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by at7000ft
Mon May 04, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: fuselage length
Replies: 7
Views: 521

Re: fuselage length

The plane was not finished. It was picked up in pieces. After assembly, a weight and balance was done and that is when I found the CG was out. The wing was moved back 4 inches. That helped a little bit. The engine is a continental 65. It had a wooden Edward Sterba propeller that I changed for a 19 ...
by at7000ft
Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Spar thickness
Replies: 10
Views: 995

Re: Spar thickness

A couple pictures of my 3/4" spars, notice that I epoxied 1/8" ply pieces to spar where the ribs attached so the ribs were built to plans with the 1" openings to slide on the front and rear spars. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/JRFaxUSQ1VsffxvwrnH6HY2bhTg_u69uaQj2TWRQ-QpjuEM2mgpF0IcWGFS88OutQzKMA...
by at7000ft
Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Seeking Aileron Pulley Bracket Advice
Replies: 13
Views: 3061

Re: Seeking Aileron Pulley Bracket Advice

Don't mean to hijack your thread, but I am also building these and I have a question. I am using 4130 and plan to gas weld them, but it looks like you need to put the attachment bolts through the bracket before you weld them up. Any thoughts from anybody? Thanks, Brent Not necessary if the holes re...
by at7000ft
Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Seeking Aileron Pulley Bracket Advice
Replies: 13
Views: 3061

Re: Seeking Aileron Pulley Bracket Advice

Made the two bends in the outer strap (verifying equal angles with an angle gauge), then drilled the 3/16" holes for the AN3 bolts, these holes were angled and reamed slightly to allow the bolts to be inserted at a slight angle from perpendicular (and then rotated to perpendicular for mounting to th...
by at7000ft
Tue Feb 25, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: shock struts
Replies: 6
Views: 657

Re: shock struts

Built a cub style gear for my Piet using the GN-1 plans with the front/back attachment points the same as the Piet plans. Used die springs rather than bungie cords also. Was advised to move the front axle position forward 3-4" (especially with brakes) and glad I did, have had no problems with the ge...
by at7000ft
Tue Feb 25, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Spar thickness
Replies: 10
Views: 995

Re: Spar thickness

I used 3/4 spruce for my spars, which I think is specified in the three piece wing plans (no routing needed). 160 hours and haven't fallen out of the sky yet.

Rick H
by at7000ft
Sat Feb 01, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Different Main Landing Gear
Replies: 3
Views: 1054

Re: Different Main Landing Gear

Built a cub style gear for my Piet using the GN-1 plans with the front/back attachment points the same as the Piet plans. Used die springs rather than bungie cords also. Was advised to move the front axle position forward 3-4" (especially with brakes) and glad I did, have had no problems with the ge...
by at7000ft
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Seeking Aileron Pulley Bracket Advice
Replies: 13
Views: 3061

Re: Seeking Aileron Pulley Bracket Advice

See post below.
by at7000ft
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Corvair Campers with wood props
Replies: 4
Views: 1476

Re: Corvair Campers with wood props

I am using a Tennessee 66x30 on my 2700 WW Corvair. Flying at higher altitudes in CO I get 2800 static on the ground and 3000 full throttle cruise.

Rick H
by at7000ft
Tue May 07, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Any Piet builders in Colorado
Replies: 9
Views: 1796

Re: Any Piet builders in Colorado

Joshua

Email me about meeting at my hanger at Meadow Lake (East of Colorado Springs) to see my Corvair/Pietenpol, bring your plans if you have questions, can do lunch too if you want.

Rick Holland
at7000ft@gmail.com
by at7000ft
Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Bill Rewey
Replies: 14
Views: 3274

Re: Bill Rewey

I used several of Bill's Pietenpol mods on my Piet including the three foot center section and side-mounted brake petals. All are excellent upgrades. I talked with Bill several times at Brodhead when he would 'commute' down in his Piet from Verona during the annual get together. Bill didn't do email...
by at7000ft
Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: new builder
Replies: 3
Views: 1375

Re: new builder

Hey Dunrite Hard to believe but everything is there in the plans except seatbelts, cowling (for non-model A) and brakes. I also used a tig welder and built a 3 piece wing. Answers to most any questions you can come up with have already been answered in the forum archives, a huge advantage to buildin...
by at7000ft
Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: About those control horns...
Replies: 7
Views: 1875

Re: About those control horns...

Just do it, you will feel so good when finished and showing them off (like now).
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RH
by at7000ft
Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Landing Gear Location
Replies: 6
Views: 1762

Re: Landing Gear Location

Moved my axles 4 inches forward and has worked fine for 150 hours of flying (and my CG is in the forward area of the range). WW always refers people to pictures of Bernard's last Piet with the axles under the leading edges when people ask this question.

Rick H
by at7000ft
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Tail Feathers Confusion
Replies: 16
Views: 4505

Re: Tail Feathers Confusion

Brian I agree with you, I thought that the wood tail was the hardest part of the plans to understand. Attached some pictures of mine that may help. I think most all of the corner gussets are inset into the rabbited side beams. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1Y1jVZb7qxbRDJETmtZQnF6RTA/view?usp=sha...
by at7000ft
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Wing leading edge
Replies: 4
Views: 1526

Re: Wing leading edge

I have progressed to the point of building the center piece of a 3-piece wing. I need help with how to shape the leading edge. How did you do it? Thanks, Stephen Plano, Texas Ripped mine on the table saw three sided, attached it then ran the block plane down the entire length at a time to the right...
by at7000ft
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Centre section flop
Replies: 18
Views: 5500

Re: Centre section flop

I added home made wood and spring latches on either side of my flop with a hole in each butt rib.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/3OnvgddBYcdkiGFp1

Made a hybrid flop, flop and wing cutout in one.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/iylv18lTcjjWT9ow2

RH
by at7000ft
Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: First flight
Replies: 6
Views: 2340

Re: First flight

Congrats on your first flight Bill. I found that a small leather microphone cover (Oregon Aero sells one, or you can make one) helps with the open cockpit noise when talking on the radio.

rh
by at7000ft
Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Model A vs Corvair engine weight
Replies: 8
Views: 3177

Re: Model A vs Corvair engine weight

Have a long fuse with a Corvair and a 17 gal tank behind the firewall. Plenty of control authority with standard size tail components.

Rick H
by at7000ft
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: A little bigger piet
Replies: 4
Views: 1737

Re: A little bigger piet

1% won't buy you much, never heard of that. I widened my fuselage 2 inches without too much extra effort. The best way to go in any case is to build a mock fuselage out of scrap wood (usually just firewall to the rear seat). Can play with the seat angles, instrument panel height, etc. to what fits y...
by at7000ft
Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Purchase of training aircraft OT
Replies: 2
Views: 1379

Re: Purchase of training aircraft OT

Have over 2000 hrs as CFI in 150s/172s/140s/Super Cubs/Decathalons/etc. and 107 hrs in my Piet. Saying that the Piet is a bad flying (or even bad ground handling, compared to other tail draggers) aircraft is nonsense (if properly built).

Rick H
by at7000ft
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Where are the Piet Folks Based...?
Replies: 27
Views: 9765

Re: Where are the Piet Folks Based...?

Hello All, I am in eastern Iowa and starting to embark on my first adventure building a Pietenpol. First thing I've noticed is the plans don't cover everything so I guess there must me a good deal of improvising. I hope everything works out for me and this doesn't take a lifetime to finish. LOL Ken...
by at7000ft
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Downsizing the Piet
Replies: 3
Views: 1814

Re: Downsizing the Piet

Just build a Sky Scout.
by at7000ft
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Spring landing gear
Replies: 11
Views: 3652

Re: Spring landing gear

I built the spring gear on the Jeepepol, I got most of the information to build my off the William Wynne website. He had built one for a customers Pietenpol that they were re-powering with a corvair, and the old bungee system kinda splayed out with the extra weight. He has a very interesting and in...
by at7000ft
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Questions for wing assembly
Replies: 11
Views: 4033

Re: Questions for wing assembly

Yes Stuarts System ecobond works fine over varnish (and it doesn't kill brain cells). I raised my cabanes 2 1/2" and am still very glad I added a flop, I made mine a kind of hybrid, flop and cutout in one. [img]https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1Y1jVZb7qxbOFdfTUJ1bk11T3M/view?usp=sharing[img] Varnis...
by at7000ft
Mon May 15, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Spring landing gear
Replies: 11
Views: 3652

Re: Spring landing gear

I built the spring gear on the Jeepepol, I got most of the information to build my off the William Wynne website. He had built one for a customers Pietenpol that they were re-powering with a corvair, and the old bungee system kinda splayed out with the extra weight. He has a very interesting and in...
by at7000ft
Wed Apr 12, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Herb's Pietenpol
Replies: 10
Views: 4379

Re: Herb's Pietenpol

Herb- Love the airplane. I am considering building a Piet with my son (we are in Washington Crossing PA) and will probably fly it out of Van Sant. Like you I will probably have to modify the aircraft slightly but want to control the mods as much as possible. Its not that I don't like the design; I ...
by at7000ft
Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Estimated cost to build
Replies: 2
Views: 4590

Re: Estimated cost to build

I finished mine 3 years ago with a WW Corvair engine I also built, latex paint. Airframe - $7500, Engine/FWF - $7500.
Costs today maybe 10% higher.

RIck H
by at7000ft
Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Powering your Piet
Replies: 4
Views: 2322

Re: Powering your Piet

The Corvair is a great choice for the Piet Robert. Have a little over a hundred hours on my Piet/Corvair with zero problems. I used most of William Wynne's Corvair conversion parts and Dan Weisman's 5th bearing. And the 6 cylinder sound is much nicer than any 4 cyl Lyc/Cont. Check out these sites, s...
by at7000ft
Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Where are the Piet Folks Based...?
Replies: 27
Views: 9765

Re: Where are the Piet Folks...?

English Johnny wrote:
Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:50 am
I'm in good ole Blighty, England to you guys, started building about 5 or so years ago but haven't got very far. Some of you may remember me and my
Keep at it Johnny, took me ten years. I was also at Brodhead in 2011, we probably passed by each other a few times there.

Rick H