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Dave Stroud, Ottawa, Canada, Christavia MK 1

First Year Flown on Corvair Power: 2001
Total Amount of Hours on Corvair Power: 28
N-number: C-FDWS
Builder of Aircraft and Engine: Dave Stroud, 103 Benlea Dr., Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA K2G 4A3, davestroud@rogers.com
Year Aircraft was Built: 1998
Type of Conversion: Wynne/Self with rear starter, no blower fan
Engine Year: 1965
Engine Displacement: 164cid
Propeller Make and Diameter: 3-blade Warp Drive 70"
Cruise Speed: 100mph
Static RPM: 3,100rpm
Note: Dave Stroud was the first guy to fly a Rinker gearbox in a long time. Dave wanted to see if he could better the performance of his belt reduction Subaru EA-81. He reported a substantial improvement with the Corvair. The installation was actually slightly lighter, in spite of the Rinker gearbox's cast iron construction. After a season of flying, Dave was having some gearbox grumbling at the same time he came across an O-235 Lycoming for a great deal. Dave promptly switched his plane to the early model O-235 (100hp), and sold his Corvair firewall forward package to another Christavia builder. Interestingly, and contrary to expectation, the aircraft is actually 10mph slower with its current Lycoming installation.

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