Joe Sarcione Zenith 750, 3,000cc Corvair

Update, Letter from Joe:


“William, Thank you for your post!  It probably doesn’t matter much for the post but I want to clarify a few things.  The empty weight is actually 847 lbs and that includes a radio, transponder and ADS-B system and associated components.  It’s also an Edition 2 kit with many Edition 3 upgrades which includes a lot of doublers  It also has the dual stick option and the front bracket for future float attachment.  After doing my weight and balance on digital racing scales it seems absurd to do these measurements on a bathroom scale.  The best part is that I ended up back calculating the actual arm locations for fuel, pilot seat, passenger seat, and baggage area for much more accurate CG numbers by adding the weight and subtracting the difference from the empty moment calculations.

I’m extremely happy with how it came out, and it would never have happened without you, Grace, Dan, or Rachel for your time, patience, and friendship. I can’t wait to get it in the air. Joe”




Joe Sarcione sent in a few pictures of his completed Zenith 750. It has every installation part from our catalog, along with all the Gold System parts we offer to make an outstanding Corvair engine. The plane is done, awaiting it’s test flights.



Aircraft securely tied to a truck during test run. The first airframe component that builders often choose is the motor mount, in this case: Zenith 750/Cruiser Mounts. P/N 4201(B)



Joe’s aircraft on the scales, it came it at exactly 850 pounds. Keep in mind, the least reliable piece of ‘information’ shared between pilots is the empty weight of their plane. I long ago established that in the world of Corvairs, we were going to only state factual data not “marketing numbers.”  For a look at how long we have been working with Zenith, get a look at this: 12 years of Zenith’s powered by FlyCorvair Conversions.



Above, Joe Sarcione (in red), The EAA’s Charlie Becker, Grace and hanging out at our Oshkosh tent for the night airshow in 2015.



Joe with his 3,000 engine at Corvair College #25. He attended several colleges and became the master of his engine.



Above, a look at Joe’s 3,000 cc engine installation. To understand where all the parts come from, read: Sources Reference Page



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.

2 Responses to Joe Sarcione Zenith 750, 3,000cc Corvair

  1. Harold Bickford says:

    Congrats to Joe on a very nice 750STOL. 850 lbs helps establish a benchmark for the 750/Corvair configuration. Always good to see real world examples built by dedicated folks.

    Harold and Edi

  2. retired firefighter, Tim Andrew says:

    I’d like to sell my 150, and buy a Piet… ..but can’t seen to find an AP to do an annual on them. I’m looking for power, not a 65. you know, hot day, 2 people, full fuel, but Im at 460 el’ so Im thinking an 85 or 90 Cont. what’s your thought here? Ossipee, NH Windsock airport

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