Thought for the day: Who do you trust?


 Once upon a time, I wrote almost 50 articles that were published by the EAA, I was on their masthead, I wrote for a half dozen other aviation magazines and was welcome in private industry discussion groups. Over time, people in our industry found out that I have never been a “go along to get along” type. If the industry had a dirty little secret to keep from builders, I was, and remain, the wrong guy to tell.

If there is an angle/system/ way-it’s-done which operates by keeping builders in the dark, it is now understood that I’m not going to keep quiet about it. I have written openly so builders can see and understand something of the consumer/marketing forces they face in our industry. It’s the kind of writing that has not made me friends with ‘the system.’

For this reason, I have a lot less ‘friends’ in industry than I once did. You write stuff like “Unicorns vs Ponies” and point out the new head of the EAA has a fake engineering degree, they don’t invite you to the cocktail parties anymore. That’s ok, I got into homebuilding to learn, build and fly, not be part of a marketing industry. Being welcomed into the workshop of a homebuilder is a real experience and a greater honor than being mistaken for an “Industry insider.” -ww.


New Year’s Day 2005, Grace and I visited Phil Maxson and his family in Washington, N.J.   I have to be the only engine manufacturer in aviation who makes free house calls. In our travels of the last 25 years I have made about 400 such stops. Yes, that is me with the short dark hair. Phil’s 601XL has been flying for the last 8 years.




To read a story of marketing over substance click on : Unicorns vs Ponies.


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:



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.

2 Responses to Thought for the day: Who do you trust?

  1. Daniel Vandenberg says:

    Churchillesque. Fabulous. Thanks.

  2. dan glaze says:

    hay, i’ve got 2 PHD’s, (post hole diggers) one pair even has new and improved fiberglass handles, just sayin, dan-o

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