Last Part of the day


The title of the story has two meanings; It describes the ring gear, Part # 2408 ring gear, the last part I made on April 2, 2018, and the bottom two photos which were taken at sunset on the St.Johns River.



Ring gear#2408. It is part of our group 2400L light weight starter kit, but it is also available separately for builders upgrading from spoked ring gears used 12 years ago. This particular one is going to Jim Ballew, who actually has 3 corvair powered planes, a Pietenpol, a DA-2 and a 601XL.  He ordered it in the afternoon, Lisa from SPA texted me a note about it and I made it this evening. I will drop it off at SPA in the morning for shipment.  I was having a casual evening in the shop and finished the machine work around midnight, turned the lights and air compressor off and came in to read, but ended up typing this.



Earlier at 8PM, my airport neighbor Alex and I took his 16′ Cobia the 5 miles down to the St. Johns river. It was a short drive on an empty road, we were the only boat at the ramp. Our part of rural Florida is empty compared to the parts known to tourists.  The boat needed a short test run after he rebuilt the carbs. It was a really nice moment to be out on the water.



Idling back to the boat ramp, this was the last part of the daylight. The St. Johns here is a mile wide here, and the whole surface was reflecting the sunset. It was a very peaceful start to an evening in the shop.




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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: