How This Idea Started
I was an air traffic controller for 30 years at Indianapolis ARTCC, but my passion has always been tinkering and building things. This
mindset culminated in the building of my own aircraft, a Velocity XL-5 RG : 240 mph top speed, 225 mph cruise at 18 mpg! One quickly develops a whole new mindset about detail when building something capable of carrying friends and family with no provision to pull off to the side of the road when something goes wrong!
It was a 5 year pursuit that first flew in 2008 and I maintained it and flew it until 2014, where at Oshkosh AirVenture, I won an award for Outstanding Workmanship. During the build, I changed quite a few things I thought were subpar and the factory adopted a number of them for future aircraft. I also designed my own pre-oiling system for the plane and it worked as designed from day one. Fast forward to 2015, when I ordered one of the first Factory Five 818 Coupes. I knew nothing about Subarus but after complete disassembly of my donor 2003 WRX, I realized they were built like little tanks. During the build, as I learned more about their engines and mechanicals, I became intrigued with the engine’s lubrication issues as I read forum post after forum post with racers and streeters having trouble keeping engine oil out of the intake tract and/or quickly filling up their AOS’s and catch cans. This Oil Control Plate is the result of my 50 years of tinkering and my neighbor’s 50 years of mechanical experience. It has no moving parts and nothing to wear out.