4201-B “STOL BOWL” nose bowls

Builders,

Just a 12 hours to go before departure for Corvair College #44 At the Zenith Aircraft Factory, but we are still prepping regular parts to be shipped by SPA while we are on the road.

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Above, two STOL bowl, production parts. One is for Florida Zenith builder Ramesh Nori, the other one is yet to be adopted. If you would like to be the new owner, all you have to do is call Lisa at SPA: 904-626-7777, place the order, and it will be shipped on Thursday.  Care and feeding is easier than adopting a puppy, plus, your STOL bowl will not ruin your carpet nor chew shoes.

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Looking forward to seeing many of you at the College.

WW.

Night Run: Carb and Intake testing

Builders,

A quick look at Sunday night, outside my hangar. Dan Weseman was looking for an intake design and a Carb orientation and model, specifically for Corvair powered Panthers with tricycle gear. Tonight was the test run, and it turned out amazingly good.

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Above, a look at the back of my test stand; Notice it is now sporting two lab grade 5 wire O2 driven Air/Fuel meters.  The test question was essentially this: If a Rotec TBI is turned 90 decrees, will it still have excellent mixture distribution to both sides of the engine. The answer is yes. This was the largest spread under power, .3 on the air/fuel ration. That is as good as carbureted engines get.

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Above, Dan runs the controls.

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Above, a look at the Rotec on the manifold. It started and ran exceptionally well.

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After tests, Dan Rachel and I ate dinner at their place and talked about a lot of stuff, ranging from airport business to the new “Ford vs Ferrari” movie. It was a real nice end to a productive weekend.

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Hat, Fez or Pail? Your Friday the 13th Corvair question.

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Builders :

Your Friday the 13th, Full moon, question: 

Do you vote for “The Hat of Power” , “The Fez of Kamal” or “Pail of Professionalism”?  Does head wear make the man? Would you be confident enough to rock one of these styles? Who is the biggest badass if the land of Corvairs? Here your franchise counts, vote and give your reason in the comments.

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Above,  Kevin Purtee When you’re a badass like Kevin, any hat you wear is “The Hat of Power.” To understand more, read: Kevin Purtee and “The Hat of Power”

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Read this to get a better look at his aviation professionalism: Thought for the Day: Two paths in managing risk and get a look at how he thinks: Guest Writer: Pietenpol builder/flyer Kevin Purtee

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Above, a Fez and wrap-around shades are the hallmarks of the man I often introduce as  “Kamal Mustafa, my attorney”. This is Ken “Adonis” Pavlou advises aviators: “Life is short, Live Large”

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The whole point of homebuilding is to get you to the self reliant mindset, where you follow positive flying examples rather than listen to people who still live in a world of doubt and fear.  You deserve to have your own adventures like Ken’s: 1,500 mile Corvair College flight in a 601XL ,

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Above, Witness “The Pail of Professionalism” (it is covered in Unicorns and rainbows)  If there is a Renaissance  Man in Corvairs, it is Dan Weseman. When it comes to stick and rudder flying, he has few peers. He learns things at an astounding rate. (Frankly, if you are a troglodyte it’s annoying) He is a born motorhead, as evidenced by this: SPA / Weseman 3.3 Liter Corvair now running and if you want to read about the last word in Corvair Performance, check this out: Understanding Flying Corvairs Pt. #2, Hardest working engine

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Make your voice heard! Polls close after this weekend, and just like cook county in 1960, feel free to vote twice.

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Safety Alert Reference Page

Builders:

This page is the permanent site where I will keep all the “Safety Alerts” which I have published for Corvair Flight engines. This will be updated as required. It’s current date of revision is:

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September 12th, 2019

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I am putting it out so builders doing inspections on Corvair powered planes can come to one location and check the applicability of each issued “Safety Alert” to their particular aircraft.  The date above should be included in the log book entry of the inspection, stating the plane is in compliance with Alerts issued by that date.

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Please note: We are about to issue a “2019 Maintenance, Operations, and procedures manual” Which is a 75 page, direct handbook for these topics. It is what a builder will have in his hand during maintenance. Because it is a physical handbook, this page will serve as an access point to updates to the manual.

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I use the term “Safety Alert” and calling for “Suggested Action” because Corvairs are experimental engines, and as such, do not have Airworthiness Directives and Service Bulletins in the same form as certified engines do. I cannot require any builder to take any action, I can only appeal to his better judgment by making a serious recommendation. Airworthiness Directives are only issued by the federal government, and Service Bulletins are issued by certified part manufacturers, thus the difference in the Safety Alert.

This said, I appeal to builders to follow this recommendation. The most frequent form of push back on suggestions of this kind is a builder who is myopically looking at his one plane and making a conclusion based on his impression of his own plane. Conversely I get to see all the data, understand the extenuating or aggravating conditions, I had world class training in statistical decision making at Embry-Riddle, and I always further consider what still works, not just looking at what broke.  I am not a genius, but for the above reasons, my recommendations on Corvair flight engines carry more weight than those of one guy with a flying plane, even a well intentioned one.

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Safety Alert: Excessively Rich MA3-SPA Jetting.

Alert from June 2017 about MA3-SPA carbs which were jetted richer than stock.

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Safety Alert: Chinese Rocker Arm Failures

Alert from August 2014 about Chinese rocker arms that failed.

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Chinese Crankshafts for Corvairs, update 2/17/13.

Chinese Crankshafts

Stories about Chinese cranks, the very first of which failed in ground tests.

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Aluminum push rod tube issue resolution.

A story warning builders not to use Aluminum push rod tubes unless they were modified as shown in the story.

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P.F. Beck; An extraordinary life closes – 8/28/19

Builders:

Don Harper called with the word that P.F. Beck had passed this afternoon. It was a short call. There was nothing either of us could say that would begin to express the loss of a human being like P. F.  Don, who has been close to P.F. for decades simply said “They broke the mold when they made him.” I agreed. In 30 years in aviation, I have never met another aviator with the spirit and qualities of character of P.F., and it doesn’t seem likely I ever will. If you never had a chance to meet him, it will be very hard to appreciate the loss, but trust me, it can’t be overstated.

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Above, P.F. Beck in the black shirt and part of his loyal crew at Barnwell. I shot this the last hour of Corvair College #43 last november. These people brought you Nine Corvair Colleges.  – think about that; not just 20% of the Colleges held, but because of their size, 35% of the people who attended a College did so at Barnwell.  There were very detailed events, and the typical budget was over $7,000, but not a dime went to these people, they did it all as a show of South Carolina hospitality, their belief in the Corvair as an excellent way of getting more active builders in experimental aviation, and a particularly strong pride in their home airport, a facility they devoted a large part of their lives to.

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Above, P.F holds The Cherry Grove Trophy in front of his Pietenpol.  This was taken at Corvair College #21.  Left to right are Joe Horton,  Dan Weseman, P.F. Beck, and Mark Langford, They were the first four of the eventual eight trophy winners.

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Above, 2011, the fourth recipient of the trophy was PF Beck. We made the official presentation to P.F. at the dinner at CC#21. He eventually had hundreds of flight hours on his Corvair powered Pietenpol. Not only did he host 9 Corvair Colleges he attended a number of others He was a first class gentleman, incredibly modest, and a skilled aviator with decades of experience. For these reasons, everyone felt that he was the outstanding candidate for the Trophy in 2011.

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For a look at the EAA film about the 2013 Barnwell College, Which has P.F. in it,  click here: New EAA video on Corvair College#27, Barnwell 2013.

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Above, Brodhead 2013. P.F, was the head of forums that year. P.F.’s positive influence on homebuilding went well beyond South Carolina.  P.F. was a source of encouragement and factual information to countless builders. He made homebuilding a welcoming and friendly setting.

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Above,  P F Beck, seen above in his Pietenpol, This was at CC#19, the first College we held at Barnwell. P.F. eventually flew more than 300 people in his plane.

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A simple photo from Corvair College #19, with a detail that says a lot about P.F.’s personal style; If you look closely, the catering trays are almost empty. This is because at P.F.’s events, he always made certain of two things; he was always the last person in the chow line, and he lead everyone in a prayer of thanks before sitting down to eat.

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Col. John Nerges, above left, thanks P.F. Beck for his flight in P.F.’s Pietenpol. These types of smiles were what being an aviator was all about to P.F.

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Blue Skies and tailwinds P.F., you will always be missed.

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New Corvair News Sources.

Builders,

With the help of Phil Maxson, I have started a new Face Book page just for builders who are working with our Corvair flight engines to share stories pictures and videos. It is titled “WW Flycorvair”.  You don’t have to be on Face Book to read it, you can just directly get there with this link:

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https://www.facebook.com/groups/1117842541937300/

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For the last several years we have used a Face Book Page “Corvair College” to post things on, and it’s still there for the time being, But I wanted to switch to a Face Book page with the same name as our Youtube channel. We first tried renaming the page, but this was repeatedly blocked by Face Book with a zeal appropriate for preventing nuclear war.  Youtube has it’s own Channel rules which only make sense to the PC warriors at their HQ in California, I follow them, but I protect my sanity by not trying to make sense of them. This is the YouTube channel:

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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtg0vELIaWV7NoSEHNzpHwQ?view_as=subscriber

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Anyone can read the new Face Book page, but to comment on it, you need to join the group. This isn’t a big deal, just click on the link, if you choose.

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Now, the bigger picture: I have posted about 10 stories on the Face Book page, and in their description or in the comments, I have included links to applicable technical stories on my blog: http://flycorvair.net or from our Youtube channel.  This is a partial demonstration of where we are going with with information this fall.

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Flycorvair.com is best understood as my store of products and my historical library;

Flycorvair.net is my collection of 1,200 technical stories written in the last 8 years.

WW Flycorvair, the Face Book page will function as your 24 hour news channel

and WW Flycorvair the Youtube channel with be the video arm to support the mission.

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The last link of the project you can directly help with: I have to reach 1,000 subscribers on the Youtube channel before they will allow us to direct put hyperlinks  into the descriptions of the videos. If you have not yet done so, please subscribe. When we reach the threshold, I will then be able to directly link all the applicable stories on Flycorvair.net to each of the new youtube videos as we upload them. This will make it far easier to any builder to access the in depth technical background of each subject he has just seen in a video. It is a goal I’d like to reach in the next 60 days. As I write this, we already have 760 subscribers, but we still need you.

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Thank You, WW.

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Above, the introductory video for my Youtube Channel. Builders love the videos, but a fair number of people have said the background music wasn’t soothing. When Ken Pavlou and I set the channel up, we were at a bit of a loss on what to use, because the   fascist copywrite police at Youtube will close your channel if you use even a snippet of any known song. The solution was at out fingertips: I had a 2004 CD of a band named Hercoma, and we chose the first song. I knew it would be ok, as it is the work of Ron the Drummer. 

 

JAG – 2, Corvair powered twin, now painted, shown in video.

Builders,

One of the best known Corvair powered planes in the world is now in finish paint, and it looks great. This plane is a many year project of a very interesting husband and wife team from Long Island, Jim and Ginger Tomaszewski. The plane has about 20 hours of flight testing on it now, Jim is going to start the second half of Phase one testing this week.

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Below the video link are links to a number of the stories I have written about the project over the years. In retrospect one of the humorous things about this plane is  this question: Were there more internet ‘experts’ who said it could never fly, or were their more RV conformists who compulsively needed to say “That isn’t an RV” even though Jim never said it was? I don’t know the answer, I’m an aircraft mechanic, I don’t keep mental illness statistics. In the end it is a stunning achievement, and the fact it is an excellent tool for exposing compulsively negative conformists is just a small side benefit.

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Click on the picture to see the video. Read more about the plane here: JAG-2, Corvair Twin, Photos, Videos and Drawing.

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Other Videos:

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Videos of taxi testing…

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ktkfWR_xdsE

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=K7uT0BvTKrE

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Video of first flight…

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gb4xl_XDJcQ&feature=youtu.be

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 Above, a Corvair College #31 photo of Jim and Ginger with their engines twin 3,000 cc Corvairs, first class motors with Weseman billet cranks and 5th bearings. The engines use all of our parts, including 2400-L ultra lightweight starters.
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Here is a link to a story about the engines:

12 Cylinders / 6.0L of Corvair Power for JAG-2 run at CC#31

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Here is a link to a story with many details about the design and construction of the airframe:

JAG-2, Corvair Powered Twin, Jim Tomaszewski, N.Y.

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-ww.