Highland, IL – Wicks Aircraft will host a two-day, weekend seminar on the basics of fabric covering. It is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday Sept. 26 and 27, 2009 at the Wicks facility, 410 Pine Street in Highland, IL (about 30 miles northeast of St. Louis).
Jon Goldenbaum, President of Poly-Fiber Aircraft Coatings, will be running the hands-on seminar. Working from a syllabus that has been refined over the past 15 years, Jon will demonstrate preparation, fitting, gluing, heat-shrinking, coatings, taping, rib stitching and final painting techniques.
“Essentially, it’s a 16-hour hands-on course, working with the materials and learning the skills of aircraft covering,” said Goldenbaum. “We provide all the materials and tools for the class. In two days of cutting, stitching and painting, most people are ready to go home and cover wooden wings or a steel tube fuselage.”
Classes will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. and lunch will be provided. The cost for the program is $299 per person and students enrolled in aviation classes can sign up for $250. Attendees may purchase any fabric, paint, spray equipment, or covering tools at a 15 percent discount during the seminar.
“This will be the first in a series of what we hope will become annual events at Wicks Aircraft,” said Scott Wick, President of the company. “We anticipate offering at least a half-dozen seminars over the next year, relating to homebuilding and restoring.”
The events are planned as an initial or refresher with required skills for aircraft construction.
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