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by Steve D
Fri May 18, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: Auction with A65 cases, Aircraft tools and parts.
Replies: 0
Views: 1532

Auction with A65 cases, Aircraft tools and parts.

This auction will be in Enid, OK. It is from my mentor's estate. He was a master mechanic. Built at least two homebuilts, restored 3 Bonanzas, Several Cessnas and several 1940s Aeronca Cub/piper Cubs. He also restored antique autos. I will be willing to tell you what I know about these items. http:/...
by Steve D
Thu May 17, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Ken Perkins Piet
Replies: 17
Views: 3455

Re: Ken Perkins Piet

It appears you would not be stressing the engine much to crank it up to 70 HP or so! The model A's just sound so cool. Reminds me of the OX-5. The engine is turning so slow that it just doesn't look like it should be flying!
by Steve D
Thu May 17, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Where are the Piet Folks Based...?
Replies: 27
Views: 8448

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

I reside in God's country the GRT. Heritage Airpark (TE86), New Berlin (Pronounced BUR-lin with the Texas drawl/German/Czech/Polish accent!) I have been restoring a Pietengrega (Pietenpol with some Grega modifications.) I am at the point of running the engine, hanging the wings, adjusting the wires ...
by Steve D
Tue May 15, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Ken Perkins Piet
Replies: 17
Views: 3455

Re: Ken Perkins Piet

the secrets of speed site claims up to 120HP for a model A. Given that it is heavily modified is it a grenade?
by Steve D
Mon May 14, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Ken Perkins Piet
Replies: 17
Views: 3455

Re: Ken Perkins Piet

As always looking good. If your eye surgery is a cataract lens replacement i had one done almost 20 years ago and it was easy. Just follow their directions. Quick question. I have been conversing with a guy who may make some Ford Model A heads set up for dual spark plugs. Do you think there is a mar...
by Steve D
Tue May 08, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Photo Section
Topic: Ford Model A in Wright model B
Replies: 0
Views: 1575

Ford Model A in Wright model B

Ford Model A on a Wright Model B
by Steve D
Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: WWII Magneto video A65
Replies: 0
Views: 1562

WWII Magneto video A65

I found this online. Wish I had seen it before I strugguled with timing my mags!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNBCT2vsSrY
by Steve D
Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: WWII Magneto video A65
Replies: 0
Views: 1444

WWII Magneto video A65

I found this online. Wish I had seen it before I strugguled with timing my mags!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNBCT2vsSrY
by Steve D
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Wood Propellor information
Replies: 0
Views: 1594

Wood Propellor information

While looking up the Torque value for my wood prop I found this. Great information.
http://raanz.org.nz/techproject/files/P ... 20cf-a.pdf
by Steve D
Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Mexican Air Camper in Texas - Help
Replies: 3
Views: 1184

Re: Mexican Air Camper in Texas - Help

I tried searching the FAA database using the various numbers and names. No joy. I have asked my local San Antonio EAA group if they have any information.
by Steve D
Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: OT Aeronca Champ for sale
Replies: 0
Views: 1844

OT Aeronca Champ for sale

OT Aeronca Champ auction.

http://frisendahlsauctioneers.com/gun-auction.html

Guns, A Ford Model A and a chevy Pickup.

I pains me that I cannot buy the Champ. I have over 200 hours in it. Learned to fly a taildragger in it and then played a whole bunch.

Blue Skies,
Steve D
by Steve D
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Centre section flop
Replies: 18
Views: 4457

Re: Centre section flop

WOW, How could you miss that? Thanks.
by Steve D
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Big Piet Tube frame plans
Replies: 1
Views: 874

Big Piet Tube frame plans

I have a rather big buddy who is going to build a Piet. He is an A&P and has decided to build a steel tube fuselage. I told him about the Big Piet group. Can anyone tell me more about the Big Piet? What makes it big? Are there plans?
by Steve D
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Centre section flop
Replies: 18
Views: 4457

Re: Centre section flop

An aerodynamics expert buddy of mine told me that a well done cutout is about as aerodynamic as a flop. He says that the location behind the interference of the cabanes, windshields, heads, gas caps, cables and such makes it less efficient than the rest of the wing. Mine is probably not very clean, ...
by Steve D
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: C65 engine mount
Replies: 5
Views: 1324

Re: C65 engine mount

If you have a mount already made for a Champ or Cub, could you simply (and safely) modify the firewall/fuselage attachments to fit that mount? In my old buddies estate there are three motormounts. two for a small Continental and one for a small Lycoming. When I saw them I thought about use in a Piet.
by Steve D
Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Structural integrity
Replies: 2
Views: 954

Re: Structural integrity

Just to reassure you. I didn't find any Pietenpol accidents that were attributable to the fuselage or wing breaking in the safety study.
by Steve D
Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Photo Section
Topic: Have Wing Stand, Will Travel....
Replies: 7
Views: 2279

Re: Have Wing Stand, Will Travel....

EAA Chapter 35 in San Antonio has a migrating set. I currently have them and when I am done, they go back into our chapter hangar to be used by the next guy. I had to do some rebuilding on them they are getting long in the tooth.
by Steve D
Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: AmeriKing ELTs
Replies: 5
Views: 1673

Re: AmeriKing ELTs

I am considering getting a PLB Personal Locator Beacon about the size of a cell phone. It is a GPS based system that "drops breadcrumbs" and sends a message to a GPs sattelite and that is relayed to the company. Then your location can be sent to any email or text system you want. It is trackable on ...
by Steve D
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: AmeriKing ELTs
Replies: 5
Views: 1673

Re: AmeriKing ELTs

Correction, I read the headlines and not the "story". The AD simply states how it must be inspected and if anything goes wrong, It must be replaced and cannot be repaired. Also that type of ELT can no longer be installed in certified aircraft. It is the AmeriKing 450 and 451. My reading of it perhap...
by Steve D
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: AmeriKing ELTs
Replies: 5
Views: 1673

AmeriKing ELTs

On my certified plane I have an Ameriking 450 ELT. It just had an AD put out on it taking it out of service at my next inspection. Since we are Experimental, could I use it in my Pietenpol?
by Steve D
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: wing inspection holes and covers
Replies: 3
Views: 1289

Re: wing inspection holes and covers

We put rings anywhere we thought we might want to look someday. Most are not cut out. But now is an easy time to put the rings on.
by Steve D
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Pietenpol vertical wing strut support.
Replies: 12
Views: 2656

Re: Pietenpol vertical wing strut support.

Boy, those Pietenpol guys know some big words for old country boys! It was broken down for me this way. The struts take positive Gs. very well since they are very strong in tension (Being pulled apart.) Like when you take off! Or when an updraft hits you. However, they are considerably weaker in com...
by Steve D
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Corrosion Treating the Inside of the Cabanes and Diagonals
Replies: 4
Views: 1465

Re: Corrosion Treating the Inside of the Cabanes and Diagonals

Here is what I did on my steel cut down piper cub struts: I stripped and derusted the outside. (I found wrapping them in aluminum foil while coated with stripper worked best. followed by steel wool. Then rustoleum self etching primer and White Rustoleum auto paint (rattlecan) Then I Then put a tiny ...
by Steve D
Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Pilot requirements
Replies: 6
Views: 1936

Re: Pilot requirements

There is one nuance to becoming a Sport pilot. If you get your instruction from a Sport Pilot Certified Flight Instructor (CFIS), that is ONLY good for a Sport Pilot. If you later move on to become a Private Pilot you basically start over. You will have the skills and should move through the require...
by Steve D
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Pilot requirements
Replies: 6
Views: 1936

Re: Pilot requirements

One caveat on a Sport Pilot flying a Pietenpol. The approved gross weight can't be over 1320 pounds. Not a problem for most, but the builder gets to pick his gross. If he said 1350lbs, a sport pilot can't fly it.
by Steve D
Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Photo Section
Topic: For the Luddites
Replies: 0
Views: 1743

For the Luddites

The Luddite purists in the community will love the attached photos. Yesterday during my commercial checkride, I placed my iPAD with the FOREFLIGHT flight plan in it on the floor like I have many times before. It must have slid forward. When I put the gear up, the Johnson bar came down and CRUSHED my...
by Steve D
Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Pietenpol flying club
Replies: 2
Views: 1112

Re: Pietenpol flying club

Thanks, I sent my buddy the info. He is looking at trying to get something like this.
by Steve D
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Pietenpol flying club
Replies: 2
Views: 1112

Pietenpol flying club

I have a buddy who is interested in starting a flying club for pilots trying to build time. Somewhere I saw an article on a flying club built around a Pietenpol. Mostly youth, all had to work on the plane. flying cost was about $20 per hour and instructors only charged $20 per hour. everyone had to ...
by Steve D
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Aerodynamics. It's not a bad word.
Replies: 0
Views: 1718

Aerodynamics. It's not a bad word.

I accidentally posted this in photos. After some discussions with my friend, the former aerodynamics professor for a boating school in Maryland, I was shocked when he said the Pietenpol is not very aerodynamically clean! He does like the design, but it was not built with aerodynamics in mind. He is ...
by Steve D
Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: New member, intro
Replies: 6
Views: 1802

Re: New member, intro

Ozzie, I am currently finishing a rebuild of my Pietenpol. It has a 65HP Contenental. You are certainly welcome to come take a look and probe my limited knowledge. Are you by chance the guy who was deciding between a Pietenpol and a Fly Baby? It is currently at San Geronimo Airpark (8T8) and once fl...
by Steve D
Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Spring landing gear
Replies: 11
Views: 2974

Re: Spring landing gear

Well, I have made the Spring in a can! It was about as described, but it took a better welder than I will ever be. I took it to a shop that does anything welding, from big oilfield rigs to old lawn mowers and golf carts. the boss said he wanted to do this job and told me that my design may fail, but...
by Steve D
Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Heim Vs Aurora
Replies: 1
Views: 945

Heim Vs Aurora

I am going to order Rod End Bearings for my die spring replacement to the bungee landing gear. What is the difference between heim and Aurora bearings? there is a big difference in price.
by Steve D
Tue May 23, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: OT Antique cars
Replies: 0
Views: 1731

OT Antique cars

What antique cars do Pietenpol builder/owners own? I am the new owner of a 1928 Overland Whippet project car. it will be put in the project line after several other projects. attached is a picture of it before dissassembly 15 years ago. Also a photo of it before being unloaded from the trailer. BTW ...
by Steve D
Tue May 23, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Early Aviation & Engine Books
Replies: 4
Views: 1635

Re: Early Aviation & Engine Books

Tom, If it is too prehibitive to print it. Consider getting it scanned and then it can be put on CDs. I also find these books chock full of info.

Blue Skies,
Steve D
by Steve D
Fri May 12, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Spring landing gear
Replies: 11
Views: 2974

Re: Spring landing gear

Herb, I am not sure I should be seen talking to you in public, what with your Pietenpol like aircraft! I mean really A rice burning engine! and an electrical system. LIGHT! WWBD? Just to confirm, the2 inch band you mention. Is it the square section where the tires mount? I am not clear on it. Your g...
by Steve D
Fri May 12, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Purchase of training aircraft OT
Replies: 2
Views: 1185

Purchase of training aircraft OT

BLUF. I might have an option on getting an Aeronca 7AC Champ. What is y'alls opinion on using it as a training aircraft? Plusses and minuses, VS say the Cessna 172 or 152.
by Steve D
Thu May 04, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Spring landing gear
Replies: 11
Views: 2974

Re: Spring landing gear

Right after I posted this, I rephrased my search and found a couple of sites with the information.

Any hints or tips would be appreciated.

Blue Skies,
Steve D
by Steve D
Thu May 04, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Spring landing gear
Replies: 11
Views: 2974

Spring landing gear

Today I put my second wing on and while it made the plane look complete, The weight also splayed out the landing gear. I have Piper cub type gear. It is splayed to the point that it looks ridiculous. We lifted up on the gear to bring the wheels back under it, but it just slid back out. I always said...
by Steve D
Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Initial flight 2 Apr 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 2354

Re: Initial flight 2 Apr 2017

Yahoo! great job getting it up in the air.

Your numbers appear a little optimistic. But for the Pietenpol numbers are just for reference. the only really important ones are approach and stall speeds for safety and normal cruise with fuel burn for planning your trip to Oshkosh.

Blue Skies,
Steve D
by Steve D
Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Interested in a Piet ride, central Florida
Replies: 0
Views: 1820

Interested in a Piet ride, central Florida

A buddy of mine is interested in getting a ride for him and his wife (not at the same time) in a Pietenpol. He is in Central Florida. He is a good pilot and is in Central Florida. He thinks he might want to buy a Pietenpol , but wants a flight first. Really he needs to convince his Chief Financial O...
by Steve D
Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Estimated cost to build
Replies: 2
Views: 4119

Estimated cost to build

Hey y'all. I have a buddy interested in building a Piet. He is VERY good with his hands. He has built multiple remote control planes and is a pilot. My plane is a partial restoration so I don't have a clue as to building costs. He simply wants to know how much it costs to build a Pietenpol Air Campe...
by Steve D
Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:24 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: ADS-B and Transponder thoughts
Replies: 2
Views: 1469

Re: ADS-B and Transponder thoughts

Trust Oscar to boil it down to the basics. What I want to do is fly from my new home/hangar at TE86 back and forth to my old hangar at 8T8. It is only 41 miles straight line. But it goes directly over Randolph AFB and San Antonio International. One guy told me it is not a problem, you call both of t...
by Steve D
Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: New forum
Replies: 12
Views: 3968

Re: New forum

The only thing I really miss about the old Matronics list is seeing Pietenpol emails everytime I open my email. I delighted in opening emails that might teach me something new about a subject. This forum takes effort on my part, and I am essentially lazy. I like to be spoonfed. I have to remind myse...
by Steve D
Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Herb's Pietenpol
Replies: 10
Views: 3926

Re: Herb's Pietenpol

Herb, your plane is blasphemy. It is obviously dangerous and not airworthy. Too many changes from the original. For your safety please take the wings off and ship it to my address. I will ensure that it is taken out of flight service. Of course, that could take decades and may involve many flights t...
by Steve D
Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: ADS-B and Transponder thoughts
Replies: 2
Views: 1469

ADS-B and Transponder thoughts

I am debating putting a transponder in my Piet. I will be flying between San Antonio and Austin. A somewhat busy airspace. It would obviously have to be a cheap one. this interests me as well http://www.avweb.com/blogs/insider/Time-for-an-FAA-Reset-on-ADS-B-228666-1.html Any thoughts from the peanut...
by Steve D
Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: New forum
Replies: 12
Views: 3968

Re: New forum

Pat, can we add some links to other things like the flybaby, West Coast Piets, and/or the UK Piets?
by Steve D
Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Vortex Generators
Replies: 9
Views: 2970

Re: Vortex Generators

Beechcraft Bonanzas have been putting on VGs for years and the general consensus is:

You lose 1-2 Knots cruise speed.
You get 4-6 Knot slower stall speed.
The real advantage is that the planes seem to become more controllable in slow flight. And stalls are gentler.

M2C
Steve D
by Steve D
Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: New forum
Replies: 12
Views: 3968

Re: New forum

Gentlemen (and Pat), perhaps a short tutorial would be in order. Nothing big but Here is how to get to a discussion, Here is how to get to photos. Here is how to post and so on.

I am a Luddite (Member #1) of the first order.

Steve D.
by Steve D
Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Vortex Generators
Replies: 9
Views: 2970

Re: Vortex Generators

Douwe, try using a GPS with stalls done into and with the wind. The average should be pretty good.
by Steve D
Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: New forum
Replies: 12
Views: 3968

Re: New forum

OK. I'm on board the new and improved Coffee table.