A visit to Zenith, and a thousand miles to home.


I took the morning today to stop at the Zenith factory in Mexico MO. and see Sebastien and crew. Although we will be in the same spot at Oshkosh in 3 weeks, we wanted to coordinate plans for Zenith’s 25th open house in September.


Our contribution to the event is Dan Weseman and myself run a complete Corvair assembly and test run, start to finish on Friday.  This will not be a traditional College, but it is an excellent opportunity to observe in detail our procedures and techniques. The event is free and doesn’t require signing up. We will be doing the work in the same spot were Dan and I ran Corvair College #34 last year. We will have more details in the next week, but I suggest getting a look at Zenith’s website and planning on attending. 


After lunch, I began the last leg of the western tour, which started with my departure for Texas on March 28th. 


It is over a thousand miles to our place in Florida, but I know the route well. My first trip to Zenith was in 2003 to pick up our 601XL kit. In the following years I have been back 14 times for open houses and Colleges . The section from Mt. Vernon IL to Jacksonville FL is the same path we take to and from Oshkosh, the same route we took to the SAA fly ins , and to some of the KR gatherings. In the last 25 years I have driven 40 or 45 round trips on it. In 21 days I will be headed back north to Oshkosh on the same route, like an old migratory bird.



Above, a photo out the side door of my hanger in Florida. A little dog comes out to see what’s going on.




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.

3 Responses to A visit to Zenith, and a thousand miles to home.

  1. Jeff Moores says:

    Hi William,

    My wife Dale and I are traveling to Midland, Ontario to attend the (Canadian) Zenair open house next weekend. I have booked a demo flight in the Cruizer. I’m considering a retirement project; A 3.3L stroker in a 750 Cruizer (on floats of course)


  2. Terry Hand says:

    Safe travels, William. Drive carefully.

  3. Stuart Snow says:

    Thank You for doing the Western Tour. It meant a lot to us builders and helped me make progress.

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