The Cherry Grove Trophy, 2014

Builders,

Every year at the Barnwell College we award The Cherry Grove Trophy . It is named after Bernard Pietenpol’s home town in MN, the place where the first Corvair was flown by him in the spring of 1960. We award it to a Corvair pilot who has made a lasting contribution to the efforts of other builders.

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 In 2008 Grace and I had the Trophy made with space for eight years of awards to be engraved on it. Next year, 2015 at CC#35, the last name will be engraved on the trophy and it will be retired, but the lasting contribution of the eight years of recipients will have a strong positive effect on Corvair builders for decades to come. -ww.

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Recipients:

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2008 – Mark Langford – KR2s – 1,000 hrs. on Corvairs; Flew to Oshkosh, SNF, colleges and the KR gathering numerous times. Contributed to flight ops. manual.

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2009 – Dan Weseman  – Cleanex (and now Panther)- Approx 600hrs in Corvairs, has flown 11 different Corvair powered planes. Flew to SNF and colleges numerous times, positive displays at Oshkosh. Developed most practical 5th bearing; Co-hosted CC#23; Demonstrated aerobatic performance of the Corvair; Contributed to flight ops. manual.

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2010 – Joe Horton – KR2s – 825 hrs. on Corvairs; Flew to Oshkosh, SNF, and the KR gathering numerous times. Flown to more Colleges than any other pilot; has flown Coast to Coast and back. Contributed to flight ops. manual.

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2011 – P.F. Beck – Pietenpol – Local Host for Colleges #19, #21, #24 #27, and #31. About 1/3 of all the engines ever run at a college started at Barnwell, these colleges were attended by nearly 400 builders. P.F. has flown more than 250 people in his aircraft. It was originally completed for $6,800 including the engine.

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2012 – Kevin Purtee and Shelley Tumino – Pietenpol- 345 hrs on plane in short time. Flew to Brodhead several years; Local Hosts for Colleges #22, #28 and #32. Outspoken risk management activists for Piet community.

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2013 – Phil Maxson – Zenith 601XL – Flew to SNF and colleges numerous times. Developer and moderator of the “Zenvair” discussion group. Contributed to flight ops. manual. N601MX is the only airframe to fly on 2700, 3100 and 3000 cc engines. Tireless contributor of positive energy over a decade.

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2014 – Ken Pavlou  – Zenith 601XL – Flew 40 hours off, to Oshkosh and to CC#31, logging 165 hours in first 5 months.- Developed application for this website, has run on line sign up for almost all of the last 15 colleges; Local host CC#14; Directly assisted numerous other Corvair builders in New England. Logged 6.5 hrs. giving demo flights at CC#31.

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Ken holds the trophy at CC#31 Barnwell 2014. His aircraft is named “The Blue Speedo.”  The humorous origin of the name is best left unprinted and only related verbally between adults with Ken’s sense of humor.

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2014 CC#31, the first four recipients repeat a 2011 picture on the same spot:

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Above,  from Corvair College #21.  Left to right are Joe Horton, 2010 , Dan Weseman, 2009, P.F. Beck, 2011, and Mark Langford, 2008.

 

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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