Fabric Covering

Signature Course

Fabric Covering is just one of a family of workshops presented EAA. It is an intensive course on general fabric-covering techniques using the Poly-Fiber process, as well as other processes that will be covered in general form. The course begins with a discussion of safety issues and general fabric covering. It is designed to present the methods of covering in discussion form, followed immediately by hands-on, practical experience for each step. Students will cover a wing surface from the preparation stage all the way through the completion of spraying on colors. The course concludes with a repair of the just-completed wing surface.

After two days, you will have the confidence and skills necessary to cover your airplane. And because the majority of the course is hands-on experience, you make your mistakes on our practice project, not on your airplane! You will receive an informative workbook and a diploma to proudly display.

Fabric covering can be the most satisfying experience of a building or restoring project. This course will save you thousands of dollars in labor costs compared to having someone cover your airplane.

SportAir Workshops are sponsored by Aircraft Spruce & Specialty and Poly Fiber Aircraft Coatings. Aircraft Spruce & Specialty offers special discounts to EAA SportAir participants; at the conclusion of the program, you will receive a special discount order form good for purchases of materials, supplies, tools and accessories from Aircraft Spruce & Specialty.

Your Instructor

Nate Hammond
Nate Hammond

Nathan Hammond was born into the aviation, with his first flight at 2 weeks old on his mother’s lap. Raised in up-state New York, the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum was his childhood playground and a major influence from day one. Soloing as a teenager, Nathan now has over 7,000 hours of flight experience, as well as holding A&P and IA mechanics certificates.

Over the years, Nathan has built and restored just about every style of fabric-covered aircraft in existence. Following the family legacy that began at the Aerodrome, Nathan continues to fly, maintain, and restore the museum’s collection of early pioneer and World War I aircraft. He passes on his extensive skills through the EAA® SportAir® Workshop program.

Course Curriculum

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“Extremely educational! Nate was very informative about all levels of fabric knowledge. I had zero knowledge of fabric covering and feel I now know all the fundamentals.” — John

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“Fantastic class! Amazing instruction! I’m a non-pilot and learned so much during this class.”

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“I thought it was a great class. Nate did a good job and could relate to real-life scenarios. I would take another workshop provided by EAA if the opportunity arises.”

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course. You decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does unlimited access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like, across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy. If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will issue a full refund.

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