Justin Peters: 855 miles to a custom mount and a 3.0L test run.

Builders:

Last night at midnight I waited outside our airpark entrance for a truck trailer, plane and a builder at the end of a full day drive. Out of the dark, it was Justin Peters, he just logged 855 miles driving down from Ohio. He come on a mission of productivity, as he intends to fly a very special bird on Corvair power this season.

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Above, A very tired Justin pulls in at midnight. It was 55 degrees warmer here than Ohio. His plane came down for a custom one of a kind mount in a 8X16 enclosed trailer.

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Above, Justin came very close to finishing his 3.0L Corvair at the last Barnwell College. I liked his attitude and suggested a combo visit where we could knock out his mount and test run his engine. This weekend is that plan coming together.  Justin’s engine is a 3,000cc Corvair with all the catalog parts that SPA and myself offer. In the above photo, Justin, Vern and Kitty work on setting the motor up for a run later today.

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Above, the bird: This is a Stolp Starlet, a very rare traditional homebuilt. It is a very stylish parasol with a tapered and swept elliptical wing. It was designed by Lou Stolp in the early 1970s. He is the same person who designed the Starduster series of biplanes. Any ‘normal’ businessman would not assist in such a project, it doesn’t make sense. But I’m not a businessman, I’m a homebuilder who has a business for homebuilders. I understand why a 37 year old guy from Ohio might choose such a plane to express his ideas in flying. Supporting such builders has always been, and will remain, a pillar of my work.

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Justin will take this plane to the flight line this season for one reason: He has a plan, and he has put it in gear. If you have dreams of progress, they become reality only through a plan. If you need assistance, parts, support, encouragement and expertise, Call SPA at 904-626-7777 or myself at 904-806-8143. You can put it off if you like, but remember, time waits for no one.

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Kitty’s Back!

Builders,

Kitty, the junior welder in the Vern-William-Kitty trio, spent the day working with us  in my hangar. It has been a long time since she was a shop regular, almost a year since we have seen her. Kitty lives over on beachside, but is planning on working with us some this spring. A welcome boost in productivity and good company. We spent the day welding motor mounts and eating the wild hog ribs Vern BBQ’ed.

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Above, a chilly day outside my hangar.  Smiles reflect a good mood; a positive tone for a really good spring.  If you recognized the title of this story as a 1973 Bruce Springsteen song, you are either old or from New Jersey, or like me, both.

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