Greetings to other XL builders from East / Central Missouri

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Greetings to other XL builders from East / Central Missouri

Postby Kerry » Sat Aug 28, 2004 1:55 am

I am leaving tomorrow morning for the annual Zenair Open House but wanted to inquire as to how manu other XL builders are located in Missouri, near St. Louis.

I am located in Eureka MO with a farm in Courtois MO near Viburnum. I am scratch building an XL with Corvair for power. However, I must first finish a 5500 Sq. Ft. workshop that I have been building now for 14 months.

I am 56 and :D a retired Manufacturing Engineer with a 20+ year background in tactical airframe manufacture. My primary focus was the developement of tooling and machining methods for 6AL4V Titanium, alloy steels, stainless steels, aluminum and similar materials found in airframes. Hopefully I can be a resouce to others with questions regarding machining and fabrication methods as they relate to homebuilt aircraft.

Previous projects included a V-6 STOL with 3.8 Ford.

I also have a Corvair connection as a long time member of Corsa and a past President of the Show Me Corvairs, The St Louis Chapter of Corsa.

To date I am aware of two other XL builders near me.

David Munsen in St. Louis and Gil Devault of Wisconsin ( and Viburnum MO).

How many others out there are neighbors or potential neighbors?

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Postby Zenvair601 » Tue Aug 31, 2004 10:30 am

I'm on Omaha, Nebraska building a 601XL with a Corvair engine. My wings and tail parts are done. The fuselage is looking like something finally. My work can be viewed at the website in my signature. I've been at this for a year and a half and it's great to see others starting the process.
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Postby Brett » Tue Aug 31, 2004 10:41 pm

I am in West Frankfort, IL about 90 mi. S.E. of St Louis. We have a hanger at the Benton airport. I have a XL done. I am working on a KR 2 right now. And getting ready to start a Baby Ace. We are also starting a Powered parachute and a Afordaplane ultralight. We need it to test some new small motors.

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Postby nickofhf » Wed Sep 01, 2004 1:15 pm

I am building a 601XL from plans #5607 in Harpers Ferry WV.I have 2 corair cores waiting to be rebuilt.Rite now I dont spend as much time on it as I should but I hopefully will have my PPL next wed and then I will be going full blast on the plane. As soon as its done I want to start on my next project a four place corvair powered twin:roll:
P.S. Scott I love your web site I have been there a lot. I hope to have one of my own soon.
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Postby Sean_Caranna » Sat Sep 25, 2004 2:12 am

Please let us know how the open house went for you. I am thinking about an XL for my next project.
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Postby Larry Gatewood » Wed Jan 19, 2005 8:22 pm

Hello Kerry, I am considering building a 601XL, I live in Kennett, MO. That's down in the bootheel, extreme southeast. I am interested in Corvair power, and would be interested in buying a core engine, if you have a contact that has one available.

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Postby N601LV » Sat Jan 29, 2005 2:43 am

I, too, am building in the St.Louis area. I am at St.Charles County Smartte field (KSET). I am building a zodiac 601 xl w/ corvair power. The wings, tail and engine are complete, and am waiting for slightly warmer weather to finish the fuselage. Check out my website at HTTP://

When I was in Florida last month building my engine in William's shop he spoke of coming to my hangar to have a mini night school w/ some corvair builders. If anyone is interested please email me or at least PM me. This school would occur during his midwest tour next month.

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Postby Classicmark111 » Sun Feb 20, 2005 8:26 pm

Hello all, a friend of mine is considering building a 601 but is concerned about the possibility of a dead stick landing. He has been informed that if the engine quits the plane is very difficult and dangerous to land. I will be involved in this project helping him whenever he needs help if he goes ahead with it. Please update us on dead stick landings. Thanks for any info.

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