Chino and Cloverdale are just 500 miles from each other, and that might seem pretty close for holding two colleges 14 days apart, but there is some logic here. I am going to continue the Western Tour up into OR and WA, making house calls and holding night schools, but right now we don’t have a full College in the works for either Oregon nor Washington. If a builder from that area wants to attend a full College, they should be forming a plan around #38 at Cloverdale. Although it may be a drive, it would cut 1,000 miles off a round trip to Chino.
After speaking with many builders, I suspect that CC #37 at Chino will draw Arizona and Southern California builders, and CC #38 will draw the northern builders planning on a full college. Part of the reason why we are not opening up the sign up for the 2016 colleges until mid December is that I want to get them all laid out, so builders can choose the one that makes the most sense for them. (Of course, everyone is welcome to sign up for more than one.) Once we have the Colleges on the trip set up, we will fit in the Western Tour path and detail where we will hold the “Night School” stops. Just for example, we are already working on stops in Hanford, San Jose, and Vacaville in between CC #37 and #38.
Above, a 2007 photo From Cloverdale: Michael Heintz, at left above, joins me in presenting the EAA Copperstate Fly In Award for Best Alternative Engine. This was awarded to Rick Lindstrom, center, for his 601, behind us. Two weeks earlier, Michael had flown the airplane on an 18-hour round trip to Arizona for the show. Hundreds of Southwest builders got a chance to see Rick’s plane in person, and it was given the award at the end of the weekend. The Photo above as take at Corvair College # 11, ( http://www.flycorvair.com/cc11.html ) which was held in the same Quality Sport Planes facility that CC #38 will be. In an industry where it is considered ‘normal’ for an engine company to last just 36 months before going bankrupt, it should be notable that we are still here, returning eight years later for another Corvair College, just part of a 26 year unbroken track record of serving builders.