New Video: E/P and E/P-X Ignitions.

Builders,

Through the magic of the internet, A grease monkey in Florida can work with a genius in Connecticut just by texting and Volia!, a new video appears in cyberspace……maybe you can make a unicorn…..

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Video is up, you can see it at this link:

https://youtu.be/Yn_eKFaAWHw

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Thank You, William.

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5/29/19 – A bad day at the airport.

Builders,

Yesterday was a tragic day at our airport. One of the finest aviators I ever had the privilege of being a friend to was lost in an accident a few miles from his home here.  Some of the circumstances are known, but none of it matters, the only thought is how we will not see him in this life again.

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Because it was a slow national news day, stations as far away as Utah and California spread the disinformation and non-truths gathered by an invasion of media ghouls, all willing to trade another families suffering for some small ratings uptick for themselves. I started off civil by asking “If your father was lost would you want your own mother to meet strangers with cameras at the front door?” A thought which would give pause to normal people but seemingly had no effect on vermin.

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I have received calls all morning from friends asking politely if it was anyone in my home or in the Weseman family, or part of what we were doing. It was not, it was an RV-4 accident. The man was a very treasured and dear friend, a real one of a kind guy. Many of our closer friends met him, and will remember him well, at a later point when everyone in his greater family is told, I will share some good stories in his memory.

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If you still believe that one brand of news is more ethical than others, let me say that if you were here yesterday, it would have cured you of this illusion. All networks were represented, and they all behaved like jackals and ghouls. Our airport is private property, and after one neighbor briefed the media, they were asked to leave. Instead they all kept sneaking back in, and all three tried to ring the doorbell of the mans home, when his wife had been a widow for 45 minutes. You can claim this is local TV, but the lies they told were eagerly snapped up and retold by their national networks, including Fox. 12 hours after the accident they were still staking out the entrance, hoping for ambush interviews, This morning I caught more on the runway, “filming on location” although the accident was many miles away. I had the sign above made to further clarify they we didn’t need scum like them in our community.

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Today is a still day at our home airport. The song of a very beautiful life abruptly stopped and now things seem terribly quiet. I’m fighting off the temptation to hop on the dirt bike and ride up to his hanger, because my heart says he must still be up and is place putting in another day working on his 14th homebuilt. He isn’t there, but if you knew him, you would understand that some lives are vibrant enough it’s impossible to imagine the world without them.

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WW.

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STOL Bowl #4201-B, flying in video

Builders,

Zenith 601-HDS / 2,700cc Corvair builder/flyer Larry Nelson, of Yuma AZ is the first builder to send back confirmation of flying my new ‘STOL Bowl’ .

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To see the video, click on this link:

https://youtu.be/wimVby1WTpQ

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If you want to make sure you see all the videos we put up, please subscribe. I encourage this for the secondary reason that we will be able to put active hyperlinks to stories in the video descriptions as soon as we have 1,000 subscribers. It will do a lot to tie in previous stories I have written to each of the videos. I’m trying to get to this threshold asap.

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Above, Larry with his bird. Even though it was intended for STOL planes, the new nose bowl really has no measurable drag penalty on faster aircraft, and it will provide significantly enhanced cooling on any Corvair powered plane. Larry’s home base is 10 miles from Mexico, in one of the hottest places in the US. He selected to replace his original standard bowl with a STOL bowl to improve his cooling in advance of really hot summer weather where the average daytime high is 105F. The exchange was direct and only took a few hours. the gray color shown is the smooth gel coat the part is shipped in. Painting is an option.

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When watching the video, Larry speaks of oil temps now of 220F- keep in mind that with Corvairs flying on my Gold oil filter housing #2601, I’m intentionally measuring the temp. before the cooler.  The oil we use will not have a problem at sustained temperatures near 300F, but I consider anything over 260F before the cooler excessive to the engine.  Oil is only half the story, as Larry also saw a very significant reduction on CHT’s particularly in a hard climb.

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If Larry’s name sounds familiar, it is because he is also our selected oil analysis expert. Check out this story: Corvair Oil Analysis. This program will shortly be the subject of another video.  Larry is also remembered as the guy who paid for  the parts in his engine with ammunition: Acceptable methods of payment for Corvair parts. Quite a character.

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2,000 mile Zenith 601-XL adventure

Builders,

If you are building, and you are finding it a little hard to picture exactly what your plane will be capable of when it is done, he is a story that you will find enlightening and motivating at the same time.  It is a very well written and illustrated travel log of  Ken Pavlou’s recent trip from Connecticut to Florida and back in his Zenith 601XL

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There is an enduring misconception that you must have a $100K aircraft powered by a 180HP or more Lycoming to travel around the country. The people who expended the funds to buy such aircraft are heavily invested in perpetuating such myths, mostly because when a builder with <$40% of that in his plane has a great adventure traveling,  it makes the expenditure people feel less special.  The truth be told, simple, affordable aircraft like a Corvair powered Zenith 601/650 , when operated by a prepared pilot with respect for weather, are more than capable of consistently making long trips and having great adventures around our country.

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There will always be people who myopically look at aircraft speed, but for reasonable people, consider this: Ken’s outbound flight from Central Connecticut to north Florida was less than 8 hours flying time. To shave 90 minutes off this, to make it 6.5 hours, he would have to find, and then feed, an aircraft capable of cruising 35-40 mph faster.  If someone’s sole focus of building is to have a faster airplane so they can spend less time in it, perhaps they should honestly ask themselves how much they like the fundamental act of flying itself.

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Above Ken’s view as he was about to cross the Delaware Bay on the return flight.

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Read Ken’s complete story here:

https://kenpavlou.wordpress.com/2019/05/05/2002-mile-round-trip-to-florida/?fbclid=IwAR0XOOQNRPfSNc_tq0Av7rTT1edoGZdK-I291FKV8aYVOhEXN0BFQ4ZQqwQ

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To look at a previous adventure of Ken’s in 2014, look at this story:

1,500 mile Corvair College flight in a 601XL

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If you have not yet met Ken, get a very entertain read here:

Ken “Adonis” Pavlou advises aviators: “Life is short, Live Large”

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A decade in the making; Zenith 750 / Corvair, Gerry Scampoli

Builders

Below are pictures of Gerry Scampoli’s new Zenith 750 powered by a 2,700cc /100 HP Corvair, it is now flying off Gerry’s home airport on Cape Cod. I have long said the golden rule of home building is just two words: “Persistence Pays.”

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Its no secret the majority of homebuilt projects started are never finished. You need to get three major factors right to keep you out of that category, particularly if you are a first time builder. They are:

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You must pick an aircraft design or a kit that is long proven, fully developed, and supported by a company which is here for the long run. By any standard, All Zenith aircraft meet this definition. They are among the oldest and most reputable companies in experimental aviation,  a field which has seen countless weaker outfits fail and swallow peoples dreams with them.

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You must pick a power plant which is long proven to work on your particular airframe. The person who sells it to you must stay in business, and be willing to serve you. 2019 is my 30th year in the Corvair business. I have been working with Zenith builders this long: 15 Years of Corvair Powered Zeniths. You can’t get support from a company which no longer exists, and in experimental aviation, the life span of your average alternative engine company is roughly 2 years.

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You must be persistent in your building. It helps to do a little something every day, but persistence is more than a build schedule, it is an attitude.  A guy can have a very neat computerized spread sheet of scheduled build sessions, but I can make a much more accurate prediction of his completion based on his reaction to screwing up a part on his plane. If he gets on line looking for anyone to tell him “It will be alright”, my experience says he is going to have his project on barnstormers in a year or so, (and of course he will not mention the part he messed up) …. On the total other end of the spectrum is the builder who studies the mistake, understands the issue, and gets started making a replacement part. My bet is the persistent builder will finish his plane and have the kind of season Gerry is now having.

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Gerry’s 750 outside his hangar.

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Rear quarter view. Gerry focused his time and budget on mechanical stuff. You can always do an elaborate paint job later.  Unpainted planes are often 30-40 pounds lighter

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Flashback to 2010, Corvair College #17, Gerry savors the moment. His 2,700 cc Corvair lights up. Even if it takes you a decade to finish your plane, I will still be here.

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2010: Morbid humor at its finest: Gerry and I compare right arms above, both covered in skin grafts. He is the kind of guy you know you like the minute you meet him.

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Another view of the plane.

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Gerry’s plane has all our installation components. The only tweaking he is doing is a prop pitch adjustment on his ground adjustable Warp Drive.

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Good front view.

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Hats off to Gerry Scampoli on his completed and flying Zenith.

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Happy Flying,

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