Corvair College #44, The “Operations College” at The Zenith Homecoming

Builders;

We are rapidly approaching Corvair College #44, which will be held at the Zenith Aircraft Factory In Mexico MO, September 20-21st. This will not be a ‘usual’ College. This will be an “Operations College.” 

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Instead of building and testing engines, I am going to very intensely focus on the operations of the engine in the airframe. Sebastien Heintz, president of Zenith has long upheld his homecoming / open house events as much more of a learning opportunity than sales events. As such he has organized forums and training sessions of many kinds, and our educational work with Corvairs has fit right into this. This year, by covering Operations, we can focus on installations, props, testing, evaluation and decision making. These are subjects I want our builders to know well, just as they know the insides of their engines. It is also information that should appeal to many builders.

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I am currently working on a 50 page Operations Handbook, a functional, bring in the plane guide to all aspects of Corvair Operations. I have reviewed and refined these ideas over time with Dan Weseman,  they are the procedures that have long proven to work for Corvair builders and pilots. This will be available at the College, but I will also have it available afterwards, as I want all people using our conversions to have this information in a neatly packaged form where they will have it with them as they need it, sort of a Pilot’s Operating Handbook for the Corvair engine.

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We will be going over many things, working with a live running Corvair engine. I want people to fully understand setting the timing, setting prop pitch, how to lean the engine, and proper instrumentation installation. In addition to this, we will have instruction by discussion of the Handbook. I will be spending the majority of the time at the Homecoming covering these topics in a small group setting where individuals can have each of their questions answered in detail until they fully understand the topic. There are many things in life I’m not good at or don’t understand,  dancing, tofu, fashion, computers, flower arranging, Volvos, international finance, modern art, most cats, ‘reality’ tv, why some people prefer Unicorns vs Ponies., But, I am a very good instructor on the topics we will be covering. If you are available, make plans to attend the Homecoming.

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Above, a Video link about the event which we shot last month at Oshkosh:

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The Zenith open house is open to all experimental builders, not just people currently working on a Zenith ( The Heintz’s are here for the long run, they figure you will eventually be a Zenith builder. ) It draws several hundred serious builders every year, and it also is a major gathering point for component suppliers and industry people. Both of the last 2 EAA presidents have been guest speakers at the event. It is a very pro-homebuilding event in an excellent setting. Surprising things happen there like this: EAA Major Achievement Award.

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Previous Corvair Colleges at Zenith were held just before the Open House, but in the case we are going to ‘imbed’ College #44 in the Open House so the maximum number of aircraft builders can get a good chance to study the information we are sharing.

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Would you like a visual on how long we have been working with Zenith Aircraft and holding events at their location? This is a picture from a 2005 Corvair event at the factory…..notice neither Sebastien nor myself had any gray hair then. We have a long history of productive and cooperative relations with Zenith. Read: 14 Years of Corvair Powered Zeniths.

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How do I find out more information about the Open House? 

You can look at their webpage http://www.zenithair.net and read all about it, including dates, location, maps, accommodations and the schedule for the event.

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Is there an on line sign up for this College?

No, Just show up. If you want to discuss the event in advance or have a question, call or text my personal cell, 904-806-8143.

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Is there a fee for this College? 

No. The Homecoming is free, Zenith only charges a modest fee for the banquet held on the first evening

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I wanted to know if you guys can get a look at my core engine while you are at the College?

Yes, I will be glad to, (We generally refer to these as ‘parking lot tours’ )  I will also be glad to transport parts like cases cranks and heads back to Florida.  Even if you are just planning on having these worked on a few months later, sending them back with us gets them in the system and gets the ball rolling.

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Will you be test running  motors?

I will have one motor with me as an operations demonstrator, If you have a motor which needs a break in run, we need to talk about it and plan in advance. Call me soon.

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Will there be flying Corvair Powered planes there?

Yes, we have ad 3-5 every year for the last 10 years.

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Is there on site Camping? are their Motels? 

Yes, the Mexico MO airport has good camping, but no hook ups. The town is a few miles from the airport, and it has a number of hotels and motels. Do not wait too long to plan, they fill up with several hundred people coming to town.

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Do you have links to previous colleges there?

Get a look at this story: Photos from Corvair College #34 at Zenith A/C

and: Corvair College #30 Running Engines,

and: Corvair College #30 Good Times

and for more general information:

Corvair College Links:

Corvair College reference page

Corvair College History….in photos

College engine build options for closing the case

Basic Corvair College Skills, examples of learning

College Tech

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Corvair College #45, Nov. 14-16 Deland Florida.

Builders,

This is the first official announcement of the details of Corvair College #45, which will be held this November 14-16th in Deland Florida. We are doing this by special arrangement at the Deland Sport Aviation Showcase. (https://www.sportaviationshowcase.com)  I have working most of the year with Jana Filip, the director of the Showcase, and this will be a productive College in really motivating setting. 

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For the last decade, our November flagship Corvair Colleges have been held in Barnwell SC.  These were spectacular events, for a look check out this video made by a professional EAA film crew dispatched to cover #27: New EAA video on Corvair College. All great things do pass, and the Barnwell crew has more than earned their place in Corvair history, and a well deserved stand down. This year, we are holding our flagship College in Deland, about 75 miles south of us.

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I’m getting this notice out now, because we are just 83 days away, and if you are heading to the College, today is the day to get a plan in gear. If you want to build a motor or advance your project, you will need parts, and now is the time to check in with SPA so they can make sure you take delivery of all the stuff you will need. Calling in or ordering on line is actually more important than the sign up, which we will have next week.

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.Above, I give a hands on demonstration of setting the valve adjustment on a Corvair. We have now been holding Corvair Colleges for 20 years. They are outstanding opportunities to learn.

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Above is a really good video which Rachel shot and edited at a previous Barnwell Corvair College. It is an excellent look at builders having a fun, productive time.

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Colleges are a lot of fun. Bill “Snow suit” Beauvais, does his best “Captain Morgan” pose with his minutes old Pietenpol engine.To get a look at this tradition, read: “Captain Morgan” Contest at #39

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 Get a good look at David Koshinski’s smiling mug. This is the face of a very happy man. What produces this expression? The satisfaction of having an engine that you built with your own hands, an engine you really understand,  lay down a perfect break in run. This will be available at #45 for builders who decide to act and advance their project this year.

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Is there an on line sign up for this College?

Yes, I will have a link to it posted here within a week.

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Is there a fee for this College? 

Yes, Signing up on line for College #45 is required, The on line link will have the pricing, which will include a three day all access pass to the DeLand Showcase. Many previous Colleges have had catered food, but for #45, we are encouraging all people attending the College to patronize the food vendors who will be right on site at the Showcase. The technical support we offer at the College is provided without cost to builders, the costs of the College on line just represent the entry fee and costs of the very large commercial tent which the Showcase management are providing for us. We only have 45 slots available for the College, make sure you sign up early.

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 Will there be a chance to build an ‘Engine in a Box’ at this College?

Yes,  builders who would like to buy, assemble and test run a 3.3L “engine in a box kit” at this event can. For an overview of the 3.3 engine read this story: Build a 3.3L Corvair at the May 18-20 Workshop/Open house. You can also select one of the smaller kit engines. If you are interested in one of these motors, do not delay, please Contact Rachel at SPA/Panther at 904-626-7777, so yours can be ready.

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OK, my project needs progress, what do I do? 

First, call SPA at 904-626-7777, or call my number 904-806-8143. We will be glad to speak with you about making sure you are prepared for the event. Making plans early is the key to making progress at the event. At the last hour of a College, prepared builders often say some version of ‘I can’t believe how much I learned and accomplished.’ No one has ever followed that statement by saying ‘I regret being smarter and advancing my goals.’

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Keep in mind:

 We will also be glad to transport for parts like cases cranks and heads back to our shops.  Even if you are just planning on having these worked on a few months later, sending them back with us gets them in the system and gets the ball rolling.

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Will you be test running the motors?

Yes. We will have my test stand with us, and perhaps run as many as 15 of the engines being worked on.  The goal is positive exposure and progress, but above all else, learning.

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Will there be flying Corvair Powered planes there?

Yes, we have already heard from 7 Corvair powered planes planning on attending. The Showcase arrangement allows for easy demo rides and demonstrations, something virtually impossible at Sun n Fun or Oshkosh.

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Is there on site Camping? are their Motels? 

Yes. The airport has good camping for people who fly in, but we are looking at designating a local campground off the airport where Corvair College people can gather.  The town is a mile from the airport, and it has a number of hotels and motels. Do not wait too long to plan, they fill up, the Showcase website has maps and lists of places.

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 For more general information and Corvair College Links:

Corvair College reference page

Corvair College History….in photos

College engine build options for closing the case

Basic Corvair College Skills, examples of learning

College Tech

Running an Engine at a College, required items. #2

Running an Engine at a College, required items. #1

 

Info page, Corvair College #43, Barnwell SC.

Builders,

This is the general information page for Corvair College #43. It is being posted on 6/12/18. The on line sign up link is attached below. 

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Background:

Corvair College #43 will be held at Barnwell SC, 9-11 November 2018:  This is our flagship College.

For a look at the 2015 Barnwell College, check this out: Corvair College #35 Barnwell builders video.

For a look at the EAA film about the 2013 Barnwell College, click here: New EAA video on Corvair College#27, Barnwell 2013.

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Barnwell has been the home of nine previous Corvair Colleges. P.F. Beck and crew have the logistics down so well that we have no difficulty having a productive event for 90 builders. If you are planning on going, do not delay in signing up, it is an excellent setting and they are very gracious hosts.  The Technical expertise at the College will be provided by myself and Dan Weseman from SPA/Panther.

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Ken Pavlou holds the Cherry Grove trophy at CC#31 Barnwell 2014. His aircraft is named “The Blue Speedo.” Read more: Ken “Adonis” Pavlou advises aviators: “Life is short, Live Large”

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Late tech questions. This is about 1 am on Sunday, nearing the end of a 19 hour day. If you want to pack a lot into a College, good, that is how we do it. However, the free form of the lesson plans allow each person to take in and digest at their own rate and pace. Read a 2013 story here: Who is William Wynne?

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A prankster Bill Reynolds testing the ragged limits of the No Politics  rule we have a Corvair Colleges. Read about Bill’s son Jack building his Corvair here: Video of rebuild and run of Corvair, from a 13 year old.

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Above, The Weseman/SPA Panther and a ’66 Corvair Corsa on the flight line at Barnwell #31 . Read this to understand how SPA distributing  our parts for the last 20 months has greatly improved customer service: Outlook 2016, New order page and distribution method.

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Above, Bob Lester’s Corvair powered Pietenpol sits on the ramp at Barnwell at sunset on Saturday night, CC #31. Read more here: Bob Lester’s Corvair/ Pietenpol nears 800 hours.

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Is there an on line sign up for this College?

Yes, this is it: https://eventregistration2017.wufoo.com/forms/cc43/

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Is there a fee for this College? 

Yes, Signing up on line for College #43 is required, and the fee is $99. 100% of this money goes to the local hosts and the Barnwell airport, they provide food an drinks while we are there for three days. The technical support we offer at the College is provided without cost to builders.

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 Will there be a chance to build an ‘Engine in a Box’ at this College?

We are looking for two builders who would like to buy, assemble and test run a 3.3L “engine in a box kit” For an overview of the 3.3 engine read this story: Build a 3.3L Corvair at the May 18-20 Workshop/Open house. If you are interested in one of these motors, Contact SPA/Panther at 904-626-7777.

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OK, my project needs progress, what do I do? 

First, sign up for the on line registration. Second, SPA by calling 904-626-7777, or call my number 904-806-8143. We will be glad to speak with you about making sure you are prepared for the event. Making plans early is the key to making progress at the event. At the last hour of a College, prepared builders often say some version of ‘I can’t believe how much I learned and accomplished.’ No one has ever followed that statement by saying ‘I regret being smarter and advancing my goals.’

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Keep in mind:

 We will also be glad to transport for parts like cases cranks and heads back to Florida.  Even if you are just planning on having these worked on a few months later, sending them back with us gets them in the system and gets the ball rolling.

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Will you be test running the motors?

Yes. We will have my test stand with us, and perhaps run as many as 10 of the engines being worked on.  The goal is positive exposure and progress, but above all else, learning.

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Will there be flying Corvair Powered planes there?

Yes, we have had 6-10 every year for the last 10 years.

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Is there on site Camping? are their Motels? 

Yes, the Barnwell airport has good camping, but no hook us. The town is a mile from the airport, and it has a number of hotels and motels. Do not wait too long to plan, they fill up.

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 For more general information and Corvair College Links:

Corvair College reference page

Corvair College History….in photos

College engine build options for closing the case

Basic Corvair College Skills, examples of learning

College Tech

Running an Engine at a College, required items. #2

Running an Engine at a College, required items. #1

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Info Page,Corvair College #42, at Zenith Aircraft.

Builders,

This is the general information page for Corvair College #42. It was originally posted on 6/5/18. The on line sign up link will is attached below.

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Background:

Corvair College #42 is the “Zenith Invitational” college.   This event will be held in September 21 and 22  in Mexico MO, during the 26th annual Zenith open house. We have previously held 4 colleges at the Zenith Factory, it is an excellent setting and they are very gracious hosts.  The Technical expertise at the College will be provided by myself and Dan Weseman from SPA/Panther.

 Here is what is different: Everyone is welcome to observe, but due to space limitations, the actual wrenching on engines will be limited to 12 builders who we want to ‘approve’ long before the event, and work with in advance to insure their project is educational for observers. That is the ‘invitational’ part. We are selecting the builders based on the degree of prep work they are willing to do, and we are looking for a cross section of engines to represent the wide range of options in building a Corvair.

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The Zenith open house is open to all experimental builders, not just people currently working on a Zenith ( The Heintz’s are here for the long run, they figure you will eventually be a Zenith builder. ) It draws several hundred serious builders every year, and it also is a major gathering point for component suppliers and industry people. Both of the last 2 EAA presidents have been guest speakers at the event. It is a very pro-homebuilding event in an excellent setting. Surprising things happen there like this: EAA Major Achievement Award.

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Previous Corvair Colleges at Zenith were held just before the Open House, but in the case we are going to ‘imbed’ College #42 in the Open House so the maximum number of aircraft builders can get a good look at building Corvairs.

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Would you like a visual on how long we have been working with Zenith Aircraft and holding events at their location? This is a picture from a 2005 Corvair event at the factory…..notice neither Sebastien nor myself had any gray hair then. We have a long history of productive and cooperative relations with Zenith. Read: 14 Years of Corvair Powered Zeniths.

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How do I find out more information about the Open House? 

You can look at their webpage http://www.zenithair.net and read all about it, including dates, location, maps, accommodations and the schedule for the event.

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Is there an on line sign up for this College?

Yes, this is it: https://eventregistration2017.wufoo.com/forms/cc42/

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Is there a fee for this College? 

No, Signing up on line for College #42 is free,  but there will a modest logistics fee for the 12 selected builders who’s projects will be worked on at the College. This Fee will be done directly through SPA/Panther.

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If there is no fee, and everyone is welcome at the open house, what is the sign up about? 

We would like everyone thinking of attending to use it. First, to be considered as one of the 12  demonstration engines, you have to sign up.  Second, for observers, we are going to send out a number of briefs before the college, including descriptions of the 12 motors and their builders. We will also send out study material so that you can get the most out of elements like setting the valves, installing the distributor and conducting a test run. If we know you are coming and a bit about your project, we can tailor your experience there. Signing up gives access to this information so you arrive at the College informed.

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If I sign up on line, do I have to show up?

There is no commitment, we are not limited in the number of observers we can have. Even if you don’t have plans to attend at this point, I still suggest signing up, it is a good way to gather information on the content of colleges and the material covered. The information will serve you at future colleges also.

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What are you looking for in the 12 engines?

We are looking for: 2 Engines in the core stage where they will be torn down and inspected; 2 engines where the builders are ready to close the case; 2 engines with the case closed, and ready for cylinders, one 2,700 motor, one 3,000cc motor; 2 engines ready for heads and valve train; 2 engines ready for starters and distributors, 2 engines ready for the stand.  We are also looking for a builder who would like to buy, assemble and test run a 3.3L “engine in a box kit” For an overview of the 3.3 engine read this story: Build a 3.3L Corvair at the May 18-20 Workshop/Open house.

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OK, my project sounds like one of those 12, what do I do? 

First, sign up for the on line registration. Second, Contact Rachel Weseman at SPA by calling 904-626-7777. We will be glad to speak with you about making sure you are prepared for the event. Again, only the 12 builders with engines being worked on will have a modest event fee. This assists us in defraying the logistics cost of traveling 1,075 miles, bringing all the equipment and renting the very large commercial tent we will use.

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I wanted to know if you guys an get a look at my core engine while you are out in the midwest?

Yes, we will be glad to, and this is part of the reason to sign up on line, because we will have specific instructions about this. (We generally refer to these as ‘parking lot tours’ )  We will also be glad to transport for parts like cases cranks and heads back to Florida.  Even if you are just planning on having these worked on a few months later, sending them back with us gets them in the system and gets the ball rolling.

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Will you be test running the motors?

Yes. We will have my test stand with us, and perhaps run as many as 6 of the engines being worked on.  The goal is positive exposure and progress, and letting people who are yet to select an engine get a good look at all phases of Corvairs.

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Will there be flying Corvair Powered planes there?

Yes, we have ad 3-5 every year for the last 10 years.

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Is there on site Camping? are their Motels? 

Yes, the Mexico MO airport has good camping, but no hook us. The town is a few miles from the airport, and it has a number of hotels and motels. Do not wait too long to plan, they fill up with several hundred people coming to town.

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Do you have links to previous colleges there?

Get a look at this story: Photos from Corvair College #34 at Zenith A/C

and: Corvair College #30 Running Engines,

and: Corvair College #30 Good Times

and for more general information:

Corvair College Links:

Corvair College reference page

Corvair College History….in photos

College engine build options for closing the case

Basic Corvair College Skills, examples of learning

College Tech

Running an Engine at a College, required items. #2

Running an Engine at a College, required items. #1

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A look at shop parts and work.

Builders,

Below is a picture of parts which came in this week, which are part of the steady flow of work in my hangar. The represent three elements of a typical work week.

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On the left, CNC machined stainless steel exhaust stacks, the basic element of all the Corvair exhaust systems I have made in the last 15 years. (Stainless Steel Exhaust Systems) The same aerospace shop in Florida has always made these for me, and they like to make them in quantity. They start as solid American 304 stainless bar stock, and they are not cheap. The bin pictured has over $7,000 in parts in it. Over the winter, I will weld these into many exhaust systems so we start the 2019 season with a lot of systems on the shelf.

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The four Gold oil filter housings look common to our engines, but if you look close, they are 2601-R models, the “R” designation is for ‘reverse’, they are the mirror image of our standard part. The only common use for these are Corvair/Sonex installations. Look at this picture: Waiex engine, 3,000 cc / 120HP Corvair of Gordon Turner. , and you can see the difference. These also have to be made in batches, and I sell about 20 times as many standard ones, so I only order the “R” model once a year or so. Even though it is a small part of what we are doing, I still invest in the parts to make sure every builder can have an optimized engine.

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The last part is a Dual points distributor I sold to a Pietenpol builder in Australia…..about 15 years ago. It has been flying a while, and it has just come back for a check up. Think of it, its logged about 22,000 miles aloft. Its the kind of thing a do nearly every week to support a fleet of 500 or so flying corvair powered planes. If your out in your shop working tonight, don’t worry, in another 15 years I’ll be here for you also.

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Build a 3.3L Corvair at the May 18-20 Workshop/Open house.

Builders;

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We are getting closer to our next event: FlyCorvair/SPA – Joint Workshop/Open house, May 18,19,20. We have already signed up builders of 2700-3000cc Corvairs for 1/2 of the test run slots, but we are reserving almost all of the other slots for 3.3L “Engine in a Box” complete kits. These kits are on the shelf at SPA. If you are considering using one in your plane, the workshop represents a golden opportunity to purchase a kit in advance, and come to the worksop to learning, assembly, and test run. On Sunday you will head home with a great American made motor, a lot of new skills and understanding, and some new friends to boot.

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Get a look at all the links to stories, videos, and pictures of 3.3s. If you decide than you will take advantage of the workshop to make a quantum leap forward on your plane project, call Rachel at the SPA engine hotline to get more pricing and information about the workshop. 904-626-7777.

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A good basic overview of the 3.3L Corvair can be seen here:

3.3 Liter Corvair, a Smooth Power House

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 Above, Dan and Rachel stand on either side of their 3.3 engine at Oshkosh 2015. In the 33 months since the 3.3 has go on the become the ‘engine in a box’ kit, which as been assembled and flown by a number of builders.

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Link to a video of the first 3.3 Running:

SPA / Weseman 3.3 Liter Corvair now running

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A story about vibration testing at Sensenich props on the 3.3:

Testing at Sensenich Propellers

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Story about a 601XL flying on a 3.3L:

Ken Pavlou, Zenith 601XL / Corvair, 620 hours.

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A story about the billet cranks which are the heart of all the 3.3Ls and many 3.0L Corvairs

SPA Billet Corvair Cranks

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A short discussion of the value of a large displacement Corvair

3,300cc Corvair 601XL, Oshkosh 2017

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A look at how the standard baffling kits also clean;u fit the 3.3:

Baffling on 3.3 Liter Corvair 

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A funny story about a test run on a 3.3:  3.3 Liter Corvair of Kamal Mustafa

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Very special deal on “E-I-B” 2,775cc Corvair ‘Kit’ engine with Billet Crank.

Builders,

If you have been thinking about assembling a very high end 105-110 HP Corvair for your project, we have an outstanding, one of a kind offer, this week only, on a SPA “Engine in a Box” complete kit engine.

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SPA Engine in a Box kits come with every single engine part, but they have a wide variety of options. However, the centerpiece of this kit is a SPA made in the USA, new Billet Crankshaft.  ( 2012 story: Billet Cranks Made In The USA– 2018 story:SPA Billet Corvair Cranks) Almost all other parts in the kit are brand new also, just a few items, the case halves, the basic head castings and the accessory case casing are original remanufactured parts. Virtually all else is new, made in the USA.

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Here is the special deal:

All EIB kits have the available option of having the bottom end assembled for an additional $600. We also offer final assembly on engines and test runs for $1,400.  In the case of this particular engine, SPA is waiving the bottom end assembly fee, and I am offering an exclusive, one on one weekend training, final assembly and test run for the purchaser, at my own hangar, at no charge.

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OK, some basic questions:

How much is this this billet crank EIB kit?

$13,795.

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How long is the offer good for?

Until 11/10/18, the first builder who pays for it will get it.

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When do I have to come for the training?

The engine has to be paid for now, but the training offer is good for the next 5 months.

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Can I fly in commercial and have the test run engine shipped to me?

Yes, you can fly in to Jacksonville FL, and we will do the work at my hangar. The engine owner is responsible for the crating and shipping charges, but we have access to very reasonable rates on this.

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Can I bring my spouse, kid or friend to the weekend?

Yes, Yes, and Yes. 

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If I can’t make it to your shop, can I have the engine assembled, run and shipped?

I will assemble and test run it myself, but the buyer is still responsible for crating and shipping fees.

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Do I owe a core fee on this engine?

No. There has been a core on previous EIB kits, but it is waived for the offer, on this engine kit.

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Who do I contact about buying this engine?

Rachel Weseman at SPA 904-626-7777

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Who do I complain to if I want the engine, but wait too long, and I have to read the story about the guy who bought it and see the pictures of him doing the CMP- (“Captain Morgan” Contest at #39) outside William’s hangar?

I understand that SME (Spilled Milk Enterprises) offers a special ‘self anger and loathing’ seminar on Regret Island in the Bahamas next year. You will have to make your own reservations, but they will have mechanical grief counselors on staff.

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Above, Front quarter view of a 2,775 engine built in our shop. When assembled, the EIB kit engine will look just like this one.

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Further 2,775 stories:

New 2,775 cc Corvair for a Zenith 601XLB

Pietenpol 2,775 cc Corvair; Trevor Rushton from UK

2,775 cc Pistons are here.

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Outlook 2016, College #36 and Western building tour

Builders,

I had a long phone call with Shelley Tumino and Kevin Purtee to set up the first College of 2016. This will be Corvair College #36, and it will be in Austin TX the weekend of April 1st, 2016. We will open the sign up page for it in mid December.

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Above, Kevin Purtee and Shelley Tumino receive The Cherry Grove Trophy at Corvair College #24, Barnwell SC. They hosted the last three Texas Colleges, #22, #28 and #32.  They have been tireless supporters of our work with Corvairs. Shelley runs many of the on-line College registrations and maintains the College Facebook pages. ( https://www.facebook.com/CorvairCollege )

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The Western Building tour:  This month, I am forming a plan that right after Corvair College #36 in April, I am going to push west, and do a very large 7 week tour of the Western states. The tentative plan is to hold two Mid sized College events, in Chino and Cloverdale California, but I also want to make stops nearly every night along the way, just as we did on this tour : A decade later: Midwest tour, winter 2005 I also plan to visit many builders projects like this House Call on Pat Green’s 1,000 Hour Pietenpol and this Corvair House Call, Range: 335 miles.

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My proposed track is to head through New Mexico and Arizona, run the length of California, Oregon and Washington, and turn east and head back over the top of the country. (I have to travel through North Dakota, because it is the only state in the US I have not been to.)  I am open to any suggested stop on this track. It is my goal to meet 350 builders in person on the trip.

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We have a plan in place to use the months over the winter to stock pile popular parts in preparation for the trip. We have assistance lined up to send out regular orders, even though we will be far away. Between websites, email and phones, we will have an easy way for builders to get daily update on the location and stops along the way. Between now an January we will have a number of updates on this tour as details solidify.

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Gratuitous Dog Photo, ScoobE in blankets at CC#22, “When you only weigh 9 pounds, you don’t have a lot of spare insulation. When it got good and chilly, Scoob E enjoyed a pile of blankets on his chair at the College.

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Some notes from previous Texas Colleges:

Corvair College #28, San Marcos, Texas

Schwartz Engine Runs at CC #22

Shipman Engine at CC#22

Franklin Engine Runs at CC ##22 KGTU Spring Break 2012

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For a good read on Kevin’s personal perspective on homebuilding, read his story at this link:

Guest Writer: Pietenpol builder/flyer Kevin Purtee

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Corvair College Links:

Corvair College reference page

Corvair College History….in photos

College engine build options for closing the case

Basic Corvair College Skills, examples of learning

College Tech

Running an Engine at a College, required items. #2

Running an Engine at a College, required items. #1

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As always, remember my saying “Your Cadillac dealer does not service Yugo’s, nor can he bolt parts on them and turn them into an Eldorado.”  We do not allow parts from bankrupt LLC’s to be brought to Corvair colleges, and I will not assist nor support anyone in the delusional idea that you can bolt good parts on a piece of feces and transform it into something to fly behind. The colleges are focused on serving builders who want to learn how to build Corvair flight engines the right way, not to work with people who bought things from people I have always warned them not to. Keep in mind that I have the memory of an elephant, and things said on many internet lists last forever, so people who formerly offered glowing reviews of now gone LLC’s will find it very hard to switch to my team now. If anyone has a specific question on these matters write to me privately before attempting to sign up for a College

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From Corvair College #17 in 2010:

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Above, introductions at CC#17, At my side is James Barrett. I’m introducing him as the Longest Distance Traveled Winner. He was in rural Afghanistan a few days earlier. His route to the College was more than 10,000 miles.  When a person claims he didn’t read about a college and missed the sign up, I point out that if a guy like James, on the other side of the globe, fighting the Taliban in a country locked in the 13th century has time to read about and sign up for Corvair College, I can reasonably expect anyone in suburbia to do so also.

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From Oshkosh 2013:

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Above, in the middle is a man exemplifies the spirit of the Corvair Colleges, Mike Quinn of North Carolina, a skilled mechanic. He has attended a number of South Carolina Colleges going back to #12. He holds the distinction of being the last man working on the last engine running during the last hour at several Colleges. What makes this truly unique? None of the engines he was wrenching on were his. He came to the Colleges and shared in the creation of other people’s engines, and gave assistance to people new to engine building. You can attend as many other aviation technical seminars as you like, but you will not find an old school homebuilder like Mike Quinn repeatedly attending them for the benefit of others. This is what sets Corvair Colleges apart.  When anyone says they do not wish to pay their share of the colleges expenses, I point out how ironic it would be if I allowed this but Mike Quinn ended up working on their engine, after paying his share of the expenses and a portion of theirs. If I have to explain that to anyone twice, they are a poor match for the values I promote in the Corvair movement.

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One of my favorite films is the very moving 1966 Steve McQueen film “The Sand Pebbles” , a drama about the crew of a US gunboat in China in the 1920s. During an uprising where the crew may have to fight to the death, the Captain of the ship, played by Richard Crenna, explains that any crewmember not committed to the mission who stays aboard is “A thief of every bite of food he eats and a trespasser in the bunk he sleeps in.” I can remember this line 40 years after I first saw it because it resonates with my upbringing where my parents taught us that people who expected others to pay for benefits they would receive are to be pitted, as they have a disease that curses them to never know friendship nor self esteem.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvbCE0z-aSk

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Oshkosh and Brodhead, 2018

Builders:

We are less than 2 weeks away from two summer events: Oshkosh, the worlds largest airshow, and Brodhead, the epitome of grass roots aviation. I will be at both events. Although they are a once a year opportunity to see a number old friends, my primary mission is to meet builders, both in progress and just getting started, and answer their questions on the Corvair.

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Although they are busy events, I put a serious effort into personally speaking with as many builders as possible. You will not find anyone in industry who mans their booth at Oshkosh earlier, nor stays later in the evening than I do. Many people regard it as a 9-5 event, but I’m frequently on hand from 7am-12PM. If you stop by the booth with a question, and find me speaking with someone else, please know that it isn’t rude to walk up and introduce yourself. I have no old friend nor industry professional who’s conversation is more important than than the most basic builder question. I am traveling  1,300 miles to get to Oshkosh in a 32 year old truck, I pay several thousand dollars year in advance for the space, and my mission is to speak with builders. If you have questions, please ask them, otherwise I’m just traveling a very long way with a lot of stuff to get a very expensive sunburn. Let’s make it count for both of us.

Location: my booth is “#616 in the North Aircraft Display area. This is the same place where it has been for a decade. It is right across from Zenith Aircraft, and 100′ from Van’s Aircraft. If you need rough directions, it is right adjacent to the Warbirds area. If you are looking in the book, I’m listed under the “F’s” to FlyCorvair.Com. My Forums can be found by searching “Corvair” or William Wynne”. 

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Friday, July 20th: Set up at Oshkosh:

I’m planning on arriving at Oshkosh around noon on this day. I’m meeting Terry Hand at the site, and unpacking my trailer and setting up the tent and the booth, If anyone is inclined to assist, it will be much appreciated. Because 1,300 miles in an old truck without air-conditioning isn’t a enough itself, I’m spending 4 hours just before I depart Florida having two root canals. You can question my sanity, but not my commitment to aviation.

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Saturday July 21: Visit to Brodhead:

Terry and I will head down to Brodhead either Late Friday night or very early Saturday. I am speaking in the afternoon before dinner, but I will be on the grounds and available to speak with any builder present. I will be very glad to look at any part or core motor any builder brings. I have spoken with the Pilots of several Corvair powered Pietenpol’s who will be at Brodhead. If you like grass roots aviation, don’t miss it. It is a non-commercial event put on very professionally by the local EAA Chapter. There is no admission, it is very friendly and low key. If you are bringing a child, or just someone acting like one, keep in mind that Brodhead is very relaxed, but it goes without saying that visitors need to be respectful guests there.

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Sunday July 22 : Return to Oshkosh:

We will be heading back to Oshkosh on Sunday. There are always things to do the day before the show, but I don’t mind speaking with a builder if that is the only day he has. Keep in mind, this is the set up day for almost all exhibitors, and technically the show is not open yet. Be patient with exhibitors, many of them have traveled a long way, and are under significant pressure to have a successful event, one which can be 30% of a years sales, in a single week.

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Monday July 23 First day of Oshkosh:

First regular day of the show. My first forum:

First Forum 11;30 am Workshop Classroom C 

at nearly all other times I will be in my booth #616

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Tuesday July 24th:

Regular day at the show where I will open my booth a little after 8am and be there late into the evening.

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Wednesday July 25:

Regular day at the show where I will open my booth a little after 8am, head to my Forum, and return to the booth .

Second Forum : 8:30 am Homebuilders Hangar (aircraft spruce hangar) 

In the evening the Panther and Corvair people all gather for a cookout right next to us.

SPA cook out at booth #615 6:00 pm :

Keep in mind this requires a reservation and a ticket, Stop by their booth early in the week and get signed up. It is a big event drawing about 100 people, a very nice dinner before the night airshow.

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Thursday July 26:

Regular day at the show where I will open my booth a little after 8am and be there until departing for the Zenith dinner at 6:00 pm

Zenith Banquet 7:00 pm at the elks club. Stop by their booth for details. I never miss this evening event.

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Friday July 27:

Regular day at the show where I will open my booth a little after 8am and be there late into the evening.

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Saturday July 28:

Busiest day of the show.  I will open my booth a little after 8am and be there late into the evening.

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Sunday July 29th,

last day of Oshkosh 2018. I will get started a little after 8:00am, but it is an abbreviated day, it is slow, and we begin packing up around 2:00pm. When the show ends at 5:00, I greatly appreciate any help available taking down the tent and packing up the trailer.

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Questions: 

Q: Will I have manuals for sale? 

Yes, I never leave home without them.

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Q: If I bring my core motor and parts, will you look at them?

Yes, I always conduct parking lot tours.

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Q: If my parts are good, will you take them back to FL for rebuilding and conversion?

Yes, My trailer has a useful load of 4,900 pounds, and the truck can carry 3,200 more. If two people with 50% Spruce Goose projects both want me to bring their core engines back, I can still do this.

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Q: In your booth is it a good for anyone idea to: talk politics, praise the Chinese Government, tell people they don’t like Teddy Roosevelt but worship Steve Jobs, say they really love driving their Prius to Starbucks for a “Venti half calf Mochachino”, blab on their cell through our National Anthem, say things like “who cares about American workers, I keep my Mercedes in my gated community” ,  make any comment implying the Apollo program was fake or that 9/11 was done by bankers from Zurich, or neither Ferdinand Porsche or Verner Von Braun were ‘real’ Nazis, or that Devotion to the ideals of America is an antiquated concept.

No, none of these are a good idea to try in my booth. They have actually all been tried before, with predictable results. I’m actually a pretty thick skinned guy, and don’t expect most people to see things the way I do. Again, keeping in mind the mission is to speak with builders about Corvair engines, I want the limited time we have to be focused on engines. We have always kept this basic idea at the Corvair Colleges, and it has served us pretty well.

I have a personal perspective on America, taught to me by my father’s personal example, covered in this essay: Patriotism has no Party .

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Above, Oshkosh 2015. My booth always has this 4’x10′ sign prominently on display, it is easy to see from a long way off. The booth is packed at peak times of the week, but there are also many hours for one on one conversation. In the photo I am standing on the display conducting a Q&A on Corvairs for a large group of builders. If you look closely at the photo you can see ScoobE in the arms of 3,000cc Corvair/Kitfox builder Mike Marury. Because the dog is looking right at the camera, you can tell Grace took this photo.

 

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WW- ‘STOL Bowl’; A new nose bowl available this month, Pn. #4201-B

Builders,

Here is a look ahead at a new part which we will have on the shelf by the end of the month, and publicly show at Corvair College #43 in November. It is a modified and refined version of our traditional #4201 nose bowl, it is specifically aimed at High performance Corvairs like the 3.3L engine in STOL aircraft Like the Zenith 750, but it also has logical use on many Corvairs in very hot climates.

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Above, The orange part is the semi-finished plug for the STOL Bowl, which is now at my composite shop, being used to make a brand new set of molds. Professional tooling is expensive, but required for good production parts. These costs are only made back after one and a half or two years of selling finished parts. I’m not focused on profitability here, I want the the best item available to serve the engine. Below it is the nose bowl from my Vagabond, first flown in 2004, modified with the inlet rings in 2013. It is a one piece bowl, I have used them on many of our own planes, but all of our production bowls are 2 piece split designs.  The bottom part is a production #4201 nose bowl. more than 170 of these are on flying planes, we have produced them since 2005. They have served on almost every flying Corvair powered Zenith you have seen. The basic shape and size of all three are identical, the are all derived from the same plug I made a decade and a half ago, only the inlets are different.

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Above: Here is what will be different about the STOL Bowl: The inlets have an interior diameter of 5-3/8″ and built in inlet rings 1-3/8″ deep. In the above photo they are not fully faired in, as the composite shop is doing that before making the tooling, but it gives a good idea of what the production parts will look like. My Wagabond cowl in the background was the focus of this how to story I wrote 5 years ago this month: CHT part #3, Letters, notes, sources and inlets., outlining how to put inlet rings in cowls and suggested diameters. The Wagabond Bowl has 5″ inlets , and anyone could have copied this with some care and effort.

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It has been frustrating to me that the majority of builders paid no attention to my stories of optimizing cooling. At the bottom of this article are links to stories of testing that took me 100’s of hours to accomplish, yet many people never bothered to read them.. They devoted years to building their plane and engine, months to wiring glass panels and painting, but couldn’t put a single afternoon into making the cooling system work. Plenty of them never cut out the inlets much past 3-3/4″ and were mystified why their planes ran hotter than others. Some of these people went on to ask internet discussion groups what the issue was, and were given implausible suggestions about scoop systems, when the answer was simply cutting out the hole in the cowl.

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By making the STOL Bowl inlets larger and building in the rings, I’m not only making a better high output Bowl, but also effectively making sure that new planes have inlet rings from the start. Although we have built many successful STOL installations based on the original cowl in the last 15 years: STOL and utility planes for Corvair power, it will be easier for builders to replicate moving forward.

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Quick Questions and Simple Answers: 

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How soon?

My composite shop is confident that we will have tooling and the first 12 cowls from the tool by the end of October.

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Will all the existing baffling and Cowl sheet metal remain the same?

Yes, these will be 100% compatable with those items, and the STOL Bowl with be directly retrofittable to existing installations

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How much will it cost?

Unknown until the first round is made, but the agreed target between myself and the composite shop is no more than 20% over the current #4201 bowl. Right now I have 6 existing orders for bowls, and those builders will have their wait rewarded, and can have either Bowl they like at the existing price. All orders after 10/4/18 will have to pay the difference for the STOL Bowl.

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What if I have a #4201 already? Is there a break on up grades?

Yes, it is my intention to offer an exchange program. I’m even willing to develop a reasonable discount for people who have already cut, fit, drilled and worked with their #4201 Bowl. I have a long history of never screwing builders on upgrades to existing systems. There are costs, but I have never treated any upgrade as revenue from hostages. When I know the exact pricing, I will release the upgrade numbers also. As a favor to me, do not call the SPA office and ask about pricing yet. If it isn’t posted here yet, they don’t know it. We don’t want to make unrequired work for them just because I’m giving builders a heads up on a product.

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Above, the perfect example of a builder never cutting out the inlet on a plane. I took this at the 2018 Zenith open house where we were also holding Corvair College #42. The owner flew this plane in, and obviously never paid attention to my stories about about inlets or inlet rings. I was going to mention this to him, but he never spoke to either Dan nor Myself, even though the parked the plane 150′ from our tent and was there several hours, and then flew away. How do I offer assistance to this person? When his plane cools below its potential, everyone at his airport has an opinion, but none of them understand I can do everything to assist people, but some people are not listening. If people think I’m making up stories about this, I have at least a dozen other pictures just like this, of flying planes, some of them belonging to people who have publicly complained on the net about cooling.

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Above is a shot of Rick Lindstrom’s 601XL, outside our hangar in 2007.  I have been writing stories about cooling for a long time, and producing examples that work. Do the inlets on the Bowl above look like the ones on Rick’s plane? They came from the exact same mold, but the builder above put no effort in to addressing the inlets. Rick’s aircraft has flown all over the US. It has been in FL, Southern California and to Washington state. It has been seen by builders at the Sun n Fun, Arlington and Copper State (AZ) airshows. It even won the best engine trophy. A number of pilots have flown it long distances Like Rick, Amy Choi, Woody Harris and Michael Heintz. It flew across the US in the middle of a heat wave that showed outside air temps above 105F at 9,500 feet. The plane was flying at a special gross of 1425 pounds for the flight. It was climbed under these conditions at wide open throttle for over 50 minutes without pause after a number of fuel stops. This climb was flown at airspeeds near 65 mph. Yet it never over heated nor detonated, period. It has the exact same cooling system that we teach builders to install on their Zeniths. Physics doesn’t play favorites. It works here, and if you build a copy of this, it will work on your plane. Let anyone who thinks we don’t know how to cool a Corvair explain the history of this aircraft….they can’t.

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Above is the nosebowl  from our Zenith 601XL. We started flying this in 2004, and it has been pictured in many places on my website.   Do these inlet look like the ones on the builders plane at the top? This part came off the same tool that made the builders Bowl, but I put another 2 hours into cutting the openings and putting in inlet rings. Look at old pictures from Oshkosh 2005. This bowl was on my plane when I was using a very special hot rod 190cid 11:1 compression engine, making about 125hp. We flew it to Oshkosh with the plane loaded with a weeks display, books and camping gear. Every take off was over 1,500 pounds and some of them were above 100F OAT, didn’t overheat at all. This very bowl was used for 600+ hours on Andy Elliot’s 601XL in Arizona, without heat issues. If builders will not cut the inlets and put in rings, the STOL Bowl will do it for them.

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Above, From the 2016 story:Corvair Thermal Image Testing , We had just finished a short run, and the video camera was still looking at the engine. There are always “internet experts” who want to critique my thoughts on cooling, but considering they don’t often use their full names, and have never done a test on a Corvair like the one above, perhaps they can just be written off as people unable to cope with their unfortunate childhood. When I say things, it reflects 5 years at the worlds greatest aviation university, 29 years of Corvair flight engine experience, countless tests like the one above, and the humility to listen to people who know more than I do, and the common sense to ignore those who know next to nothing.

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KEEP IN MIND: Paul’s 3,000cc Corvair isn’t a new engine, it has 240 hours on it. A new engine should never be run without a cowl or airbox even for 1 minute. Take my word for it, without a cowl, the temp comes up much faster than you would think. In the image it is very easy to see how cool the welded on intake pipes stay on the heads (because they have cool air and evaporating gas flowing through them) The camera can pick up temp differences down to 1 degree.

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Above, the same angle, repeated here so it comes up as the lead picture in FB links to this story. I will share more information as I have it. Thanks, William.

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More information: This blog has incredibly good tracking on it. It will not tell me exactly who looked at each story, but it does tell me exactly how many people read each story in a given 24 hour period. Typically, about 600 people read the website on an average day, somethimes twice that for a story like the JaG-2 twin. The 600 people read several stories on average, for an average total of 1,500-2,000 stories read per day.  By tomorrow, I will be able to see exactly how many people read each of the links below. It would be nice if people bothered to read and learn from them, but the data will invariably show only 5-10% of the people who look at this story will read even one of the links. Not much I can do about this, the National trend is to scan information, not read it.  Our national attention span has been plummeting since the first issue of USA Today was printed. If you want to improve your person understanding, read.

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Cooling with J-3 style cowls. (Pietenpols, Cubs, Biplanes, etc)

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Corvair Cooling, Three 2007 examples from our hangar.

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Corvair Cooling, something of a human issue…..

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Corvair Cooling

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http://www.flycorvair.com/pietengineissue.html

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Measuring Cylinder Head Temps on Corvairs.

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Corvair CHT, letters and notes.

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CHT part #3, Letters, notes, sources and inlets.

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CHT Part #4 more notes

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CHT part #5, flight data from Zenith 750

 

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Cowling Inlet Area, marketing, accident stats, Darwin where are you?

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