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tripleoption
11-19-2003, 01:34 PM
Greetings friends.
I'm a young kid (24) considering adding the A&P license to my name, to match the PP-ASEL. As pure luck would have it, my employer would pay for the training as part of my benefit deal. I dream of a life in Alaska, where ragwings seem to flourish, and as such, I want to learn the art of fabric maintenance and repair. Is this something I can find in a school, or rather in books or from my elders in the hangar?

Gotta say, this looks like my new favorite site.
Thanks, and happy flying!

FlipFlop
11-19-2003, 01:41 PM
Greetings friends.
I'm a young kid (24) considering adding the A&P license to my name, to match the PP-ASEL. As pure luck would have it, my employer would pay for the training as part of my benefit deal. I dream of a life in Alaska, where ragwings seem to flourish, and as such, I want to learn the art of fabric maintenance and repair. Is this something I can find in a school, or rather in books or from my elders in the hangar?

Gotta say, this looks like my new favorite site.
Thanks, and happy flying!

Hands-on fabric work isn't in the Part 147 A&P school's required curriculum anymore, all they have to do is read about and discuss it... Kinda like studying about dinosaurs... Sad...

Fortysix12
11-19-2003, 06:49 PM
If your that siked be at Sun n Fun and catch all the relative subjects at the work shop forums this april, buy a tig welder and practive everyday, catch Clyde Smith's dope and fabric seminars- there going on all over the place and before you know it you'll be an ace tube and fabric man. Oh forgot one thing, go buy a supercub basket case for you boss and rebuild it for him cause there is no substitute for hands on experience.

j3jm
11-19-2003, 07:54 PM
Join your local EAA chapter (should be easy in Wisconsin). Volunteer your time and there are lots of folks who would be happy to pass on their skills, just like somebody else did for them.

CaptFox
11-19-2003, 09:33 PM
catch Clyde Smith's dope and fabric seminars- there going on all over the place and before you know it you'll be an ace tube and fabric man.

How do you find out about when and where he puts on seminars?

Thanks.

David

wilbur
11-19-2003, 10:02 PM
I always said -"learn by doing". There's a lot of projects going together all over the country. If you're really interested, spent time at all the airports in your area, hanger flying, breakfast's, etc. You'll find out where the projects are. Spend the time hanging out and showing interest, and as said before, volunteer (sp) your time. "Anything I can do to help?" works pretty good. And if you're genuinly interested, it will be recognized (sp).
Nothing works better than genuine (sp) interest and energy.
Wilbur

The Bijou Boys
11-19-2003, 10:41 PM
Clyde Smith's Fabric Seminars would be the best "school" for tube and fabric knowledge. Clyde lists them in Cub Clues, the Cub Club newsletter. The ones remaining this year are December 5-7 and 12-14 at Lock Haven, PA.
Contact Clyde at 570-748-7975.

tripleoption
11-19-2003, 10:57 PM
Wow. Thanks everyone. I'm on it.
By the way, I flew to Sun 'n' Fun in '98, and I was a bit disappointed. Oshkosh is three times the show. I'll be hitting those forums and workshops this year. Time to actually make a plan...now that I have an idea of where to start.
Thanks again!

SJ
11-19-2003, 11:20 PM
Hey Triple,

You might consider flying into 8D1 (New Holstein) instead of OSH this year. Lots of old sages around with good advice, or at least, advice.

You can shuttle over to OSH, and still come back for a quiet rambunctious evening of hangar flying and comfy camping.

sj

11-20-2003, 12:24 AM
Steve, no plane as of yet...can I drive in? Also, after browsing the EAA Chapters in WI, is it a better choice to get involved with a so-called 'Vintage' group? -18's, -14's, Beavers are all considered vintage, right?
Thanks.
Joe

supercubc37
11-20-2003, 03:01 AM
Triple

What part of WI are you located in?

Matt

tripleoption
11-20-2003, 05:06 AM
Milwaukee, generally speaking. Oak Creek to be exact, just below the glideslope of 1L at Mitchell Intl. You work nights too? :morning:

(I'm assuming you Cub folks know what a glideslope is :lol: )

S2D
11-20-2003, 07:36 AM
(I'm assuming you Cub folks know what a glideslope is :lol: )

A hill you land on with skis????

Greg Smith
11-20-2003, 07:44 AM
Hmmm. Glideslope. Is that one of those hills a hang glider runs down to take off?

I'm in an A&P school in Ohio. It's not in the curriculum, but our instructor still has us put together a section of wing (Ribs, leading & trailing edges, fabric, dope...). He grades the work, then takes a hammer and a screwdriver to it and says "Fix it."
:bad-words:

Bad experience, good training...

FlipFlop
11-20-2003, 09:46 AM
Hmmm. Glideslope. Is that one of those hills a hang glider runs down to take off?

I'm in an A&P school in Ohio. It's not in the curriculum, but our instructor still has us put together a section of wing (Ribs, leading & trailing edges, fabric, dope...). He grades the work, then takes a hammer and a screwdriver to it and says "Fix it."
:bad-words:

Bad experience, good training...

Sounds like you have a good instructor...

supercubc37
11-20-2003, 03:09 PM
Triple

I work nights also.

Matt