New 601XL, 2,700 Corvair, Ken Pavlou CT.


Zenith 601XL builder Ken Pavlou, the man who has done the online registration for most of our colleges, hosted Corvair College #14 and even set up this blog for me, has flown his plane for the first time.


Ken in 2009, introductions at Corvair College #14




Get a look at the film of the planes first flight at this link:



Ken is a very unique individual. When I first starting working with Corvairs, I suspected that they might be an avenue to meeting many varied and interesting people. This has proven to be true, but I must confess, I did not foresee meeting a guy like Ken…. I reality I didn’t even know a character like him was walking around on this planet.


People who know Ken understand exactly what I mean, he doesn’t remind you of anyone else you have ever met, he is one of a kind. People who have not met him think his friends are kidding when we point out that he is a RN, a very skilled pilot, happily married father of two, State ballroom dancing champion of Connecticut, an immigrant to the us who arrived without being able to speak a word of English, he has a savagely irreverent sense of humor, and now he can throw ‘successful airplane builder’ in for good measure.


Ken flies a lot, and now with his own plane, we are certain to see him at a great number of events with the plane every year. Hats off to Ken Pavlou, the latest ‘Zen-vair’ pilot.


For photos of Ken over the years, get a look at the sequence at the bottom of this link:

48 Hours until Corvair College #29 Cutoff.





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.

6 Responses to New 601XL, 2,700 Corvair, Ken Pavlou CT.

  1. Dan Branstrom says:

    Congratulations Ken. That looked like a very good landing.

  2. John Massaro says:

    Congratulations Ken!
    As for myself, one having just beginning “the journey”, your success is a huge inspiration to me, and I am sure, to others as well.
    I look forward to meeting you, and hopefully see your “build”, in the future.
    May you enjoy many days of safe and enjoyable flying!
    John Massaro

  3. Harold Bickford says:

    That is the kind of success story that describes why we are involved in homebuilding. Congrats to Ken.

  4. Jeff Moores says:

    Congratulations Ken!

    Another Corvair in the air!


  5. Jim Tomaszewski says:

    Congratulations Ken! I met you several times at the OSH cookouts and cannot be happier hearing about your accomplishment! Looks and sounds great!

    Time for me to head down to the hangar and get some work done.

    See you again this year at OSH.

    Jim Tomaszewski
    TwinJAG builder

  6. Paul Normandin says:

    Congrats to Ken! It was nice to see his video of a Corvair powered Zenith on its inaugural flight , it was even cooler to see that aircraft’s flight from my home airfield!

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