Reading takes effort compared to napping….

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I’ve been napping through William’s stories my whole life, and I’m OK with that. Napping beats reading any day, and William takes a long time to explain stuff.

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Sometimes, if I have to stay awake for a long story, I just wedge my muzz in the back of a chair. If you jam your snout in tight enough, it keeps your eyes open, so it looks like your interested.

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I don’t have to read the stories, I fly behind the engines, I don’t build them. If you decide you are never going to finish your plane you don’t have to read them either.

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Have fun and do good.

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How to get thrown out of Corvair College

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During the last 40 Colleges we have had only three rules:

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No Politics

No Religion

No Communism

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Since our national entitlement has become “taking offense” and “calling people out” and let’s not forget the ever pathetic “demanding an apology ” I assume that people will get upset about these without ever asking what they mean. I don’t write of teach for such people, so we can forget them.

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The third part has long been explained to people who can read, that we don’t allow the use of Chinese Toque Wrenches. About a half dozen people have wrecked an engine with one, and when these engines failed, I’m sure none of these people stood up at their next EAA meeting and said “Actually it had nothing to do with the Corvair design, I’m just a cheap idiot who chose not to follow William’s directions”

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So after 40 colleges no one would try to use one of these at a college right? Guess again. The picture below is from CC#40. A builder brought this “Pittsburgh” harbor freight POS and torqued his case with it. I made him take it apart and redo it with my snap on electronic wrench. When I did this, the builder sheepishly told me he bought it at his local EAA meeting so he thought it was OK. I told him the guy who sold it to him to work on planes was a maggot in my book. Not good enough for his family, but he needed to get his $25 back so he sold it to our guy headed to CC #40.

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It was either a sign my anger management training from years ago still works, or maybe I was just real tired, but I didn’t make a giant issue out of this at the time, even after the builder told me he worked

on planes in the USAF, so he knew better. But no one should try me on this from here forward.

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If you have one of these, throw it out. Under no circumstances bring it to a college. Because if anyone does from here forward, and tells me “I thought it would be ok” or ” it’s good enough” I am going to throw them out of the college, no delay, no apology, no refund.

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Above, the actual “Pittsburgh” item. Unlike the communist piece of shit, I was actually born in Pittsburgh, and I find this offensive that some Maoist in Throw-dung province stole the name of my home town. The only thing these are good for is to get a head start on beating the traffic on the way home from the college.

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To say it plainly, if a person can’t follow the most basic instructions I have, and his attitude is “this is just as good” then I’m not interested in trying to teach him anything, nor am I interested in having the Corvair later blamed for his lack of judgement.

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SPA Corvair Assembly Manual

Builders:

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Pictured below is a SPA engine assembly manual. It is a complete step by step checklist guide to putting together a Corvair flight engine in the exact manner at Dan Weseman and Myself teach builders. It is profusely illustrated and very detailed. It took hundreds of hours to document and edit. I brought copies hot from the printer, with me to Zenith and CC#40. It met rave reviews from builders.

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It is a complimentary book to my conversion manual. Every builder should have both. With the SPA manual, it is no longer necessary for builders to use a green GM shop manual.

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This new manual can be ordered directly from the Sport Performance Aviation LLC products page or call SPA directly at 904 626 7777 to purchase your copy. They have the in stock, ready for shipping.

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PLEASE NOTE: For Corvair College #41 and after, I am making it a requirement that any builders doing anything in the assembly phase ( it isn’t a requirement for observing or tear-downs , but anyone holding a ratchet set to righty-tighty must have one of these in their possession. Obviously it will do the most good if builders doing assembly have studied it well in advance of the college. )

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On to Barnwell

Builders:

We are now in the home stretch of the 2017 experimental building season

The zenith 25th open house and CC #40 in Texas were big successes. To see stories of these events, look at the Corvair College Facebook page. (It is open to the public, you do not need to be a FB person )

The Sign up for CC #41 in Barnwell, now just a month away is closed. I had its date posed for 10 months, and the sign up was active for 115 days, and it was the only story on this blog for the last 6 weeks. In past years people have complained the notice and the sign up were too short, or the story was buried in pictures of dogs and firearms stories. I listened and adjusted. Notice of 2018 colleges will be out in December, and until then I have a backlog of engine, canine and gun stories to share shortly.

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Above, sunrise in Florida this morning, reflected in a rain puddle on the ramp in front of my hangar.

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Corvair College #41, SC in November, filling up.

Builders,

College #41 will be our largest in 2017. It already is 3/4 full. We are just 74 days away from the event, but the sign up shuts off automatically when we reach the event’s capacity. Do not procrastinate if you are planning on getting something significant done in homebuilding this season.

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Corvair College #41, Barnwell SC, 10-12 November 2017:  This is a return to our flagship College at it normal time of the year. 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 eight previous Corvair College. 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.

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here is the link for CC41:

https://eventregistration2017.wufoo.com/forms/cc41/

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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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Last Call, Corvair College #40, Texas Sept. 31-Oct. 2.

Builders,

Corvair College #40 Wisener-Mineola Airport, (Tyler) TX 29 September 31 October 2 2017: This college has Shelley Tumino and Kevin Purtee as hosts the same couple who brought you the four colleges in Austin TX, have moved to north central TX for this College.

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As of this day (Aug 9) we only have eight more spaces available for this College. The college is still a month and a half away, but if people are planning on attending, they can’t delay signing up much further. I am going to close the sign up at midnight EST this Friday, or it will close automatically before that if it fills the last space.

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Both Dan Weseman and Myself are going to be at the College for technical support, in addition to a number of returning builders to assist. The required sign up fee covers the catered food and drinks. I expect this to be a very productive college. We will have several Corvair powered planes on hand for demonstration and inspection. Unlike other aviation “technical seminars” Corvair College is a total immersion experience, we pack a great deal into a very short time window.

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Blast from the past, 2015

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At Corvair College #32, it was 36F and raining. Kevin Purtee, wearing “the hat of power” got the idea was that he and Mark Chouinard should stand shirtless in the prop blast and see who could take it longer. Mark bowed out, as shown in the photo above taken by Grace in the rain, snow and sleet, but Kevin wanted everyone to know that ” it really wasn’t that cold”. (Note the rain drops  on the lens and builders in insulated suits.) Someone figured out that the wind chill in the prop blast was 90 below, even without the water cooling effect. He next time anyone asks if a Corvair college is a typical boring technical seminar, with power point presentations in the Holiday Inn banquet room, I will pull out this picture, it should cover the difference pretty well.

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Next Event: Zenith Aircraft Open House Sept. 22-23.

Builders:

Zenith Aircraft is holding their annual open house in Mexico MO on September 22-23. Dan Weseman from SPA/Panther and myself will be traveling out and doing a complete Corvair assembly and test run demonstration, just as we did in 2016. This was a very popular event. It does not require reservations to attend, and it is open to all builders, not just current Zenith builders.  If you are thinking of attending, make plans now.

 Read more on the factory website: http://www.zenith.aero/profiles/blogs/planning-open-hangar-day-25

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Above a picture from our 2016 engine assembly and test run demonstration. Dan Weseman, in the red shirt, offered detailed information to builders seeking to better understand the attributes of the Corvair and the parts and support we offer.

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The Zenith open house dinner is an important event not just for Zenith, but also on the homebuilding calendar. The President of the EAA has previously used the dinner to speak directly to homebuilders, in a real grass roots setting. Above I am pictured  with EAA’s  Charlie Becker after the 2016 dinner. He had just presented me with the EAA Major Achievement award, recognizing 25 years of work on behalf of traditional homebuilding.  The award was very moving, and the fact I could show it to my Father before he passed is important to be beyond words, a chance to show my father I had conducted myself by the values he and men of his generation owed their allegiance to.  Read the story here: EAA Major Achievement Award.

 

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Above Roger and I stand at the bar after the 2016 dinner was over. Besides being an outstanding aviator, Roger is an accomplished outdoorsman, family man, and father. He may look 24, but he is actually in his 40s.  In my dinner remarks I pointed out that very, very few experimental aircraft companies last 25 years, far less 43 like Zenith. (they have been in Mexico MO for 25 years )  The industry lifespan for new start ups is about 36 months, while some of that is economics, much of it is nefarious plans to lift peoples money without ever having to offer service on a poor product. Zenith is the polar opposite of that. The greatest single example of Zenith’s stability in the industry is the longevity of their workforce, exemplified by Roger Dubbert. Read the whole story here: Zenith’s Roger Dubbert, man who has flown 10,000 demo flights.

 

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Ford Man and ‘Old Hairy Guy’ deploy to Zenith ” These are our code names, over the years Dan and I have covered many Corvair events together, and our displays are right next to each other every year at Oshkosh. For the origins of the names, read this:“Old hairy guy” and Ford Man deploy to the west coast

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Above the Westedt’s, Craig and Val, stand in front of Val’s CH-650. Craig had hands on the motor, but the airframe is Val’s achievement.  This was the first year at the factory. They flew in from Oklahoma. This plane was awarded “Best low wing zenith” at the 25th Open House. For a look at Corvair powered planes at the 2016 event: Corvairs at the 25th Zenith open house.

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Read this to better understand my perspective on the value of showing up at events: Nine days to Zenith’s 25th Open House, Mexico MO.

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Here is another story about the 2016 event: Working with builders at Zeniths Open House.

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Important points:

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Everyone interested in homebuilding is welcome; you do not need to be a Zenith builder to be welcome at their open house. The Heintz family has a 40 year history of supporting homebuilders of all kinds, not just their current builders.

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There is on site camping, but motel space in Mexico MO is limited, if you are thinking about attending, make reservations soon.

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Dan and I will be demonstrating all of our assembly techniques; we welcome builders taking pictures, notes and video. While I will have plenty of Conversion manuals on hand, anyone seriously interested in getting the most out of following every detail of the build and test run should read the manual through in advance. If you don’t have one, you can order one here: http://shop.flycorvair.com/shop/ and it will be shipped out right away.

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We will be conducting “Parking lot Inspections” which means any part you have for your Corvair that you would like us to look at, bring it, and we will.  If you have a case, crank, heads or any other part that you would like inspected, bring them, and we will be glad to give them a look. This is also an opportunity to get in the game and save the shipping on sending these parts in for overhaul or modification. We will load them in the trailer and bring them back with us to Florida. This saves packing and shipping, and gets you started and ready for the coming Corvair Colleges.

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If you have never met Dan or myself in person, and you are still in the decision process of which engine will power your homebuilt, the Zenith Open House is an outstanding opportunity to come, look and make a much more informed decision. I have always said that Corvairs are not for everyone, but for the traditional learn build and fly homebuilders with the goal of mastering their engine, not just owning it, the Corvair is an excellent option. I welcome the chance to meet new potential builders in the relaxed setting where they can get a very good look at how much Dan Weseman and myself have to directly share with builders.  The very best relationship between a builder and his engine provider is one based on mutual respect. Come meet me in person and get a much better understanding of why I have been continuously working with homebuilders for 28 years.

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