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Pietenpol Air Camper "Kajsa" and Per Widing. First video footage!
Pietenpol Air Camper "Kajsa" and Per Widing. First video footage!
Published: 2016/10/12
Channel: Jesper Rådegård
Kevin
Kevin's Pietenpol air camper plans built project
Published: 2014/06/10
Channel: D White
FULL SCALE FRIDAYS!! PIETENPOL AIR CAMPER | VLOG0010
FULL SCALE FRIDAYS!! PIETENPOL AIR CAMPER | VLOG0010
Published: 2016/09/13
Channel: FliteTest
Michelle Goodeve
Michelle Goodeve's Pietenpol Aircamper.mp4
Published: 2015/08/12
Channel: fearwidge
Season 5, Episode 2: Pietenpol Air Camper
Season 5, Episode 2: Pietenpol Air Camper
Published: 2017/04/13
Channel: The Flying Show
Howard Henderson
Howard Henderson's Model A Ford powered Pietenpol Air Camper
Published: 2011/09/04
Channel: Grant MacLaren
Pietenpol AirCamper flying Northern Indiana
Pietenpol AirCamper flying Northern Indiana
Published: 2017/06/19
Channel: Rick Schreiber
Pietenpol NX313KB First Flight
Pietenpol NX313KB First Flight
Published: 2017/07/12
Channel: Kevin Bickers
My Homebuilt Airplane | Pilot n
My Homebuilt Airplane | Pilot n' Plane
Published: 2017/01/29
Channel: FliteTest
THE ONE DOLLAR PIETENPOL PART ONE
THE ONE DOLLAR PIETENPOL PART ONE
Published: 2017/09/29
Channel: Dewey Davenport
Farm Stripping the Aircamper
Farm Stripping the Aircamper
Published: 2011/03/24
Channel: Chris Brockis
Oldest Flying Pietenpol Aircamper 1934
Oldest Flying Pietenpol Aircamper 1934
Published: 2017/09/21
Channel: Dewey Davenport
Pavligas Piet 6 09
Pavligas Piet 6 09
Published: 2009/06/07
Channel: rudy8278
Pietenpol Aircamper G-BVYY - Mick Fellows 1st flight
Pietenpol Aircamper G-BVYY - Mick Fellows 1st flight
Published: 2015/10/27
Channel: Tom Harrison
Pietenpol 1st Engine Startup and first flight ! world most amazing aircraft.
Pietenpol 1st Engine Startup and first flight ! world most amazing aircraft.
Published: 2017/08/29
Channel: Epic TV
Flying the One Dollar Pietenpol Part II AIR TO AIR SHOTS
Flying the One Dollar Pietenpol Part II AIR TO AIR SHOTS
Published: 2017/10/05
Channel: Dewey Davenport
Brodhead Airport / Pietenpol Gathering 2017
Brodhead Airport / Pietenpol Gathering 2017
Published: 2017/08/03
Channel: RAYviation
Pietenpol wing rib construction. Part 1
Pietenpol wing rib construction. Part 1
Published: 2015/01/12
Channel: Piet Builder
Dan Helsper and his Pietenpol at the Poplar Grove Airport
Dan Helsper and his Pietenpol at the Poplar Grove Airport
Published: 2011/06/19
Channel: Steve Thomas
Brodhead 2017 Pietenpol flying
Brodhead 2017 Pietenpol flying
Published: 2017/10/12
Channel: Rick Schreiber
Pietenpo
Pietenpo's first attempted test flight.
Published: 2016/12/05
Channel: Dwain Marcus
Pietenpol landing
Pietenpol landing
Published: 2015/04/23
Channel: morayflyinggroup
Aero-TV: Profiles in Aviation - Rob Bach and His Pietenpol
Aero-TV: Profiles in Aviation - Rob Bach and His Pietenpol
Published: 2009/09/13
Channel: Aero-News Network
Verner 5Si on my Pietenpol first run
Verner 5Si on my Pietenpol first run
Published: 2016/07/28
Channel: Richard Jones
SECOND RUNUP OF CUSHWAY PIETENPOL AIR CAMPER WITH FORD MODEL A
SECOND RUNUP OF CUSHWAY PIETENPOL AIR CAMPER WITH FORD MODEL A
Published: 2010/07/06
Channel: 899PM
Flying a Pietenpol
Flying a Pietenpol
Published: 2012/09/16
Channel: Jeff Souders
Getting in the Pietenpol Air Camper - What a Challenge
Getting in the Pietenpol Air Camper - What a Challenge
Published: 2006/12/01
Channel: Hodakaguy
Flying the Aircamper to Fallbrook - GN-1 / Pietenpol Flight VLOG
Flying the Aircamper to Fallbrook - GN-1 / Pietenpol Flight VLOG
Published: 2017/07/10
Channel: The Adventures of Tango & Juliet
Pietenpol Air Camper - HobbyKing - Product Video
Pietenpol Air Camper - HobbyKing - Product Video
Published: 2015/07/15
Channel: HobbyKing Live
First Solo Flight in the Pietenpol
First Solo Flight in the Pietenpol
Published: 2015/12/27
Channel: rans471
Pietenpol Air Camper
Pietenpol Air Camper
Published: 2016/06/05
Channel: Dynamic WT9
Brodhead 2009 Part 1
Brodhead 2009 Part 1
Published: 2009/07/27
Channel: k5yac
Pietenpol Rib Building
Pietenpol Rib Building
Published: 2015/02/21
Channel: Brian Rieger
Corvair powered Pietenpol flight
Corvair powered Pietenpol flight
Published: 2016/11/12
Channel: Rick Schreiber
Plane Of The Week | Pietenpol Air Camper
Plane Of The Week | Pietenpol Air Camper
Published: 2017/03/07
Channel: The Flight Blog
First flight of Gary Boothes Pietenpol
First flight of Gary Boothes Pietenpol
Published: 2017/05/31
Channel: iP
Pietenpol solo
Pietenpol solo
Published: 2016/12/01
Channel: Josh Bixler
Ford Model A Powered Pietenpol air camper - Startup
Ford Model A Powered Pietenpol air camper - Startup
Published: 2006/12/01
Channel: Hodakaguy
FT Pietenpol - Build | Flite Test
FT Pietenpol - Build | Flite Test
Published: 2017/02/09
Channel: FliteTest
Pietenpol Low Flying
Pietenpol Low Flying
Published: 2009/04/18
Channel: Scott Wallace
Dumas 36 inch Pietenpol Air Camper
Dumas 36 inch Pietenpol Air Camper
Published: 2016/08/06
Channel: Tvideo
Pietenpol Air Camper - 3D camera mount test - 2D version
Pietenpol Air Camper - 3D camera mount test - 2D version
Published: 2013/09/12
Channel: TAVAS Andrew
Pietenpol Air Camper walk around
Pietenpol Air Camper walk around
Published: 2017/09/04
Channel: Elijah Lewis
Flying to Austin Texas to pick up a Pietenpol Air Camper
Flying to Austin Texas to pick up a Pietenpol Air Camper
Published: 2015/11/26
Channel: Dwain Marcus
Pietenpol evening sortie
Pietenpol evening sortie
Published: 2016/10/11
Channel: psbob
From Dream to Reality.wmv
From Dream to Reality.wmv
Published: 2012/01/13
Channel: wingnuttwo
Pietenpol Air Camper at Skiatook 2F6
Pietenpol Air Camper at Skiatook 2F6
Published: 2014/09/10
Channel: OKGunLover
DutchRC - HobbyKing Pietenpol Aircamper - Maiden Flight! :)
DutchRC - HobbyKing Pietenpol Aircamper - Maiden Flight! :)
Published: 2015/08/06
Channel: DutchRC Adventures
PIETENPOL AIR CAMPER   1/3 escala FAI.
PIETENPOL AIR CAMPER 1/3 escala FAI.
Published: 2015/03/20
Channel: Daniel Binda
GN-1 Aircamper
GN-1 Aircamper
Published: 2015/08/14
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Air Camper
Pietenpol.air.camper.g-buco.arp.jpg
UK variant Pietenpol Air Camper
Role Amateur-built airplane
Manufacturer Pietenpol
Designer Bernie Pietenpol
First flight 1928
with Model A engine, May 1929[1]
Status Plans available (2015)
Unit cost
US$100 (plans only, 2015)
Variants Grega GN-1 Aircamper
Pietenpol Sky Scout
St Croix Pietenpol Aerial
St Croix Pietenpol Aircamper
UK variant Pietenpol Air Camper
Air Camper with a Ford Model A engine
A Pietenpol Air Camper under construction, showing its wooden frame structure.

The Pietenpol Air Camper is a simple parasol wing homebuilt aircraft designed by Bernard H. Pietenpol. The first prototype that became the Air Camper was built and flown by Pietenpol in 1928.[2][3][4][5][6]

Development[edit]

The Air Camper was designed to be built of spruce and plywood. One of Pietenpol's goals was to create a plane that was affordable and easy to construct for home builders. Building an Air Camper requires basic woodworking skills and tools. Builders also need to fabricate some metal fittings to attach the wooden parts together. Some welding is required. The plans for the Pietenpol Aircamper were originally published in a four-part serial in the "Flying and Glider" Manual of 1932-33.[4][5]

The original model was flown using an Ace four cylinder water-cooled engine.[4] The Model A Ford engine later became the standard powerplant used; the design was first flown with one in May 1929.[1]

In the 1960s Bernard Pietenpol began to favor converted engines from Chevrolet Corvair automobiles. The Corvair engine was smoother, stronger and significantly lighter in weight compared to the Model A, as the Corvair automobiles used air-cooled, flat-six configuration engines, similar in design to those already available (in generally larger displacements) for general aviation use. The length of a Pietenpol varies with the engine choices, as engines that are lighter than the Fords need to be mounted further out from the firewall for weight and balance reasons.[7] Over the years over 30 different engines have flown in the Pietenpol Air Camper. Many modern Pietenpol builders prefer Continental A65, C85 or C90 air-cooled flat four powerplants.[4] Several examples of the Aircamper have been built in Europe and are currently (2012) flying.

In the 1920s and 1930s kits were available for the design, but there were none available again until 2015 when the Pietenpol Aircraft Company introduced a kit version of the Air Camper, with components supplied by Aircraft Spruce & Specialty. The kit includes all parts except the engine, aircraft dope and the aircraft fabric covering, and hardware.[8]

Variants[edit]

Pietenpol Sky Scout
BH Pietenpol also designed and published plans for a single-seat version of the aircraft named the Pietenpol Sky Scout, which was slightly smaller and was powered by the Ford Model T engine.[4] During the late 1920s and early 1930s, this was less expensive than the Model A used in the Air Camper.[9]
UK LAA-approved Pietenpol Air Camper
In some countries, civil aviation authority approval is required for each experimental aircraft design, in addition to the approval of each aircraft an individual makes, as in the US. A variant of the Pietenpol Air Camper was designed by Mr. J. K. Wills, and UK Light Aircraft Association approval was obtained for this variant.[10]
Grega GN-1 Aircamper
Grega GN-1 Aircamper
A plans-only homebuilt design similar to the Air Camper using a Piper Cub wing.
St Croix Pietenpol Aerial
A biplane adaptation, designed by Chad and Charles Willie and produced by St Croix Aircraft of Corning, Iowa, first flown in 1977.[11]
St Croix Pietenpol Aircamper
An adaptation of the original design with more wingspan, longer fuselage and higher gross weight.[11]

Specifications (Typical Air Camper)[edit]

Data from B.H. Pietenpol And Sons Air Camper Aircraft (2013). "How to Build a Pietenpol Air Camper or Sky Scout Airplane". Retrieved May 14, 2013. 

General characteristics

  • Crew: One pilot
  • Capacity: One passenger
  • Length: 17 ft 8 in (5.39 m)
  • Wingspan: 29 ft 0 in (8.84 m)
  • Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
  • Wing area: 135 ft² (12.5 m²)
  • Empty weight: 610 lb (277 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 995 lb (452 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 1080 lb (490 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Ford Model A automotive conversion engine, 40 hp (30 kW)

Performance

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Pietenpol Aircraft Company - Pietenpol Air Camper History". pietenpolaircraftcompany.com. Pietenpol Aircraft Company. Retrieved June 20, 2017. By now Henry Ford had come out with his new car, the Model A, powered by a bigger four cylinder engine. At an estimated 40 horsepower, this engine seemed just the thing for Bernard Pietenpol's new aircraft design's needs, and having been on the market for several years, junk yards were starting to get as many of them as Model T engines...So Bernard Pietenpol went to work converting the Ford Model A engine for his new monoplane. In May 1929 Bernard Pietenpol test flew his Air Camper with the new engine. It was a complete success - a perfect match of airframe to power plant. 
  2. ^ Bowers, Peter M.: Guide to Homebuilts, 9th Edition, pages 10-12. Tab Books, 1984. ISBN 0-8306-2364-7
  3. ^ Plane and Pilot: 1978 Aircraft Directory, page 150. Werner & Werner Corp Publishing, 1978. ISBN 0-918312-00-0
  4. ^ a b c d e B.H. Pietenpol And Sons Air Camper Aircraft (2013). "How to Build a Pietenpol Air Camper or Sky Scout Airplane". Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 115. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  6. ^ Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, page 121. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN 1368-485X
  7. ^ "Pete takles a passel of Peitenpols". Air Trails: 61. Winter 1971. 
  8. ^ "Classic Pietenpol Now In Kit Form". avweb.com. Retrieved 13 April 2015. 
  9. ^ Sport Aviation. Feb 1958.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ Light Aircraft Association (21 June 2013), LAA Type Acceptance Data Sheet TADS 047 Pietenpol Aircamper, retrieved 16 February 2014
  11. ^ a b Purdy, Don: AeroCrafter - Homebuilt Aircraft Sourcebook, Fifth Edition, page 248. BAI Communications, 15 July 1998. ISBN 0-9636409-4-1

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