Finishing School #2, Nov. 11-13, Florida.


Because Corvair College #39 has been moved to March 2017 (Corvair College #39 at Barnwell postponed. ) the original date has be opened up on the calendar.  Almost 90% of the people signed up for #39 opted to retain their registration for the new date, but Dan and Rachel Weseman and myself had in depth discussions of what we could offer some of the people who could not make the revised date. His included a builder flying in from England to build an engine. We are very serious about working with builders to make sure everyone is treated as fair as possible.


From these discussions, we have decided to organize Finishing School #2 at the SPA/Panther factory in Green Cove Springs (Jacksonville area) Florida, November 11-13.


First, there are some important differences between Colleges and Finishing Schools: Get a look at these short videos from the first School: Corvair Finishing School #1, Video report. The primary differences can be understood in two words Space and Pace:


Space: A setting like Barnwell can easily handle 90 builders without people being crowded. At the SPA shop, the space limit on engine builds  is 10-12. Big colleges require settings and planning that are a huge amount of work, ( that is why we appreciate our local hosts so much ) and would require us to pack up the tools and equipment and transport it. The finishing schools space limitation is an acceptable trade off for being able to put together a highly effective event on short notice.


Pace: At a regular college, the approach is flexible, so that each builder can advance at the pace he prefers, move to any milestone he likes. Builders have a very good time at Colleges, and there is nothing wrong with attending as many as you enjoy. (like 20 if you are Dan Glaze) But the goal at a finishing school is to get the builders engine done and running on the test stand. This is not done at the cost of compromised learning and understanding of the power plant, it is done though prep work and having the builder be ready with every part he needs to finish.


Because of the Space and Pace requirements of the finishing school are different and less accommodating than a College, the sign up is a little different: Instead of an on line form like the colleges have, finding out more about how your project fits in with the Finishing School starts with Contacting Rachel Weseman, at SPA 904-626-7777 (extension #1) She will gladly review the program, space and required prep work. If it makes sense to everyone, Rachel will be able to sign you up for the Finishing School.


Observer slots: The space limitation at the Finishing School is largely driven by the number of engines on the table, not the amount of people standing on the floor. For this reason, we will have a half dozen “observer slots” at this Finishing School. We are holding these available for people new to Corvairs, particularly people who are interested in Dan and Rachel’s “Engine in a Box” option: Call Rachel for more information on attending as an observer.



Above, a  3,000 cc engine after it break in run. This engine is now on the front of Jan Riddenour’s Tailwind in Idaho.






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.

3 Responses to Finishing School #2, Nov. 11-13, Florida.

  1. dan glaze says:

    there is nothing better than good friends, good engines and good coffee ( not Starbucks bilge water) and by the way I’m at 17 now William but whos counting, dan-o

  2. Dewayne Clardy says:

    Hello I am the Highschool teacher that has been working with my students on a corvair engine. We have it torn down to the point where we are about to split the case I noticed that it didnt have and of the IFB i have been seeing online. I wanted to know do you offer that service because i didnt see it in your shopping cart. and if we add the fith bearing what components do we have to change along with it. right now it looks like it has the first generation william wynn conversion but im sure here are some pictures ​ KIMG0069.JPG ​​ KIMG0052.JPG ​​ KIMG0049.JPG ​

    • Dewayne,
      The first thing you need is a conversion manual, without one you can’t plan. PS, using “Ifb” as a term Tess me that you are reading the wrong site or speaking with the wrong people. I am on the way to the zenith open house, I can’t open your pictures yet.

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