Corvair College #30 and #31 sign up now open

Builders:

The registration pages for the next two Corvair Colleges are now open.

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Corvair College #30 is at the Zenith Factory in Mexico MO September 16th-18th.

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Click on:   https://corvaircollege.wufoo.com/forms/corvair-college-30-registration/

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Corvair College #31 will be in Barnwell South Carolina, November 7th -9th.

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Click on:  https://corvaircollege.wufoo.com/forms/corvair-college-31-registration/

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To read more details about these colleges and other events this year click on this link:

Corvair Colleges and Airshows – dates 2014

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To learn all about Corvair Colleges, click on this link:

Corvair College reference page

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To get a look at hundreds of photos and stories from 10 years of colleges click on this link:

Corvair College History….in photos

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 Special thanks tour local hosts of these colleges: Two, blast from the past photos, a reminder that both of these men have long played a role in the success of the Corvair as an engine option for builders:

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Above, a 2004 photo from Sun n Fun, the first where one of our Corvair powered planes have been displayed in the Zenith Aircraft booth. On the right, Sebastien Heintz is easy to recognize,  but on the left it is harder to tell that is actually me with short dark hair. This was the first show we brought our 601XL to. It began a long lasting cooperative relationship that we enjoy to this day, one that benefits both our builders.

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Above, P.F. Beck, Grace and ScoobE in front of P.F.’s Air Camper at Corvair College #12.  P.F and his crew are about to host #31, an unprecedented 5th college. Even before this P.F was involved in the SC colleges #12 and #16, flying in to demonstrate his Pietenpol and be an outstanding ambassador of Corvair powered flight.

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Thanks also goes out to Corvair/Zenith 601XL builder/pilot Ken Pavlou who set up this on line registration. Ken has just flown off his 40 hours and will be headed to Oshkosh next month.

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Thought for the Day: Obsession with electronics

 

” If you work outside of aviation, let me teach you something: Many mechanics can fly a plane; Many pilots can change plugs or tires; Many ATC guys can navigate; Many dispatchers can forecast weather; Many linemen can start and taxi a turbo prop; Many glider pilots can hand prop a plane, and so on. As a general rule, people in aviation have an interest that exceeds their job description. While there are obviously plenty of avionics guys who know how to fly, build, navigate, or what ever, most people who work in aviation would gladly tell you that avionics people tend to think of the rest of the aircraft as a support system for the panel.”

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Read the whole story here:

MGL vs Corvair ignition issue

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Michael Heintz, left, and myself on the right congratulate Rick Lindstrom for winning the Best Engine Installation Award at the 2007 Copperstate Fly In. His 601 XL is behind us. The photo was taken at the Quality Sport Planes facility in California during Corvair College #11. Michael actually flew the plane on the 1,500 mile round trip to the Copper State airshow. It is a testimony to our work with Corvairs that a pilot with no previous experience with them could confidently get in the plane and fly it for 12 hours over some of the least forgiving terrain in North America without checkout, special briefing nor concern. We set them up to behave just like Lycomings and Continentals. Some of the numbers marked the tach and temp gauges are slightly different, but the engine operate with the same feel.

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For many years Rick covered avionics for Kitplanes magazine, but in the big picture he is a pilot first, mechanic second and avionics guy third. Rick’s 601XL was built in our hangar in Florida in 2006. During the test phase the engine and airframe behaved flawlessly, but we had a number of issues with the glass cockpit which was made by made by the much heralded Blue Mountain Avionics. Their hay day was short, they ceased production in 2009 and closed the company. -ww.

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