Corvair College #24, November 9-11, South Carolina


We are now approaching Corvair College #24. The event will be a large, full-scale College held at the same location of the highly successful Colleges #19 and #21.  Corvair/Pietenpol builder/flyer and Cherry Grove Trophy winner P.F. Beck, and his great crew, again are the location hosts. We have many early indications that this will be the largest and most productive College yet.  Although we are just now opening the registration, the prep work for the College has been ongoing for 10 months, and it builds on the outstanding work that P.F. and crew did in earlier years.

The online registration is being covered by Corvair/601 builder Ken Pavlou, aka “The Central Scrutinizer.” Ken takes care of all the College registrations for us from the “undisclosed location” (his basement in Connecticut). Hats off to Ken for his long-standing support of Colleges.

The link to the registration is:

If this is going to be your first College, I highly recommend that you read about all the previous ones at this link to our main Web page:

In recent years, the Barnwell Colleges have become the year end event in the world of Corvairs. They are highly productive, and we have had a lot of engine runs and building progress with a good collection of flying Corvair powered planes on hand, but the events also have a strong social side, where builders can relax in the company of like-minded aviators. Barnwell has seen a lot of married couples and father/son builder teams, and these builders fit in well at the kind of classy events that P.F. hosts. College #24 will also see the 5th presentation of the Cherry Grove Trophy, the award that recognizes the outstanding Corvair aviator of the year.

#24 will be a great place for any builder to learn, make progress and meet fellow builders. We will be updating builders with more information on this site leading up to the College, but it all starts with you looking at a calendar right now and making plans. Act today, you will not want to miss this opportunity. -ww


Shelley Tumino & Kevin Purtee, Corvair/Pietenpol builders and flyers, and location hosts of the outstanding CC#22 in Texas earlier this year, have put up a Facebook page for #24 the way they did for #22. It is another good source of information, particularly the visual stuff:

Both Kevin and Shelley are headed to CC#24, where they plan to inspect and run their 2,700cc/Weseman bearing engine.


P.F. Beck and crew at the Barnwell airport add the following information:

"If you need more specific information, either e-mail us at
or call the airport at 803-259-1090."

“For those driving, we are about 60 miles southwest of Columbia, S.C.  If you are flying in on an airline, the best connections are usually into Columbia, but one can also fly into Augusta, Ga., about 40 miles northwest of Barnwell.  Both airports have rental cars.  If you are flying your own plane to the event, there are plenty of tiedowns.  At the present time, all hangars are filled.”

“Some builders start arriving early Thursday morning to get a head start on engine work.  Others will drift in during the afternoon.  Actual ‘official’ engine work starts on Friday morning.”

“There are three motels nearby, but make your reservations early as they stay booked up.  They are:

Days Inn – 31 rooms – newest motel in town – (803) 541-5000;

Carolina Lodge – 39 rooms – located next door to the Huddle House – (803) 259-2014;

Villa Motel – 25 rooms – located in Williston, S.C. – 10 miles north – (803) 266-7001.”

“Camping is available at the airport at no charge.  In the past, some folks came in motor homes, some had campers, some slept in tents and some elected to sleep on the floor in the terminal building. The weather is usually pleasant but bring warm clothing.”

“There is a newly built restroom in the work hangar and others in the terminal building.  There is one shower in the terminal.  If you elect to use the shower, please bring your own towels, wash cloths, soap, etc.”

“The airport supplies 12  4′ x 8′ work tables, three engine assembly stands and cardboard to keep oil off the hangar floor.  Please bring your own tools, rags, oil dri, etc.  This year, we have added more fluorescent lights over the work area as well as over the eating area.  It will be much brighter.”

“Tables and chairs will be set up on one side of the hangar, as last year, for eating, taking breaks, etc. We plan to handle meals as in past years.  More information will be added to the Barnwell airport site [] as we approach the November dates.”

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