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Old 05-06-2021, 10:47 AM
bill.hutchison bill.hutchison is offline
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Default Synergy Basics Class: Worth it?

I'm mulling over the idea of taking the one-day basic builder course at the Synergy location in GA. I'd like to learn a few basic techniques for working with sheet metal so I can attempt certain repairs, learn what tools are requirements vs. nice to have, and gain a little confidence with drilling holes in my airplane.

Any of you fine folks done this? Worth the time?
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Old 05-06-2021, 11:56 AM
aitor11 aitor11 is offline
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I took it back before I started my build and I think it was worth it. I learned about the tools, and some simple techniques that got me going.

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Old 05-06-2021, 12:58 PM
Bavafa Bavafa is offline
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I know two people took it and then I worked with them further. I was amazed as how little they knew and had learned. It is certainly possible that they did not have as much of a back ground or not paying as close attention as they should have but they learned much more in a few hours than in that class.
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Old 05-06-2021, 01:27 PM
mturnerb mturnerb is offline
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I did the class before starting my RV-14A build. Worth the time and the money, and then some.
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Old 05-06-2021, 03:40 PM
DRMA DRMA is offline
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I took the Synergy 1 day class after taking the EAA 2 day sheet metal/Van's class. I found the Synergy class to be basically the same as the EAA class, just more condensed. So I highly recommend either one (but not taking both).
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Old 05-06-2021, 03:48 PM
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My wife and I took the one day course in GA. It was absolutely worth it. It’s was a busy day!
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Old 05-06-2021, 08:04 PM
KatanaPilot KatanaPilot is offline
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Default Depends

If you expect to learn enough about sheet metal, electrical systems, fuel and hydraulics, fiberglass, etc. to build a plane, then I think you will be disappointed. The class is only 8 hours long.

On the other hand, if you want to learn a bit about the basics of sheet metal assembly, use some good tools and jigs, talk with other potential builders, ask a lot of questions and see several airplanes either under construction or completed - then you will get way more than your moneyís worth.

I took the Synergy class in Eugene in 2016. I immediately started an RV-10 there, put it on hold, completed an RV-7 there and I am currently building the RV-10 with them in Newnan.

I also took the EAA two day class but was very disappointed in that. Too many students, too few instructors and the tools supplied were not very good.
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Old 05-06-2021, 08:36 PM
N82VM N82VM is offline
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Location: Warrenton, VA
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Default Depends

I took the class recently. It gets your feet wet.

Itís required if you are going to build there. My opinion of why itís required...because thereís no way they can tell how much experience you already have. In addition, without the class thereís no way youíd get through the tail in a week because there would be too many questions and stopping. Itís a layer of basic skills. Collect some layers from various sources and start building.
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Old 05-07-2021, 04:23 AM
bill.hutchison bill.hutchison is offline
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Thanks for the posts, all.

Like I said in the original, this is just for some basic skills/repairs. I already have a flying RV, so building isn't on the radar at the moment.

Appreciate the input. I'll look at signing up for July, I hope.
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Old 05-07-2021, 08:47 AM
Presmini Presmini is offline
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I went in October to Eugene and enjoyed it thoroughly. Itís good for learning the basics. I went back in March and got the Empennage kit for the RV-8 done in a week! Now I feel like Iíve got the skills to do the rest!

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