The first four benches landed on Tempelhofer Feld

A long wait for the wood delivery and a necessary TÜV certification delayed the completion: but now the first four benches could be put up. Our nice neighbours from WISAG brought the benches to Tempelhofer Feld for us with forklift trucks and lorries.

Visitors can now make themselves comfortable on the benches at the four projects KulturGate, Stadtacker, nature Mini ART Golf and Allmende-Kontor.

Mask performance at the Air Castle

With the sculptor and actress Renata Messing, we have brought a completely new project to the Fliegerwerkstatt stage: The ‘Mask performance at the Air Castle’ is the idea of a handicraft-artistic confrontation with oneself. It is about the mutual perception of all participants among each other, the content-related work and haptic experiences in mask making. The project was a challenge for the 40 participants in terms of craftsmanship, art and imagination. Their own ideas, identities and experiences are processed and brought into the play.

The creative work with ceramics was very impressive because most of them had never worked with pottery before.

In addition to ceramic and paper works, large human masks with very different expressions were created, for which the participants had invented a story or a biography.



The highlight of the workshop was the presentation of the independently developed stories about the created characters – recited in German and in the mother tongue. You can hear some of the stories in our film.
Click here for the film MASKENSPIEL (MASK PERFORMANCE).

Many thanks to the Youth Department Tempelhof-Schöneberg, which supported this project within the framework of the Experimentation Fund 2021.


Sailing Trip

The young people had to wait a long time for their sailing trip, because the date had to be postponed to the end of August due to corona. But then it finally started: a one-week sailing trip on the Ijsselmeer.

Thirteen young people and three supervisors set off from Berlin’s main train station to Enkhuizen in Holland. In seven days they crossed the Ijsselmeer to the North Frisian islands of Vlieland and Terschelling. Every evening in a different harbor. On board, everyone helped out, whether it was setting the sails or cooking.

One of the highlights was the visit to the open-air museum, where a typical Zuiderzee town and a fishing village from the period between 1700 and 1900 are built and you can experience crafts from that time.


For all of them the sailing trip was an impressive adventure and a joyful shared experience.

Workshop weeks as an orientation phase

Our cooperation with Arbeit und Bildung e.V. and IPLE is going into the third round!

Schools and upper secondary schools from all over Berlin can have their welcome students specially supported – with practical lessons and practice-based language support. The arrival of the participants is supported by an orientation phase. Each group goes through a workshop week at the Fliegerwerkstatt.

A varied programme lets the young people rotate through work stations such as shopping and cooking, wood workshop, metal workshop and simulator training.

A selfie in the cockpit during a sightseeing flight over Berlin.

Students of the OSZ KIM – Advanced Technical College for Communication, Information and Media Technology – with their teacher and our simulator trainer Alexander.

Six schools are participating in the programme during this school year with 12 to 16 pupils. After the orientation phase in October, an inter-school group starts in the Fliegerwerkstatt as a ‘Temporary Learning Group’.

Start of school with the ‘Schweitzer’

After the summer holidays, a newly formed group of welcome students from the Albert Schweitzer Gymnasium started their projects in the Fliegerwerkstatt. Their own workpieces such as the toolbox provide an introduction to woodwork.

Participating in large projects, such as the construction of double-sided benches for Tempelhofer Feld, gives an insight into longer-term commissioned work that is realised across groups.

Four benches for the Tempelhofer Feld

The construction of large wooden benches with a substructure made of flat steel gives the young people the opportunity to get to know many different work steps with different materials.

For the steel construction, templates made of cardboard and wood were first cut to an angle of 22.5°, then transferred to the six-metre-long flat steel and cut to size with the hacksaw.

Afterwards, they were filed and deburred.

Then one group had the opportunity to take part in a welding course with metal professional Rafael Hohlfeld (see news from 29.5.21) and create the first prototype. All the other young people were further trained in the Fliegerwerkstatt and welded and axed all the remaining frames with incredible perseverance and speed.


Roman, Jasper, Kristijan and Naomi were the first to join for welding after school.

Once all the seams have been welded and all the holes drilled to fix the seats, the frames are hot-dip galvanised.

The young people have built a total of eight frames for the four benches. Unfortunately, the wood for the seats has extremely long delivery times at the moment, so we will finish the benches after the summer holidays and set them up on Tempelhofer Feld together with the participants.

Many thanks to the Pfefferwerk Foundation, which sponsored the construction of the four benches!

Training in welding as part of our bench project

Last year, we already built two benches for our courtyard. At that time, the Daimler team supported us with materials and active cooperation.
This year, the Pfefferwerk Foundation funded the construction of another four benches, which will be made available for use on the much-visited Tempelhofer Feld. We can thus offer the young people an exciting project, which this time also includes welding the bench frames.

For the welding of the substructure made of flat steel, we sought out a specialist. Rafael Hohlfeld, master metalworker and sculptor, conducted a welding course for our young people and staff in this project.
The frame for the first bench could be made in the workshop and used as a prototype for further production in the Fliegerwerkstatt.

Our screen printing workshop gets started

Since March, the young people have been learning a new technique, screen printing. When the screen printing workshop was set up, the darkroom for the screens was custom-made by the young people.

Now they are busy printing: sometimes the Fliegerwerkstatt logo, sometimes their own designs.


We win the 2nd place of the Wilhelm Wernicke Award

The Hertha BSC Foundation has awarded the Wilhelm Wernicke Prize for the first time. This award honours projects and people who are committed to working with children and young people, supporting socially disadvantaged groups or fighting racism and discrimination.
When the crew of the Hertha BSC Foundation visited us to shoot a few snapshots in the Fliegerwerkstatt, nobody knew yet that we had already won an award!

Eva-Maria Lemke, representing the jury, more than succeeded in pulling off the surprise.

(Foto von Moritz Eden/City-Press GmbH)
(Foto von Moritz Eden/City-Press GmbH)

We are very happy about the 2nd place! Many thanks to the Hertha BSC Foundation for this great award and 3,000 euros in prize money.

Click here for the film  Wilhelm Wernicke Preis | Hertha BSC – YouTube

A warm welcome!

We are happy about a new team member: Patrick Peinhopf will implement projects with the young people in the Fliegerwerkstatt as a social pedagogue from 15 February 2021! He is a trained production mechanic and has studied social work. He brings various experiences from workshop projects with young people as well as from the care of unaccompanied minor refugees.

After Mathias Link’s leaving, Patrick Peinhopf will  take over the crafts pedagogical tasks in cooperation with Dirk Dreissen and our volunteers.