Question for the engineers and inventors
I've been registered for a long time, but never posted, so I will introduce myself. I'm 23 and living in Washington State. I have my commercial and cfi helicopter ratings.
I have always been facinated with fabricating equipment, coming up with innovative ideas, and just keeping my mind active. I want to incorporate this with my passion for the helicopter.
My question is:
What kind of education would be required to have a strong enough grasp to engineer aircraft equipment? I'm not looking to do it as a career, but more of a hobby. I have a strong interest in designing and fabricating powerplants, but would like to work on helicopter projects in a broad range. What would you recommend as a starting point?
I really appreciate any feedback.