segment, Richard Koehler walks you thru the basics of soldering.  "Dick" is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 186,  A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA), and SportAir Workshop instructor.

6/18/2009

Dick Koehler

Fabric Covering

Forming Fabric Around a Tight Radius

You may think it is difficult to form fabric around a tight curve, but in this segment Carah Durell shows you how easy it can be done with the proper technique.  Carah is a an EAA member and former Chapter 1 Young Eagle that works for Poly-Fiber.

6/11/2009

Carah Durell

Wood

Using a Pull Block as a Drill Guide

In this video, Michael Hoye shows how to use the pull block as a drill guide for drilling your wing spar for drag/anti-drag wires.  Michael is a member of Chapter 168 in Dallas, Texas.

6/10/2009

Michael Hoye

Sheet Metal

Polishing Sheet Metal

Kerry Fores from Sonex gives builders a detailed look at the ins and outs of polishing sheet metal.

6/4/2009

Kerry Fores

Sheet Metal

Sheet Metal Tools 101

If you decide to build a sheet metal aircraft, one of the first tasks you'll be faced with is deciding what tools you need.  In this segment, Jack Dueck covers H92the basic sheet metal tools and how to operate them.  H115

5/29/2009

Jack Dueck

Fabric Covering

Ribstiching-Finish Knot

The final rib stitching knot you need to know is the finish knot.  In this video, Carah Durell shows you how to wrap up your rib stitching.  Carah is a former Chapter 1 Young Eagle that works for Poly-Fiber.

5/22/2009

Carah Durell

Fabric Covering

Ribstiching-Seine Knot

One of the more challenging aspects of fabric covering an aircraft is learning to tie the Seine knot.  In a continuation of last week's video, Carah Durell shows you the proper procedure.  Carah is a former Chapter 1 Young Eagle that works for Poly-Fiber.

5/15/2009

Carah Durell

Firewall Forward

Valve Adjustment

In this segment, Jeremy Monnett of Sonex Aircraft, demonstrates the proper technique to adjust the valves on a VW based engine conversion.  Sonex Aircraft offers the AeroVee Engine which is a complete VW conversion engine kit.

5/14/2009

Jeremy Monnett

Fabric Covering

Ribstiching-Starter Knot

In this episode, Carah Durell shows you the proper procedure for tying the starter knot when rib stitching.  Carah is a former Chapter 1 Young Eagle that works for Poly-Fiber.

5/8/2009

Carah Durell

Sheet Metal

Rivets 101

In this segment, Jack Dueck covers the basics of driven rivets.  Jack is a Technical Counselor, Sportair Workshop Instructor and member of both the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council and Canadian Council.

5/1/2009

Jack Dueck

General

Cutting and Fitting a Sonex Canopy

In this segment, John Monnett shows the basic steps of cutting and fitting a canopy on a Sonex.  H106

4/24/2009

John Monnett

General

Drilling Holes in Plexiglass

In this segment, John Monnett shares how to modify a drill bit to drill plexiglass without cracking.  John Monnett is the founder of Sonex Aircraft, is an aircraft designer & builder and is an inductee in the EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame.

4/17/2009

John Monnett

Tools and Workshop

Cutting Instrument Holes with a Hole Saw

In this segment, Earl Luce demonstrates a great technique to make cutting accurate and perfectly aligned instrument panels holes.  Earl is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor and offers plans for the Wittman Buttercup.

4/14/2009

Earl Luce

Sheet Metal

Edge Seamer

In this Hint, Wally Anderson shows how to use an edget seamer to improve the finish of your riveted sheet metal skins.  Wally is a Technical Counselor and member of EAA's Homebuilt Aircraft Council.

4/10/2009

Wally Anderson

Electrical

Relays

In this segment, Kas Osterbuhr discusses relays and demonstrates how they work.  Kas is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor for the Electrical Systems, Wiring and Avionics workshop.

4/3/2009

Kas Osterbuhr

Firewall Forward

Motor Mount Fabrication

The complex geometry of a motor mount makes scratch building a challenging task.  Earl Luce shows how to make a simple jig that will greatly simply the task.  Earl is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor and offers plans for the Wittman Buttercup.

3/27/2009

Earl Luce

Tools and Workshop

File Safety-Making a File Handle

In this  hint, Charlie Becker shares some cheap and easy ways of making sure your files have handles.  Charlie is on staff at EAA and is currently building a Sonex.

3/27/2009

Charlie Becker

Electrical

Molex Pin Connectors

In this segment, Kas Osterbuhr shows how to crimp Molex type pins and how to load them into the connector body.  Kas is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor for the Electrical Systems, Wiring and Avionics workshop.

3/20/2009

Kas Osterbuhr

Electrical

Stripping Mil-Spec Wire

Stripping wire seems simple enough but there is a correct way to do it.  In this epidsode Kas Osterbuhr demonstrates how to strip mil-spec wire and how to get the inner conductor out of a shielded bundle.  Kas is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor for the Electrical Systems, Wiring and Avionics workshop.

3/6/2009

Kas Osterbuhr

General

CherryMAX Rivet-Installation/Removal

In this segment, Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates how to install and remove a CherryMAX rivet.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport P

2/27/2009

Brian Carpenter

Steel and Welding

Cutting Steel Tubing on a Table Saw

Cutting tubing for a welded project can take a lot of time.  In this episode, Earl Luce shows you how to make quick work of cutting steel tubing by using an ordinary table saw.   Earl is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor and a volunteer EAA Technical Counselor. He also offers plan sets for the Wittman Buttercup.

2/27/2009

Earl Luce

Fabric Covering

Iron Calibration

Before you can start covering your aircraft, you'll need to make sure the your iron is properly calibrated.  In this episode, Carah Durell of Poly-Fiber shows you the proper procedure.

2/20/2009

Carah Durell

General

Oetiker "Ear" Clamp Installation/Removal

If you're working on a Rotax engine, odds are you'll be faced with either installing and removing an "Oetiker" clamp.  In this episode, Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Serivces shows you the technique.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

2/13/2009

Brian Carpenter

Electrical

Identifying Mil-Spec Wire

This week Kas Osterbuhr explains how to read milspec wire.  Kas is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor for the Electrical Systems, Wiring and Avionics workshop.

2/6/2009

Kas Osterbuhr

Electrical

Tools for Electrical Wiring

In this hint, Kas Osterbuhr starts us down the path of wiring your aircraft by going over the more common tools you'll need to wire an aircraft.  Kas is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor for the Electrical Systems, Wiring and Avionics workshop.

1/30/2009

Kas Osterbuhr

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Nicropress Fittings - Fabrication

Joe Norris demonstrates the proper way to fabricate a nicropress fitting.  Joe is the EAA Homebuilders Community Manager as well as a DAR, A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authoirzation (IA), and EAA Technical Counselor.

1/30/2009

Joe Norris

Firewall Forward

Oil Filter Removal, Inspection and Installation

In this Hint, Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates how to remove and inspect an oil filter.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

1/23/2009

Brian Carpenter

Firewall Forward

Aeroquip Hose End Fabrication & Removal

In this segment, Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates how fabricate an Aeroquip hose end.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

1/16/2009

Brian Carpenter

Sheet Metal

Indirect Riveting Technique

In this Hint, Wally Anderson shows how to drive a rivet in hard to reach places like ailerons and flaps.  Wally is a Technical Counselor and member of EAA's Homebuilt Aircraft Council.

1/8/2009

Wally Anderson

General

Measuring Tips

This week, Ken Terrio shares some tips on measuring, and making templates for angles.  Ken is a member of Chapter 166 and has built a Pober Jr Ace.

12/26/2008

Ken Terrio

General

Flared Tubing-Fabrication & Assembly

In this Hint, Brian Carpenter demonstrates how to fabricate and assemble flared tubing for use in many aircraft installaitons.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

12/19/2008

Brian Carpenter

Sheet Metal

Dimpling in hard to reach places

In an earlier Hint, we showed the "simple dimple die".  In this episode Wally Anderson demonstrates another special tool that can be used to dimple sheet metal in hard to reach places.  Wally is a Technical Counselor and member of EAA's Homebuilt Aircraft Council.

12/12/2008

Wally Anderson

Firewall Forward

Metal Propeller Repair

In this segment, Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates how to make a minor repair to a metal propeller.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

12/5/2008

Brian Carpenter

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Installing a Nut in Hard to Reach Places

When you assembling your aircraft, you will run into place where it seems virtually impossible to be able to a nut onto a bolt.  Mark Forss, anEAA staff member and SportAir Workshop instructor, shows a few techniques that might solve this problem.

11/28/2008

Mark Forss

General

Wing Attach Fittings-Installation

This week, Ken Terrio of Chapter 166 shares how to locate wing attach straps on an aircraft.  This can be a challenge as the plans usually call for a measuremnet out in space.

11/21/2008

Ken Terrio

General

Masking Tape of Any Width

Ken's second tip is a quick and easy way to make a piece of tape any width you need.  Ken is a member of Chapter 166 and has built a Pober Jr Ace.

11/21/2008

Ken Terrio

Firewall Forward

Composite Propeller Repair

In this segment, Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services demonstrates how to make a minor repair to a carbon fiber propeller.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

11/14/2008

Brian Carpenter

Sheet Metal

Routing Sheet Metal Parts

In this weeks tip, Mark Forss shows how to use a router to mass produce sheet metal parts.  Mark is an EAA staff member and SportAir Workshop Instructor.

11/7/2008

Mark Forss

Composite

Composite Layup with Peel Ply

Almost every project requires making some special composite fairings.  In this episode Wally Anderson demonstrates how to fabricate a quick and easy composite fairing.  Wally is a Technical Counselor and member of EAA's Homebuilt Aircraft Council.

10/31/2008

Wally Anderson

Sheet Metal

Blue Lining a rib for installation

The use of a "blue line" mark makes installation of a sheet metal rib very easy.  In this vdieo, Kerry Fores of Sonex Aircraft shows you this handy technique.

10/24/2008

Kerry Fores

General

Wally Anderson's Strategy for Completing Your Aircraft

Wally Anderson has completed three RV aircraft.  In this episode, he shares some tips on how to complete that project.  Wally is a Technical Counselor and member of EAA's Homebuilt Aircraft Council.

10/17/2008

Wally Anderson

Steel and Welding

U Brackets Made Easy

U brackets for wing fittings, rudders, etc. have to be spot on.  This can be a real challenge but in this episode Earl Luce shows you an easy way to accomplish the task.  Earl is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor and a volunteer EAA Technical Counselor. He also offers plan sets for the Wittman Buttercup.

10/17/2008

Earl Luce

Sheet Metal

Sheet metal rib from scratch-Part 6-Fluting

Making a Sheet Metal Rib from scratch (part 6).  Kerry Fores shows you how fluting the rib flanges will straighten out a rib.  Kerry Fores works at Sonex Aircraft providing technical assistance.

10/10/2008

Kerry Fores

Sheet Metal

Strap Duplicator

There will be times when you need to duplicate a hole in sheet metal.  In this episode, Mark Forss of EAA shows how a strap duplicator can solve the problem.

10/10/2008

Mark Forss

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Safetying Fasteners

In this week's edition, Joe Norris of the EAA Staff demonstrates the twist method of safetywiring castelled nuts.

10/3/2008

Joe Norris

Sheet Metal

Sheet metal rib from scratch-Part 5-Flanging

Making a Sheet Metal Rib from scratch (part 5).  Kerry Fores shows you how to flange a lightening hole.  Kerry Fores works at Sonex Aircraft providing technical assistance.

10/3/2008

Kerry Fores

Sheet Metal

Sheet metal rib from scratch-Part 4-Form Blocks

Making a Sheet Metal Rib from scratch (part 4).  Kerry Fores shows you how to form the flanges of a rib using form blocks.  Kerry Fores works at Sonex Aircraft providing technical assistance.

9/26/2008

Kerry Fores

Sheet Metal

Riveting with a C Frame

Perfect rivets while blindfolded?  Believe it or not, with a special adapter for a C Frame you can get perfect driven rivets every time.  In this episode, Wally Anderson demonstrates how easy the technique.  Wally is a Technical Counselor and member of EAA's Homebuilt Aircraft Council.

9/26/2008

Wally Anderson

General

Drilling in Tight Places

Sometimes you simply can't get a drill into place to drill a hole.  In this episode, Charlie Becker of the EAA staff shows some ways to drill in tight places.

9/19/2008

Charlie Becker

Sheet Metal

Sheet metal rib from scratch-Part 3-Lightening Holes

Making a Sheet Metal Rib from scratch (part 3).  Kerry Fores demonstrates how to use a fly cutter to make lightening holes.  Kerry Fores works at Sonex Aircraft providing technical assistance.

9/19/2008

Kerry Fores

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Safetying-Cotter pins

In this week's edition, Joe Norris of the EAA Staff demonstrates the standard and alternate way to properly install cotter pins.

9/12/2008

Joe Norris

Sheet Metal

Sheet metal rib from scratch-Part 2-Cutting

Making a Sheet Metal Rib from scratch (part 2).  Kerry Fores walks you thru how to cut out your blank using the Malco snips.  Kerry Fores works at Sonex Aircraft providing technical assistance.

9/12/2008

Kerry Fores

Sheet Metal

Sheet metal rib from scratch-Part 1-Magic Washer

Making a Sheet Metal Rib from scratch (part 1).  Kerry Fores walks you thru how to lay out your blank using the "magic washer" trick.  Kerry Fores works at Sonex Aircraft providing technical assistance.

9/5/2008

Kerry Fores

Tools and Workshop

Torque Wrench Technique

Proper torqueing of AN bolts is absolutely critical in aircraft construction.  Oftentimes, builders will over torque nuts when tightening nuts.  In this episode, Wally Anderson shares some tips on using torque wrenches and how to avoid overtorquing when a torque wrench isn't practical or available.  Wally is a Technical Counselor and member of EAA's Homebuilt Aircraft Council.

9/5/2008

Wally Anderson

Steel and Welding

Fishmouthing Tubing with an Angle Grinder

In an earlier video, Earl Luce demonstrated how to fishmouth tubing with aviation snips.  Well, if you hand strenght is now quite up to that, how about an angle grinder?  In this video, Earl how a couple of angle grinders can make fishmouthing tubing an easy job.  Earl is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor and a volunteer EAA Technical Counselor. He also offers plan sets for the Wittman Buttercup.

8/29/2008

Earl Luce

Sheet Metal

Bending Aluminum Angle with a Wrench

Sometimes you will need to change the bend on a piece of extruded aluminum angle.  In this video, Jeremy Monnett of Sonex Aircraft shows how this can be done with a large adjustable wrench.

8/22/2008

Jeremy Monnett

Steel and Welding

Simple Welding Jig

Why spend a lot of time building an elaborate jig if it for a simple, one off part?  In this weeks video, Earl Luce demonstrates how to keep it simple.  Earl is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor and a volunteer EAA Technical Counselor. He also offers plan sets for the Wittman Buttercup.

8/15/2008

Earl Luce

Tools and Workshop

Torque Wrench Basics

Torque wrenches are absolutely necessary when building your own aircraft.  In this video Jeremy Monnett of Sonex Aircraft discusses the two styles available and how they work.

8/8/2008

Jeremy Monnett

Firewall Forward

Propeller Field Repair

Believe it or not, "super" glue and baking soda can often be used to make a field repair to a nicked propeller.  In this video, Timm Bogenhagen of the EAA staff shows the technique that is used extensively in the ultralight and light plane world.

7/25/2008

Timm Bogenhagen

Sheet Metal

Filing Aluminum

A vixen file is ideal for rapid removal of aluminum, brass, copper and hard rubber.  In this video, Jason Monnett of Sonex Aircraft demonstrates using a vixen file to clean up a piece of aluminum cut on a bandsaw. 

7/18/2008

Jeremy Monnett

Sheet Metal

Drilling out a Driven Rivet

Drilling out a driven rivet takes the proper approach and a bit of practice.  In this video, Jack Dueck shows you the proper technique.  Jack is a Technical Counselor, Sportair Workshop Instructor and member of both the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council and Canadian Council.

7/11/2008

Jack Dueck

Wood

Removing Staples after Gluing

Staples are used routinely to hold wood components in place until the glue dries.  In this video, Timm Bogehagen of the EAA staff shows a couple of techniques to easily remove the staples once the glue is dry.

7/4/2008

Timm Bogenhagen

Sheet Metal

Cutting Inside Holes

Sometimes you will need to cut a hole in the middle of a piece of sheet metal.  In this video, Jack Dueck shows how a step drill, hole saw, fly cutter and nibbler can be used to accomplish the task.  Jack is a Technical Counselor, Sportair Workshop Instructor and member of both the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council and Canadian Council.

6/27/2008

Jack Dueck

General

Rod End Bearing Installation

Rod end bearings are used extensively in aircraft control systems.  In this video, Jack Dueck shows the proper way to attach a rod end bearing to a control lever.  Jack is a Technical Counselor, Sportair Workshop Instructor and member of both the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council and Canadian Council.

6/20/2008

Jack Dueck

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Bolt Nomneclature

Aircraft quality bolts have a particular numbering system.  In this video, Jack Dueck explains what "AN4-7" actually means.  Jack is a Technical Counselor, Sportair Workshop Instructor and member of both the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council and Canadian Council.

6/13/2008

Jack Dueck

Sheet Metal

Cutting Aluminun Using a Bandsaw

Believe it or not, you can use a bandsaw with a wood cutting blade to cut aluminum extrusions.  In this video, Kerry Fores of Sonex Aircraft demonstrates the technique.

6/13/2008

Kerry Fores

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Turnbuckle Safteying

Safetying a turnbuckle looks really complicated but it really isn't.  In this hint,  Joe Norris of the EAA staff demonstrates the double wrap method of safetying a turnbuckle.

6/7/2008

Joe Norris

Sheet Metal

Backriveting

Jack Dueck demonstrates how to back rivet.  Jack is a Technical Counselor, Sportair Workshop Instructor and Chairman of the EAA Canadian Council.

6/7/2008

Jack Dueck

Sheet Metal

Flush Riveting

Flush riveting is more of an "art" than a "science".  In this video, Jack Dueck teaches the basic flush riveting tecnique.  Jack is a Technical Counselor, Sportair Workshop Instructor and member of both the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council and Canadian Council.

5/30/2008

Jack Dueck

Sheet Metal

Paper Templates

Cardboard can be used to make simple paper templates to easily make a sheet metal part.  In this video, Mark Forss shows the technique in action.  Mark Forss is an EAA staff member, SportAir Workshop instructor and is currently building a Hummelbird.

5/30/2008

Mark Forss

Hardware, Cable and Safetying

Nuts, Bolts & Washers in Hard to Reach Places

Trying to get a nut or washer into position can sometimes be seemlying impossible.  In this video, Wally Anderson shows some tricks on how solve the problem.  Wally is a Technical Counselor and member of EAA's Homebuilt Aircraft Council.

5/23/2008

Wally Anderson

Sheet Metal

Deburring Sheet Metal

Deburring is the removal of burrs around holes and where metal was cut.  It is the necessary evil of sheet metal construction.  In this video, Jack Dueck walks us thru several deburring technques including the use of a Scotch Brite wheel.  Jack is a Technical Counselor, Sportair Workshop Instructor and member of both the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council and Canadian Council.

5/23/2008

Jack Dueck

Sheet Metal

Drilling Sheet Metal

In this video, Jack Dueck walks you thru the basics of drilling a sheet metal assembly.  Jack is a Technical Counselor, Sportair Workshop Instructor and member of both the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council and Canadian Council.

5/16/2008

Jack Dueck

Sheet Metal

Simple Dimple Die

Dimpling sheet metal occurs in many places on a sheet metal aircraft.  In this video, Jeremy Monnett of Sonex Aircraft demonstrates a simple way of dimpling.

5/16/2008

Jeremey Monnett

Sheet Metal

Basic Layout using a Rivet Fan

Laying out lines of rivets are a part of all sheet metal projects.  In this video, Jack Dueck walks you thru this process and the use of a rivet fan.  Jack is a Technical Counselor, Sportair Workshop Instructor and member of both the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council and Canadian Council.

5/9/2008

Jack Dueck

Tools and Workshop

Jig for Drilling Tubing

It can sometimes be challenging to drill a hole directly thru tubing.  Timm Bogenhagen of the EAA staff shows some tips and a jig to make drilling holes a piece of cake .

5/9/2008

Timm Bogenhagen

General

Installing Nut Plates

As Tony Bingelis once said "Sometimes it is years later that you realize you should have taken the time to install a nutplate....or anchor nut as it is sometimes called."  Nutplates can be are used in many applications including attaching the spinner bulkheads to propeller spinners, control hinges, in fastening landing ear covers, inspection plates, instrument panels, cowlings and fairing strips.  In this Hint, Mark Forss of the EAA Staff demonstrates two ways to install a nutplate.

5/2/2008

Mark Forss

Wood

Bending Wood Capstrips

In order to get the proper curve on a wood wing rib, you'll need to pre bend the wood capstrip material.  In this tip, Earl Luce demonstrates an easy method for prebending your wood capstrips.  Earl is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor and a volunteer EAA Technical Counselor. He also offers plan sets for the Wittman Buttercup

5/2/2008

Earl Luce

General

Non-Slip Zip Ties

In this weeks tip, instructor Earl Luce shows trick on how to prevent zip ties from slipping when fastened on tubing. Earl is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor and a volunteer EAA Technical Counselor. He also offers plan sets for the Wittman Buttercup.

4/25/2008

Earl Luce

Wood

Gluing Gussets Using T-88

When building a wood aircraft, many builders use System Three's T-88 epoxy.  In this week's tip, Timm Bogenhagen of the EAA Staff shares some insights on gluing  tips and technique.

4/18/2008

Timm Bogenhagen

Sheet Metal

Microstop Countersink Basics

Flush rivets are used extensively in aircraft.  This week's hint shows Mark Forss, EAA staff member and SportAir Workshop instructor, how to use the indespensible "microstop countersink". 

4/11/2008

Mark Forss

Wood

Routing Plywood Ribs & Noseblocks

In this weeks tip, instructor Earl Luce shows how to use a router to make plywood noseblocks. Earl is an EAA SportAir Workshop instructor and a volunteer EAA Technical Counselor. He also offers plan sets for the Wittman Buttercup.

4/4/2008

Earl Luce

Sheet Metal

Drilling Out a Rivet

When you're riveting on your aircraft there's probably going to come a time when you get a rivet that doesn't quite set the way you want it. In this week's edition of EAA's Hints for Homebuilders, Joe Norris of the EAA Aviation Services staff demonstrates the proper way to drill out an offending rivet

3/28/2008

Joe Norris

General

Drilling Piano Hinges

EAA staff member Charlie Becker demonstrates an easy way to layout holes on piano hinge material.

3/21/2008

Charlie Becker

Steel and Welding

Fishmouthing Tubing with Aviation Snips

EAA Technical Counselor demonstrates how to fishmouth steel tubing using a aviation snips.

3/14/2008

Earl Luce

Sheet Metal

Blind Rivet Identification

In this segment, Brian Carpenter of Rainbow Aviation Services discusses the more common pull rivets encountered in aviation.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor.

3/13/2008

Brian Carpenter

Sheet Metal

Cleco 101

Charlie Becker from the EAA staff reviews the different types of clecos and their uses.

3/12/2008

Charlie Becker

Steel and Welding

Bending Tubing

EAA Technical Counselor Earl Luce demonstrates how to bend steel tubing using a conduit bender.

3/7/2008

Earl Luce

General

Tie Wrap Stand Off

Timm Bogenhagen from the EAA demonstrates the use of nylon tie wraps and polyurethane tubing to secure loose items to tubing.

2/25/2008

Timm Bogenhagen

Sheet Metal

Pull Riveting In Tight Places

Charlie Becker from the EAA staff demonstrates how to adapt an air riveter to reach tight places.

2/25/2008

Charlie Becker

Wood

Building a Wood Wing Rib Jig

Timm Bogenhagen from the EAA staff shows a wood rib jib and the elements that go intomaking one for your project.

2/25/2008

Timm Bogenhagen