Hands-On Workshops

The SUN ‘n FUN workshops have enjoyed popularity with builders that is unmatched by other Venues.

All the workshops are staffed by a combination of amateur and professional instructors with extensive experience in the subjects they present. Many of our instructors hold FAA Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic ratings and/or have extensive experience with vendors supplying the aviation community.

All of our volunteers are dedicated to the education of Homebuilders to aid in the safe and reliable construction of all forms of Experimental and Amateur Built Aircraft. Most of our volunteer instructors are builders themselves and enthusiastically share their experience with novice builders.

The workshops include:

  • Woodworking: Includes construction of wing ribs, fuselage, jigs with tooling and adhesives.
  • Metal Fabrication: Including sheet metal selection, cutting, drilling and riveting, and fabrication of all metal aircraft components.
  • Metal Shaping:  This workshop covers the shaping of custom compound shapes in aluminum, using various metal shaping techniques and equipment.
  • Oxy-fuel Welding:  Both steel and aluminum, Oxy-acetylene and Oxy-hydrogen welding techniques for fabrication of steel structures and aluminum components.
  • TIG/MIG Welding: Both steel and aluminum.  This program is presented by Lincoln Electric and covers Tungsten inert gas (TIG) and Metal inert gas (MIG) welding.
  • Avionics/Electrical Installation: The proper wire, terminals, tools and techniques for installation of a reliable aircraft electrical system are provided.
  • Electrical Noise and Trouble-Shooting: Proper installation and isolation of circuits to reduce interference and “noise” in avionics systems.
  • Aircraft Fabric Covering: Hands-on experience in fabric covering techniques and doping provided here.
  • Rib Stitching: The attachment of fabric to wing structures is explained, demonstrated and taught in this workshop.
  • Composite Construction: Foam shaping here.
  • Safety Wiring and Cable Swaging: The use of safety wire and proper tools for installation of safety wire and swaging of control cables and covers bolting, turnbuckles, thimbles, propellers, etc.
  • Engines and Firewall Forward Installations: This shop covers all things engines. Engine maintenance, assembly, modification and installation are addressed as well as display and run-up of various engines.

Many of our shops are FAA approved for IA renewal and we are in the process of obtaining approval for additional presentations.

WORKSHOPS: (Daily : 9am – 4pm)

For the Convention Attendee who wishes to gain experience and knowledge, our Hands-on Workshops are a bonus not only to the FAA Licensed, A&P and IA Technician but to the Amateur Aircraft Builder as well. And… the best part, the event entrance fee covers all the training and knowledge gained during the experience.  The cost of these Workshops, if paid for individually, would cost thousands of dollars, but SUN ‘n FUN provides all this for just the cost of admission.

For more information on Event Activities, please visit our SUN ‘n FUN Daily Schedule!

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