Remembering Wayne Ison & Eric Clutton’s involvement in TEAM
Wayne Ison, WWII veteran and ultralight and sport aviation pioneer, passed away this summer. Wayne was a prolific designer whose simple, affordable designs including the Mini-MAX, Hi-Max and Air-Bike allowed thousands of people realize the dream of affordable flying. See also Wayne Ison’s EAA Timeless Voices interview.
Eric Clutton was part of the team that helped Wayne develop the original Mini-MAX and I believe Eric did some of the test flying on the prototype. A letter to the editor from Geoff Farr in the latest (October 2014) issue of the LAA’s Light Aviation magazine relates how Eric had suggested another name for the company later known as TEAM.
"Wayne and Eric had a divergence of opinion concerning the company name…Wayne wanted to call the company TEAM - Tennessee Engineering And Manufacturing Inc.; Eric, with his impish schoolboy sense of humour, wanted to call it Tennessee Ultralight Research & Development Systems. Wayne’s will prevailed."
UPDATED WITH COMMENTS FROM ERIC!
I did the initial test flight on the first Minimax then flew all the TEAM products except the Airbike. I also produced the TEAM Logo although a TURDS logo would have been more fun and as I said to Wayne — if we use that name we would only need to sell pins and flags, etc.! All the remaining TEAM members went to Wayne’s visitation but there are only a few of us left these days. I now have my Luscombe up for sale but a spell of poor weather has prevented a couple of guys coming to see it (seven inches of rain over last weekend ). I saw Geoff’s letter in the LAA mag. We have also known each other a long time. ERIC.
Photo: Team Mini-MAX 91 OK-GUL-02 takes a hop in Borek, Czech Republic on August 8, 2009 in a photo by Alan Lebeda from Wikimedia Commons.
Anonymous asked: G-BMOO shows Verner Scarlet 5 radial -but never in the air. Any help on his experiences with this 37HP engine?
That’s not a Verner engine but Ron Webster’s own Webster Whirlwind homebuilt radial engine, see Clutton FRED - All FREDs need such a pretty engine and Clutton FRED - Power to the people and FRED. Cheers, Matthew
Anonymous asked: Eric Clutton was my woodwork teacher. learned all about aerodynamics with him a fantastic guy that captured the attention of a 11 year old
Thanks so much, I would love to hear more about your memories of Eric as a woodworking teacher and share them on the site. Please reach out to me directly at cluttonfred put the “at” symbol here me.com. Cheers, Matthew