Eric Overton, aka: “Air Marshall Bidet”

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Above, Eric Overton at Corvair College #36 in Texas, stands with his 95% complete 2,775 cc Corvair. The engine is destined to power Eric’s Neuport 12,  a two seat WWI replica.  I am not sure how the nickname started, but Eric is self-confident enough that he actually likes and uses it.  We kid around that when his plane is done we are going to get him in a French officer’s uniform in front of it,  photo shop it in Sepia tone to make it look 100 years old, an label it  “Air Marshall Bidet and his personal Neuport”

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There is a serious side to all this: Eric has beaten Cancer three times in his adult life, fought the last battle just this year. We are not speaking of minor conflicts, we are speaking of the kind where your doctor tells you to get your affairs in order. What kind of guy keeps chipping away at a long term aircraft project when he is being advised that buying green bananas is too optimistic? A guy who is determined not to lose.

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Eric has been to every College we have held in Texas. He is an interesting cat with a lot of life experience. He is a Dartmouth graduate electrical engineer who works on rapidly developed electronic devices for industry.  He brought some of this stuff to #22, the first Texas college. Everyone expected that a guy with that background would drive something like a Tesla Motors car. Instead he drove in with his early 1960’s Ford Falcon.  Eric explained that America is addicted to high tech electronics, and his career is supplying the cutting edge of that need.  Then he added “like any successful drug dealer, I don’t use the product I push.”

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Think you have to have something in common with me to get along?  Guess again. I am a grease monkey, and Eric is a comparative rocket scientist. In five years, this is what I have found that Eric and I have in common: We like planes. Evidently that is enough, because we get along great.

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Think you may be too different to fit in with people at Corvair Colleges?  Maybe your friends have an even weirder nick name for you than “Air Marshall Bidet”? I didn’t think so. We have enough characters that you will be in little danger of sticking out.

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Think you will always have ‘next year’ to advance your dreams?  Maybe, but Eric could probably make a strong argument for not putting life off.  He would also tell you that succumbing to the negative little voice that says you can’t, you shouldn’t and dreams like that are not for guys like you is giving up, and there is nothing to be achieved by giving up, even when the odds are very long.

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Parts Production improvements- #4201 Motor Mounts

Builders,

Below is a snapshot taken today at SPA/Pather’s shipping department: Notice that there are 17 Powder coated Corvair motor mounts ready to be shipped. This is only part of the total, there are more still in the powder coating process.

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From L to R, the first eight mounts are #4201-B Zenith 750 mounts. The next ones are #4201-A Zenith 601/650 mounts. The ones on top of the boxes are Cleanex mounts that Dan and Rachel sell. The others on the floor are Zenith 650 mounts. You can get a look at the mounts I sell at this link:  http://shop.flycorvair.com/product-category/airframe-accessory-parts/

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Here is another advantage of working with the Wesemans: Although I have spent the last few weeks in Texas and California, progress with our parts still happens, and things are being shipped all the time.  Last year when I was wearing too many hats and trying to meet family commitments, I got slow on making motor mounts.  In addition to having Dan and Rachel handle  the sales and distribution of our parts, I can also tap into their talent resources as well. Travis is the 30 year old head of their welding department, a very talented young man. When I needed to get caught up, Dan suggested I contract with them to have Travis weld out the CNC tubing kits, and bring my fixture over to their shop. Sounded great. I returned from California to find I have no more back orders, and we now have both styles of Zenith mounts in stock ready for immediate shipment. Synergy at it’s finest.

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If you need a mount for your Zenith, you can order one directly off the catalog link above. Even though I will be back in California in 48 hours finishing the western College tour, The Weseman’s will make sure your mount arrives shortly. If you have any specific questions on ordering not covered on the site, please call 904-626-7777 and speak with Rachel.

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I have been welding since 1978 or so, and I have welded parts that are flying all over the globe. I am pretty sure I have done 400+ Corvair mounts in the last 20 years. I can’t sing, nor dance, but I can weld, and I have some pride in that…..and that is what makes the next part hard: Dan and Rachel’s chief welder Travis, has been at welding for less than five years…..and he is better than I am.  I know I am supposed to be a self actualized adult, and that competitive instincts are a sign of something, but damn, it fries me just how good Travis is. When I have welded 200 Zenith mounts, and they are damn good, but Travis’s third one looks better than any one of the ones I have ever welded, it just makes me feel old. What makes it worse is that Travis is super polite and very humble.  When he is laying down the 100th foot of perfect bead for the day, I resort to childish things like saying Travis, please explain the significance of the National Labor Relations act of 1934″ Without stopping the bead he politely says “I am not familiar with that Mr. Wynne” to which I respond “Well young Travis, you see there are more important things in life than just being a better welder than me, there is great stuff to learn like arcane trivia of American political history I know so well, so you see I still am a critical part of society, even if you can perform mundane tasks like welding slightly better than I care to.”  I am reasonably sure I am the weirdest person Travis has ever met, and that is saying something because he is from Kentucky.

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