William Wynne

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

Registration Closes At Midnight Halloween For
Corvair College #21, S.C., Nov. 11-13

I have been speaking with 601/Corvair builder Ken Pavlou, the man behind all the Corvair College Registrations, and we are going to cut off the registration page at midnight on Monday night, October 31st. If you have been sitting on the fence, it is time to make your move.

You can read all about last year’s event at the same location, in Barnwell, S.C., by visiting the Corvair College #19 link on FlyCorvair.com. This year’s event is going to be bigger and better, with more planes and more builders, and more technical information at hand, and more expertise on hand as well so you can make progress on your engine.

Ken pointed out that we have more than 74 people signed up, and we always have a bunch more on the last day. If you’re one of the Corvair powered pilots flying in with your creation, there is no charge for the event, your attendance is taken care of as a gesture of gratitude from us. For the rest of us, the modest charge of $75 per person gives our host P.F. Beck and his crew the budget to run the event, and it covers almost all your needs while you’re there. The registration link is at this spot:


We cut off the registration before the college so that P.F. can have a known head count for all the meals that are planned, and he can work accordingly. I would like to point out that even Grace, Roy, Dan and myself are signed up, and pay the expenses just like everyone else.

We don't want anyone, certainly not P.F. or his crew, covering the cost of our stay. I make a point of this because I am politely asking everyone who is attending to make sure they square up with P.F. either online, or under special circumstances, in person. It is more than enough that he is willing to host; we don't need him to be an accountant nor a clerk on this. Enough said.

I hope to see as many of you as possible there. It has been a very good and memorable year, and I look forward to celebrating it in the company of many friends, old and new.

As with all previous Colleges, a few footnotes: We expect all people attending to follow the basic safety guidelines that we outline before the event, and I expect everyone to exercise common sense and follow directions from the host, his crew and myself while we’re there. Two topics at the event are absolutely off limits: politics and religion. We want to keep everything focused on building Corvair engines and having a good time.

Everyone is welcome with three common sense exceptions.
1) If you're planning on attending so that you can learn something about Corvair motors to later build them for a profit, you're missing the point of the College and you're not welcome.
2) If you're argumentative and have never mastered socializing at the level of 5-year-olds in a sandbox, the event is not for you. Serious builders have overwhelmingly supported the concept that the event belongs to people who are there to have a good time and learn. I personally found that argumentative Internet type personalities are a distraction to the staff and therefore a potential safety issue. If you're coming to have a good time and learn, have no worries as you'll fit right in and no one will be there to detract from this.
3) People who purchased Corvair parts from now bankrupt Internet LLCs, who are just finding out the issues with their ill-advised purchases, I'm sorry, but it's not the mission of my crew of volunteers to bail you out.

At the College, every waking hour will be consumed with productive work getting builders to advance their projects and knowledge. The All Stars are volunteering their time to work with anybody who has chosen our products, or people who have creatively worked at home to make their own parts. Any builder who has a question on these policies is highly advised to contact me before registering. Note: I have never knowingly made an exception for Number 1, on Number 2 I've had to remind a couple people at the College, but in 10 years I've only had to tell two people they were not welcome, and one person to pack up and head home. On Number 3, I have made one or two exceptions for people who were tricked before knowing about us. As a general rule, I'm pretty easygoing and common sense oriented about running the Colleges. More than 1,000 people have attended them, and all but a tiny group felt they were outstanding events. In the rest of our lives we may have to tolerate all types of people, but the Colleges are our private events, and we are under no obligation to pollute the experience by extending a welcome to the wrong people. If you're coming for the reason that 99% of the previous builders came for, know that my rules on these matters are there to protect your investment in time, travel and money coming to the College. You are the person that this event belongs to. We’ll be glad to see you there.

More information on Barnwell is at the



Our Secret Weapon of Productivity

Vern, Scoob E and I in front of my Corvair/Tailwind project, now sitting on its gear.

Pictured next to me above is the welder who has been working with us the past several months, Vernon Stevenson. We have known Vern for a number of years; he has a hangar at the far end of our airport. He is a lifelong lover of all things mechanical. A tour of his hangar contains a broad array of vehicles: ultralights, a Greyhound bus converted into a motor home, a Shelby GT-500, a Bonneville car, various Big Block classic trucks, motorcycles, etc., all elaborately customized or modified, all with one thing in common – they were all hand built by Vern.

For the greater part of his years on earth, Vern has been a welder. In the world of experimental aircraft, when a company wants to sound impressive, they always tout that their welders have “Built race cars.” I welded the frames of lots of NHRA legal dragsters before I was 21, and this experience taught me nothing about aerospace welding. Vern has welded countless race cars together, but that has nothing to do with why we utilize his skills making Corvair parts. What counts is the little piece of paper on the orange board.

If you look closely, it shows that Vern has every aerospace material welding rating in every thickness recognized by his employer, the United States Naval Aviation Depot. In this facility inside NAS Jacksonville, Vern has welded every kind of material that goes into modern combat aircraft. This includes titanium, Hastelloy X and magnesium. While some people can weld this when it is new in a purged box, Vern can weld things like the inside of a jet’s burner can while looking through one bleed hole and feeding the rod through another. When I told him that everything we weld is done out of brand new, clean material, and we only work with 304 and 321 stainless, 6061 aluminum and 4130N Chromoly, he said “Jeez, that ain’t even really work, that’s just fun.” His productivity and quality has allowed us to get an astounding amount of work done in the past few months. Previously, all of our welding was done by myself. With Vern covering this, I have been freed up to cover more builder support, and the other hand built products that we offer like E/P ignitions. Builders signed up for Corvair College #21 will have a chance to meet Vern, as he will be on hand for the whole event.

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