Corvair College #13
We are just a month into the New Year, and the Corvair movement is already in high gear. Corvair College #13 is in the record books. Rick Lindstrom and
his crew at FLAG in Livermore, Calif., hosted the most upscale Corvair College we've had to date. Here are a few photos from the event. I was planning on taking a lot more,
but the fun and productivity of the event was continious, and when it was over, I found I had spent all of the time in the moment rather than documenting much of it. There are
Many more photos from #13 at the Flag website, and we welcome ones from builders who were there.
The above photo shows most of the group at noon on Saturday. It was taken from the upper deck at FLAG. The deck includes the offices, dining area, pool table and the
area where Rick's Rock and Blues band set up in the evenings. FLAG sets new standards in the definition of a builder's paradise.
Pat Panzera, above left, with his Corvair engine. On the right is Mike Studer holding his copy of one of our earlier Conversion Manuals,
which featured Pat's engine on the cover.
The event was well attended by builders from across the country. They drove in from as far away as Seattle, Phoenix and Salt Lake City. Others flew in commercial from
Atlanta and Boston. Aviation media attention also abounded. Marc Cook, Kit Planes editor, flew in to meet builders and get the story for an upcoming issue.
Pat Panzera, editor and publisher of Contact! magazine, and editor of the EAA's Experimenter online magazine, also came to cover the event and display
his own Corvair engine. Pat hosted Corvair College #5 in California, almost exactly five years earlier. This gave him the perspective to
comment on the growth of the Corvair movement. A good indication of the supporting network of friendships inside the Corvair movement was the fact that several
people on hand who are now friends met for the first time at CC#5. In this aspect, CC#13 was the same kind of success. There were plenty of new people and old friends.
By the end of the event, the most common subject was when we could have the next West Coast event.
Host Rick Lindstrom uses his forklift to deliver some of the cornucopia of food he brought in for the event. As with all previous Colleges, the event was free. Rick
had the entire event catered for a modest meal charge that everyone was willing to jump on. It worked out great because we not only ate like pigs, but everybody stayed
at the shop instead of running out for a bite to eat and missing any of the action. This worked so well it will likely be a hallmark of future Corvair Colleges.
Rick's large, modern, two-story facility is exclusively devoted to aviation. It has four bays available to kit builders, as well as a large, well-equipped workshop.
It also sports a pilot shop, lounge, locker room and dining area. The location also supports Rick's aviation media business and his aircraft rental operation.
There are a lot more CC#13 photos on the FLAG Web site at http://web.mac.com/flaglvk/iWeb/FLAG/CC13.html
Mike Studer with his Cassut, which he trucked in and test ran outside to everybody's delight. Even on a mild Corvair, this aircraft is easily capable of exceeding
At left in the above photo, Roy Szarafinski of RoysGarage.com, who came out to assist with the very nice 3,100cc engine, center, of Gary Briggs, right. The engine features
one of Roy's bearings, a set of Falcon heads, and all of our Gold System parts. The engine is destined for service in Gary's 601 XL.
The success of Corvair College #13 is a continuation of the great times and learning that came with the previous events. As you look at the photos on Rick's
Web page, as well as photos of previous Colleges on our Web pages, make the determination that 2009 is your year, and that you will take
positive actions to get what you want out of it. A Corvair College is a great place to share this mindset with other builders who think the same way. My events
are open to anyone who likes Corvairs, has a positive attitude and is working for their personal flying goals. There is room for almost everybody. Make plans to
attend one of the upcoming Colleges, and enjoy a weekend in the company of people who completely understand your need to create an airplane with your own hands
and fly it.
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