Outstanding Month for Corvairs

Builders, 

This is my return to daily blogging after a very busy month. On June 1st, we launched the new website and returned to my long standing model of direct distribution of my manuals, parts and engines.  If you missed the news, you can find out about it here: Return to direct Support and Distribution.

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On one hand, I expected it to be a fairly strong month of sales, because it coincided with the opening of our first Barnwell Corvair College in 2 years: Corvair College 48 Barnwell, SC. On the other hand Oshkosh was cancelled, we have a global heath crisis , the economy has taken a real hit, and it’s an election year, which has billions of advertising dollars spent to convince you the world is going to end shortly unless you blindly vote for their candidate.  Frankly, even after excessive coffee consumption, which usually brings on unbridled enthusiasm, I was a bit worried that I had selected the wrong month, and perhaps the wrong year, to make a major shift in business gears.

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Turns out, I had nothing to be concerned about. June was the strongest individual month of sales in five years.  So far, July is tracking right along with it.  Turns out, that being directly connected to individual builders, the traditional way I operated,  is a really good system. I remain very grateful to SPA for providing an excellent and businesslike distribution of my parts in the last 4 years, it was timely to the events in my life. Moving forward, as a single person with no kids or other obligations, I can field builders calls and texts from 8am to 12pm seven days a week, and make more than one trip to the post office and/or UPS each day to get stuff out the door six days a week.

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In preparation for June 1st, I invested another $40,000 in inventory to make sure I will nearly always have every part on hand. If it isn’t ready or nearly ready to ship, the new web store will tell you the item is back ordered and it will not take your money. The rate I have been making and shipping orders has made it difficult to work out the last kinks in the inventory chain on a few items, but overall the stockpiles of parts has kept availability outstanding.  If you have a question on any part, call or text me directly, 904-806-8143.

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Don’t worry about success ruining my hard core homebuilding ways.  I still drive my 34 year old truck and still have my ‘Wardrobe of the homeless’ clothing style. I’m using the benefits of the sales to builders to fund more inventory, some really cool R&D that we will have on video soon, and to purchase some serious old school shop equipment……..oh yeah, I also bought a lot of coffee, because evidently I’m going to need it. 

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Above, My compadre Vern Stevenson, old school craftsman and builder, brought his latest creation by. It is a single seat, 300 pound street legal trike, powered by a 250cc motorcycle engine. It has a steel tube fuselage inside a sheet metal body. All aircraft construction techniques.  I drove it, as much fun as you would expect. The goal is 100 mpg at 60 mph.  All part of the old school home building skills and positive attitude I include in every bit of my aviation work. 

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Thank You,

William

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3 Replies to “Outstanding Month for Corvairs”

  1. I’m happy for you that things are going well for you. I’ve always valued your friendship.

  2. Good to hear you’re okay William! Was getting concerned about the lack of postings! Reading your postings and watching your videos is one of the highlights of my day. Stay the course! Experimental aviation needs you and more like you!

  3. Stoked to hear your success and return to individual control. Best success; long life and prosper (with Vulcan ‘shaka’). {;^)

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