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This course is designed to help you discover that you really can build your own Sheet Metal Kit airplane.
The course starts off with a discussion of the basics of sheet metal construction. The basics of sheet metal identification are discussed including the different designations of aluminum and their applications. Rivet identification is discussed in-depth so you can understand the applications of various rivet types.
Then it’s off to the hands on activity to construct a practice riveting project. You’ll learn how to layout, drill, deburr, dimple, countersink and drive rivets. Each tool will be discussed and demonstrated. Both universal and flush rivets will be used.
Next you will work to construct an airfoil kit. This kit is a small section of a wing, which will develop the skills you need for aircraft sheet metal work. The project simulates all of the aspects of sheet metal construction that you will encounter in building a sheet metal aircraft.
The airfoil section will be completed with the installation of an inspection door. Each project will be reviewed and evaluated by the instructor remotely so that you can identify aircraft quality work.
This course is recommended for anyone building a sheet metal kit aircraft such as an RV, Murphy, Zenith, Sonex, etc.
The cost of the course includes all materials and an informative workbook for you to keep. You will also receive a diploma to display. At the end of this course you will have the confidence level necessary to begin a sheet metal kit project or to make repairs.
Mark Forss is a Lifetime EAA® Member and has been a part of EAA staff since 2001. He’s directed the EAA SportAir Workshop programs since 2002. Over the past 15 years Mark has taught hundreds of EAA members the crafts of Sheet Metal, Composite and Fundamentals of Aircraft Construction at workshops around the country with the EAA SportAir programs. He’s a Private Pilot with single and multi engine ratings, is part owner of Sonex #450 and likes to build things in his home shop. Prior to EAA, Mark worked in the field of Industrial Design and was an Industrial Model Maker, creating full scale models, molds and prototype products for many Fortune 500 companies. He’s also worked for a time at Sonex Aircraft, and during AirVenture oversees the Oshkosh Forum and Workshop presentations.