New Year’s Eve noise making at our airport


90% of the day our little rural airport is virtually silent, you can sit on the front porch with a book and a coffee, and hear someone six houses away close their front door. But we also have periods where the noise of creativity and freedom are fully celebrated, and New Years eve is always a day filled with sound and celebration.


The day started early with Vern flying his little plane featured in the previous story. He had not had it out in a long time, and vowed both that he wouldn’t fly it again with its old fiberglass tank, and that he would fly it by the end of the year. He made good on both by getting airborne with the new aluminum tank on the last day of the year. Shortly there after, neighbors came by to use my range, and the volume of sound increased. Later tonight, there will be a traditional bonfire on the south over run, with potent fireworks from Alabama, and a light show provided by tossing Corvair magnesium cooling fans in the bonfire.


When I was in High School in NJ, the state saying was “If it is fun it requires a permit, if it is real fun. it is illegal”. Florida is not without faults, but saying the state  motto of “Hey, hold my beer” is basically the only legal requirement before having fun.



Above Marlin lever in .45-70, AR-15 in 5.56. Hard to believe the designs of these to machines are 130 and 59 years old respectively.



Above, Mint Ruger Blackhawk in .44 Special and a J frame sized Taurus in .22WMR. Blackhawk was both pleasant to shoot and surprisingly easy to shoot accurately.


Hoping all our builders have a fun new years eve. There are so many good things to do in the coming year, I gently remind everyone to be or find a designated driver tonight, or better yet, hang out with friends in your own neighborhood. We will have more news on 2017 events early next week.




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 New Year’s Eve noise making at our airport

  1. Byron Engle says:

    Love the guns; especially the Marlin & Blackhawk. I have (among others) a stainless Ruger New Model Blackhawk with dual cylinders (.45 LC & .45 ACP).
    Wonderful shooters!

  2. Pj Jacobsen says:

    I had a big loop lever carbine in .357, traded it for a 9mm carbine that takes glock mags

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