October 31, 2012 Leave a comment
October 28, 2012 Leave a comment
We are getting down to the wire on registration for Corvair College #24 in Barnwell SC.
The link to the registration is: https://corvaircollege.wufoo.com/forms/corvair-college-24-registration/
Our previous posts on College #24 contain all the detailed information on the event. you can read these posts by clicking on the title block “Events” in the header above.
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: http://www.flycorvair.com/cc23.html
Special note on registrations: The College has a required $79 fee to register. 100% of this money goes to our local host and is spent directly on the event to cover the meals, drinks and direct expenses like benches and lighting. All of P.F’s crew are volunteers, none of the money pays for anyones time. The learning and technical support at the College are “free”, as None of the tech staff, myself, Grace, Dan, Rachel, Vern, or Terry see any of the registration money. In fact we pay the same fee to register otherwise covering the food we eat and direct expenses would fall on our host. The only people we have traditionally exempted from the fee are the pilots of the Corvair powered planes flying in. (and some of them pay anyway) 95% of the people who attend colleges understand this system and are happy to comply.This is the 3rd College at Barnwell, P.F., who is the epitome of a fine Southern gentleman, would never make a public issue of the 5% of the people who compulsively must evade carrying their own share. I may have lived in the south for 27 years, but I am permanently excluded from Southern gentleman status by virtue of being raised in New Jersey, thus I have no problem giving the 5% a hard time on this. My father was born in Passaic NJ in ’25, my mother in Irvington NJ in ’27. One of them dislikes their governor the other is entertained by him. Here is what they agree on: Their Governor always acts like someone from NJ. Although I have had 27 years of trying not to be like that, I will channel my inner NJ on people who try to ‘beat the system’ on registering.
Above, Ray Fuenzalita at CC#23 holds the sign of the three rules of Colleges. My talented and beautiful wife Grace painted the sign above. We have few rules at the Colleges, but we always abide by them. We lay off the top two subjects of conversation (as they rarely bring people together) and the third is that we teach builders to avoid products from totalitarian police states noted for poor quality.
Since #24 will follow a national election by 72 hours, I am going to forewarn people, no kidding, I am going to have a zero tolerance for breaking rule #1. I have actually thrown two people out of colleges one from#8 and one from #11 for breaking this rule after two friendly warnings. Grace and I live in one of the few ‘battleground’ states. For the last months you can’t turn on a TV or radio, open your mailbox nor drive down the road without being bombarded by the most inane advertisements, all funded by PAC’s. I have had enough, and I am headed to the college to go have a good time with friends and be free of political trash.
601 builder/flyer Phil Maxson pointed out that he has never seen two people in a political discussion where one person suddenly says “You know, I have never thought of it that way, you sir have changed my mind.” It is the best commentary on this I have ever heard. For people who compulsively need to talk politics, take heart, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and you can again fulfill the role of curmudgeon uncle/old hippy for the rest of your family, but you will not get a chance at CC#24.
Blasts from Colleges past:
Above, Andrew Pietenpol, Grandson of Bernard, attends Corvair College #4 with and Grace and myself at Sun ‘N Fun 2003.
Above, a bonfire at Corvair College #17 in Florida 2009, complete with 6 bad cases being smelted.
Above, 601XL builder Larry Winger, left, with his one minute old 2700cc/Dan bearing engine at Corvair College #18 in Livermore CA. 2010. Today,Larry’s plans built plane is almost done.
Above, Corvair College #5 Hanford CA., 2004. Hardcore builders who stayed the last full day. Can you identify Host Pat Panzera, Prolific writer Dan Branstrom and a very young Dan Weseman?-ww
October 26, 2012 Leave a comment
A sampling of letters on Kevin Purtee’s story;
Builder and CC#22 grad Vic Delgado writes:
“Great Writing Kevin! I had no idea you had an accident either. Glad you were able to recover and still at it! I look forward to hopefully catching up with you and Shelly and rest of the awesome Corvair group at one of the future Colleges.-Vic.”
Michelle Gilbert,United States Army, writes;
“Inspiring… I am so proud to call you all my friends! You’re both so special to me.”
Corvair/601XL builder, Host CC#3, and Pietenpol pilot Oscar Zuniga writes:
“Roger, experimental niner-niner-kilo-pop. You’ve got it SOOOO right!-Experimental four-one-charlie-charlie”
Zenith 750 builder and 7 time College grad. Dan Glaze writes;
“what a fantastic love story”
On the value of Corvair Colleges, 750/2850cc builder Gary Burdett writes:
“My Cray comment (in the last mail sack)was meant as humor of course, but to be serious for a moment, I have had two individuals in the last several months email me on the zenith site because they see that I am a 750 corvair builder. I tell them to get more info about a corvair in airplanes, go to a college if you can, buy manuals at least if you can’t , and go to both websites anyway and read as they both give as good a flavor about the corvair as you can get short of the two options above. And do it now, not later. There , that’s it for the seriousness, back to humor.”
Builder Bruce Culver writes:
“William, I missed CC#22 in Georgetown and was wondering if you are planning any other Corvair Colleges roughly in the Texas area in the near future. If not, I used to drive 1100 miles from Dallas to Jax to visit my brother…..Wow. (Of course I was a LOT younger in those days…..)”
Bruce, We have spoken to a number of builders in favor of a Texas or a Oklahoma College in 2013. Arnold Holmes, host of #17, would like to do another in Central Florida, the weekend before sun n fun in April. We are pretty sure we are going to Chino CA in the spring and with PF Beck and Crew’s blessing back to Barnwell every November.-ww
October 24, 2012 Leave a comment
Here is a sampling of the mail. On the Ed and Claire Jeffko story:
Builder Harold Bickford writes:
“Certainly real love is not possessive but giving and honoring of another’s dreams,hopes and aspirations. Edi and I will celebrate our 41st anniversary in November and that journey has seen individual and shared endeavors. In all of those instances it was a matter of wanting each other to go forward and grow with rich experiences. We also succeeded in passing that on to our four children who now as adults continue in the same manner.
Our shared interest in flying and building is itself a continuation of lifelong plans that are finally finding expression. We will run with that and enjoy the experience of learning new skills, meeting new people and making new friendships.
That Claire and Ed could know flying and building as expressions of who they are makes for a great discovery. They also had the capacity to give each other freedom in that regard. That makes for a very powerful commentary about how vows are lived out. Thanks for sharing and inviting. –Harold”
Zenith 750 Builder Dan Glaze writes:
“William, I too love to fly,someone ask me once if I could remember the first time that I flew,I sure could, I was 4 years old and remember spreading my wings (arms) and circling the back yard watching my shadow on the ground, at that moment I became a pilot. corncobs with feathers stuck in them and thrown into the air,rubber-band powered balsa airplanes,then control line and radio control. followed with the U.S. Airforce and then 16 year in the Ohio Airnational Guard.12 years building B-1B bombers and C-17 transport aircraft, and now a Zenith 750. My wife has always understood that I needed to be airborne and has always been very supportive.My Corvair engine has been running since the college at Roys last summer. Barnwell will be my 7th college and the 3rd since my engine ran and my wife insists that I go again. she knows that I need this fellowship with like-minded people and is so supportive, after 35 happy years of marriage she is still behind me 100% even though she herself does not care to fly. I likewise support her in the things that she enjoys.A Successful marriage is a 2 way street. Happy wife, Happy life. Dan-o”
Builder Matt Lockwood writes:
“Blues skies and tailwinds, Ed.”
On the topic of You Tube Videos, Zenith 750/2850cc builder Gary Burdett writes:
“Since you got your new Cray XE6, you are spending much more time on the net it seems.You may have been better off as a trilobite . The videos do give a little eagerness to get done to those of us “almost there” though and we don’t have to spend hours surfing for a couple of good hits so maybe it’s working out. Thanks.”
Gary, The only thing Cray I have is some Robert Cray blues records from the 1980s. I am still a trilobite in an ooze of simplicity. This blog is written in the wordpress format that allows a cave man like me to update it without the assistance of my super genius IQ-207 wife. Our Traditional website is actually written in straight HTML code, 100% by Grace. She can actually type a translation in HTML as fast as I can dictate words to her. It took a lot longer to update the old site for this reason. I am covering a lot of ground on this site because we are heading into the home stretch before CC#24, which is the last event for 2012. A new guy attending this event will have a much more productive winter engine building season than a builder who postpones his first College until next season. Readership on this site has been picking up steady since Oshkosh and the Zenith open house, with a number of new arrivals since Contact issue #105 made it to subscribers. I want to get a good flow of information that gives these new arrivals a panoramic view of the Corvair movement.-ww
On the topic of Unicorns vs Ponies Builder Charlie Redditt writes:
“I’ve enjoyed showing the below to my two young daughters, hoping to inoculate them a bit against consumerism.
Just to say, our consumer cultural preference for unicorns extends to a lot of other stuff as well. What made the connection for me was the last quote, “because you see, the machine never really did exist. On my way this morning to get a 140 hp.-Charlie”
On the topic of Cylinder head temps, Builder Jim Lobue writes:
“Always great to get practical tips and the reasons why. I was thinking about using the stock temp probe location, but everyone in aviation seems to use the spark plug, so that is how the sensors are designed.
I havent spoken to you in years. Yes, the Zenith project is way behind due to elder care issues, but not dead. Being active in EAA Chapter #96 keeps me motivated.-Jim”
Jim, taking care of the parents and family is a priority that we many of our builders write in about, something you have in common with at least 1/3 of the guys building a Corvairs. Planes are important, but family first. Glad to have you back in action.-ww