Corvair College 48 Barnwell, SC

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This coming Corvair College in Barnwell, SC on November 5-7, 2021 will be my 48th College. We have now been holding these events for 20 years, all over America. This is an unmatched record of hands on training and education, all in a friendly, fun setting. The Colleges have been an integral part of my work with Corvairs, and #48 will be an excellent opportunity for you to be part of a real grassroots aviation event that will directly advance your personal goals in homebuilding.

College #48 will be at the Barnwell SC airport, November 5-7th. Advanced registration is required to attend.  I welcome all homebuilders, but it is a private event.  We are limited to just under 100 people, the food is catered in advance, and we do have written safety briefings in advance. These three factors preclude having people ‘walk in’ or stop by. If you would like to go, register early and make plans. 

Barnwell has been the setting for 9 previous Corvair Colleges. These have been our ‘Flagship’ events, The EAA has even sent a professional film crew to capture the accomplishment and spirit of Barnwell Colleges. All of these were made possible by the leadership of one great man, P.F. Beck. He was the embodiment of being an aviator, and his generosity of spirit, enthusiasm, and southern hospitality.  He passed in 2019, and we did not have a Barnwell event in 2019 to allow his friends and family to address our loss quietly. We are going back for College #48 in November because it was the expressed wish of P.F. that the Colleges continue after he departed. The evening dinner program on Saturday will be a remembrance and expression of gratitude for the fortune of knowing P.F.

Builders who did not meet him will hear in person from the people who’s lives he moved. 
If you have not previously registered for nor attended a Corvair College, take the time to read some of the stories of them on my blog. The “Corvair College Reference Page” is a good place to start, or watching the EAA’s film of Barnwell.  This will give a better idea of the unique nature of Colleges. If you still have questions, please call me, 904-806-8143. 

Barnwell Colleges are set at a large, but quiet county airport. We have camping directly adjacent to the hangar, and more than half to the builders take advantage of it. There is plenty of space for campers and RV’s but we don’t have hook ups. The airport is easy to fly into, and we have a number of Corvair powered planes planning on attending, including the TwinJAG, a one of a kind homebuilt who’s engines were assembled and run at a previous Barnwell College. The event is focused on learning in a friendly environment. People attending will range from people just getting into Corvairs making a recon-intel run, to Pilots who attended all previous Barnwell colleges, returning in their Corvair powered aircraft. Every level is welcome, the event it designed to meet the goals and desires of Corvair builders at every stage of the experience. 

Builders can bring their own engines and assemble and test run them at the College. We have run well over 100 engines at the previous Barnwell colleges, and these have been milestone achievements in the journey of these builders, but the College is focused on learning, not ‘getting it done’. Test runs are done to confirm the builder understands and is the master of his power plant, they are not done just because the engine is assembled. Builders with the goal of learning find progress flows from this. I’m at Colleges to teach, if you are attending to learn, it will be a great match. 

The College is “Free” in the very real sense that everything you can learn and do is provided by myself, our local hosts, and a cadre of experienced builders returning to Barnwell. However, the registration has a $110 per person fee, which entirely goes to our local hosts to address their costs of catering the event. P.F’s crew do tireless work to make Colleges happen, all of them are volunteers, they are giving their time, and no respectful person would fail to cover their share of the direct costs of the College. Registering and paying the fee accomplishes this.  Corvair pilots who fly their Corvair-powered planes to the college get 50% off the registration fee.

The colleges are a lot of fun, and you will have a chance to meet and get to know many of the characters in the world of Corvairs, on your way to becoming one of them. The event is an intense immersion into real, traditional homebuilding, the very opposite end of the spectrum from the ‘Consumer airshow’ mentality.  This is all done with the awareness that we are still in a serious safety setting with turning props and the ever present awareness that we are all guests of our local hosts, in ‘the Hangar P.F. built’, and registering for the College comes with the understanding that we are guests and recipients of great generosity, and our actions will reflect our gratitude.

I look forward to seeing friends, both old and new there. We’ll see you on the Flightline. 
William Wynne

At the Zenith factory, all home builders welcome

I will be at this event at the Zenith Aircraft factory for the next two days. Our host Sebastien Heintz, President of Zenith, extends a welcome to all people interested in home built aircraft.

Hope to see many of you here.

Thank You, William .

Home from Oshkosh

Builders:

We Got back at 10pm tonight. It was the most relaxed and fun Oshkosh I can remember. I owe it it my friends, better humans than I deserve ❤️

This year we traveled in the luxurious Silverado of Phil Maxson.

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Twin JaG main video premiere tonight

Builders,

Don’t miss the live premiere of the twin JAG video on my YouTube channel tonight at 7pm est.

Photo from 5am at Oshkosh. EAA put the Twin JAG in the #1 tie down spot for experimentals .

William

Now at Oshkosh 2021

Builders;

A few seconds from Oshkosh 2021 set up, we are in #614, between the home built headquarters and the forums buildings

Show starts Monday, but we are here to get set up early, have a day trip to Brodhead, WI the Pietenpol gathering on Saturday, and a chill out day here Sunday as the aviation faithful flock to air venture.

We have many new announcements this week; Friday is the video premiere 7pm est on the Twin Jag on my YouTube channel; 2850 and Barnwell college videos on Sunday. Stay tuned..

William

New video, Twin JAG

Jim and Ginger flew up to Oshkosh today, in advance of air venture for a photo shoot with the EAA. Here is a video about the plane.

Hope to see many of you at Oshkosh

William.

Carb testing.

Builders;

Here is another look at carb testing tonight.

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Above, a mutually beneficial process. The engine is one I just finished upgrading and rebuilding. I’m putting some break in time on it before it goes into the box and get shipped to California. A few hours will let me make any fine adjustments it may need, ( At 2.5 hours, it has needed literally none ) and verify things like the differential compression and the timing. Rather than just run fuel through the engine and remind my neighbors that we all chose to live at an airport, This exercise has the benefit of allowing me to run the carbs of several other corvair builders, and verify they were correctly rebuilt. The carb pictured is a used MA3-SPA, that I know has not had fuel in it in many years, it is not rebuilt, and yet it ran perfectly. However not all rebuilt carbs have this behavior. They are often tested here.

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Today, I sell NEW Rotec carbs, and because they are made on CNC equipment and they are new, they all run perfectly. Years ago you could say that about rebuilt certified aircraft carbs, but in recent years we have seen a rash of these carbs with serious issues. In the last 3 years I have tested more than 25 of them, and found important issues with about 30% of them. This is obviously unacceptable. To assist people who already own one, I offer test runs on my instrumented test run stand, but going forward, I like to steer builders to a Rotec carb, with I keep many in stock, and are actually less expensive than a rebuilt certified aircraft carb.

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William

New engine run today

Builders;

Here is a look at a rebuilt/ upgraded engine that got its first start snd break in run at my hangar today .

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William

Earl’s Brand “Swivel Seal” Hose ends, the only ones to use.

Builders;

There are two phrases that people use around aircraft construction and maintenance that make my skin crawl, challenge my anger management training, and earned me the ancient moniker “The Worlds Worst Buddhist” (for my talk of tolerance, but failure to demonstrate it) These phrases are:

“It will be alright” – If that was certain, there would be no need to say it around in an attention to justify the corner being cut;

“These are just as good” – If they were, the original product would have never been developed, nor would I have specified it by brand name.

In this story we will look at hose ends, and see how the second phrase should not be uttered in my presence when I speak of Earl’s brand hose ends.

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On the Left, Earl’s Brand “Swivel Seal” hose end. These are the only hose ends I use on anything. I may drive junk trucks, drink cheap beer and have the wardrobe of a homeless person, but when it comes to hose ends, these are the only ones I ever use. If you care to know their pedigree, read the Earl’s site and find out that every single car that finished the Indy 500 for 30 years was 100% equipped with Earl’s hoses and fittings. They cost about 30% more than run of the mill ‘ok’ hose ends.

The hose end on the right is a Summit house brand fitting. It has an end like a certified Aeroquip, but it doesn’t work like one. Lets look at the next picture to see an issue.

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Above, same Summit hose end. The shoulder between the nut and the flare is disintegrating. This was overtourqued by the person who installed it, but still, it should not have done this. This is junk. If you look above, the person who made the hose also put silver anti seize on the nipple, and that is a no-no. The only thing that goes in the hose is oil.

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Above, these are Swivel Seal hose ends. Notice how different the nipple end is. (Earls also makes a barbed style end that is not called “Swivel Seal” , do not use them, they are for low pressure applications. ) This nipple end cuts its own o-ring of sorts out to the Earl’s hose. (While we are on it, the ONLY hose to use is Earl’s Auto-Flex) Lets look at the next picture……

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Above, a hose that was assembled, that I took apart to show you how the nipple end of the Swivel Seal hose end cuts a prefect circle into the end of the hose. This stuff isn’t just good, it is also easy to assemble.

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Pay attention to conversation and internet posts, and look for people using the two phrases above. They are not just phrases, they are a mind set, one you want to give a wide berth in aviation.

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PS, I thank everyone in advance for not using either of the phrases to me, even joking, as I try to watch my blood pressure, and because the title “Worlds worst Buddhist” may sound funny, but no one wants to meet him.

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William

Late night engine assembly

Builders,

Here is a look at a freshly rebuilt motor which will run tomorrow.

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Above, the engine. It came off a flying Dragonfly in California. I have known the builder a while, he flew the plane to Corvair College #37 in chino, in 2016.

If you look closely, this is a non-standard motor. The builder is a skilled machinist , and he made many of the one of a kind parts on the engine. Normally, a avoid working on such engines, but this is the exception, as it is well thought out and exhibits a high level of craftsmanship. It has also been flying a number of years. Most one of a kind motors do not have these qualities.

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Unique engine s take me a lot more time to overhaul, and more money. Take this a a small lesson: Build one of my standard engine layouts. it will make us both happier people.

Thanks

William.

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