Synergy Fundamentals Class

Synergy Fundamentals Class

In order to get some hands-on time with the tools required to build a metal airplane, I took the Synergy Fundamentals class at their facility in Eugene, Oregon. The class was a one-day introduction to the processes and techniques of sheet metal fabrication required to build a Vans RV.

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Vans factory visit and demo

Vans factory visit and demo

On November 2nd, I departed San Francisco Airport on route to Eugene, Oregon, to visit Vans and take the Synergy Fundamentals class. The overarching goal of the visit was make sure that this was the direction I wanted to go and that the building process would be something that I would enjoy.

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Selecting an aircraft

From Van’s website you can see the kit components in the standard kit and the quick build.

EAA AirVenture 2018

This July, the entire family headed to Chicago and onto to Oshkosh Wisconsin to experience AirVenture 2018. The show was incredible and after 2 full days at the airport, I probably only experienced only a small fraction of what was available. There is an undeniable excitement and enthusiasm from spectators and participants . We enjoyed wandering around the vendor hangars, climbing in the mockup Cirrus jet, admiring the warbirds and homebuilt aircraft, and poking our heads inside a few of the military displays. We also we lucky to meet a few of our favorite YouTube stars like Trent Palmer, Steve-o and MrAviation101. The most incredible part was finally relaxing at the edge of the runway and watching the the night airshow.