Workshops 2015


The Rivet Workshop

There is a limit of 10 for ONLY the Composites and Riveting Workshops, so sign up early.  How many sign up for the workshops, will determine the format.  Also please print out the workshop flyer HERE prior to attending.   The Rivet Workshop will be from 12:30-4 pm and consist of riveting a 5"x7" aluminum picture frame or a prefabricated aluminum toolbox.

The frame takes less time and most of the holes are pre punched but still introduces you to riveting.

The finished toolbox is 4"H x 6"W x 16"L. This Toolbox Kit comes with documentation, along with all the parts and rivets needed to complete the toolbox. This training project consists of several pre-punched parts that are riveted together to form the box and lid and a hinge to hold them together. This will let you try several styles of riveting, using aluminum parts identical to those that make up an airplane.

Toolbox Kit - $28

You can prepay using PayPal, which guarantees your spot, or send us a check to be received by September 1, so we can order your Toolbox Kit in time. Your check will be returned in the unfortunate event you can't make it.

PayPal to or send check to: Gregory Bruns,131 Graystone Drive, Moore, SC 2936

Cell Number:





Fabric Workshop


This fabric covering workshop will be Saturday from 9am - 4pm and will teach an overview of how to cover your airplane using hands on practice with very little lecture. We will actually cover a wing surface through to rib lacing. Students who want to learn how to finish the surface through to paint, and learn the tips and tricks, will be encouraged to take the 2 day workshop at his shop in North Carolina.
We will cover:

  • Surface Preparation
  • Installation and securing fabric including use of fabric cements.
  • Shrinking the fabric which also includes proper iron selection and calibration along with precautions necessary to insure proper tautness and application of the first chemical coat and the importance of bonding to the fabric for subsequent coats.
  • We will then attach the fabric to the wing ribs using rib lacing techniques. You become proficient in tying the modified seine knot used for this step, and we'll talk about other ways to secure the fabric. Upon completion of the rib lacing, the surface is "dressed", placing all finishing tapes, drain grommets, inspection rings, etc.
  • The surface is then ready to spray. Spraying techniques are discussed along with required coats, etc.

Your Instructor: Jerry Stadtmiller
Jerry owns and runs BIPE, INC., in Andrews, NC. Jerry has been restoring aircraft since 1960. His specialty is the restoration - top to bottom - of Stearmans and other vintage biplanes such as Waco, Great Lakes, and Cubs to their original, historically accurate configurations. Jerry has performed restoration work for the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington. D.C.  In 1995 Jerry was given the prestigious CHARLES TAYLOR AWARD.  Jerry has 20 years of teaching experience with the Experimental Aircraft Association, the Stearman Restoration Association, and delivering workshops in his own location. He has trained 8 apprentices to become full fledged restoration craftsmen, many who now have their own businesses and teach.
See his web site for more information (here)


General Aviation Maintenance Workshop


This FREE workshop will address general aviation maintenance that you as an licensed pilot may conduct  on your aircraft. We'll start at 9:00 and go until 11:00 we'll start up again at 12:00 and go until we have answered all your questions. We will have an aircraft “On Site” and opened up for you to look at, touch, and get your hands dirty, Factory reps will have examples of their products for you to examine and get to know. Our Staff of Factory trained “Experts”, as well as A&P's and IA 's with years of experience with GA aircraft will answer your questions, and there will be some freebies from our sponsors.



We will have a Avionics Engineer on  our staff

To answer your avionics questions and explain WAAS and  ADS B!


This Workshop is Sponsored by (A web site designed to help you the owner/pilot maintain your aircraft). Additional Sponsors are Michelin Aircraft Tire, Champion Aerospace (Both from right here in the upstate), and RPX Technologies who have developed a simple hands-on product for Dynamic Propeller Balancing.


Come join us for a hands on, grass roots workshop that will benefit you in the future and help you understand and maintain your aircraft.

Any questions contact Eric at


About Your Lead Instructor: Eric Barnhill

Eric owns and runs a aircraft restoration/maintenance business in upstate South Carolina, He has been a IA for 11 years and a and a aircraft mechanic/restorer for over 20 years. Eric Has won Best Of Class at Oshkosh, Grand Champion at Lakeland and numerous other awards for his restorations. In 2007 Eric was awarded the Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year Award for South Carolina from the FAA.


Drawing to Benefit Triple Tree

Our gracious Sponsors

Michelin Aircraft Tire, and Champion Aerospace

Have donated Tires, Tubes, and Oil Filters

We will have a drawing for all the goodies

at 2:00 at our Workshop.

Make a $5.00 donation (To Support Triple Tree)

And get a chance to take home Hundreds of Dollars worth of Brand New products that you will use to

keep your Aircraft Flying




FILE: General aviation workshop Triple Tree 2014