Workshops

Workshops

There will be four workshops on Saturday ranging from 9-11:30am & 12:30-4pm.  Check times within the workshop's description.

Composite 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 attendingThe Composite Workshop will be from 9-11:30am, will consist of fabricating a 16" long wing section with a foam core and 3 ply wet layup. Everything needed for the task will be included in the "Composite Kit" or be available for use. You will learn to Hotwire using templates on both ends of the foam and covering the shaped foam with fiberglass & epoxy resin. Many homebuilt experimental aircraft are built entirely using this moldless method.

Composite Kit - $24

(1)  4" x 8" x 16" Blue foam, (2) Wing profile template, (1) 8.8oz BID (Bidirectional) 16" x 16" fiberglass cloth, (2) 7oz UNI (Unidirectional) 16" x 16" fiberglass cloth, Mixing cup & sticks, (8oz) Epoxy resin & hardener, (1) Brush, (1) Squeegee, (1) Pair of gloves & (1) 2oz Peel Ply 16" x 16".

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 gregory420@gmail.com or send check to: Gregory Bruns,131 Graystone Drive, Moore, SC 2936


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)