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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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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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 www.FlyCorvair.com and in more than 50 magazine articles.

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