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and staff. The course consists of various modules, each lasting one day – typically 9.30am to 3.30pm. Class sizes will typically be between four and eight people. Most modules are classroom- based and are intended to be an interesting and interactive day. Currently three of the modules are practical and these will be delivered in the new Flight Shed workshop. Despite being termed the ‘Aviation Heritage


Skills’ course it is not just aviation volunteers and stewards who will benefit, as the majority of the content, information skills and conservation ethics also apply to the motoring and motorcycle sections as well. Courses started on the 23rd November last year


and we currently have 50 volunteers enrolled. The modules will be repeated and are still open for people to join. Volunteers can find out more and enrol on the courses by contacting me, Andrew Cornish, the Museum Aviation Heritage Skills Officer at acornish@brooklandsmuseum .com or 01932 857381 extension 259. Below is a list of the modules and a summary


of each module’s content – volunteers can choose which modules are of interest and applicable to their work area, ie you don’t have to do all of them if you don’t want to.


Introduction to Aviation Heritage Part 1: Health and Safety in a Working Environment.


Part 2: Introduction to Aviation Conservation. Corrosion Control Health and Safety, Understanding Corrosion, Classifying Corrosion, Causes of Corrosion, Locations of Corrosion, Removing and Treating Corrosion and Documentation. Surface Finish Evolution Provide a basic awareness of the evolution of surface finishing and the preparation of surfaces for an exterior finish. Associated Health and Safety issues, preparation of surfaces for finishes and the importance of documenting work activities. Application Techniques. Information on methods of paint application and their techniques. Common application techniques, their advantages and associated problems. Making Your Aircraft Safe Health and Safety implications of working on a her- itage aircraft or exhibit. Documentation upon receipt of a new exhibit. Specific precautions and hazards applicable to an individual aircraft or exhibit. Jacking and Lifting Jacking Considerations, Jack Identification,


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Aviation Heritage – course modules.


Pre-Use Inspection, Handling and Movement, General Hazards, Jacking Procedures, Trestling and Jigs. Types of slings and the hoisting requirements used for aircraft and major compo- nents. Towing Considerations, Aircraft Towing Equipment, Pre-Use Inspection, Aircraft Towing Personnel, The Towing Operation, General Hazards and Documentation. Dismantling and Assembly (Practical and classroom). An insight into the process of Disassembly, Transportation, and Assembly of aviation exhibits. Practical elements. Tapping and cutting threads. Removing ‘jammed’ fasteners. Wire locking – By Hand and Pliers, Split-pin bolts – three methods and re-cut a damaged thread. Introduction to Basic Engineering Workshop Safety, Hand Tools, Precision Measuring, Screw Threads, Engineering Drawings, Marking Out, Metals and Metal Joining, Fasteners. Aircraft Structures Health and Safety, Aircraft Components. Aircraft Construction, Structural Classifications, Aircraft Fasteners, Aircraft Structural Materials and Documentation. Skin Repairs Level 1 (Practical) Health and Safety, basic hand tools, basic engineering drawing. Identification of solid rivets, riveting terminology and types of rivet joints. Marking out and drilling holes, forming rivets. Common riveting faults, removing rivets. The aim of this module is to provide volunteers with the knowledge and basic skills to carry out a


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