I have been a friend of Benny's for years and have benefitted several times from his generosity and willingness to help. 11 years ago my husband and best friend Denny O'Connell passed away of cancer. It was just 10 days after the completion of his dream of finishing our second Eagle together. I found myself with a pair of Eagles to take care of on my own. One of the first things Benny did was to send me 2 pair of his rudder cable shortners which he would not let me pay a dime for. Recently, I had an unfortunate incident where one of the chains attached to the spring of the steering arm of Denny's Eagle came loose on landing. As a result, I ended up needing to replace the fabric on my lower left wing. I called Benny and was relieved to hear he was willing and able to help. He asked me to send the damaged wing down to Iowa from MSP so he could duplicate Denny's award winning work and had my wing ready to paint in record time. I was sick to have damage to Denny's plane and did not want to try to put the wing back together on my own. Benny has truly been a godsend. He not only does magnificent fabric work, but he made sure it was done the way Denny would have done it if he were here. There is no one I would trust to do this work, and if it weren't for Benny, I would still be rib stitching! I just wanted to share this story with you and let you know, in my book, there aren't many guys out there like Benny. There are none that know the Eagle as well as he does. He has been such a great source of support for so many of Eagle builders. His work is legendary, and his friendship is priceless.