Wicks Aircraft will host a weekend seminar on the basics of fabric covering Sept. 26-27 at the Wicks facility in Highland, Ill., just outside St. Louis.
Jon Goldenbaum, president of Poly-Fiber Aircraft Coatings, will run the hands-on seminar. Working from a syllabus that has been refined over the past 15 years, he 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 tube fuselage.”
Cost for the program is $299 per person. Students enrolled in aviation classes can sign up for $250. Attendees may purchase any fabric, paint, spray equipment, or covering tools at a 15% 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. “We anticipate offering at least a half-dozen seminars over the next year relating to homebuilding and restoring.”