Wicks TIG Welding and Superflite Covering Workshops in January

Wicks Aircraft Supply is offering a pair of two-day workshops for homebuilders that focus on TIG welding and the Superflite aircraft-covering process. The events are planned for individuals seeking initial contact or refreshing experience with required skills for aircraft construction. No prior experience is needed.

The TIG fundamentals welding workshop will be held January 8-9, 2011. Each participant will have the opportunity to weld 4130 steel and aluminum materials. The course is taught by “Mister TIG,” aka Wyatt Swaim, and will include basics of metallurgy and hands-on welding. It is a 16-hour program, and the cost is $425 ($399 for EAA members).

The basics of fabric covering will be offered on January 15-16. Participants observe and try their hand at preparation, fabric cutting, gluing, heat-shrinking, coatings, taping, rib stitching and final painting techniques. As with the TIG workshop, all tools and supplies are provided. By the end of the fabric class most people are ready to go home and cover wood wing structures or steel-tube fuselages, Wicks says. The workshop lasts for 15 hours and is $250 per person ($225 for EAA members).

For more information, call 800/221-9425 or visit Wicks’ web site.


KITPLANES Editor Mary Bernard began her career in aviation journalism in 1998 and has worked in publishing for more than 15 years.

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