William Wynne

"The Corvair Authority"
5000-18 HWY 17 #247
Orange Park, FL 32003

Corvair College #10 Part 1

November 10-12, 2006


Corvair College #10 is now complete. It was a tremendous success by any measure. Consider the numbers: 70-80 builders from 19 different states, and one from Canada. Nine Corvair powered aircraft were on hand. Here's approximately how far they flew to get here:

  • Phil Maxson, 601 XL, Hackettstown, N.J., 900 miles
  • Joe Horton, KR-2S, Doylestown, Pa., 850 miles
  • Mark Langford, KR-2S, Huntsville, Ala., 400 miles
  • Dave The Bear, Wagabond, Malabar, Fla., 90 miles
  • Dan Weseman, Cleanex, Jacksonville, Fla., 90 miles
  • Morgan Hunter, Corvair Personal Cruiser, Daytona Beach, Fla., 15 miles
  • Rick Lindstrom, 601 XL, aircraft based at our shop
  • The Wynnes, 601 XL taildragger, based at our shop

    Many of the people in attendance said it was our best event ever. From a personal perspective, the new format allowed much better transfer of information, and a lot more exchange of ideas and fun among builders and pilots. Builders flew orientation flights in six of the nine aircraft on hand. Of the other three, Morgan's plane is a single seater, an important family issue allowed Dave and his wife Tammy to attend only briefly on Sunday, and Rick's plane is still in its 40-hour test phase, with the first flight Saturday morning. This great level of pilot/builder interaction and exchange of experience was exactly what we were working for.

    Special thanks goes to Mark Langford, who provided many of the photos you see here. If you attended and have a few photos you'd like to share, please send them in by e-mail. We'll have a follow up page for those.

    The week before Corvair College was a very busy one. Rick Lindstrom of Kit Planes magazine flew in for the final work and inspection of his 601 XL. It passed its inspection without a hitch two days before the College. Rick, seen here sitting in the cockpit conversing with Gus, has made the building of the plane the subject of a series of articles which will appear in Kit Planes. This will certainly raise the stock and credibility of Corvair builders across the board. His aircraft is equipped with a complete glass cockpit. We'll have more details on this aircraft shortly on our new Zenith/Corvair Web site, ZenVair.com.

    Mark Langford took this photo inside his KR's cockpit on the way down. The laptop is giving him exceptionally good HSI information. Although I'm something of a purist and vote for simplicity, I'll easily concede that there's been an astounding increase in the quality and availability of this type of system in the past few years. It's driven mostly by homebuilders and non-traditional sources. It's a trend that's yet to see decent coverage in magazines. Grace pointed out that you can see Mark's reflection in the screen as he's taking the photo.

    Friday was check in day at the College. A lot of builders showed up and the mood was upbeat as friendships and acquaintances from the year before were renewed. Most of the visitors drifted away by 10 p.m. to get some rest before the long Saturday. The weather Saturday was forecast to be clear and flat calm at sunrise. Gus, Rick and I planned the first flight of his plane for 7 a.m., before anyone arrived. Prep work for the College kept me working at the hangar till 3:30 a.m. Gus and Rick returned in the morning, and after one more careful inspection, and an idle adjustment on the carb, Gus took the plane up for a very smooth first flight. In the photo above, Rick proudly moves the newest Corvair powered airplane in the fleet.

    Builders and pilots crowded in the hangar for the morning kickoff. Three and half hours of sleep and a half gallon of coffee are no one's idea of speech preparation. But the mood was great, and we started the day on a high note.

    In the above photo I'm introducing Rick Lindstrom to the group. Rick is a longtime contributing editor for Kit Planes magazine who wrote a very favorable review two years ago of our work with Corvairs. He jokes that he's such a good writer, he convinced himself he needed his own Corvair powered plane. People who've followed my writing for a long time might remember that I have occasionally been a harsh critic of Kit Planes. In an earlier era, I felt that Kit Planes catered to people who were perenially spectators in aviation rather than emerging builders. The management and editorial staff of Kit Planes has changed dramatically in the past three years. They're now very much in tune with hardcore homebuilding. The fresh perspective of Brian Clark and the experience of Marc Cook have allowed the staff to change the content of the magazine dramatically. I look forward to a lot of positive coverage of the Corvair movement in upcoming issues of Kit Planes.

    I introduced all the pilots who flew in and presented each with a very special Corvair College #10 cap exclusively for fly in pilots. Joe Horton is wearing his above, as he chuckles at something overdramatic I'm saying. The first of many of my Capt. Kirk moments at the College.

    Steve Mineart's engine in a shipping rack, above. These racks are made from 2x6s standing on edge. They're drilled to allow the 3/8" exhaust studs to drop in the holes, and support the engine by the heads. No Corvair should rest on its oil pan, ever. Doing so will invariably squash the gasket, and start an oil leak.

    Mark Petniunas of Falcon cylinder head fame came down early and stayed through the College, volunteering his efforts to teach builders about engines. Many people commented that he was a very funny guy. In front of Mark are the stacks of brand new catalogs provided free by Clark's Corvairs for all builders in attendance.

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