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by taildrags
Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Wing vs Fuse fuel tank for Corvair powered Piet
Replies: 2
Views: 36

Re: Wing vs Fuse fuel tank for Corvair powered Piet

auburntsts; I'll chime in with my take on this. I do not have a Corvair powered Piet, but considering that the carb on my Continental A75 is probably in just about the same location as the one on a Corvair Piet might be, I'll just address the fuel tank question without implicating the differences be...
by taildrags
Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Actual Empty Weight of Pietenpol
Replies: 7
Views: 73

Re: Actual Empty Weight of Pietenpol

PietenAsia; not saying it can't be done, just suggesting that you not try to pare the weight down on structural elements without doing some structural analysis. My airplane was re-weighed in 2009 when I swapped the A65 on it for an A75. No fuel, no oil, no seatbelts or harness in the front cockpit, ...
by taildrags
Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Actual Empty Weight of Pietenpol
Replies: 7
Views: 73

Re: Actual Empty Weight of Pietenpol

OK, understood. If you want a 2-place but you're wondering about reducing the longerons and cross-bracing from 1"x1" to 3/4" x3/4", consider this. Here in the US, the design loading for "Normal" category certification (not Utility, not Aerobatic) is +3.8G and -1.52G. The usual design weight for an F...
by taildrags
Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Actual Empty Weight of Pietenpol
Replies: 7
Views: 73

Re: Actual Empty Weight of Pietenpol

PietenAsia: why bother with all of those revisions? Here's something that will meet your weight criteria without modifications: http://rogermann.org/ragwing/designs/rw1/

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
by taildrags
Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: ELT Antenna
Replies: 3
Views: 83

Re: ELT Antenna

Tbopper, it is my understanding and belief that the use of existing 121.5 Mhz ELTs is not prohibited... only the manufacture, importation, and sale of them, and of course the certification of any new models of them. Therefore, I believe your inspector was in error in denying your registration on the...
by taildrags
Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: How many Piets have Dual Controls? What about cabane struts?
Replies: 1
Views: 65

Re: How many Piets have Dual Controls? What about cabane struts?

I don't think I've seen any Piets that don't have at least partial controls up front (stick, rudder pedals, throttle), but quite a few people remove the front stick to make it easier to get non-pilot passengers in and out or to stow gear. Not having controls up front means it won't be possible to sa...
by taildrags
Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: epoxy failure
Replies: 5
Views: 176

Re: epoxy failure

Let me try to understand which member you're referring to. The crossmember that secures the bottom edge of the pilot's seat is also the aft pivot mounting point for the aileron bellcrank beam that links the two control sticks. Where it mounts to that crossmember, the pivot bearing has two bolts goin...
by taildrags
Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: WTB Corvair core
Replies: 4
Views: 384

Re: WTB Corvair core

Luke; start out by giving your location. The cost of shipping a core engine is going to be more than the cost of the engine so it's best to find one close to where you are so you can drive to where you're going to pick it up from.

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
by taildrags
Wed Sep 25, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Bill Rewey
Replies: 14
Views: 1991

Re: Bill Rewey

Tom: yes... that's it! But the detail isn't just for a GPS! If you'll look closely, Bill shows a similar holder for a handheld radio, mounted to the longeron ;o) Thanks, you're a lifesaver! I've got to get a decent handheld because my very small and old Icom requires too many button presses to chang...
by taildrags
Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Bill Rewey
Replies: 14
Views: 1991

Re: Bill Rewey

Pat; many thanks for that! And I think it's a fitting tribute to Bill to keep those drawings in his original hand-written and -drawn format, but it would be short work to redraw any of them in CAD to produce crisp graphics and text if there is any interest in 'modernizing' them. I'm hesitant to do t...
by taildrags
Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Bill Rewey
Replies: 14
Views: 1991

Re: Bill Rewey

Pat: earlier, you made mention about Bill's packet of details and construction hints being handed over to the BPA to administer. I'm at the point where I'm considering a more permanent setup for my handheld COM radio and one of the details that was in Bill's packet is an aluminum holder for such a r...
by taildrags
Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Aircampers in New England?
Replies: 3
Views: 306

Re: Aircampers in New England?

Old Rhinebeck Just punch in NY94 and hit 'GOTO' and follow the course deviation indicator ;o)

-Oscar
by taildrags
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Any Piet Flyers in WA state?
Replies: 6
Views: 320

Re: Any Piet Flyers in WA state?

Hey, nice airplane! Can't quite make out the graphics on the side of the fuselage. Got any other pix? And what size are your tires? I have 6.00x6s on my airplane right now but also have a set of 8s in the hangar that I'd like to put on it instead. I like the look of the slightly larger tires. Oscar ...
by taildrags
Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Any Piet Flyers in WA state?
Replies: 6
Views: 320

Re: Any Piet Flyers in WA state?

Well, Jake Schultz in Issaquah is/was building a steel-tube frame Piet with a Rotec radial, but it's not flying yet and he's been AWOL from the list for awhile. I don't know of any others.

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
by taildrags
Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Any Piet Owners/Builders in SC
Replies: 4
Views: 365

Re: Any Piet Owners/Builders in SC

Just maybe not a great time to visit this week though, huh? Looks like Dorian is soaking that area right now...

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
by taildrags
Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: HomebuiltHELP video on Piets
Replies: 0
Views: 540

HomebuiltHELP video on Piets

I just watched the latest installment of HomebuiltHELP "Tip of the Week" videos, this one featuring the Piet. Specifically, interviews with Dan Helsper and Randy Bush sharing their love of our favorite airplane at Oshkosh. Available on YouTube- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MfyH8weTag&feature=em-...
by taildrags
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Floor
Replies: 1
Views: 349

Re: Floor

Because Harbor Freight needs the business, that's why!

-Oscar
by taildrags
Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Bass wood vs sitka or Doug Fir
Replies: 8
Views: 666

Re: Bass wood vs sitka or Doug Fir

My recommendation on changing the fuselage framing member sizes is "don't do it". You'll end up scratching your head more often than getting anything done, because changing the dimensions will lead to changes in many, many other connections throughout the airplane and you'll probably be thinking, sk...
by taildrags
Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Bass wood vs sitka or Doug Fir
Replies: 8
Views: 666

Re: Bass wood vs sitka or Doug Fir

Brian; just looking at the Forest Products Laboratory tables that list the mechanical properties of various woods, American basswood is considerably weaker than both Sitka spruce and Douglas fir in most of the important characteristics. It is lighter than either of the other two woods, but proportio...
by taildrags
Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Fuselage gussets
Replies: 6
Views: 515

Re: Fuselage gussets

I have seen posts from people who have used door skin material for their gussets. Readily available and sometimes in several choices of wood type, 1/8" thick. In the airplane supply aisle at Lowe's ;o)

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
by taildrags
Sun Aug 04, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: New Weight & Balance Manual To Be Available At Brodhead
Replies: 4
Views: 629

Re: New Weight & Balance Manual To Be Available At Brodhead

I received mine in the mail; thank you! It will be read cover to cover, and I will be pulling out my field notes and measurements from when my airplane underwent W&B after repairs and minor rebuilds during the repair efforts. The W&B was performed by three people, one of whom is an EAA Tech Counselo...
by taildrags
Thu Aug 01, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Cottage Grove, Oregon fly-in
Replies: 1
Views: 392

Cottage Grove, Oregon fly-in

Greetings, Pieters- There is a home-built fly-in to the Cottage Grove airport (61S) on Saturday, August 31... the Labor Day weekend. I'm planning to fly my Piet up to the event and stay for lunch, then head back home before civil twilight. No electrics, ya know. https://oregonaviation.org/events/gre...
by taildrags
Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Photos of a completed Aircamper, uncovered
Replies: 8
Views: 725

Re: Photos of a completed Aircamper, uncovered

Here's another idea: why not use an existing and beautifully-populated site to post these pictures? I'm talking about Chris Tracy's Westcoastpiet site, which is a gold mine of information and photos.

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
by taildrags
Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Different Main Landing Gear
Replies: 2
Views: 485

Re: Different Main Landing Gear

gseiter- Others may chime in here with other background information, but in fact a fellow named John W. Grega developed an adaptation of the Pietenpol Air Camper in the early 1960s that utilized a number of subassemblies and parts from the J-3 Cub into his GN-1 Aircamper. The upper mounting points f...
by taildrags
Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Different Main Landing Gear
Replies: 2
Views: 485

Re: Different Main Landing Gear

gseiter- Others may chime in here with other background information, but in fact a fellow named John W. Grega developed an adaptation of the Pietenpol Air Camper in the early 1960s that utilized a number of subassemblies and parts from the J-3 Cub into his GN-1 Aircamper. The upper mounting points f...
by taildrags
Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Materials to build my elevator
Replies: 6
Views: 651

Re: Materials to build my elevator

Ah, yes... the continuing glue discussion. Probably one of the most-discussed topics on this list and it's a good one, given the fact that the structural airframe of an Air Camper (and much of the non-structural part of it as well) is made up with glued wood joints. Gussets and joints generally also...
by taildrags
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: PIetenpol Air Camper for sale
Replies: 22
Views: 15855

Re: PIetenpol Air Camper for sale

PS, if you looked at the webpage that I linked to, you may be wondering about the plugged bung that's welded to the back of the aft stack, just down from where it bolts to the head. That's the port where my smoke system injects the oil (not connected at the moment), and I think I followed the direct...
by taildrags
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: PIetenpol Air Camper for sale
Replies: 22
Views: 15855

Re: PIetenpol Air Camper for sale

Yes sir... those are off the shelf Aeronca stacks. Aircraft Spruce has them, but you're not going to like the price. I had some just like that on the A65 until they rusted through. Had a guy weld them here and there, then I blasted them and applied VHT and baked it, and they lasted a little longer b...
by taildrags
Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: PIetenpol Air Camper for sale
Replies: 22
Views: 15855

Re: PIetenpol Air Camper for sale

Hey Tools- Either there's a technical glitch with the website posting or else your Piet For Sale is the most-viewed thread ever seen on this list. It currently shows 13,016 views ;o) I know that the pictures you posted show your Air Camper topless and all (uncovered cockpits), but that's a lot of vi...
by taildrags
Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: New here, with question
Replies: 10
Views: 2187

Re: New here, with question

Probably the best place to start in Utah would be with Steve Eldredge, who owned and flew one of the iconic Air Campers of our era (the one shown as the Piet list icon on Matronics, dark green with silver wings and a big silver "E" on the tail). I believe he and his brother were both in the Salt Lak...
by taildrags
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: New here, with question
Replies: 10
Views: 2187

Re: New here, with question

It won't be the first Piet to fly behind a Pinto engine, if I remember correctly. I just don't recall whether they used a redrive on it or not. There are many variants of that engine too... a low compression and a higher compression, different carburetion, a turbocharged version, and other variants....
by taildrags
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Brodhead Reunion Forums
Replies: 6
Views: 968

Re: Brodhead Reunion Forums

Brian, if I'm not mistaken, Popular Woodworking or Woodworker or one of those magazines ran a head-to-head series of tests on a half-dozen different types of wood glues. Titebond, T88, Gorilla, several others, hide glue. A good comparison test was Mark Schofield's review in the July/August 2007 issu...
by taildrags
Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Brodhead Reunion Forums
Replies: 6
Views: 968

Re: Brodhead Reunion Forums

One question that I see quite frequently from people who are just learning about the Air Camper, who are building one but have never flown one, or who are going to be transitioning into one is "what's it like to fly one?". With as many onboard video cameras as there are these days, and with as many ...
by taildrags
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Corvair Campers with wood props
Replies: 4
Views: 926

Re: Corvair Campers with wood props

Excellent information, thanks to all who replied! Our friend Down Under is looking into getting a prop made for his PietenVair and now has some very solid data points.

-Oscar
by taildrags
Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: GN1/Pietenpol project $1100
Replies: 5
Views: 784

Re: GN1/Pietenpol project $1100

Looks like it's ready for a Corvair... engine mount and graphics on the side of the fuselage are both Corvair.

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
NX41CC
by taildrags
Sun May 26, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Corvair Campers with wood props
Replies: 4
Views: 926

Corvair Campers with wood props

Here's a question for those of you who are flying a Corvair-powered Air Camper with a wood prop. What diameter and pitch prop are you flying? I've gone through the photos such as on the Westcoastpiet site and Flycorvair, but there isn't much prop information given. I'm fairly certain that people lik...
by taildrags
Thu May 23, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: Looking for a prop
Replies: 0
Views: 451

Looking for a prop

Anybody happen to have a 70x40 or 70x42 prop for a Continental flanged hub? It's something I'd like to try on my A75. Post reply here or direct to me at taildrags@hotmail.com .

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC
by taildrags
Sun May 12, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: Air Camper For Sale
Replies: 8
Views: 1474

Re: Air Camper For Sale

Alan; I'm not that far behind you in the rear-view mirror... I'll be 68 this July. I have an older sister, but she's only a year older than I am. Her name is Patti and she's definitely not a pilot! Besides moving my Air Camper on the flatbed trailer, I've also moved it in a Penske/Ryder van. I was m...
by taildrags
Mon May 06, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: Air Camper For Sale
Replies: 8
Views: 1474

Re: Air Camper For Sale

Alan; put the wings on the bottom and build a simple framework over them so you can roll the fuselage up onto the trailer with the wings underneath.
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by taildrags
Sun May 05, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Wooden Prop??
Replies: 3
Views: 818

Re: Wooden Prop??

Riley; contact me off-list at taildrags@hotmail.com . See top picture here: http://www.flysquirrel.net/corvair/corvair.html . This Tennessee Props propeller is sized as per their recommendations and has not yet flown.

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
by taildrags
Sun May 05, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: Air Camper For Sale
Replies: 8
Views: 1474

Re: Air Camper For Sale

Alan; it doesn't have an engine.

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
by taildrags
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: Flying Air Camper Wanted
Replies: 1
Views: 326

Re: Flying Air Camper Wanted

Sam; please state for the record whether you are looking for a *donation* of an airplane to the non-profit (presumably in exchange for a tax writeoff for the value of the donated airplane), or if you're looking to *purchase* a flying airplane.

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
by taildrags
Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Vi Kapler style hinges
Replies: 14
Views: 2443

Re: Vi Kapler style hinges

Oops... yeah, what Terry said ;o)

-Oscar
by taildrags
Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Vi Kapler style hinges
Replies: 14
Views: 2443

Re: Vi Kapler style hinges

Mike; my other website is http://www.flysquirrel.net . I'm doing a lot of work on VA facilities all over the West coast lately so I've been out more than usual the last few months, but with summer approaching, I hope to get back into my routine of at least spending Saturday afternoons at the hangar ...
by taildrags
Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: A new French builder?
Replies: 3
Views: 700

Re: A new French builder?

35 kts = 40 MPH, I'm pretty sure my Air Camper can do this. Maximum weight 650-700 lbs: my Air Camper is right in that range, and that's including a few things it doesn't need, like a venturi vacuum, vertical speed indicator, and turn/bank indicator. Maximum gross weight of 992 pounds can be met by ...
by taildrags
Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: Pietenpol 90th Anniversary Poster
Replies: 3
Views: 543

Re: Pietenpol 90th Anniversary Poster

Ordered mine! It will get framed and hung in my hangar. Definitely a keepsake.

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
by taildrags
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Steel Fuselage Progress
Replies: 6
Views: 948

Re: Steel Fuselage Progress

What I like about rigidly linking the front and back controls is that it helps keep the rudder horn from getting loaded too heavily if the pilot presses with both feet at the same time. I've found myself in many a demanding landing when on rollout I noticed that my legs were very tense on the rudder...
by taildrags
Sun Mar 31, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Steel Fuselage Progress
Replies: 6
Views: 948

Re: Steel Fuselage Progress

ArthurD; very interesting to see that you're using a rudder bar in front and pedals in back. Do you intend to link them together using cables, or using rods/tubes?

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
by taildrags
Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Instrument Panel
Replies: 10
Views: 1448

Re: Instrument Panel

Ken, I like your method of navigating! Simple and foolproof. No sir... they'll never call you Ken "Wrong Way" Bickers ;o)
by taildrags
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Instrument Panel
Replies: 10
Views: 1448

Re: Instrument Panel

Hey Ron- Help! I've tried turning my mag compass every which way but can't find 12 o'clock on it! ;o) I've had a couple of vehicles that seemed like they were designed to have the gauge needles more or less centered when the readings were normal, and I know a lot of race cars are set up that way so ...