Corvair College #32, Texas Feb, 2015, Sign up open

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Corvair College #32 is set for San Marcos Texas. 27 Feb – 1 Mar, The local hosts are Shelley Tumino and Kevin Purtee. The people who brought you CC#22 and CC#28 . This College is at the same location as CC #28. Sign up is now active. This email below came from Shelley today:

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“Hi there, I wanted to let you know that CC32 registration is open and ready for you to shout it from the roof tops!!  Please let your followers know, and as soon as you put it out I’ll post it on the MATRONICS and Facebook. Here is the link:

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https://cc32.wufoo.com/forms/cc32-registration/

Shelley”

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Kevin and Shelley keep a busy schedule. For example, the week before Corvair College #22  they were having dinner at the White House.

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Above, at Corvair College #24, we awarded The Cherry Grove Trophy to Pietenpol builders and flyers  Kevin Purtee and his very supportive better half Shelley Tumino.  Their frequent appearances at airshows far from Texas, their constant promotion of ‘learn build and fly’ and the hosting of the highly successful Corvair college #22 made them the right people to be awarded the trophy in 2012. They work as a team, and it was appropriate to award it to both of them. Kevin’s frank discussions of the effort required to achieve something of real lasting value in personal flight reach many builders. Their  ‘lead by personal example’ philosophy has shown a great number of builders a path to success. -ww

For a good read on Kevin’s personal perspective on homebuilding, read his story at this link:

Guest Writer: Pietenpol builder/flyer Kevin Purtee

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Understanding Flying Corvairs Pt. #4, Blueprint for success or?

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If you have not seen the Intro to this series, you can read it here: Understanding Flying Corvairs Pt. #1, Intro., It will explain the goals of the articles. Please take a moment to read it, including the comments section.

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“If you build a clone of a successful installation, and operate it the same way, the laws of the universe will make sure you get the same results”

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The Big Myth:

There is a myth in homebuilding that says you have to build something unique and different to be a real homebuilder. This myth is a lie; In reality, all you need to do is finish and fly a homebuilt airplane to be real homebuilder. Even if your plane is a clone of one that has be cloned 100 times, finishing and flying it makes you a real homebuilder. Conversely the most unique and original project that is never finished isn’t actually a plane at all, because planes by definition fly, and therefore, only things that have flown are eligible to be called real homebuilts.

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Why building a clone of a successful plane is good:

Besides the fact the plane will work just like the successful one, here is the underlying reason: If you are building planes for the right reasons, the plane isn’t the project at all. You as an individual is the actual project. The change in your skills, the expansion of your mind, the increase in your faith in yourself and your self reliance are the actual product you are working on. You can achieve all of these things building a clone of a successful plane. People who think of the plane as the product are operating at a very base level that is not self rewarding.  Possession of the plane without the change in self that comes with building and successfully flying it, is empty by comparison.

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Ask yourself this: Three guys are ‘homebuilders’ First guy has the coolest . most unique project ever with lots of clever innovations on his builders site, he has been working on it 12 years, and it will probably never fly.

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Second guy finishes a more common airframe but has a something ‘innovative or unique about it, like a British car carburetor or a home brewed EFI set up. It harms the motor, and even though it goes around the pattern, the guy knows never to trust it because the world looks very different from 500’ with a sputtering engine than it does looking at a cool project on a computer screen.

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The third guy builds an absolute clone of a successful aircraft. It works just like the original. He flies the 40 hours off without issue. He gradually builds his skills and over time travels the country. Every bit of mastering the operation of the plane was guided by the experience of other builders who had previously built a clone of the same plane.

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Ask yourself, out of these three examples, which guy actually experienced the transformative power of homebuilding in his life? Every time I bring this up to a guy who wants to build something totally unique, they always counter with “but my ideas will really work.” I point out that I have known hundreds of people in 25 years who had a unique project that was never finished, and several dozen that flew a unique plane that crashed on the first flight, wasted the engine, or scared the crap out of the builder enough that he never flew the 40 hours off……and every single one of these people said to me “but my ideas will really work.” They believed this because 95% had never built a successful plane before. They didn’t know what one looked like.

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In the foreground above is Dan Weseman’s Wicked Cleanex. Off his wing, Chris Smith flies the Son Of Cleanex.  When Chris announced his intention of building a Clone of Dan’s plane, a number of people on the Corvaircraft list gave him crap about this, claiming it wasn’t “Real homebuilding.” Chris finished the plane in 2 years, flew it for hundreds of hours, went on to flying an RV-4 that he took on trips through back country strips in Idaho and Montana, and today flies his RV-6 around the south east with his girlfriend, while he awaits the two seat Panther.

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He learned formation flying and aerobatics in his homebuilts, and counts dozens of successful homebuilders as friends. Building a clone as evidently the entry point to the transformative experience of homebuilding. And the critics who gave him crap? They did nothing, and 10 years later you can still find the exact same people on the Corvaircraft list telling a new group of people what ‘real homebuilding’ is, and applauding any proposed ‘innovation.’

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Above, The five Corvair powered Zeniths that flew into Corvair College #30, all parked for a photo in front of the Mexico terminal. The engine installation on these planes are clones of the one we developed in our own 601XL more than 10 years ago. Since then, we wrote the installation manual for it, produced hundreds of installation parts like mounts, intakes and exhausts, and have taught 800 people at colleges how to clone our engines. The five planes above are a sample of the success of cloning a proven engine set up.

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In the story: How I became a genius in 6 minutes I share how a builder working on a unique Corvair/601 combination with an MGA carb burned up his engine on the first take off.  Forget about the armchair internet experts who cheered him on, and focus on this: Is your goal to be that guy with a broken engine on flight one or flying far away to places like Mexico MO and having your plane as the #6 ship in the photo? It is a fee world, take your pick.  Choose wisely, some outcomes do not allow a second chance.

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Above, a candid photo of a moment on the ramp; l-r Bob Styer, Lynn Dingfelder, and Pat Hoyt.  Lynn and Pat utilized information we provide to build Corvairs that work, and they are out enjoying them. Bob is working on his own ‘clone’ of our design. I took the photo, it was a great moment in the sun, a spot every homebuilder deserves to have in his life.

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There is a path to get to this point, and there is also another fork in the road.  Every rational person understands that choosing the other fork does not have the same track record of success. I am strongly against internet armchair experts egging on builders they will never meet to produce things with very little chance of success, but a great deal of risk. -ww.

 

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Understanding Flying Corvairs Pt. #3, My way or the highway?

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If you have not seen the Intro to this series, you can read it here: Understanding Flying Corvairs Pt. #1, Intro., It will explain the goals of the articles. Please take a moment to read it, including the comments section.

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I am not suggesting that our way is the only way to build and fly Corvair engines. My position is that our way is proven, and for that reason I advocate it, and can do so in good conscience. In 25 years I have seen many examples of builders who were absolutely sure that their way would work as well or better, who ended up with a broken engine or plane. This reality is not rationally debatable. Of course there is a third position, an innovative idea that works, but stop and think, every guy with a broken plane was sure he was in this group just before he took off, and the great majority of them were wrong.

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In 2004 or Zenith 601XL was one of a kind, the first Corvair powered one to fly. On that day it was unique. After it was successfully flown and demonstrated, only then was there a demand for installation parts to Clone it. In the ten years since our Zenith installation has evolved in details, but essentially remains the same. It works, not circumstantially, but for a wide variety of builders in a wide variety of conditions. It is copied because it works, proven over a decade. It there were vastly better ways of doing it, they would have emerged, been proven, and in turn be cloned themselves.  This has not happened.

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I do not have a lock on innovation, a patent on success nor even a 3 digit IQ. All I have are a first class education, 25 years of working with this engine in planes, and the experience to stare at parts for a long time in the hanger and figure out how they will fail long before the plane is taken to the runway or even started.

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Many people can visualize how something might work. It is my ability to visualize how it might break that took much longer to develop, and has served more homebuilders. Speaking out about these things has often lead to be being misunderstood  as anti-innovation.

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In 1996 I wrote the words: “It isn’t the probablity of being right that counts, it is the cost of being wrong that must be considered.” I wrote it because even then I knew that most builders looking at ‘innovation’  considered that backwards. 18 years later, this has not changed.

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Some people read the story below and conclude I consider myself “my brothers keeper.’ I do not, I just consider him my neighbor, and if I see him about to light his house on fire, I am inclined to lean over the fence and suggest he reconsider stripping the paint with a flamethrower.-ww.

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Further reading:

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Effective Risk Management – 2,903 words “This was the first time I can clearly say I understood the cost of keeping your mouth shut. This was the first step to me becoming the kind of “Bastard” who publicly points out people doing dangerous things.”

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“If only someone had told him……” “The incident didn’t change my feelings about either guy, but I did come away from it having to admit that I have a very limited ability to communicate with people who are of other mindsets. I sought a mixture of solace and understanding by drinking a few beers and re-reading, Speaking of Courage, a chapter in Tim O’Brien’s book The Things They Carried.  Norman, the central character in the chapter is destroyed by his inability to find anyone to listen to a bitter truth he knows.”

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