Corvair College #12
Above, the 25th Corvair powered 601 to fly was built by our friend Lynn Dingfelder from Corry, Penn. Lynn's plane features an engine he crafted himself utilizing our Conversion parts. The engine was cowled and installed using virtually every component available from our Catalog. Lynn is a very friendly guy who has been to our hangar as well as a number of airshows. We look forward to seeing him fly into many of the same events at 2009. Hats off to Lynn Dingfelder for proving yet again that persistence pays.
Our 12th major Corvair College, an event not to be missed, is only two weeks away. Corvair College #12 is a free event with no reservations required that we will be holding at Gilbert, S.C., (just west of Columbia). The host is our good friend and noted aircraft builder and designer Ed Fisher. The event will be Friday through Sunday Nov. 7-9 at Ed's home airport, White Plains Plantation, SC99, 361 Whiteplains Place, Gilbert, S.C., 29054. For the past five years, we've held a major Corvair College on Veteran's Day weekend. It's proven to be an excellent calendar date because of the 3-day weekend and combination of cooler weather and relaxing respite before the holiday season starts.
We've been planning an event at Ed's for a while, and he's done a lot of prep work for it. This centralized East Coast location is 400 miles closer to Northern builders than our previous Edgewater location. SC99 has a 3,000' paved runway. Ed and his wife Val live in this very nice residential airpark that is an excellent setting for a College.
I've spoken with a number of the best known Corvair pilots who are planning on flying in. Mark Langford will be flying his KR-2 from Alabama, and Joe Horton will fly his from Pennsylvania. Dan Weseman will be flying the Wicked Cleanex up from Florida. We're looking forward to some of the 601 and Pietenpol guys flying in also. Examples of all three fifh bearing designs and their designers will be on hand. Roy of Roy's Garage plans to make the trip down from Michigan with an example of his design. One of the highlights of the College will be seeing Ed's Sport Fleet project, now up on its gear. We'll also have the 1/3 Corvair powered Skylite on display. I'll be driving up from Florida with a large collection of parts.
The action will start mid-day on Friday. A number of the pilots are planning to fly in Friday. We'll use the time for getting set up and socializing. I encourage builders with cores, partial projects and done engines to bring them for inspection. Ed reminds everybody to bring lawn chairs. We'll have a cookout or pizza party at sundown Friday and kick back a few hours before the event revs into high gear on Saturday.
The 8th will be a full day starting at 9 a.m. and running into the night. Like most recent Colleges, we have preselected one engine to be the featured assembly. Anthony Hanson, a 601 builder and U.S. Army helicopter pilot, volunteered his engine for assembly at the College. It will feature a fifth bearing and Falcon heads, along with all of our Gold Systems. I highly encourage builders to bring digital cameras, video recorders and notebooks. You can learn all about engine assembly from me in person. In addition to this demonstration, I'll personally inspect any and every engine part brought to the College, and work on builders' subassemblies as time permits. Concurrently with the build, we'll have flight demonstrations and builders sharing details of their installations and flight experience. Of course, there will be the camaraderie and friendship that have been the hallmark of every Corvair College to date. Ed has a special dinner planned Saturday evening, and we generally put down the wrenches at sundown to enjoy the social side of the College.
Sunday we'll start at 9 a.m. for a half day. Again, I'll be glad to work with builders as time permits, and we'll be glad to tailor the focus of the day to any aspect of the Corvair movement that the builders present would like to cover.
Ed says that Google maps will lead you right to the airpark, where signs will lead the way to the event. Gilbert is the nearest town, but Lexington, 7 miles east, has a number of hotels at inexpensive rates. The major city of Columbia is only 20 miles away. For people needing more details, call Ed directly at (330) 518-8383. The College is open to any Corvair engine builder or anyone interested in Corvairs. Reservations are not required, just a positive attitude. Any of the hundreds of people who have attended a past College can give a testimonial that they've been great events.
In past years, a few people have showed up at Colleges so that they can learn how we build Corvair motors, go home, set up a Web site, and try to build them for others for profit. These are the only people who are not welcome at my events. The focal point of our work has always been to directly help people who will be building their own engines. As we are guests of Ed and Val Fisher at this private residential airpark, I know that all guests will be on their best behavior and respect the neighborhood setting of the event.
When I spoke to Ed this evening to firm up details for the event, Ed mentioned that it was a very special day for him and Val as their son Travis was returning home today from five years of service in the U.S. Air Force that included two tours in Iraq. It was certainly a proud and happy day at the Fisher residence and set a very positive tone for the last two weeks of prep work before the College. I thank in advance all our friends who will make contributions large and small toward another great event. We'll see you there.
Jay Bannister of Texas created this aircraft, a 601 XL nicknamed Lil Bruiser. It is powered by one of our Gold Series production engines. It is the 26th Corvair powered 601 to fly. Hats off to Jay Bannister, creator of the newest Corvair powered aircraft.
West Coast Pre-School Saturday, Nov. 15