Each COPPERSTATE Workshop is led by an experienced leader in the craft. The Workshops are an excellent way to get started learning a new skill. You’ll be introduced to the materials, the knowledge base and the guidance that you’ll need to continue your journey of self-education.
(Plan 2 hours for each workshop.)
COPPERSTATE 2019 Workshops
*Composites is a two session workshop. A lecture is first delivered one hour prior to the workshop schedule in one of the forum tents listed in the above table. It is then followed with the hands-on layup work in the workshop tent.
Workshop Leader Biographies
Composites: Gary Hertzler
Builder of the VariEze composite aircraft which has over 4000 flying hours and currently holds the CAFE Challenge efficiency award plus a World's Record closed course distance record for its weight class. Gary manufactures high performance propellers for high speed Amateur Built aircraft. Just two sessions for composites, so plan ahead. firstname.lastname@example.org Rick Hall will be assisting Gary this year.
Rick Hall has a background in mechanical engineering and manufactures aftermarket fiberglass components. Mr. Hall completed a plans built, four seat, 200MPH, composite airplane called a Cozy MK-IV. He flies the Cozy to airshows to demonstrate that building a composite airplane using nothing but common hand tools is within the realm of almost everyone.
Sheet Metal: David Wilcox
David has built a Sonerai aircraft and is currently flying a Sonex. He is a design engineer by trade, and has an airframe and power plant license. Gordon Craig will also be assisting in sheet metal this year.
Gordon Craig flys and maintains an RV6 sheet metal aircraft. He has performed many of the service bulletins and maintenance actions regarding the aircraft.
Fabric: Marty Feehan
Marty Feehan will be presenting this year’s Fabric Covering Workshop for Stewart Systems. Marty is a 30+ year Industrial Arts Teacher, private pilot, EAA member and active homebuilder. His Wag Aero 2+2 is in the finishing stages of construction and covering. Marty began using Stewart Systems in 2014 and was one of Stewart Systems instructors at Airventure 2017. Marty’s approach is directed toward successful covering and painting in the homebuilder's shop. Marty also conducts three-day workshops using Stewart Systems. Three-day workshops allow each participant to completely cover and paint a steel tube assembly. MartyFeehan79@gmail.com marty2plus2.com
Fabric Workshop Description
The Fabric Covering workshop will allow each participant to cover a small steel tube frame using the Stewart Systems waterborne process. 12 stations will be available for hands on covering instruction. Each station can accommodate two attendees working together. The workshop will begin with a discussion of the the waterborne system of covering followed by the hands on covering of the frames. The instructor will be available in the Stewart Systems booth following the workshop.
Weight and Balance: David Wilcox
In this workshop you will weigh an aircraft and determine its empty weight center of gravity.