Corvair College #8 Page 4 November 12-14, 2004
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601XL builder Richard Proos of Butler, Tenn., brought down most of his engine for inspection and rework.
Here, he and Kevin are checking out his case on the bench.
Facing us in the center of this photo is our very own Dave The Bear Vargesko. With his back to the camera
is Dave's friend from way back, Stuart Curk of Lakeland, Fla. Dave and Stuart met each other when they
both worked at the Piper Lakeland Plant circa 1980. Later, Dave worked at Piper Vero Beach. We tease Dave that he closed
every Piper plant he ever worked at.
Here's a closeup view of our new oil accessory cover. It is milled from aluminum billet, and has pockets
underneath to allow the proper operation of the cooler bypass. I weld the two fittings in. They're special
Earl's non-anodized weld fittings. The prototype of this part is now flying on the 601.
Larry Koutz, veteran of Corvair College #6, returned to work on his second motor at CC#8. Here, his case
sits in an aluminum jig. We welded up several of these jigs for the College so numerous engines could be
assembled simultaneously. Take a glance at the number of cases and heads on the shelf behind Larry. We
keep these in stock because we're continuously building engines to meet the ever growing demand.
Derek Hulbig gets a pre-flight briefing from Gus, as Gerry Scampoli listens in. We got an e-mail the other
day from a potential 601 builder who said that he weighed 220 pounds and his wife weighed 140, and he was
wondering how well the 601 would fly with both of them and perhaps a little baggage in it. Perhaps I should
send him a link to this photo, showing how well 500+ pounds of rabid hockey fans fit in the 601. (Gus is a
Red Wings fan from Detroit, and Derek is a Maple Leafs fan from Toronto.)
Gus makes a low 150mph flyby down the hangar row. The wire in the photo goes between the two hangar rows, and
is only 25 feet off the ground. This behavior is not foolish because Gus has enough energy at this point to make
the runway in either direction.
The 601 pulling up after a low pass flyby. The corner of the hangar is at left in the photo.
Back at the workbench, from left, Dean Smith, Jeff Boatright, Davis DA-2 builder of Georgia, and David
Posey, Q-Vair builder from Georgia. Jeff and David carpooled down from the Atlanta area. Jeff won the award
for getting the dirtiest while cleaning up two core motors he brought with him. A look at their smiles tells
you something about the mood at the College.
Larry Koutz has on his serious engine building face. He's torquing his case halves together. Holding the
case is Chris Bobka, Minnesota, at left, with Glen Bankstom of Georgia in back. Chris has a very impressive
background of great depth in aviation. I once wrote on our Web site that our friend's DC-3 burned 200 gallons
an hour, when I meant to say $200 an hour. Out of perhaps a thousand people who read the note, the only one
who caught my mistake and sent a polite private note was Chris. Chris, who'd recently been in England,
brought a copy of the British flight magazine Popular Flying to the College. It was my first look at a
very in depth and complimentary story about our work with Corvair engines.
Larry Hudson made up this custom propeller bag. Larry's family owns a custom interior business. It was set up
with Velcro so it can protect a prop installed on an airplane.
Saturday night, we invited a bunch of friends over for the College Barbecue. Work on engines only slowed
down to about 50%. At the cookout, we snapped this photo of a few of our local friends. Left to right are Grace
Ellen, Jen Jen, who owns the Shipping Depot and ships large items such as your motor mounts, Kelly, wearing a
tiara, is our accountant, and on the end is Edie, a marketing expert specializing in small businesses.
Here's the Corvair College photo caption contest. The person who e-mails the best caption will win a free
T-shirt and a year's subscription to The Corvair Flyer newsletter. At left, Super Pulsar/Corvair builder Ivan
Carlson stands by as Kevin Fahy checks out the finish in Ivan's cylinder.