Pietenpol Aircamper Project

A simple homebuilt aircraft designed by Bernard H. Pietenpol.

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Pietenpol Aircamper Project

Unread post by oldtimer » Mon May 04, 2009 8:57 pm

I have recently bought a Pietenpol Aircamper that was extensively advertised in the Junkmail as 55% complete and in storage in Kempton Park.

I also bought a package consisting of a C150 prop, two C172 wheels, an altimeter, an airspeed indicator, a Vertical speed indicator (ex cessna), a rpm gauge and an Icom radio.

My next step will be to get a powerplant and I am currently considering a Subaru automotive engine (positive and negative comments eagerly awaited)

The fuselage is approximately 60% complete, the tail section is approximately 80% complete, the main wing is approximately 20% complete, the main gear structure is 80% complete and the tail wheel assembly is 80% complete.

I would dearly like to get in contact with anybody who has built one, knows somebody who has built one, knows somebody who has heard of somebody who knows somebody who has built one, or anybody who can seriously give some builder's tips and advice to save time and unecessary sweat.

I will have to start looking for an AP with experience on this type and info on when and how I need to register the plane/project and with whom.

I will post photo's as soon as the plane was moved closer to Pretoria, ideally to a hanger at Kitty Hawk.
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Re: Pietenpol Aircamper Project

Unread post by Swampdonkey » Mon May 04, 2009 9:11 pm

Get hold of Robbie Heard at SAA. (I've lost contact with him, so I don't have any details) Good luck
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Re: Pietenpol Aircamper Project

Unread post by oldtimer » Mon May 04, 2009 9:50 pm

Thanks, will try to find him.

Any leads will help.
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Re: Pietenpol Aircamper Project

Unread post by JasonF » Tue May 05, 2009 1:02 pm

Howzit....!

James Vinney based up in Krugersdorp has got one and has built it himself! (Twice Infact)

Its a lovely exsample of the Pietenpol! Reg: ZU BJG

I'm officially jealous! :oops:

I thought i had a pic but alas....
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Re: Pietenpol Aircamper Project

Unread post by kudu177 » Thu May 07, 2009 4:19 pm

Here's your motor. Why break with tradition?

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Re: Pietenpol Aircamper Project

Unread post by oldtimer » Mon May 11, 2009 3:00 pm

Kudu177,

Who are the local agents to contact for prices?

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Re: Pietenpol Aircamper Project

Unread post by WollieW » Tue May 19, 2009 8:55 pm

Hello Oldtimer

As aanknopingspunt kan jy dalk probeer om Mike Spence in die hande te kry, ek dink hy vlieg vanaf Krugersdorp vliegveld en is ook `n ou en baie bekende in EAA geledere.

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Re: Pietenpol Aircamper Project

Unread post by Flymed » Thu May 21, 2009 12:06 pm

Rob Herd is your guy. His no.:0833088343
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Re: Pietenpol Aircamper Project

Unread post by Thys Bas » Thu May 21, 2009 6:54 pm

Sluit aan by die Vliegtuig Tuisbouers vereniging, hulle is ook onder die Aeroclub. Daar is manne wat Pietenpol bou.
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Re: Pietenpol Aircamper Project

Unread post by oldtimer » Thu May 21, 2009 9:01 pm

Thys,

Ek het by die EAA aangesluit, onmiddelik my rekening gekry vir lidmaadskap en vir die gebruik van 'n AP. Ek het die geld dieselfde dag inbetaal, bewys deurgestuur en.........Stilte, niks, nie 'n woord nie.

Is dit dieselfde groep waarvan jy praat of wat is hulle kontak besonderhede?
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Re: Pietenpol Aircamper Project

Unread post by oldtimer » Fri May 29, 2009 10:40 pm

29 May 2009

Today I brought my Pietenpol from the storage in Kempton Park to my rented Hangar at Kitty Hawk!!!

What a day, I cannot describe my elation, happiness and joy. A lifelong dream come true.

Even though there is still hundreds of hours of work left to do before she takes to the skies I can honestly say "She's mine"

According to the logbooks a certain Mr. R.C.A. Honey started building her on 09/05/1985 and stopped, for reasons unknown to me, in 1989 accumulating 673,5 Hours of building time. The project changed ownership on 16/09/2002 to an unknown owner who did some work and reached an accumulated 807,5 Hours of building time until 28/06/2005 . The project again changed owners and adding an additional 12,5 Hours to the total build time to reach 820 Hours. The project became mine when I paid the money over to Fritz Wolmerans during last week and I collected her from the storage shed she was sitting in for the last couple of years and took her to her new home in Hangar 93, Kitty Hawk Airfield.

We celebrated the day with an excellent dinner at the Kitty Hawk Clubhouse Restaurant tonight.

I took some photo's on myh cell phone after offloading the Pietenpol in the Hangar as attached. The Quality may not be as good as I intended and I will post more photo's taken by Wollie Wolmerans after we loaded the trailer just before I left for Kitty Hawk.
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Re: Pietenpol Aircamper Project

Unread post by kamikaze » Sat May 30, 2009 10:45 am

is there a plane in those pics? :shock:

all i see is a two seater coffin.... :smt077
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Re: Pietenpol Aircamper Project

Unread post by oldtimer » Sun May 31, 2009 4:53 pm

Kamikaze,

Wouldn't expect a sour comment like that from someone calling himself "Kamikaze". [-o< [-o< [-o<

I'm sure you have the right to an opinion. Fact of the matter is that the pile of wood in the picture belongs to me, it will be in the air in a couple of months and, if it turns out to be my coffin, I would go down smiling and would not have it any other way. :D :D

Now, run along and go play your silly games on some other website.
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Re: Pietenpol Aircamper Project

Unread post by MikeinPE » Sun May 31, 2009 5:05 pm

Speak to Philip from Bundu Aviation for more info on the Corvair engine. He is bringing some into South Africa that needs rebuilding. He also has a hangar at Kitty Hawk.

Enjoy your building :D
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Re: Pietenpol Aircamper Project

Unread post by oldtimer » Sun May 31, 2009 5:17 pm

If he has a hangar at Kitty Hawk I will find him

Thanks for the info, and a big yes, I will enjoy every minute of it.
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