Below is a link to a story I wrote about the specific skills builders learn at colleges. Read it and decide if you would rather learn these things slowly at home, or head to the college and have me teach them to you personally in one weekend. You can do it either way, but I an assure you that it changes the way you see yourself, from mere owner to builder and master of your Corvair engine to know these skills. It is hard to make an argument against learning them sooner rather than later.
Below is a link to my story about the “Cherry Grove Trophy”, which we present to the outstanding Corvair Aviator of the year each November. In 20 days there will be a new name on the Trophy, and a fresh presentation made at Saturday night’s dinner. In other branches of aviation, the awards often go to the guy that wrote the biggest check or had the most political influence. In the land of Corvairs, we are not polluted by corruption like that. Our Trophy goes directly to the individual that set an outstanding example and gave back to others now building. Barnwell is the setting where you can meet these builders in person and understand that your place is beside them, In the Arena. Reading a membership magazine featuring aircraft no working man can afford, written by editors who would consign and condem you to be only a spectator is the antithesis of this. Read this story, contrast it to most industry magazines, and then decide for yourself: Spectator or Man in the Arena?
Blast from the past, CC#19, Barnwell, 2010. Builder Jeff Cochran stands with his running Corvair. Today this engine is flying in his Zenith 750. He is planning on flying it back to Barnwell for CC#27. Progress is made by deciding that the time has come to advance your own dreams. You must choose this, it doesn’t happen without your personal action. If I am ever going to write your story about flying your plane, you must take action to start this.
” (2010)- Zenith 750 builder Jeff Cochran of Alabama supervises the run-in of his 2850cc Corvair, above. The Zenith 750 is a large airplane capable of climbing at very low airspeeds. This combination makes it brutally unforgiving on engines with inadequate cooling or light duty construction. The Corvair’s outstanding cooling and high quality components make it impervious to installations that are the undoing of lighter engines.”
Piet builder Mark Chouinard sent in a photo of his Corvair motor mount on the front end of his plane. The airframe exhibits outstanding craftsmanship, and looks to be in the “light at the end of the tunnel” phase. From this point forward the pace of work tends to increase.
When new guys set started they find it hard to visualize how much more productive per hour they will be in the second half of the plane. Your skills will be far better, you will find a work schedule and rhythm that fits your life, you will have many trusted fellow builders to share info and enthusiasm with, and with enough persistence, you can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Mark’s plane is a traditional Pietenpol with a number of nice details. The landing gear combines traditional wire wheels from a straight axle gear with J-3 style independent suspension. Disc brakes are modern but appropriately sized. This view gives a good look at the Pietenpol’s structure. Mark has wisely left off the outter skins on the front of the fuselage until everything is built and rigged inside. The Gray powder coated Motor mount we made for him is one of our “High Thrust line” motor mounts. Below are some direct links to Pietenpol stories in our archives. The first three explain the concept of a high thrust line mount.
From our Brodhead 2013 coverage: “After the Forum, we conducted a Tailgate Tech Seminar. Piet builder Mark Chouinard, extreme right, extreme tall, listens as I answer questions. Mark picked up one of our high thrust line Piet Mounts for his project. Jim Boyer of California picked up another one at Brodhead for his Piet. That rounds out the first 10 of these new generation Mounts. While I have previously made Motor Mounts according to the original drawing, all of our Piet mounts from here forward will be high thrust line models.”
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