I will get to Corvair Colleges next, but here we will cover ‘Events’ which are public airshows and other general aviation events where I am going to be meeting builders. Below is a list of events I will be attending. I may add something later, but you can count on these.
Above, is picture I took the night before Oshkosh 2018 started. It is Paul Salter’s Panther parked in my booth at sunset, 12 hours before the start. The image captures the moment, months of prep work with friends, and the last quiet hours before the start of the worlds largest airshow.
Sun n Fun, Lakeland FL. April 2-7th
I attended Sun n Fun every single year, 1989-2015, usually staying for the whole week. After missing 2016 because I was on the western tour, I have had a limited presence, but I will be back for much of this years event. SPA, always has a full week presence, showing the Panther aircraft and Corvair parts. SPA holds their sign up BBQ every year on Friday in the campground, a great social occasion. This year I am also 1/4 sponsor of a cookout for Zenith builders. It will be held on Thursday evening. If you are heading to Sun n Fun, there will plenty of good things to see and opportunities to meet other Corvair builders.
Brodhead Pietenpol Gathering, Brodhead WI, July 19-20th.
I have missed Brodhead only 3 times in the last 25 years, but I will be there in 2019. It is one of Americas great small airports. It is about 90 miles south west of Oshkosh. It is informal, and if you are a Pietenpol builder, it is a must do event. I’m usually the last speaker on Saturday.
Oshkosh / AirVenture July 22-28.
I always have a booth at Oshkosh, it is always in the North Aircraft Display area. This year, they have entirely re-arranged the area, but know that my booth is just 75 yards from where it has always been. The entire area traditional reserved for experimental companies, has now been turned into aircraft parking, and the companies have all been moved closer to the forums and workshops. This will be a very good year for Corvair powered planes at Oshkosh, if you were thinking of going some day, this would be the year to do it.
Zenith Aircraft Open House, Mexico MO. / Corvair College #44, September 20-21.
I attend this event every year. If you are a Zenith builder, it is not to be missed. We have held many traditional, large Corvair Colleges at Zenith just before the open house. In recent years, we have switched to having an EIB Corvair engine build up and test run, in addition to limited work on several other builders engines, selected for their educational potential for people watching. This event will be called Corvair College #44, but it is open to anyone present wishing to observe, unlike traditional colleges which require registration. You don’t need to be a Zenith builder to attend.
Deland Sport Aviation Showcase, Deland FL, November 14-16.
I have attended this the last few years, and it is unique among general aviation events that it is centered on homebuilding. There is no “Airshow” this is about participating, not being a spectator. Im considering doing an engine assembly and/or bringing my Wagabond down for demo flights. This event is very inexpensive, and low hassle. in USMC parlarance, it has an excellent “Tooth to tail ratio” .
I’m open to other ideas, please use the comments section if you have an event you think Corvair builders should get together at.
3 Replies to “Corvair Mission 2019, Part #3, Events”
The Midwest LSA Expo in the southern Illinois town of Mt. Vernon.is a growing program that if its date were different might be a good program for you. Its scheduled this year for Sept 5-7th. I’m sure Zenith would attend this event so Sebastian could give you a more qualified opinion.
Steven, Sebastien and crew have been there and liked it. I have been to KR gatherings as this facility years ago and can understand why it was selected as the location. I will consider it.
Do you have any future plans for having an event in the Phoenix area? We could possibly host such an event here at our aviation school at West-MEC, located at the Glendale Airport.