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EAA Homebuilder Activities at AirVenture

If you dream about building your own airplane, or if you have a set of plans or a kit at home, you need to visit the EAA Builders Education Center.

EAA Technical Counselors and Flights Advisors are on hand to answer your questions about choosing, building or flying experimental aircraft. EAA Technical Counselors are experienced aircraft builders and restorers who volunteer to pass on their experiences to fellow EAA members. EAA Flight Advisors are experienced pilots that have successfully completed first flights of amateur built aircraft and want to pass this knowledge along to other EAA members.

Every day from 8:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m., forums are presented on almost every topic in homebuilding and aviation in general. You can hear from the experts about specific designs, welding, test flying, designing, regulations, how to get started in homebuilding, etc.

This is a casual event where fellow Homebuilders can do a little hangar flying and enjoy some great food and camaraderie. The dinner will once again be Thursday from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the EAA Nature Center and be catered by La Sure’s Restaurant. Tram service to the Nature Center from Homebuilders Headquarters will start at 5 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Homebuilders Headquarters.

HOMEBUILDERS HANGAR supported by Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co.
Homebuilders Hangar is the multi-purpose hub for the homebuilt aircraft community at AirVenture. The building, located just north of the Workshops area, is home to daily "Homebuilts in Review" sessions that feature aircraft homebuilders or designers presenting information next to their aircraft and answering questions from the audience. If you love the Hints for Homebuilders video series, stop by and watch the Hints live. It also serves as a social gathering spot for homebuilders, where they can get information as well as meet EAA staff and EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council members. Homebuilders can showcase their aircraft projects on the "What We're Building" board, giving homebuilders a chance to connect with other builders and get questions answered, or post an advertisement and survey the "For Sale" board that features homebuilt projects, aircraft, parts, and components.

Stop at the Homebuilders Headquarters building to register your homebuilt, receive your Showplane Mug and I Brought My Homebuilt patch. We offer “one stop shopping” so you can purchase camping, wristbands, programs, etc. If you’re looking for a specific homebuilt design, we can print you a list of, say, all the Hatz Biplanes with row number so you can track them down.

Homebuilts will be flying in review at AirVenture on a couple of days. If you want to participate, you can get an application form from Homebuilders Headquarters during AirVenture.

All EAA members can enter their homebuilt aircraft in the judging competition. Simply tell the volunteer when you register your aircraft at Homebuilders Headquarters that you would like your aircraft judged. For more information see the Official EAA Judging Standards Manual

Homebuilders Headquarters will again have special parking for prior Grand Champions, Auto Engine Aircraft, Homebuilts over 20 years old, and for those homebuilt aircraft that have over 1,000 hours of flight time. Make sure you tell the volunteers at Homebuilders Headquarters that you qualify when you register your aircraft.

Located on the Convention site. Limited to Experimental Amateur-Built aircraft camping only. MUST BE AN EAA MEMBER TO CAMP. Shower facilities, portable toilets and access to food outlets. No vehicles or pets allowed. Aircraft in this area must be tied down. NO PRE-REGISTRATION - THREE DAY MINIMUM ASSESSED.

One of the special "perks" for homebuilders who fly their aircraft to EAA AirVenture is getting chauffeured from their airplanes to the Homebuilders Headquarters in an EAA Welcome Wagon. Homebuilders Headquarters volunteers work in four-hour shifts, running from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. beginning the Friday before convention. They ferry arriving homebuilders from their planes to the headquarters, where they can do everything from register their airplane to secure their campsites. Then they drive the builders to their campsites, transportation centers, and other places. Call Homebuilders Headquarters and ask for the Welcome Wagon 920-230-7799.

Build confidence that you can do it

Participate in aviation workshops that allow members to "dig in" and get practical, basic experience in aircraft construction and maintenance. The workshops are presented by instructors who are craftsmen in their specialty. They donate their time and talents to be part of AirVenture and to help you succeed with your building goals. Workshops begin at 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day.

Composite Workshop
Learn about building a composite aircraft. Attend a presentation on basic composite building techniques and get hands-on experience in composite materials lay-up and safety.

Fabric Workshop
Learn the basics of fabric covering and get hands-on experience working with Dacron covering products.

Gas Welding Workshop
Discover the fun of welding metal. Learn the basics of oxyacetylene welding.

Sheet Metal Workshop
Learn about the basic skills needed to build a sheet metal aircraft. Have the opportunity to try your hand at riveting and aluminum rib forming.

TIG Welding Workshop
TIG welding is fast becoming the welding method of choice for building your own aircraft. Learn the basics of TIG welding.

Woodworking Workshop
Build a wing rib as you learn about the basics and discover the pleasure of wooden airplane construction.

FUTURE AIRVENTURE DATES: 2014: July 28-Aug. 3; 2015: July 20-26; 2016: July 25-31; 2017: July 24-30
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