Outlook 2016, Corvair College #37 Chino CA, 4/22/16

Builders,

I have just spoken with Steve Glover, and we have confirmed that CC#37 will be at his hangar in Chino California the weekend of April 22nd. This College will be a full regular College with a sign up that will open in December. This event will be part of our Western tour, ( Outlook 2016, College #36 and Western building tour ).

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Grace and Old friend/KR expert/Mr. NVaero.com Steve Glover, photographed at CC #28. He is kind of a prankster; Two weeks before that college I walked into my shop with a neighbor, and caught the end of a phone message where an ominous voice repeated “You can expect trouble in Texas.” My neighbor was worried until I explained that this was just my friend Steve saying he was planning on attending College #28. Steve’s sense of humor and definition of ‘entertainment’ was developed during long service in the Marines.

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I selected Steve as the Local host of the college for 3 reasons: He has attended many colleges all the way back to CC #9, He has an excellent facility for the event, right on the Chino airport, and he is a tireless supporter of experimental aviation. He has owned built and flown more than a dozen Experimentals, he owns the rights to the KR series of aircraft, he just started an FAA repair station, and he is now brought the Ellison series of carburetors back to the market. On top of this he has a Corvair/KR-2s under construction and owns a flying Corvair powered 601XL. He is friendly to strangers, patient with beginners, kind to animals, short with trolls, courteous to the civil, and a good friend to those up for his version of ‘tough love’.  He is one of a kind, which is good, because I’m not sure the world is ready for more than one Steve Glover.

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I spoke with Dan Weseman, and he is going to fly out to Chino, and work hands on with builders at CC #37. We had 60 builders on hand for CC #34 at the Zenith factory in September, and Dan and I covered the technical instruction between us, and it worked out great. ( CC#34 and the Zenith Open house -2015 -quick notes )  Between our two businesses FlyCorvair and SPA/Panther, we now cover 100% of the needs of every Corvair builder: Revised sources, listed by Group numbers, Aug. ’15 . We have gone to great lengths to streamline and organize the builder support system, and it makes a very large productivity difference at Colleges. #34 was the first College where we had the processes and support well coordinated, and we are just 2 weeks away from #35 in Barnwell SC, where we will further apply this at our largest College, where P.F. Beck and his crew have a highly perfected support setting. I am justifiably expecting a large increase in the learning and productivity. The 2016 Colleges will directly benefit from these improvements in parts availability and organization and coordination of technical support.

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A Steve Glover story: Several years ago, I ended up buying an aircraft project in California and storing it in Steve’s hangar. At the same time, Steve bought a KR project in Florida, and it ended up in my hangar. After several months of considering shipping options, Steve and I hatched a serious bet: We would flip a coin, and the winner would pay for the fuel to drive both ways, but the looser had to drive the round trip, obviously towing a plane both ways.  I won, and bought $1,600 in gas. In a very hard core piece of solo truck driving, Steve did the round trip in 6.5 days, including spending 18 hours with us in Florida and making a quick detour to eat dinner in New Orleans.

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