Mailsack 7/24/13

Builders:

The topic below touched a nerve with builders. I also received a number of private letters. One of them I read very carefully came from a thoughtful builder who had lived and worked in China. He pointed out that choosing to use words like “Communist” was a distraction, and that The Chinese had moved so far from Marx that the term no loner applied to them, and just harkened back to McCarthyism, causing people to miss the point that this is largely about how the short term greed of the few here is used by the long term goals of the Chinese. I agree with his main point. However, when I describe the PRC as ‘Communist” I am not primarily thinking of economics, I am thinking of them as a totalitarian police state with little respect for human rights. There was a time when a lot of Americans were bothered by the thought of other humans living in those conditions, but today we ignore it as long as they provide all the cheap consumer trash that supplies our gluttony for gadgets.  Here is a sample of the mail:

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On the topic of Communist Chinese government at Oshkosh

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Builder Dan Branstrom wrote:

” I’m the son of missionaries to China.  While we fled the communist takeover in 1949, I also realize that the incredible corruption of the Nationalist Chinese government, now on Taiwan, and now much reformed, eased the way for the takeover. I also believe that much of our early hostility towards the communist government was unwarranted.  That does not mean that I think Chairman Mao was a good guy.  After all, he is responsible for more deaths than any other person, and that includes Hitler and Stalin, because of his economic, military, and social policies.  It just means that I think many of our policies were unnecessarily hostile at the time.

Now things have swung the other way.  We have now become unnecessarily friendly towards the “Communist” government.  We have pursued economic policies that have, in effect, given them the keys to the candy store in the name of a “free market.” I say “free market” because, in dealing with Chinese “businesses,” there is no “free market.”  Everything is owned by the government because businesses only exist because the government says they can, and it intervenes whenever it wants.  They are tools of the government.  Decades ago, when China “opened up,” U.S. businesses were required to take on a Chinese partner if they were to do business in China.  The purpose of this was to transfer as much industrial technology as possible to China.  They then ate our lunch because those businesses, supported by the government, it’s financial aid and industrial espionage, used our R & D, which they didn’t have to underwrite, to undercut our businesses. At every turn, they kept holding out the carrot of the “vast, emerging, Chinese market.”  That is an illusion, because they have no intention of having us produce for that market, but to produce for themselves.  The “vast, emerging, Chinese market” was a big, fake incentive, and we fell for it.”

“P.S. Apparently, the Chinese just bought Thielert.”

Zenith builder Dave Griggs wrote:

“William, I had heard of all the Chinese investment in US aviation business, I am not sure where, maybe AOPA. I had more of an  interest in Cirrus because my son works there. Cirrus had put their jet program on hold and was experiencing layoffs in the manufacturing end of things, probably due to the economy and market. My son was saved from layoff by moving to the maintenance side of the company. So far the Influx of the Chinese money has created American jobs. Cirrus is actively working on their jet program and are hiring new people. Of course I am concerned about the long range goal of the Chinese investors. Will jobs eventually be moved out of the country? A bigger concern may be that a good portion of our huge national debt may be owed to The Chinese. Dave Griggs Zenith 750 builder in hot and humid Minnesota “

Zenith builder Paul Normandin wrote:


“William, About two weeks ago I was in Home Depot looking for a step drill bit, I noticed that it was made in China. On a whim, I walked up and down aisles and picked up objects trying to find something, anything not made in China. I didn’t even limit my search to “Made in the USA” just anyplace that wasn’t China. I failed. Bolts, screws nuts in stainless (nothing like that high grade Chinese stainless), brass, galvanized… I looked at lock sets, power and hand tools, all made in China. It shames me to see so much of what was once proudly made in the USA now being manufactured by virtual slave labor in China. We can’t have free trade with Cuba because they are evil communists. We can have all of our goods manufactured by human rights violating, environment raping slavers (who are also, by the way, Communists just like Cuba). We got here through greed; corporations wanting to make maximum profit without caring about anything more than the bottom line, and buyers who wanted cheap products without regard to where they were made. The only way I know how to fix this problem is to refuse to buy Chinese manufactured products but God damn, they are everywhere.”

Zenith builder Phil Carley wrote:

“Dear William, I share your passion and concern for “Made In America” for General Aviation and other industries. I was employed at a Computer Distribution Company from 1994 to 2004. This company outsourced it’s programing to India and many people lost their jobs.  I did not lose my job, but I saw no path for advancement within the programing environment.  I’m currently working for a local distribution company selling Rod Ends.

I’m training for my Sport Pilot license in a Cessna Skycatcher 162, made in CHINA, and thanks to your enlighten article Continental Motors, Inc. is now owned by the CHINESE!  Even though the motors are made in Mobil, Alabama.  Is it only a matter of time before the manufacturing will be taken off shore to China or maybe a nice CHINESE CLONE? After I complete my Sport Pilot training I plan to build a CH 650B with a Corvair motor and I will have “Made In America” my project theme.   Phil Carley Working American”

Builder Bruce Culver wrote:

“I think Paul P. would agree with you. He was getting involved with another homebuilding group dedicated to actually building light airplanes. I agree that a new organization is needed, because EAA has very little interest at all in true light aviation and homebuilding. As you have said, the big companies can make as much money selling 100 $1 million airplanes to the wealthy as they can selling several hundred $50,000 airplanes to the working classes, and it’s a lot less hassle. We are pretty much on our own. The irony here is that the “flying rights” they want to protect serve only the interests of the “professionals” who now run the EAA/AOPA/Private Pilot crowd. Those of us who want to fly “low and slow”, primarily VFR, will not have to use many if any of the FAA services for our basic light aviating. And long after the dearth of enough GA airplanes to support the current repair/maintenance infrastructure causes most of that infrastructure to disappear, the true homebuilders will be inspecting and repairing their own planes. Maybe we’ll be the only ones left…..at least down low.”

Builder Dave Morris wrote:

“We’re giving them our aviation industry, and right north of me we are training their pilots by the hundreds. Boy this is not going to have a happy outcome at all.”

Cruiser builder Sarah Ashmore wrote:

“You are so right once again. It is sickening to see how much of U.S. industy is now owned by Communist China, not to mention how many valuable, high paying, skilled jobs have been exported theer as well. As for the EAA I have a suspicion that in the not to distant future they will decide to “Re-Invent” the organization to be more representative of is base and drop the word “Experimental” from the name. We see other Big Businesses doing such a reinvention of their corporations all the time and EAA is big business otherwise the half million tab from the FAA would have shut this years convention down. As you have pointed out the EAA magazine has long since lost touch with the grass roots membership and only highlights mega bucks projects that have very little owner content (builder is no longer a valid term for those aircraft). Sun-N-Fun long ago replaced Oshkosh as the must attend event for the year and even they are starting to get too big to represent the EAA base.”

Builder “Pete” wrote:

“Unfortunately, went I went to the big model airplane meet most of the vendors there were selling chinese made parts.  A few vendors were filling the gaps with small business built items but sadly its just like Walmart was a few years ago with foreign made products dominating the market.
Who do I blame?  George H W Bush, former ambassador and traitor to the American economy.”

Pete, I think a lot of people had their hand in the transfer of jobs overseas. The thing the surprises me is how fast people switched from 85% of American’s caring about “Made in America” to 85% not caring at all. This only took 20 years. I can remember when Harley owners were outraged to find the factory had subcontracted some of the forks to Japan. Now, very few people care about such things. The mayor of Detroit pointed out that they have gone from 300,000 goo manufacturing jobs to 27,000. You can not sustain a city, an industry nor a country on this basis. Everyone knows this, but few people care, as long as they get what they want today cheap. If a US plant with 1,000 good middle class jobs is closed, that is a 1,000 people who are not going to be capable of building a plane, learning to fly or practicing their craft any time soon, if ever. The CEO who sells out the jobs makes the investors happy, he gets a big bonus and buys a Cirrus or a TBM, and we a supposed to think of this as ‘efficiency’ and making good sense. It is just personal greed in place of your neighbors, your children and your country.-ww

Zenith builder / Our JRB  Spencer Rice wrote:

“Just gave me another reason to build my own plane and build a Corvair engine!”

Builder Jackson Ordean wrote:

“The time is past ripe for a new organization/group.  I only support EAA because I don’t know of another alternative that is devoid of suits, concrete, glass, steel, big staff, slick mags, big expensive stuff, and Chinese sellouts. Of course, I’d want you to be President and lead on in the spirit of Poberezny.”

Jackson, I think you are right on, and the EAA has taken homebuilders for granted because they were the ‘only game in town’.  Today, what they underestimated was that a number of builders would choose nothing over them. I appreciate your support, butI have a better idea: Each of us starts with the premise that we are our own aviation organization. Our Shops are our temple of creativity, and we don’t need to feel that Oshkosh and the EAA management is the center of our aviation experience unless they re-earn it. Self reliance and sharing this with other like minded builders is great stuff, and you don’t really need a large top heavy management organization in another state selling you tickets for $150 to attend your own membership convention. Wherever you are should be the center of your aviation experience.-ww

Oshkosh Forums 2013, Flycorvair / Wm. Wynne

Builders:

Below are my 2013 Oshkosh forums. Lest anyone think that I do not appreciate the good people who make up the bulk of the work force at Headquarters, let me directly say that I worked for EAA publications as a staff writer from 2002-2006, and rank and file staff members are outstanding people who take their jobs very seriously. They earn modest salaries and work very long hours.  Every single one of them I worked with expressed that they considered it a privilege to serve the membership. These people are in charge of the day-to-day work. The only people at headquarters I have an issue with is the upper management that sets the direction of our membership association. This is an important distinction I would like to be very clear about. Unfortunately, the membership gets very little if any real contact with the elite management to express concerns about our organization. We do have acess to the people who work at headquarters, and I want to remind members that these are not the people making the decisions you don’t like. You can not hold the workers personally accountable for the decisions of the board, and I suspect they have as little input on policy decisions as you and I do.

2013 marks my 17th year of giving forums on the Corvair engine. They are very well attended, but due to time limitations, often the really detailed information is covered in follow up at our regular display. If you would like more follow on information, come see me in our booth, #612 across from Zenith in the north display area. -ww

Blast from the Past: Below, Oshkosh 2003. I stand just after my forum with EAA legend Marv Hoppenworth. (He is best known for designing all the pedal powered planes for kids, but he did a lot of other stuff in the EAA.) He is a long time Corvair fan. We met him by knowing his son Jay. At Brodhead, Jay had often  shared pictures and stories of his parents, who had met and gone flying in an L-4 on one of their first dates. Marv is truly old school EAA, and it was an honor and pleasure to meet the father who was so obviously  his son’s hero.

 

 

Add Date Time Title Venue Map Presenter Type
Tue 7/30 8:30 AM – 9:45 AM Corvair Flight Engines Workshop Classroom II K10 William Wynne Forum
Wed 7/31 8:30 AM – 9:45 AM Corvair Conversions Forum Pavilion 02  GAMA K09 William Wynne Forum
Fri 8/2 8:30 AM – 9:45 AM Corvair Flight Engines Workshop Classroom II K10 William Wynne Forum
Sat 8/3 8:30 AM – 9:45 AM Corvair Flight Engines Workshop Classroom II K10 William Wynne Forum

Communist Chinese government at Oshkosh

Homebuilders:

One of the things that I dislike about our aviation industry is the fact that many people in the management of US companies have sold them to the AVIC, the aviation front company that is wholly owned by the communist government of the people’s republic of China.  Haven’t heard about this? I can make a very good case that the aviation journalists and many of the officers of US aviation organizations have gone out of their way to keep quiet about this sell out of US manufacturing, simply because there are perks for those that “get along to go along”.  There is far more personal reward for those that talk about imaginary things like “China’s need for private GA aircraft” and very little reward for people who are speaking of defending the US aviation manufacturing base that was carefully built over 100 years.

For those that think I am being dramatic: Above, a picture of a Continental Data plate from a C-85. If you look closely, you will see that the center of the design is a picture of the US Capitol building, with the creed “As Powerful as the Nation.” Do you recall reading in your aviation magazines that this American company was sold to the government of the people’s Republic of China?  Think I am making this up? Below is the Wikipedia page for the company:

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“Continental Motors, Inc. is an aircraft engine manufacturer located at the Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Alabama. Originally spun off from Continental Motors Company in 1929 and owned by Teledyne Technologies until December 2010, the company is part of AVIC International, which is owned by the government of the People’s Republic of China.”

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They are not alone: Do you recall reading that Cirrus, an aviation company with it’s roots in homebuilding, who’s designers are in the EAA hall of fame, sold the company to the communist Chinese Government? Lets look at the Wikipedia page:

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“The Cirrus Aircraft Corporation is an aircraft manufacturer that was founded in 1984 by Alan and Dale Klapmeier to produce the VK-30 kit aircraft. The company headquarters is located in Duluth, Minnesota, United States.

The company is owned by China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (CAIGA), itself majority owned by Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), which is in turn wholly owned by the Government of the People’s Republic of China.”

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Maybe you like Lycoming style engines? Superior has always been one of the best known names in aircraft engines. What is not been reported is that they are now owned by the Chinese. Again, lets look at the Wikipedia page:

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Superior Air Parts, Inc. is a manufacturer of aviation piston engine replacement parts, headquartered in Coppell, Texas, United States and owned by the Chinese company Superior Aviation Beijing. Superior air parts started as a manufacturer of valve guides in 1967. The company branched out into FAA/PMA approved parts for general aviation aircraft. The company manufactures replacement parts for Lycoming and Continental aircraft engines. The cylinder assemblies use newer cylinder head alloys and fully hardened cylinder liners.[1] Most of the company’s production is outsourced, with Superior ensuring that the parts meet their engineering and testing standards.[2] In 2008, Superior Air Parts parent company Thielert declared bankruptcy. Superior was sold to Superior Aviation Beijing (Qingdao Brantly Investment Group and Beijing Suyoupeirui Company).\.

I could go on like this for a long time. Some of these investments are disguised. For example, many US companies are said to be owned by the Brantly helicopter company. This is true. But what is not said is that Brantly functions as a holding company, and it is in turn owned by the Chinese. Again, the Wikipedia page:

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Brantly International Inc. is a helicopter company with its engineering and administrative offices based in Brantlyin Coppell, Texas, United States. Manufacturing of Brantly-designed helicopters is now carried out by Qingdao Haili Helicopters of China.

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What you may not know is that the EAA actually welcomes “The China Pavilion” at Oshkosh. Keep in mind that Oshkosh was started as the annual membership meeting of the Experimental Aviation Association. Yes, this is your meeting. Do you recall if anyone asked the membership how they felt about inviting the government of Communist China? I don’t. Keep in mind, the president of the EAA, Jack Pelton was the CEO of Cessna when the decided to move the production of the Cessna 162 to China, so I suspect he is just fine with US jobs being shipped to communist countries. If you would like to learn a little more about the EAA presidents background Google search the terms “Jack Pelton, CBS 60 Minutes, Fake engineering degree”. Let me assist: http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-500164_162-654319.html

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The China pavilion is hosted by a very slick guy. He sent out the red letter below to every business owner who is renting space at Oshkosh. You can go to the man’s website, and it will directly tell you that private aviation in China is a myth:

” China’s  aviation is built from the ground up from the military, and it is owned and  operated by government.”

His goal is to get US companies to sell to China, or at the very least, transfer their jobs to mainland China, giving away US manufacturing information to the Chinese, who are notorious for having zero respect for patents and intellectual property. They actually send delegates to nearly every booth. Last year we caught one of their reps trying to steal a set of manuals and DVD’s from our display.

I became an EAA member in 1989. I have met Paul Poberesney in person many times. I am hugely appreciative of the work he did started the EAA. I didn’t always see eye to eye with everything he did or said. But I would like to say that in hindsight, I think the EAA under his leadership would never have engaged in things like quietly accepting the presence and money of the Peoples Republic of China.  Paul had faults, but he understood that the EAA was made largely of people who came from middle class manufacturing jobs, and if you sat by while their jobs were sold out, the core of the EAA would decline.

What is the moral of this story? You have to be your own hero, make your own way, there is no knight in a shining affordable airplane showing up for you. Traditional US GA companies long ago gave up on marketing products to people who worked for a living.  The Chinese people they sold the company to are not interested in it either. If you work for a living, the airplane you own will come from your own shop. If the EAA management inside the “Oshkosh bubble” has forgotten what made the EAA great, don’t let this concern you. Airventure is one week of the year. It is worth going to at least once.  There will be a small number of companies there, us included, who still care about affordable planes for people who work for a living. Come and learn something.

When you head home, you can leave the illusion of “the Mecca of Aviation” behind. The center of your world of homebuilding belongs to where ever your small workshop is located, and you represent 100% of the membership there. Focus on your actual goals, not the ones you are told to have. The first 10 years of the EAA were 1953-63. Virtually every plane was the craftsmanship of a middle class individual. everyone was to be a builder or an aviator, the organization was founded on the principle of “Learn build and fly”, nowhere in there is it saying you should be a spectator while wealthy people fly things built in police states. Aerodynamics have not changed since 1953. Physics Chemistry and gravity are all the same. Grass strips on sunny days are the same. there are more than 10,000 small airports in the US, and thankfully, most of them are unchanged since 1953. Air, clouds and weather are all the same. The fundamental human desire to create with your own hands, and master with your brain and skills an aircraft that moves your heart is absolutely the same as it was in 1953. This weekend, at countless airports all over America, you can go out and experience the exact great moments that aviators did in 1953.

The major thing that has changed the most in the last 60 years is the one that matters the least: The management of the aviation organizations and the journalists they own. Those people would tell you that you desperately need them in your life to experience aviation, that they are there to protect it for you, interpret it for you, provide you with opinions and perspectives they want you to have. It’s a joke, they need you and your money, but you don’t need them at all.  The sooner you see this is the sooner you understand that you are 100% in charge of your destiny in homebuilding, and that you can experience the same great moments in flight that others who came before you did.

Today, one person could decide to quit every aviation organization that fails to represent him, never read a book or magazine printed after 1980, never attend a fly in with more than 250 people again, and get his information directly from other experienced builders. Another person could keep on going to airshows that highlighted things he can look at but never afford. He can read about “his” organization defending flying rights, rights they offer him no affordable option of exercising. One path is about taking charge of your life, the other is about drifting, daydreaming and hoping. Choose carefully, it’s your life we are speaking of. -ww.

“Greetings,

The China Pavilion is returning to EAA’s AirVenture Oshkosh this year!  This year we have another great opportunity to explore the market potential and business opportunities in the fastest growing aviation market in the world! We invite you to stop by and meet with our Chinese delegates who are eager to learn and actively seeking business opportunities in general aviation. Many are attending the show with the purpose of finding a teaming partner in GA operation and manufacturing! We will be giving our presentation on the China aviation market at 10AM on Monday (29th) and Tuesday (30th), and all delegates will be available to meet with you to discuss new business opportunities in China. It does not matter if you are an operator or manufacturer, there are many great opportunities available this year! Please do not miss this opportunity to learn more about China market and how to expand your business with the right teaming partner in China. China Pavilion is located at booth number 440 and 441, in between HAI Heli-Center and FAA tower. Hope to see you at our presentation.Best Regards, Francis Chao Managing Director

Uniworld, LLC  www.UniworldUSA.com

Corvair College #27, Nov. in SC, Registration open.

Builders

Registration for Corvair College #27 is now open. This will be our 4th College at Barnwell SC. P.F. Beck and crew are the local hosts November 8th-10th.  This is traditionally the largest college of the year, has a large number of planes and running engines. The event has excellent facilities in as centrally located on the East Coast.

If you go to our main website, you can read about Corvair Colleges #19, 21 and 24, which were all held at Barnwell. P,F. and crew know how to be the local hosts of a great event. If you are looking for the “full immersion” experience in the Corvair movement, #27 is your event. I have already spoken with Dan and Rachel Weseman, Mark from Falcon and Roy, and they are planning on attending this college.  We will have a good number of returning college grads to help out also. Barnwell colleges are marked by fun, but it is also a very productive setting, and we have had dozens of builders get their first run in at these colleges.

In less than a week, P.F. and I will both be giving forums at Brodhead, the annual Pietenpol gathering. P.F. is well known in the Pietenpol community, and Colleges at his location are well attended, especially by Piet builders. We are setting a cap on 100 builders at CC#27. We have approached this number before, and since we are starting registration early, I expect the event to fill up. If you would like to attend, please take action now and register.

CC27 – https://corvaircollege.wufoo.com/forms/corvair-college-27-registration/

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The Event also has it’s own Face Book Page:

https://www.facebook.com/CorvairCollege27

We will have more updates after Oshkosh.

Above, Randy Bush runs his engine at Corvair College #19 in Barnwell. If you have not met him, go back to last weeks stories and read about how his aircraft just passed 500 hours of flight time. Attending a college is often a turning point in a builders experience. If you are not making the kind of progress you would like, come to a college and find the experience, motivation and friends you have been missing.  Then I can write a story about your plane reaching the 500 hour mark and pull out an old picture of your engine running on our test stand at a college.  No airplane is built in a day, but to get one done, you must decide that this day will be different, take action and make choices that are proven to make progress. The choice is yours. Time will pass whether or not you set goals and reach them. People who take action are far happier than those that just wish they had.-ww

Corvair College #26, Sept. in MO., Registration open

Builders

 Corvair College #26 will be in Mexico MO, at the Zenith factory, September 18-20, Just before September Open House, so that builders can take in both events.  We will have several Corvair powered Zeniths on hand. Note that Sebastien welcomes all builders, not just Zenith builders. I have already contacted Mark from Falcon, and he will be on hand, and we will have good number of builders from previous colleges at this event. The 48 hour nature of the event means that it will be fast paced, but this will be a full College with engine tear downs, assembly and test runs. In addition we have a number of Corvair powered planes planning on being on  hand. You do not have to own a Corvair engine to attend the event. If you are just seriously thinking about the Corvair, I encourage you to attend and learn more. Colleges are excellent settings to learn more details and evaluate the engine’s advantages for your project.

There is no registration fee for this College. The simple reason for this is because we will have the builders on hand source their own food and beverages. At other Colleges, the fee goes to providing the food and drinks. In Mexico, we have elected to bypass this and focus on the mechanical side of the event. This also allows some flexibility on builders’ arrival times at the event. We are encouraging all the builders at the College to plan on staying for the Zenith open house on Friday and Saturday. I am opening this registration before we head to Oshkosh to give regular readers a chance to sign up early. I am going to cap the total at 60 builders, and I expect this to fill up before the end of Oshkosh. Please note that while there is no fee, registration is required, and I do have to know you are coming in advance. I will be glad to speak with every single person on hand at the open house on Saturday, Technical planning, safety supervision and space limitations require us to have a finite limit on attendance. If you are planning on attending take action today. Here is the link:

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CC26 – https://corvaircollege.wufoo.com/forms/corvair-college-26-registration/

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The Event also has it’s own Face Book Page:

https://www.facebook.com/CorvairCollege26

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We will have more updates on the college just after Oshkosh

Above, an illustration of how long we have had a good working relationship with the Zenith Factory. This photo is from our 2006 “Corvair Day” we had at the factory….Seven years ago doesn’t seem all that long, but get a look at my short hair cut and non-gray hair! Grace and I bought our Zenith 601XL kit at Oshkosh 2003 and began flying it in the spring of 2004. Many people headed to Oshkosh will be attracted to companies that are offering “new and exciting” engines for their planes. They are fun to read about, but I can make a great case that very few of these companies survive more than 36 months. The fact that we have been working with Zenith builders for 10 years, and Corvair builders since 1989, should prove we are in this for the long run. Less than 20% of the engine companies working in 2003 are still around, and less than 5% of the ones from 1989 are still here. Corvairs have already been flying for 53 years, a little less than half of the history of powered flight. Old and proven serves real builders. New and exciting appeals to spectators. Will you be in the arena or in the bleachers? Choose wisely and then act. -ww

Corvair Power Parking Row at Oshkosh.

Builders,

We are a week away from Oshkosh. 601 XL builder and Corvair event organizer extrodinare Ken Pavlou would like to remind pilots of Corvair powered planes that he has reserved a row right in the home built parking, right next to the two commercial displays, ours  and the Panther booth. If you are thinking about flying in with your Corvair powered plane, please take the time to read this, and it would be a very good idea to check in with Ken directly. Here is a direct link to the story:

Corvair Power Row in homebuilt parking at Oshkosh 2013.

Above, Ken with his Corvair, in a photo I took five years ago while making a house call at his place in CT. His aircraft is 99% done today.

Above, A number of the Corvair pilots that flew to Oshkosh two years ago standing with me in out display tent. They are Shayne McDaniel, Woody Harris and Andy Elliott. If you are flying in with your Corvair powered plane you will need a 8×10 sign that says “HBP” on one side and “Corvair”  on the other.

Pietenpol Motor Mounts, P/N 4201(C)

Builders,

In the morning, I am heading to the powder coater, to drop off a dozen Corvair mounts that are heading to Brodhead and Oshkosh with us. We will pick the up and pack them in just before we head north.

In with this group of mounts are two of our high thrust line mounts for Pietenpols. You can read the story of their development and construction by cliking on this story from last November:

Pietenpol Products, Motor mounts, Gear and Instalation Components.

Grace has also updated our catalog page on these mounts, to make it easier to order one. I will have these on display at Brodhead, one is already spoken for, going to Mark Chouinard, the other is still available. You need not be headed to Brodhead to pick it up, if you would like the mount, we will gladly ship it to you before we leave. Click on the link below for more information:

http://www.flycorvair.com/pietmount.html

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From Corvair College #25: Pietenpol builder and veteran of several Colleges Dave Aldrich with a high thrust line Pietenpol motor mount we made for him. It is powder coated white. He saved $80 on shipping by picking it up in person. These mounts are popular, builders like Kevin Purtee, Terry Hand and Bob ‘early builder’ Dewenter already have one of these new high thrust line mounts. The design also benefits from the weight and Balance testing we did on 30 Pietenpols in the last 36 months. The mount is 3″ longer than the one shown in BHP’s 1967 mount drawing. The compensates for today’s larger pilots.-ww