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Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:37 pm
by donaldawillie@gmail
So, I'm brand new to this. Been stick and kit building models for 25 years. I'm ready for something a little more challenging. The first question... I'd like to know more about engines that have been successfully used in the pietenpol air camper. I'd love to know what all my choices are. Thanks!

Re: Engines

Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:32 am
by taildrags
Donald; I doubt that anyone will argue that the three most popular engines on Air Campers are the water-cooled inline Ford "A", the flat air-cooled Continental A65, and the flat air-cooled Corvair. However, there have been a vast number of different engines used on this airframe. I wrote a brief engine overview a few years ago and a PDF of it is available for viewing here: . Apparently, this list does not permit the attachment of PDF files.

Re: Engines

Posted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:11 pm
by donaldawillie@gmail
Thank you so much. Some invaluable info here. It got me thinking of electric power. I have a friend who has designed and built a couple of electric cars. I know the powerband ample flight time can be achieved. I'll keep you posted on my progress. Between time and money this will be a long time project for me. Thanks again!

Re: Engines

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 2:02 pm
by ke6iyc
Regarding Corvair motors, has anyone put a TBI fuel injection system on one in a Pietenpol?

Curious of any performance issues or enhancements.

Thanks in advance,


Re: Engines

Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:27 pm
by taildrags
Brian; I don't know of anyone who has run an injected Corvair in a Piet. However, there is a separate discussion group dedicated to Piet/Corvair builders and pilots so you may inquire about joining that list and see what they know about the subject. Terry Hand is on this list and is the moderator, so private message him about that list. is his email.

Re: Engines

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:30 am
by EAB4
Hi Brian,
lots of good info on this site