Visit  EAA Chapter 1410

High River, Alberta


Sheet Metal Basics &

RV Assembly

We are proud to bring the EAA Sportair Workshop series to Canada.  All Sportair Canada activities are conducted by Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1410, High River AB, under license by Experimental Aircraft Association, Inc.

Course length: 2 days


EAA members $475  ($350 usd)

Non-members $525  ($385usd)

Acquire the skills necessary to assemble the popular RV kit aircraft

series, as well how these fabrication skills would apply to a wide

range of other sheet metal projects. Our goal is to present the

basics of sheet metal applications and to give you a solid understanding

of this method of construction.
The main portion of the workshop will be "hands-on" experiencing the techniques necessary to assemble the airplane.

The morning of Day 1 begins with a discussion on basic sheet metal construction. After a classroom presentation, you will then spend time practicing the skills required to work with sheet metal.  Each student will 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. Regardless of how well a student rivets, each student will drill out and replace a series of rivets.  A practice project will be completed to allow you time to develop your skills.
We continue in the afternoon of Day 1 beginning construction of a sheet metal project-a small airfoil section patterned after the RV wing.  Assembly of this airfoil will include the majority of skills necessary to build the aircraft.

Most of the morning of Day 2 will be spent actually completing the airfoil project started on Day 1.  You will become very proficient in all of the basic sheet metal skills.
The afternoon of Day 2 will review some of the problems associated with building the RV. In addition, weight and balance, rigging, painting, etc., will be discussed. After completion of this workshop you will certainly have the confidence level needed to begin or complete your RV aircraft.

Each project will be reviewed and evaluated by the instructor so that you can identify aircraft quality work.

Course size is limited to 16 students per instructor to insure individualized instruction.
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.

EAA gratefully acknowledges the support of this course by Van’s Aircraft, which supplies the special sheet metal practice projects for each participant. For information on purchasing a RV aircraft kit, visit