College and Western Tour update


I have spent the first weeks of this year focused on shop work and shipping parts, and thus writing has been on the back burner. But I did want to post this note about Colleges. The sign up links for Corvair Colleges #36, #37 , #38 and #39 has been up for ten days, you can read the story here: 2016 Corvair College registration pages.


The Colleges are steadily filling, and be advised not to delay signing up if you are considering attending. A quick look at the numbers:


Texas College 35% full, sign up closes when it is full, or on 1st of March, which ever happens first;


Chino College: 40% full


Cloverdale College 30% full (be advised, limited space means it can fill much quicker than other Colleges)


November College in Barnwell, 20%




One of the goals of the tour is to meet as many builders as possible. Beyond the colleges, I want to have at least 10 “Night Schools”, like we did on this tour:  : A decade later: Midwest tour, winter 2005.  I also plan to visit many builders projects like this House Call on Pat Green’s 1,000 Hour Pietenpol and this Corvair House Call, Range: 335 miles. Below are some of the proposed stops the driving legs. If you are not too far off the route, and considering hosting a night school or would like a house call, write it in the comments section, or send me an email with “Tour” in the subject line.


The travel route and some of the proposed stops:


Leg One: Austin to Chino, April 5-20

Santa Fe NM

Yuma AZ


Leg Two: Chino to Cloverdale April 25-May 5

Hanford CA

San Jose CA

Vacaville CA


Leg Three: Cloverdale to Portland OR. May 10-15

Spencer Rice’s shop, Portland OR.


Leg Four: Portland to North Dakota.


Leg Five: North Dakota to Mexico MO





Real grass roots homebuilding: Above is the collection of Iowa builders who showed up for the Night School in Dr. Steve’s Minart’s garage on a very chilly night in the winter of 2005. While most experimental aviation companies tout their ‘customer service’, there probably isn’t another company in experimental aviation that can match our decades long tradition of meeting homebuilders in the field to teach what we have learned. Although I am a prolific writer of both websites and paper books, I can conclusively state that I have taught more builders important techniques in person than with words. Builders need both, but almost no companies offer hands on training at many locations each year, and none of them do it for free like I do.


….BTW, Steve has been flying the engine in the picture for nine years.



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.

5 Responses to College and Western Tour update

  1. Vance Lucas says:

    Hi William,
    Vance Lucas here in Sunny Southern Alberta. I am 380 miles North East of Spokane Wa. at Black Diamond AB. Not exactly on your route from Portland to ND but not that far off for the change to see a little of the best part of Canada. I am not personally aware of any other Corvair builders in the area but I would be happy to host a night school if there is any interest. Let me know what you think.

    • Mike Maury says:

      2016 tour.

      Hello William, Mike Maury here. I live exactly 18 miles northeast of Des Moines Iowa and I would be directly on route between North Dakota and Missouri. I would love to have you stop even if it was only for a home cooked meal .I would love to host a one day event if there was anyone in the area that was building a Corvair. Let me know what you think.

      Mike Maury. Aka. 318 Detroit

  2. Harold Bickford says:

    Hi William,
    Like Mike, we are on the way( leg 5 ) via the se corner of Nebraska. Our plans do include the 2016 Zenith open house which is a 5 hour drive from our place.

    Harold and Edi Bickford

  3. Hear you’ve been BUSY! I did email you re cfore as you asked when I signed up for Chino. Still looking….and just checking in here in case my email last weekend got ‘buried’. Cheers!

  4. jaksno says:

    ‘cfore’ = ‘core’ above.

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