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Hoftec provides a number of courses aimed at both licensed and aspiring pilots of ultra-light and private aircraft. Some of these courses focus on the building of aircraft or on understanding the inner workings of aircraft.

If you don't see the course you need or want in order to improve your skills as a either as a pilot or a builder, please inquire and perhaps we can accommodate you.

Courses can also be given at a location of your choice. Please contact Hoftec for more information.


 

Next Course:

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Course List

Private Pilot Ultra-light - 16 hour course for newcomers
Commercial Pilot Ultralight - 12 hour course for those wishing to carry passengers in AULAs
Ultralight Conversion - 3 hours for licensed pilots of standard aircraft
Fabrication / Maintenance - 8 hours of intensive hands-on classes
Global Positioning System (GPS) - 3 hours on the use of GPS
Preventive Maintenance - 8 hours of hands-on for owner maintenance
Aircraft Design - 8 hours of designing new aircraft
Air Regulations CARs - 12 hour review of the CARs
Aviation Weather - 9 hours of meteorology for aviators
Building Your Own Airplane - 21 hour hands-on on choosing and building a homebuilt
Wiring / Electronics Installation - 8 hours of theory and hands-on practice in wiring
Human Factors in Maintenance - for Flying Instructors and Maintenance Personnel - 16 hour course as per Transport Canada's B058.
Instructional Technique - 12 hour course aimed at Flying Instructors and instructors generally who have not taught before.
Owner Maintenance Seminar - A Hands-On Inspection of an airplane; Tools; Procedures; Responsibilities of the Owner and the AME; Regulations; Literature.
Winter Seminar - A required winter flying course for customers of Laurentide Aviation.
Seminar on the value of local organizations for ultralight owners and pilots.
Spring maintenance seminar on getting organized and inspected for spring flying.         NEW
Airline Executive Technical Training to train executives in technical matters relating to aircraft maintenance and technical matters.         NEW
Lecture series on various aspects of owning and operating an aircraft.         NEW

Courses scheduled on demand. Contact HOFTEC for dates of the next sessions.


Course Information

Private Pilot Ultralight Date: 
Cost:  
Duration: 16 hours (2 eight hour days) + 4 hours home study
Location:  
Description: Introduces the newcomer to the world of the Ultralight - today's first and most fun step into aviation. Also explores steps toward obtaining a licence; prepares student for pre-solo examination. Details Air Regulations, licensing, theory of flight, airmanship, meteorology, structures, engines, procedures, "Hofmann's Rules For Flying". Prepares student for the Transport Canada written examination. Literature provided.
See Course Outline
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Pictures and notes from the May 17/18, 2003 class

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Winter SeminarDate: 
Cost: None
Instructor: Frank Hofmann, AME
Duration: 2 hours
Location:  
Content: A required winter flying course for customers of Laurentide Aviation. The written exam must also be passed.
Reserve your place by filling out the sign-up sheet at the restaurant at ATL.
See the Course Outline
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Commercial Pilot UltralightDate: 
Cost:  
Duration: 12 hours
Location:  
Description: For those wishing to carry passengers in AULAs. Teaches how to teach. Learning Theory. Course based on Part I of the Flight Instructor's Guide. The 7 learning factors; oral questioning techniques, demonstration-performance method; classroom techniques; dealing with the student; feedback; developmental teaching; rates of learning; fault analysis; flight safety; "Hofmann's Rules of Teaching". Prepares student for Transport Canada written examination which requires 80% passing mark. Students give demonstration lessons. Successful candidates receive a Letter of Competence. Literature provided.
Course Outline to come
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Ultralight Conversion CourseDate: 
Cost:  
Duration: 3 hours
Location:  
Description: For licensed pilots making the transition to the Ultralight. The course details the differences encountered while operating ultralights. Looks at engines, performance, weather, navigation, licensing, airmanship, structures and air regulations.
Course Outline to come
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Fabrication/Maintenance CourseDate: 
Cost:  
Duration: 8 hours
Location:  
Description: Provides crucial experience for ultralight builders and owners who build, modify, and maintain their planes. Selecting materials; sources; layouts; cutting, bending, forming; mold-making; drilling; reaming, tapping, threading; riveting; safetying; AN hardware; corrosion inhibition; inspection; accepted practices. Students will be in a shop setting using aircraft tools and materials under the supervision of a licensed experienced professional. The course will help you to enjoy a safer airplane and save you money through techniques learned.
Course Outline to come
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Global Positioning SystemDate: 
Cost:  
Duration: 3 hours
Location:  
Description: A 3 hour course describing the theory of operation of the Global Positioning system. The application of the GPS is demonstrated. The advantages and shortcomings of the system are explained.
Course Outline to come
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Preventive MaintenanceDate: A Friday evening and Saturday morning as agreed upon by the participants
Cost: $375
Duration: 8 hours
Location: Hangar, Cedars Airport
Description:

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The course is held at an airport using a real airplane. Defines the limits of work an owner/pilot may perform legally, teaches wear limits, standards, tolerances and how to troubleshoot. Also teaches how to supervise work done to your plane by someone else. Stresses at all times the application of approved airworthiness standards. All hands-on work will be closely monitored by a professional. Save money through techniques learned.
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Aircraft DesignDate: 
Cost:  
Duration: 8 hours
Location:  
Description: A theoretical course in applied aerodynamics. Design criteria are investigated and modifications for improved performance are studied. Possible impact of design modifications are discussed. Performance analysis is explained.
Course Outline to come
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Air Regulations CARsDate: 
Cost:  
Duration: 12 hours
Location:  
Description: The CARs are reviewed. The course is aimed at technicians and maintenance personnel required to write the Transport Canada Air Regulations examination.
Course Outline to come
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Aviation WeatherDate: 
Cost:  
Duration: 9 hours
Location:  
Description: Reviews terminology and symbology. Weather phenomena are explained. The student will become aware of the atmosphere's dynamics, learn to make accurate forecasts, and to become self-reliant in estimating future weather along the flight path. An essential start toward accident prevention.
Course Outline to come
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Building Your Own AirplaneDate: 
Cost:  
Duration: 21 hours
Location:  
Description: This course examines the types of homebuilts available, selection criteria, skills required, interpretation of drawings and specifications, production planning, tooling, jig making, procurement of materials, overhaul and repair of aircraft components, quality control, manufacturing standards, fastening techniques, bending and forming, and finishing. Students will work in a shop environment throughout the course while using equipment and making parts.
Course Outline to come
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Wiring/Electronics InstallationDate: 
Cost:  
Duration: 8 hours
Location:  
Description: This course examines the wiring standards and practices in use. Elements of Electricity are reviewed. Cable routing, bundling and termination are reviewed. Troubleshooting techniques and equipment are discussed.
Course Outline to come
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Human Factors in Maintenance - for Flying Instructors and Maintenance PersonnelDate: 
Cost:  
Duration: 16 hours
Location:  
Description: Both a 1 hour course for Flying Instructors and a 16 hour course for Maintenance Personnel are offered. The 1 hour course covers the FEMA model, the SHELL model and the Reason model. The 16 hour course covers Transport Canada's list of the "Dirty Dozen" causes for error. Activities include self-analysis and a description of the participants' workplace from the standpoint of it being a potential contributor to human error.
Course Outline to come
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Instructional TechniqueDate:March 1 and 2, 2008
Cost: $300 (pre-payment required)
Duration: 12 hours
Location: To be determined, contact Frank for more info.
Description: A 12 hour course aimed at Flying Instructors and instructors generally who have not taught before. The course consists of a presentation of Teaching and Learning Theory as well as demonstration lessons given by course participants.
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Owner Maintenance SeminarDate: February 4, 2006
Cost:  
Instructor: Frank Hofmann, AME
Duration: 6 hours
Location:  
Content: A Hands-On Inspection of an airplane; Tools; Procedures; Responsibilities of the Owner and the AME; Regulations; Literature. Obtain the course outline on-line at www.hoftec.com by clicking on "Course Outline" under the "PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE" course listing.
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Organizations for Ultralight Owners and PilotsDate: Sept. 18, 2004
Cost:  
Instructor: Frank Hofmann, AME
Duration: 6 hours
Location: Best Western Hotel, Drummondville, Que.
Content: A presentation to Ultralight owners discussing the value of strong regional associations devoted to promote the sport, to provide enjoyable activities, and to help its members in their quest to operate safely. The Challenger Association is discussed as a viable model for other organizations.
For more information
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Technical Training Program for Airline ExecutivesDate: Sept. 18, 2004
Cost:  
Instructor: Frank Hofmann, AME
Duration: 120 hours
Location:  
Content: A program of study designed to qualify otherwise experienced airline managers in matters relating to aircraft maintenance and technical matters.
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Lecture series on owning and operating an aircraftDate: Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007
Cost:  
Instructor: Frank Hofmann, AME
Duration: 3 hours each lecture
Location: Laurentide Aviation
Content: A series of seven 3 hour seminars which are aimed at pilots and/or aircraft owners and potential owners. They are designed to de-mystify and to add depth to the training curriculum followed by student pilots and those generally interested in aviation matters.
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Spring Maintenance SeminarDate: February 10, 2007
(APBQ convention)
Cost: Included in convention.
Instructor: Frank Hofmann, AME
Duration: 1 hour (9 to 10 am)
Location: St. Hubert Airport, St. Hubert, Que.
Content: By law the owner has to manage the maintenance of the aircraft. This course will guide you toward good management practices.
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