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Bill Clapp

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Thank you to Homebuiltairplanes.com for your welcome to this forum.

My name is Bill Clapp and I am the CEO and owner of Azalea Aviation LLC in Valdosta Ga. azaleaaviation.com
The last few months we have been looking for a forum site that would meet some of our needs in responding to some of the questions we get and allow us to open some of products to the aviation community. We were also looking for a forum that would give us positive and critical feedback about some of our ideas and plans. We hope that this is a place we can call home.

What do we do? If you visit our website you can see that we are heavily involved in our Corvair Engine conversion and in designing and producing a new aircraft for the experimental community. Our motto of "ingenuity in experimental aviation" describes what we try to do day in and day out in our lives and business. Our method is to use simplified techniques to accomplish product design goals.
Credentials: Graduate of Moody Bible Institute's Aviation Program with A&P, Comercial, Instrument, CFI and Ground instrutor ratings. Have owned and built four experimentals. The latest, The SABERWING, is my own design and completing test phase at this time. We are currently working on a couple more versions. The last three aircraft have been powered by Corvair conversion engines of my own design. I have been providing expertise and help to Corvair engine enthusiasts since 2003 and currently bringing those engines into a semi-productionable state. Azalea Aviation LLC was begun to bring those products to market. As a pilot, I fly behind all the products we build and test. To date I have logged time (thousands of hours) in experimental aircraft including, Davis, most Zenith products, Tailwinds, KRs, Velocity, Longeze, Sonex, and more.. Most of my flight training time was in Cessna 152, 172, 180, 182, 185, 210, T210, and A36 Bonanzas. Right now about half of my flight hours are behind corvair powered airplanes. It is an engine that I am comfortable to fly behind (as with all engines....with caution) and plan to continue flying and testing into the future. As a CFI I have had a unique view into test flying of new airplanes and their owners. It has been a passion of mine to help the new airplane pilots get accustomed to their planes and work with them to become safe pilots. To date I have performed "first" test flights in 22 different airplanes and worked with owner to get them ready to fly them. The majority of these were Corvair powered airplanes. This past year we completed two airplanes - a W8/10 Tailwind and the SABERWING (both sporting our 100 HP engines) and performed first flights. The Tailwind was flown to Oshkosh in July for Airvanture 2014. We strive to help pilots and builders where we can to help with their projects and get them safely into the air.
Our Forum Goals: To meet new people, provide an avenue to answer questions and to learn from others. We hope to be a positive member here and encourage pilots and builders to move forward. I will not be on the forum on a steady basis but will try to answer any questions directed specifically to us or any topic in discussion as able. I spend the majority of my time building, designing, and flying so computer time is a very small part of what I do. Specific questions for me or our products and services should be sent to our business email [email protected].
And again, Thank you.
Bill Clapp
 

bmcj

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Welcome to HBA Bill. We'd love to hear more about your projects. Also, if you have any commercially available products, we have a SUPPLIER/MANUFACTURER ANNOUNCEMENT section on the forum, and a FOR SALE section for one time single item sales (more or less a personal classified section).

Out of curiosity, what is the installed weight on your 100 HP Spyder engine? I did not see that listed on the Spyder page.
 

pwood66889

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Pleased to meet you, Bill. Valdosta's not that far = 1+35 hours from 71J as the `coupe flys. You got palatial digs on the airport if I visit?
Percy in SE Bama
 

BJC

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Welcome Bill.

I grew up not too far from you in Milledgeville. Retired, living south of you now at 97FL.

See you at Sun 'n Fun?


BJC
 

skier

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The Saberwing is a beautiful aircraft. nice job! Reminds me of a Lancair crossed with a KR2.
 

don january

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welcome bill. not sure if your the same owner of N41768 if so wow what a nice plane. one of my mentor's
 

Bill Clapp

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Yes that was mine. I learned a lot and designed the new plane using what I learned from it and other designs
 

Bill Clapp

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Wow. My old stomping grounds during high school. I graduated St Croix Central in 87. We had a log cabin near 8 mile marker of I-94. My great Unclr Bill Clapp used to do stagecoach rides in the parades years back. Beautiful area but too cold for me
 

Bill Clapp

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I had started AeroMax with a partner who tried to steal the company and all my design work when My wife and I had gone on vacation. Thankfully I was able to get it all back but I had to force a shutdown of the company to protect people. I redesigned my original design during the last couple years and made new tooling for the Saberwing. Now my wife is my business partner - she is an accountant and runs the daily goings on while I build, fly, and design. She's awesome!
 

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