There is no doubt that sheet metal is the most popular way to construct an
amateur-built kit. I’ve always found it surprising that there wasn’t an outstanding
book on the subject. So when we made the commitment to start revamping our
instructional materials that support homebuilders, it was obvious to me where
to start. I turned to Jack Dueck, one of our SportAir Workshops instructors. Jack
is an experienced RV builder, excellent teacher, good writer, and dedicated
volunteer. I sold him on the idea that EAA needed a sheet metal book—and all
he had to do was write it! He agreed. We’re working really hard to have EAA’s
Sheet Metal Building Basics by Jack Dueck ready for sale at AirVenture. I hope you
pick up a copy at Oshkosh.
Charlie Becker, Director of Member Programs
(800 JOIN EAA)
Much About . . .?
Who’s Who at HQ
Name: Mark Forss
SportAir Workshops are EAA’s highest-rated program. These in-depth weekend
workshops give you the needed skills,
techniques, and confidence to complete
your amateur-built aircraft. These one-,
two-, or three-day hands-on courses are held
across the country and are led by expert
instructors. Class sizes are kept small for the
best learning experience.
Position: Manager, SportAir
Workshops & AirVenture Forums
EAA 255102 lifetime
What’s your favorite part of the
job? Helping EAA members fulfill their dreams
of flight. Each time I hear “Wow, I can really build
my own plane” makes my job worthwhile.
Courses include Sheet Metal Basics,
Composite Construction, Fabric Covering,
Electrical Wiring & Avionics, Gas & TIG Welding,
and RV Assembly.
The workshops are open to anyone, but EAA
members receive a $40 discount. EAA family
members accompanying them receive a $50
discount. To review the current workshop
locations, how you can host a workshop,
and enroll in a course, visit www.SportAir.com
or call 800-967-5746.
What are you building now? Currently a Hummel Bird. After that, a powered
paraglider and hot air balloon.
Describe your first airplane ride: My grandfather purchased a ride on a Piper
Cherokee for my brother and me. My brother got to sit in the front seat, but sitting in the back
made the urge to sit in the front left that much stronger.
What did you do prior to working for EAA? Industrial model maker and
antique toy restorer. I was also involved with an aviation manufacturing firm developing
If you could fly any aircraft, what would it be? A hot air balloon. It’s the
closest thing to being part of the atmosphere.
Favorite EAA event to attend other than AirVenture?Chapter fly-ins. I
enjoy meeting fellow members; the people behind the phone calls.
What person in aviation would you like to have lunch with? Mike
Melville. He's an inspiration to me as a builder, pilot, and EAA member.