2017 Corvair Events

Builders:

Here is a summary sketch of the Corvair events we have on the slate for 2017. Keep in mind, this will later be updated with both sign up information for the colleges, and also several  Finishing schools ( like this : Corvair Finishing School #1, Video report.) which will be in Florida, with the dates announced later.

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There are many links to Corvair College stories here: Corvair College reference page.

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“When is the next College?” is a very frequently asked question, if you see that come up, please do me a favor and share a link to this page.

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Corvair College #39, Barnwell SC, 10-12 March, 2017

This is almost full, read details here:19 more spaces for CC#39, Barnwell SC, March 2017.

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Oshkosh , Airventure 2017,  display 616, (same spot as always) , July 24 – 30, 2017 (and Stopping at Brodhead for the Pietenpol Gathering)

I have been to Oshkosh more than 25 times, We always have parts for sale these, we are planning on having a parking row behind our display for Corvair powered planes, I always give forums, I am glad to inspect cores,  and we are considering doing an engine in a box assembly there. For an example: Photos from Brodhead and Oshkosh 2015, Pt. 1

Zenith open house, 22-23 September 2017.

We go to this every year, and for 2016 we did a full engine in a box demo assembly and test run. We also inspected cores and picked up ones headed back to Florida  From 2016: Corvairs at the 25th Zenith open house. and “Coming on like a Hurricane” and EAA Major Achievement Award.

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Corvair College #40 Wisener-Mineola Airport, (Tyler) TX 29 September 1 October 2 2017.

This college has Shelley Tumino and Kevin Purtee as hosts the same couple who brought you the four colleges in Austin TX, Read about them here:The Cherry Grove Trophy and here: Kevin Purtee and “The Hat of Power”

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Deland Sport Aviation Showcase – set for Nov. 2-4, 2017

  We will have a display, inspect cores, have parts for sale and have a number of Corvair powered planes on hand. Here is a look at 2015s event:  Deland Sport Aviation Showcase – Today November 5th

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Corvair College #41, Barnwell SC, 10-12 November 2017

This is a return to our flagship College at it normal time of the year.

For a look at the 2015 Barnwell College, check this out: Corvair College #35 Barnwell builders video.

For a look at the EAA film about the 2013 Barnwell College, click here: New EAA video on Corvair College#27, Barnwell 2013.

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Thank you, William Wynne.

http://flycorvair.com/ – https://flycorvair.net.

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Exhausted, but happy, Grace and I stop for gas in Janesville WI, after 10 days of travel and camping at Brodhead, and Oshkosh 2016. Home still lies 1,250 miles distant.  In the last 20 years we have driven more than 250,000 miles traveling to airshows and Colleges.

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I have been continuously in business longer than 90% of the companies in our industry. Here is the secret of longevity: I don’t expect the work to be pleasurable nor particularly lucrative. Instead, my persistence is fueled by the fact I find the work Rewarding, a much more reliable motivator than fun or money. If you chose a Corvair, my support is based on your willingness to learn and build, it is not driven by the thickness of your wallet. -ww.

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PARTS!

Builders:

2017 is my 28th year building Corvair engines for planes, and for about 18 years of that time, our lives have been blessed by common internet use, which suddenly gave every person with a keyboard and a made up name an equal sized soap box, from which they could pass judgement on every guy who had been out there building aircraft parts.

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Timing is everything in history: In 1,000 AD, if you had zero ability to suffer fools, this was a distinct asset in being a Viking, it was respected. Since Al Gore invented the internet, the tables have turned, and now the same quality of intolerance of imbecility makes you a bad guy, and sends the trolls on the net running to their “Safe Zones” where no one has to use a real name . They will claim you didn’t respect their “trigger warning” because you asked for the N-number of the plane they allegedly based their negative observation on.  Yes, I am directly saying most aviation internet discussion groups are as far from the Sterling Hayden – Philosophy honor roll as an modern dance major at a liberal arts college. 

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For the last 15 years internet trolls have stuck to four points about my work:

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“William Wynne doesn’t return calls or emails or answer questions.”

Sorry, in the last year I have geared up and run an incredible machine of factual information to counter all the old wives tales and internet BS. I even answered the very last tech question I had in my inbox yesterday.  Read: Outlook 2016 – The Corvair ‘Information Network’ now in gear.

“William Wynne Made fun of my Prius and the fact I like driving it to Starbucks”

OK, guilty as charged:Thought for the Day: Corporate “Ethics” , but in my defense, I am friends with Phil Maxson, and he drives a Prius, proving I have tolerance for “those People.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSvNhxKJJyU

“William Wynne is a long haired hippy and isn’t always “Disneyland nice” 

I don’t have long hair anymore, and if I’m a hippy, I have to be the only one in history with a shooting range, a firearm collection and a lifetime hatred of VW’s: Thought for the Day – Corporate trust? Oh, and isn’t it ironic that this happened to an asshole: EAA Major Achievement Award.

“William Wynne’s parts are on back order and hard to get”

Well get ready for hell to freeze over, because I have a ton of parts on the shelf, since we put this program together 11 months ago: Outlook 2016, New order page and distribution method. Having SPA/Panther, take care of the distribution of our stuff is the best decision I have made in a decade. Some sample results:

Zero back ordered Motor Mounts.  That’s right, I have not owed one to any builder for months, we have many models on the shelf, right now.

Part #3901-A Zenith/Bearhawk Stainless Exhausts, now on shelf. The last time I looked, we have 11 of these on the shelf boxed and ready to go. About a week ago an Internet

New Front Spinner Bulkhead  An example of a traditionally back ordered part that we have readly available because of a complete redesign to make them easier to keep in stock.

#4201-C Pietenpol Motor mounts, now on the shelf, ready for shipping. This was a part that once had a 9 month back order, but that is long in the past.

Parts Production improvements- #4201 Motor Mounts We have about 5 of these in stock today, and we have had inventory on hand for the last 8 months.

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My next post is going to be a schedule of events for 2017. We will have a lot going on, the first college is just 8 weeks away. Want to make this year different? Take advantage of the fact that in 2016, with the help of good friends, I completely re-invented our business and traveled around the country to prove it: Back in Florida after 7,380 miles on tour. We are now in an excellent position to serve a great number of builders. To take advantage of this, all you need to do is, not listen to internet myths from trolls, call up and get going on parts, and understand The Value of “Showing up” .

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Call Rachel at the SPA/Panther parts order hot line: 904 626 7777.

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Above ScoobE with Zenith mounts on our back porch.

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