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AUTUMN/WINTER COURSES

If you wish to book a course, please contact LAA (01280 846 786) with payment details to confirm your booking.




Updated 20th February 2020














WORKING IN ALUMINIUM

Tutor: Gary Smith

Dates: 1st February 2020- FULLY BOOKED. 2nd February 2020 - FULLY BOOKED

Times:
9.00am till 5.00pm - one day course

Cost: £140 (lunch not included) - please feel free to bring your own or order on the day.

Venue: LAA, Turweston Aerodrome - directions

Facilities: Accommodation


Telephone LAA on 01280 846 786 to check availability and/or book or e-mail.


The working in aluminium courses have proved immensely popular as so many of the popular kits today use this medium. Gary Smith, John Michie and Norman Haines, all of whom have built examples of Van’s aircraft, will guide you through the construction of a Van’s toolbox. The build process is specifically designed to teach you drilling, de-burring, dimpling and riveting by various methods, and by the end of the day you will have a useful ‘apprentice piece’ to take home with you. 

The course syllabus will include: measuring and marking, cutting and drilling, deburring, fluting and straightening, countersinking and dimpling, and, the bit you’ve been waiting for, riveting; in fact, all you need to know to get you started on your aluminium aircraft project. These subjects will be covered by description, demonstration, and practice as you construct a Van’s toolbox kit.  We will also discuss workshop practice and safety, the technical rationale behind many common build techniques, such as de-burring and priming, and provide guidance on further tools and techniques required.

Aluminium is a clean material and no special clothes are required, nor will be provided. Overalls, lab coats, etc. are not necessary, but by all means bring them if you wish. Some safety equipment is necessary, however.  Please bring suitable eye protection (glasses, goggles), ear protection (muffs, plugs), and hand protection (gloves). If you forget, a small number of these items will be available, some to purchase.

All the tools required to assemble the box will be provided by the LAA, but if you have your own air drill (PCL air connection) or pneumatic rivet gun then please feel free to bring them along (suitably identified).














WOODEN AIRCRAFT COURSE

Tutor: Dudley Pattison

Dates: Fully Booked

Times: Arrival 9.30am to 9.45 am. Finish: 5.00pm - One day course

Cost: £110 (includes lunch)

Venue: Ridgewood, Ham Road, Liddington, Wilts, SN4 0HH - directions



B&Bs:

Meadow Bank House (8 minute walk away)


Telephone LAA on 01280 846 786 to check availability and/or book or e-mail.

Dudley Pattison hosts his very popular aircraft woodwork courses from his home workshop in Swindon.

This is an ideal one day course for anybody contemplating building or repairing a wooden aircraft, the course covers wood selection, cutting, drilling, scarfing, gluing etc., in fact all you need to know to gain sufficient confidence to start your own project.

The course will include:

* Comprehensive day's course dedicated to learning the fundamental woodwork techniques

* Includes: cutting, shaping, multiple part production, boring, laminating formers, rib production, scarfing, gluing and internal finishing of timber

* Covers the tools required

* Course benefits those that need to refurbish or want to build their own wooden aeroplane









AIR to GROUND RADIO OPERATOR'S COURSE

(Radio Operator's Certificate of Competence)

Tutor: Chris Thompson

Date: Courses to be arranged as required.

Times: Arrival 9.00 am for a 9.20 am start. Finish: 5.00pm (approx)

Cost: The cost of the course is £165 for LAA Members and £185.00 for Non-Members. (Please note an additional fee of £37 is payable to the CAA for the ROCC certificate).

Venue: Popham Airfield - directions and accommodation

Telephone LAA on 01280 846 786 to check availability.

Places are available on an air-to-ground radio operator’s course being offered at Popham Airfield, Coxford Down, Nr. Winchester, SO21 3BD . The course, hosted by experienced controller, CAA examiner and LAA member Chris Thompson, will provide both the theoretical and practical training required to sit the examinations for the CAA Radio Operator's Certificate of Competence (ROCC) qualification required by operators of ground based radio equipment at flying sites and events where an air-to-ground radio service is provided.

The course is in two parts. Day One is made up of the core training and radio procedures practice on simulated ground-to-air communications, leading to practice for the written and practical examination. Day TWO will consist of the CAA written and practical examinations which will allow candidates to directly apply for the CAA ROCC Certificate.

Landing fees will be waivered for those attending the course and flying in.

NB - the ROCC "Air/Ground" course should not be confused with the FRTOL "Flight Radio Telephony Operator Licence" which is required for a pilot to use the radio in an aircraft.  Anyone on the ROCC Course should have a prerequisite basic understanding of circuit procedures hence a "pilot" background is best but not essential under CAA guidelines.

Please contact LAA HQ to book your place. The first day of the course will start at 09:30. The second (Exam Day) timings will be mutually decided amongst the candidates at the time.















Electrical Wiring Interconnection System - EWIS
LAA One day introductory course

Date: New dates to be announced soon.

Tutor: Nick Long

Time: 9.30 till 5pm (approx)

Cost: £120.00 - please feel free to bring your own food or order on the day.

Venue: LAA HQ, Turweston Aerodrome, NN13 5YD - directions

Accommodation: List of local accommodation can be found here.

Telephone 01280 846 786 to check availability and book.

When we started looking at the subject of electrical and electronic systems on amateur built aircraft we quickly realised that the electrical side alone, leaving out the advanced avionics, contained material for quite a few days of training. This course acts as an introduction to the subject. It will feature the minimum of electrical theory and will concentrate instead on the installation practices. If you like, it is the sharp end of the business; it is the practical work; it is the part that every owner/builder will have to get to grips with sooner or later. The basic premise of the introductory course is that the owner/builder already has a circuit diagram to work from. He is not expected to do any design work, but he does need to source the materials and build a working, reliable and safe installation.

What this course will try to do is:

* Introduce and explain the components of a wiring system
* Help you understand a circuit diagram
* Give practical experience in wiring techniques
* Give the knowledge to select and source cables and components
* Explain failure modes and reliability issues
* Help you conduct basic fault finding
* Warn about the ‘gotcha’ areas and the things to look out for


What the course will not do is:

* Turn you into a design engineer
* Enable you to design an aircraft EWIS
* Enable you to fault find on an undocumented aircraft installation
* Solve interference issues
* Delve into avionics

The course takes place in the LAA’s training area at Turweston and I am pleased to be able to say that the LAA has made a significant investment in tools and materials for the course.












AIRCRAFT ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS (ADVANCED)

Tutor: Nick Long

Dates: 20th March 2020

Cost: £120.00 (includes use of tools but not lunch) - please feel free to bring your own or order on the day.

Times: 9.30am till 5.00pm - one day course

Venue: LAA, Turweston Aerodrome - directions

Facilities: Accommodation


Telephone LAA on 01280 846 786 to check availability and/or book or e-mail.


When we started looking at the subject of electrical and electronic systems on amateur built aircraft we quickly realised that the electrical side alone, leaving out the advanced avionics, contained material for quite a few days of training. The first one day course featured the minimum of electrical theory and concentrated instead on the installation practices. If you like, it was the sharp end of the business; it was the part that every owner/builder will have to get to grips with sooner or later. The basic premise of the introductory course was that the owner/builder already had a design and a circuit diagram to work from. The premise of today’s course is that it will help the owner/builder create that design and circuit diagram.

What this course will try to do is:

* Introduce and explain the components of an aircraft electrical system
* Introduce DC and AC electrical theory
* Explain power generation and distribution in a light aircraft
* Discuss circuit protection devices and systems
* Explain failure modes and reliability issues
* Introduce interference and EMC issues
* Show correct grounding and screening techniques
* Help you plan an installation and create the necessary documentation
* Warn about the ‘gotcha’ areas and the things to look out for

What the course will not do is:

* Turn you overnight into an expert
* Enable you to fault find on an undocumented aircraft installation
* Delve inside avionics boxes

It will be useful, but not essential, for people to have previously attended the EWIS Introductory course. Note this new course necessarily has more classroom time and less hands on time than the EWIS course.














ROTAX ENGINE COURSE

Tutor: Kevin Dilks

Dates: 29th February 2020

Time: 9.30 am to 5.00 pm - One day course

Cost: £120.00 - please feel free to bring your own or order on the day.

Venue: LAA HQ, Turweston Aerodrome, NN13 5YD - directions

Accommodation: List of local accommodation can be found here.

Telephone Sheila or Sarah on 01280 846 786 to check availability and book or e-mail.

This course covers installation and maintenance of the Rotax 9-series, four-stroke engines from acknowledged expert and Rotax-trained engineer, Kevin Dilks. The course, which costs £120, will see Kevin sort urban myth from the correct technical procedures to ensure that your Rotax engine provides reliable, long-term service.






















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