Video: Aviation wasn’t meant to be Disneyland.

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“The problem was simple: after 30 years of marketing the ‘Disneyland’ clean cut appearance of safety, we now had a generation of aviators who could no longer distinguish the appearance of safety from actually having safety, and these people’s conditioned taste for ‘Disneyland’ precluded coverage of actual grass roots events.”

 

Here is the latest video in the “Thought for the Day” video series.

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The story covers an aspect of the m’marketing’ of Experimental Aviation, where certain groups have tried to clean up aviation “Image” . Personal, I have been training people to be better aviators, not just look like AOPA’s idea of the approved image of pilots.

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A story about aviation image:Thought for the Day: “The only guy promoting alcohol, firearms and aviation”

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A funny story that is in the same idea: FMU – The greatest flying club never started.

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Zenith/Corvair – Year round in Newfoundland.

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Jeff Moores of Newfoundland is our most remote builder/Corvair pilot. His plane is a Zenith 750 cruiser powered by a 3,000cc/120 HP Corvair engine, built straight from my manuals and our parts catalogs. The really unique element of Jeff’s approach is to fly the plane all year. This is made possible by two factors: He flies it with Full Lotus floats, and second, he is one hearty guy, even by Canadian standards.

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Above, Jeff demonstrates what it takes to just get into the man door on his hangar in the winter. Going flying in the winter can involve serious snow mining.  In his hand, Jeff in holding “Stick and Rudder”, the greatest book on flying ever written. It is a classic you should own and study also.

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Jeff’s hangar is by the side of a lake. In the summer, he rolls the plane out on a special cart to the water. In the winter, the inflated rubber cells of the Full Lotus floats work equally well off snow or glare ice. The installation keeps his his Zenith operational all year in a climate which can be very harsh. While Newfoundland is ‘just’ 50 degrees north latitude, it is known for very windy conditions. Jeff reported that his record short take off on a very cold day, directly into a very strong wind was just twenty feet.

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Jeff’s 750 Cruiser now has 200 hours on it. He specifically built it as an upgrade from his previous plane, a Merlin GT that he also flew on floats, logging more than 300 hours of Corvair powered flight time on that airframe. Jeff said the GT was an honest plane, but the Cruiser is a serious, across the board improvement for his operations.  He pointed out the speed of the combination is important in a location where high prevailing winds can really reduce ground speeds to windward.

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Jeff is an instructor of mechanical arts in the Canadian educational system He really knows machines. While he can appreciate high-tech in some settings, the simplicity of the Corvair makes the most sense to him in the harsh conditions of Newfoundland. Direct drive, carb, gravity feed, air cooled, etc, when you think about inspections and preflights, the simpler the better is his perspective.

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I happened to spend 1/2 hour on the phone with Jeff this morning.  It was a good chance to catch up, discuss things in the future. Some people will ask why I didn’t put up a picture of his plane, or some detailed list of performance specifications, but the picture above reflects the focus of this story; A very individual builder, who carefully considered both his airframe and the power plant, a guy who expanded his skills and talents, who is now out savoring the fruit of his endeavors. Just like Jeff, you deserve the same story.

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Video on Shelbyville June Fly-in

Builders,

Here is the Video announcement of our June Shelbyville IL. fly-in:

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This goes with the previous written story.  Make your plans now, it will be fun.

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Corvair Fly-in, Shelbyville IL, June 19-21

Builders:

June 19-21 2020, we are having a gathering of Corvair powered planes at the Shelby County airport, (2HO) in central Illinois.  It is specifically timed to be a part of the Regional Corvair car convention which will be taking place in Springfield. This will not only be an excellent opportunity for builders and flyers to get together in a real grass roots setting, it will also be a great opportunity to get to meet a lot of Corvair car people. I am scheduled to be the guest speaker at their Saturday night banquet, where the theme is the technology and flight connections to Corvairs. The hosts are working to have the Corvairs of several famous Americans from Aviation and Space present at the show, and our fly-in is one of the satellite events that the cars will be driving out to.  This is an excellent opportunity to have a good time 5 weeks before Oshkosh, in a far more relaxed setting. 

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We will have many more updates on this event, and a video about it. It will be a regular FlyCorvair event, which means we will have fun, but also a good chance to learn. Im going to encourage people with core engines for sale to bring them, builders with cores to inspect to bring them also, and we will have instruction based on the New – M.O.P. Manual, a required technical document. Put in on your calendar now, it is the kind of classic aviation setting I love, and a fun and productive event.  Don’t miss it. 

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Sources of Information, a new video.

Builders,

Here is the latest video, “Sources of Information”. The content covered the main paths we use to share our experience with builders. The presentation of the video can be credited to Phil Maxson who set up my green screen studio here at my place in Florida, and Ken Pavlou who does all the editing from his place in Connecticut. Now if I can only find the right level of coffee which will allow me to speak smoothly  without the appearance of being intermittently electrocuted.

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Another post on information resources that builders should read, a bit dated but still useful:

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Outlook 2016 – The Corvair ‘Information Network’ now in gear.

Waiting for a Unicorn – New Video.

Builders,

Ken just finished editing this video:

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Copperstate Fly in Feb. 6-9, Buckeye AZ.

Builders,

If you are looking for a setting in the south west to learn more about Corvairs and the people who select them for their homebuilts, head to the 2020 Copperstate Fly in this coming weekend. Larry Nelson will be on hand with his Corvair powered Zenith 601HDS- TD giving forums. He has a supply of my manuals and information. He is a good friend, and acts as my representative at west coast events I can’t make it to.

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Here is a link to the air show site: https://www.copperstate.org

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Larry will be giving forums on both Corvairs and oil analysis. You can read about his work here: Corvair Oil Analysis

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Above is a video we made about using Larrys Oil analysis expertise on Corvair engines. It’s educational and well worth watching. Larry also has his own YouTube Channel about flying his Zenith:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBq7_57uE-KRsGhOFgFV0Bg

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Yes, Larry is the Zenith builder who paid me for his engine parts in ammunition. I wrote this story about it: Acceptable methods of payment for Corvair parts , and it went viral in 2015, being the most read story I wrote that year.  Truth be told, shooting is just one facet of Larry’s life, he is a solid family man first, an aviator, a very skilled technical man working at the Yuma Proving Grounds, our nations premier mechanical test facility. He is a friendly and intelligent person, and I rarely exit a conversation with him without having learned something new.

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Above, Larry with his bird.  For a look at his plane read this: STOL Bowl #4201-B, flying in video.

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