HV-2000 Rear Oil Cases

Builders,

Pictured this morning in the hangar, a dozen HV-2000 High Volume rear oil Case assemblies in process. The closer ones are mostly through cleaning, all of them have already had the machine work modifications on the mill. I work them through the process in blocks of 10-12, when they are done they are inspected, packaged and taken to the SPA/Panther factory for sales and distribution to builders, world wide. Items like these are regularly shipped to builders as far away as Australia.

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Ideally for production, I would work on only one catalog part at a time, but in the hangar  I tend to have two opposing parts, such as motor mounts and oil cases, going at the same time. I’ll switch back and forth between them before and after lunch, to avoid getting burned out on one of them.  I’m working on oil cases now, but we have two completed ones on the shelf at SPA for anyone who would like to advance their project before another day passes.

Here is the link to our products page:

http://shop.flycorvair.com/shop/

If you have questions, the SPA hotline is 904 626 7777.

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For a funny story about how the cases are rough cleaned read this:

Jack-o-lantern parts cleaner for HV-2000 rear cases.

The quote below is from the story. Yes, there are single afternoons of being a Motorhead that are more life-affirming than a whole bookstore of new age self help books. To each their own, but I personally find more solace in life from fire, beer and metal than I have found in humus, yoga and eastern literature.

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“For all of you childhood pyromaniacs and unrepentant troglodytes trapped in repressive gated communities, those in apartments with pleasant neighbors and  builders exiled to places with property owners associations run by yuppies, gaze upon the Jack-o-lantern cleaner and imagine horrifying all of those that would repress your most fundamental pyro-mechanical instincts.  It isn’t just a cleaning tool. When surrounded by fun people drinking beer it is a down right declaration of motorhead independence and freedom. Contrasts nicely with the forest at twilight.”

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Welcome to the 24/7 Anxiety Machine

Advisory: Story Contains no technical information, just a chance to peek under the blindfold we were told to wear.

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Builders;

In 1995, Dave Pirner wrote a song called “Misery.” It was a commentary on the record industry, how it popularized angst and anxiety, then fed it to people in music. It included these lines:

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” We could build a factory and make misery,

We’ll create the cure; we made the disease.

Frustrated, Incorporated”

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What was true of the record industry 23 years ago has now become true about every detail of consumer culture, accelerated by advancing technology and addictive participation in ‘social media’, which is all used as a highly tailored tool, not to present consumer choices, but to trigger base emotional responses from people. Read any modern text on marketing and learn it is the goal of mass marketing to keep people in constant anxiety, because it makes eliciting emotional reactions much easier and suppresses calm thinking.

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Pervasive Crisis Culture: At the gas station yesterday, a small screen on every pump was projecting a CNN story about how close world war III is, told by a reporter who wasn’t born in 1992 when the Cold War ended. At age 55, I am at the tail end of people who remember TV going off the air at night. Now, the anxiety machine runs 24/7 and nearly every person carries something that looks like a tiny TV in their pocket, but it is really a data gathering device for consumer companies and filled with addictive apps like Facebook.

Notice that this dire waring was being projected by a gas pump which was inoperative. The pumps didn’t work at the station,  but the screens kept going. This type of continuously pumped audio anxiety reminds me of the loudspeakers in communist political re-education camps and Pakistani madrasas. To think, we once called ourselves “The Free World.”

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An Easy Example of modern marketing:  

Look at printed car ads from the 1970s, they contain long lists of mechanical features buyers compared and evaluated. People were thinking. Now look at todays car advertising: ‘Subaru, it about love” and Mazdas pathetic “Zoom Zoom” , these are just targeted to illicit an emotional response. We hardly noticed when MPG numbers were dropped out of the ads 15 years ago. You may not think much of them, but they are pervasive because they work, particular on a society awash in anxiety.

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How people are self conditioned to respond:

Back when TV went off after the National Anthem and the test pattern ran for 30 minutes, adults with different view points could actually have discussions, and as mature people felt obligated to actually consider the logic of the opposing perspective. Go to Youtube and look at William F. Buckley Jr. on Firing line, having a civil debate with Hughie Newton, Co-founder of the Black Panthers. This type of discourse requires thought, not pure emotional reaction.

Now think about a 1,000 stupid political arguments you have seen in the era of social media: Notice that neither side is listening, nor thinking. All they are doing is waiting for something I call a “Dog whistle phrase” to have an emotional reaction, ranging from labeling and dismissing what they are hearing, to having an emotional fit about it. If they do, and they call the other person names, they will get immediate validation for the behavior in the form of “likes” from others having a purely emotional reaction.  If that dosent sound sad enough, consider that a protection dog with an IQ of 15 or 20 could be trained to snarl at people who say conditioned phrases, the like button being replaced with praise from the trainer. That is an indication of how little gray matter is working on a person who has been conditioned to have emotional reactions. And just to make sure they stay that way, plenty of things to make them angry will be channeled to their specific ‘news’ feed.  (feed being a very descriptive and accurate term)

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Anxiety is not a new issue in Western Civilization:

I am reasonably well read in the tenants of Greek Philosophy. Most schools of thought 2,400 years ago specifically identified anxiety as the main poison which ruined the value of peoples lives. Their very practical approach was to strictly divide everything in one’s world into things you can control and things you can’t, and note how all anxiety is caused by spending time worrying about things that are not within ones control. The Romans really took Greek stoic thought as an absolute faith, and it served them in their greatest period, including the rein of Marcus Aurelius, who was a devout Stoic. Even though he was head of an empire, his personal code way one of absolute allegiance to his moral purpose, not the state.  This was 800 years of of western civilization devoted to the elimination of anxiety….

Sixteen centuries later, the pendulum has gone full swing, and now an unholy equation of technology, marketing, corporate power and globalism have combined with a goal of getting a vast amount of the population to stop thinking, and replace reason with conditioned emotional responses, and live in a state of near constant anxiety, because it makes them easier to control.  Being a slave in the Roman Empire meant someone owned your body.  Today, if a person spends almost no time in rational thought, and their ‘decisions’ , opinions and emotional reactions are just triggered by phrases, they are called a ‘consumer’.  Perhaps the worst type of slavery is when someone doesn’t understand they are one.

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OK, what does this have to do with my airplane project? 

It’s good to love aviation, and to be passionate about it, but I am wary of people who are in aviation who don’t trust reason, don’t like thinking, can’t hear different perspectives, and have more conditioned emotional responses than real thoughts.  I give these people a wide berth, and for my own sanity, I don’t put much hope in ‘de-programming’ their responses.  Aviation and the sky are big places, and it isn’t hard to avoid these people.

When I got started in homebuilding, nearly 30 years ago, there were far less of these people.  Thats sad, but Stoic thought tells me to put that fact in the category of ‘things I don’t control’, and I’ll experience a lot less personal stress. My only responsibility is not to be one of them myself.

While the rest of the world lets go of reason, your workshop, project and life and conduct as an aviator are all things under your full control. There are great rewards for accepting this and making these elements of your life a sanctuary of reason, a tranquil place removed from the world of constant crisis, perpetual wars, partisan conflict, consumer greed and mindless desires, all driven by the anxiety machine. When you take this approach, you will find many other people in aviation have quietly made the same choice. I try to be polite to most people I meet at airports, but I try to only keep company with people who value reason.

A decade ago I stopped watching TV news, 5 years ago I stopped listening to radio and all its banal advertisements, and in the last year I have had little to do with social media, as it is dominated by people who don’t like to think. Lots of people talk about “living off the grid”, but for the value of my life, and my hours in aviation, the ‘grid’ I have worked to ween myself off is the vast and pervasive anxiety distribution grid.

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Zenith Mounts ready to go, 3/28/2018.

Builders,

Below is a picture I took this morning at SPA, the Panther factory, and the distribution point for all the things needed in Corvair powered flight.

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Left and middle are Zenith 601/650 mounts (Part number 4201A) and on the right is a Zenith 750/Cruiser mount, (4201B). They are bolted to thin plywood sheets and padded for delivery. Because they are a low weight, high volume package, the best method of shipment turns out to be USPS overnight Express Mail, which is actually 100% hand handled packages, a good feature for shipped aircraft parts difficult to package.

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The mounts pictured are ready for shipment, Lisa the shipping manager at SPA, said the 750 mount was yet to be spoken for. If a builder purchased it on line tonight, the mount would ship tomorrow, and be there on Friday.

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Here is the link to our products page:

http://shop.flycorvair.com/shop/

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If you have questions, the SPA hotline is 904 626 7777.  The next round of Zenith mount production is 4-5 weeks out.

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Wewjr

 

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Things to ponder…

Builders;

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Things to ponder;

Why, in a near empty parking lot, did the owner of a new Lexus park so close to my old truck that I had a hard time opening the passenger door?

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After much consideration, the only reason I could come up with was this: He really wanted me to put my spare dead water moccasin under his windshield wiper. 

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As a society, we are often in too big a hurry to ponder the questions of our fellow mans needs and wants. I feel better about myself when I take the time to ponder the questions life presents, and come up with an answer that makes me feel good about caring for the desires of my fellow man, even if I don’t know him personally. Its just the kind of person I try to be.

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-WW

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