Pietenpol Aircamper Project

A simple homebuilt aircraft designed by Bernard H. Pietenpol.

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Re: Pietenpol Aircamper Project

Unread post by Ray W » Fri Nov 06, 2009 10:43 pm

flysouth wrote:Finally managed to find those old pics of Pietenpols

http://www.flysouth.co.za/gallery_pietenpol/
Those pics brought back some memories - I see the Headwind ZS-UHD in the background of one of them.
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Re: Pietenpol Aircamper Project

Unread post by flysouth » Sat Nov 07, 2009 7:47 am

Yeah - that one fell in the sea just off Margate beach - I remember the owner was from Natal someplace and he suffered bad leg injuries. A local lifeguard saved him from drowning and we gave him an award for that I recall!

Aircraft was a total write off unfortunately.
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Re: Pietenpol Aircamper Project

Unread post by oldtimer » Sun Nov 08, 2009 9:58 am

Thanks Ray, excellent pictures.

One thing I wonder about more and more is that there seems to be so many Pietenpol's around and to date I have not seen one flying.

Just wondering why?
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Re: Pietenpol Aircamper Project

Unread post by flysouth » Sun Nov 08, 2009 10:14 am

Oldtimer - I recall a Piet that attended an EAA fly-in at Rustenburg years ago with a Ford Escort 1600 X-Flow motor and a belt drive to the prop.

The owner had flown it from Kroonstad and told me that his entire power plant cost R3500!

It flew better than the blue Pietenpol in the pics which had a Lyc 0-235!
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Re: Pietenpol Aircamper Project

Unread post by oldtimer » Sun Nov 08, 2009 10:37 am

I have heard of the Ford Escourt powered Pietenpol, never heard any performance specifications though.

I once found a website where the use of the escourt motor was explained in detail, cannot remember the site name off hand now, so it must have been used more overseas than here.

Wonder what the performance of the escourt will be in a Piet? Anybody?
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Re: Pietenpol Aircamper Project

Unread post by WollieW » Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:16 am

Hi Oldtimer

Ek kan nie kommentaar lewer op jou vrae rondom enjins nie, maar na Saterdag kan ek net se dat jy `n paar fotos agter is mbt jou vordering met die Piet! Ek kan nie glo wat jy en Willie (?) al bereik het nie, doen so voort, dis baie smart!!
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Re: Pietenpol Aircamper Project

Unread post by oldtimer » Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:31 am

Wollie,

Ja, dit was nou werklik 'n verassing toe jy daar instap. Net jammer altwee die familie's stap net toe ook daar in anders kon ek BAIE meer tyd aan jou besoek gespandeer het.

Willie, die Bl*&%$em, is bedoel om foto's te neem soos ek aangaan maar vergeet die laaste ruk die kamera by die huis. Ek sal die kamera met safety wire aan sy dinges moet vasmaak.

Ek sal by Sailor hoor of hy vir Rudie kan vra om 'n paar foto's te plaas, hy het Saterdag in die hangar 'n paar geneem.

Bomskok, dit was goed om jou en die familie te ontmoet. Maak weer so enige tyd wanneer jy kan.
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Re: Pietenpol Aircamper Project

Unread post by heinrich » Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:43 am

Hi Johan,

Ek is ook bly ons kon ontmoet en dankie vir jou tyd om my rond te wys en al my vrae te antwoord. Dit lyk ongelooflik netjies! =D> =D> (Weet nie hoe jy gewerk gekry het met al die lieflike aeries wat heeltyd gekom en gaan het nie!)

Hoop regtig jou beplande datum werk vir jou uit :D

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Re: Pietenpol Aircamper Project

Unread post by oldtimer » Sun Dec 06, 2009 11:12 am

I've been very slack with updating my build report.

I have assembled the main wing ribs on the spars and temporarily joined the spars in the middle with off-the-shelf DIY bolts until I can get the proper AN bolts in the correct size. Does anybody have six AN6x51 bolts with nuts lying around somewhere, not Placo nor RAP has any in stock.

I have also stripped all of the metal parts off the fuselage, painted and re -fitted them.

I have fitted the elevators and will fit the rudder this coming weekend.

Also for installation this weekend is the drag- and anti-drag wires inside the main wing.

I have fitted the center struts on the fuselage and had to remove some plywood covering over the instrument panel housing in order to fit the bolts. I will have to replace the playwood in a way that can be removed easily without damage for future maintenance.

The next big issue will be to "Steam and bend" the 1500mm long Spruce wingtip formers. I plan on using a 110mm PVC pipe fitted over one of the wife's cooking pots and made to stand over a gas burner. I will make one or two test attempts before placing the final pieces in the steamer.

I also need to source a stronger tailwheel coil spring as the bigger external spring that I have does not nearly take the weight I need it to take. It collapses fully under the aircraft own weight, even without the full empennage fitted. I will have to look at something with a 38mm diameter x 150mm long coil spring constructed of min 6mm thick wire.

Unfortunately all of the photo's taken during the past couple of weeks are on my VERY unreliable friend, or soon to be EX friend' digital camera. He is currently on a work trip into the Northern Cape and should, for his sake Hopefully, be back within the next couple of days. As soon as I can get him to download the pictures I will post some.
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Re: Pietenpol Aircamper Project

Unread post by oldtimer » Sun Dec 06, 2009 11:15 am

Some more pictures of the build progress

These pictures are slightly outdated, The wing is nearing completion and will be fitted to the fuselage within the next two weekends.
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Re: Pietenpol Aircamper Project

Unread post by noelotten » Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:54 pm

Thanks for the photos Johan. Keep working!

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Re: Pietenpol Aircamper Project

Unread post by Smilas » Wed Jan 13, 2010 12:45 pm

Looking good, keep up the hard work!! :wink:
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Re: Pietenpol Aircamper Project

Unread post by Charlie172Man » Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:10 pm

Hi johan,

Have started to cut the spruce for my Fly Baby repairs - although it seems like sacrilege to cut those long pieces, very good stuff :D

They are cut and planed so well, thanks muchly for the service and supply =D> =D> =D>

BTW - any contacts for that Seneca opposite you - I have a prospect for a light twin - cash buyer ???

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Re: Pietenpol Aircamper Project

Unread post by oldtimer » Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:57 pm

Matt,

Good to hear you're happy with the Spruce.

I'll send you a PM with the owner's contact details. I have not seen him around the hangar for a while although a friend told me he pulled the Seneca out the hangar during December and started the engines and let them run for a while. Did not take it up though.

Let me know of your progress on the Flybaby.
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Re: Pietenpol Aircamper Project

Unread post by oldtimer » Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:38 am

This weekend I am moving the Pietenpol from Kitty Hawk to Defence Flying Club at AFB Swartkops where hangar and workshop space is available.

I have already dismantled the wing and prepared the airframe for the short journey which will take place tomorrow morning.
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