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Old 03-20-2017, 04:45 PM
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Default SportAir workshop reinforced what I was afraid of

So before I'd allow myself to begin building an RV I knew I needed to take a primer on sheet metal. I attended the SportAir sheet metal class in Oakland this past weekend. I was very, VERY lucky that a spot opened up just a few weeks before the class... and that I live 5 minutes away from it.

I went into this so excited that I tried not to think about it for weeks. I was afraid that I'd either be a natural at more delicate metal work or worse be horrible at it.

The entire weekend was a blast and I cant recommend the classes enough. My only complaint is that they don't stay in one place for a week so that you can take all of the classes.

Class is in session. Jack Dueck from the EAA Canadian Council was our teacher.

I'm gonna BUILD STUFF!!!!

This isn't that hard.

This was a little harder (note the dome head indentations on the east side of the inspection plate hatch)

That's the first grade I've ever cared about.

The aviation maintenance school the classes were held at had plenty of cool items to look at!

Overall it was a great experience. Mr Dueck really knows his stuff and how to teach newbies. My only weakness was drilling out rivets. After I finished my wing project I stuck around for 3-4 hours and practiced riveting and then drilling out those rivets and reriveting, etc. Mr. Dueck recommended practicing drilling out pop rivets. Those were less fun. A great experience!!

Things I also learned:

- List of tool needs continues to grow (pneumatic cleco pliers).
- I'm better with the rivet gun than a rivet squeezer.
- I love this almost as much as I love my family.
- One day I'm going to come home from the hangar and
my wife will have left with our cats and I won't notice

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Old 03-20-2017, 05:04 PM
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These classes are great experience. I see Mark Forss and Kohler are still
At it.
You will love the squeezer. Pneumatic will be you friend on -4 rivets. hand on the -3.

Welcome to the club.

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Kathy (KAT) Pauley

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Old 03-20-2017, 05:51 PM
SeanM SeanM is offline
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Utah
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I've taken 3 of their classes (sheet metal, composite, and electronics). They were so much fun! I too highly recommend.
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Old 03-20-2017, 06:26 PM
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Location: Estes Park, CO
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Default Congratulations

Congratulations. Well done. Now drill everything apart and reassemble.
You're skills with gun and bar will serve you well.
Larry Larson
Estes Park, CO
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Donated 12/01/2017. Plus a little extra.
RV-7A #73391, N511RV reserved (1,800+ hours)
HS SB, empennage, tanks, wings, fuse, working finishing kit
I cannot be, nor will I be, held responsible if you try to do the same things I do and it does not work and/or causes you loss, injury, or even death in the process.
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Old 03-20-2017, 06:31 PM
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I was in the electronic class and also enjoyed it. It really should be attended by all builders. Good info for planning, building and maintaining your electrical system.
Rob Lasater
Rv-14 emp/fuse done working on wings and finish
Paid dec 2017
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