Corvair College #28 registration is open


I just got an Email from 601XL builder and information system guru Ken “Central Scrutinizer” Pavlou, sent from his secret location in CT:


“The registration form is live at:  “


You can click on that link, and it will directly take you through the on line process to sign up. Keep in mind the event is ‘free’, but we do have a per person fee that goes directly into food, beverages, space , tables and tools.  The online set up explains options on covering this expense so that Kevin and Shelley are just hosting the event, not underwriting it.

Shelley has set up a very elaborate Face book page full of information. This is an open page that you do not need to be signed up with Face Book to read:



It has a lot of basic information and will be updated as we go.


Our illustrious host Kevin Purtee, above, at CC#22. Kevin lives two lives in aviation: His day job is piloting an Apache helicopter and his passion is his Pietenpol and his part in that community. Symbolic of his wearing two hats in aviation is the fact he’s wearing a sock monkey knit hat while making a serious point on his introduction speech. He is cool enough to do this and never crack a smile.

About two thirds of the attendees of Corvair College #22 March 9-11, 2012, gather in front of   host Kevin Purtee’s Pietenpol. You can read the story of that event at this link:

Kneeling in the front row is Gary Boothe of California who was attending  his fifth Corvair College.  Gary’s Piet is done and his engine ran at Corvair College 18. (You can see his plane at this link: New Pietenpol, Gary Boothe, Cool, Calif. )  Yet he comes back for more because the spirit and the camaraderie of the events are contagious in a modern era of aviation where a real spirit of community is often difficult to find.

Above, Kevin Purtee and Shelley Tumino receive the Cherry Grove trophy at Corvair College #24.

ZenVair builder Ken Pavlou of Connecticut with his Corvair Conversion, in a 2007 photo I took at his “Secret location.” Ken has run the registrations for almost all of the colleges since CC#14. Today his 601XL is 99% done.


2014 Corvair Colleges and their local hosts:

CC#28 – Austin TX – Kevin Purtee/Shelley Tumino, 28 Feb. 1 Mar.

CC#29 – Leesburg FL – Arnold Holmes, end of March

CC#30 – Mexico MO – Zenith Aircraft Co., September

CC#31 – Barnwell SC – P.F Beck and crew, Novemeber

About William Wynne
I have been continuously building, testing and flying Corvair engines since 1989. Information, parts and components that we developed and tested are now flying on several hundred Corvair powered aircraft. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics and an A&P license from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and have a proven 20 year track record of effectively teaching homebuilders how to create and fly their own Corvair powered planes. Much of this is chronicled at and in more than 50 magazine articles.

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