Thought for the day: Having two Achilles heels.

“Let me teach you something about some of the people who choose car engines: Some of them have two Achilles heels. they are cheap and they don’t like following the guidance of experienced people. It doesn’t matter what type of power plant a builder chooses if he has those two issues in his personality. Understand that car engines can attract people with that mindset, and it is the mind set, not the engine itself that causes the problem. I openly discourage people with those perspectives from working with the Corvair, and truthfully I am ok if they quit aviation all together. Cheap and unwilling to learn are not qualities of successful aviators.” -ww, 2014




I wrote the comment above to a discussion list in response to a man who stated than none of his friends “had much luck” with auto engines in planes. I do not believe that luck exists, thus I think efforts based on it will be as fruitless as unicorn ranching. Conversely, I have always seen thought, consideration, learning, craftsmanship and prep work pay off. These things have nothing to do with luck, and are not the stomping grounds of people with two Achilles heels.


For more food for thought get a look at: Unicorns vs Ponies.


white and black pony with dirty hair standing in the snow Stock Photo - 8579493

Above, typical pony. White one is deciding to kick or bite photographer; probable answer: Both. You do not need a scratch and sniff application to understand that this animal does not smell like roses.


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.

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