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Pietenpol Air Camper

High Wing – Wood/Steel Tube

Pietenpol Air CamperKit/Plans:
B.H. Pietenpol, the designer of the Air Camper, is deceased. Plans are available for this aircraft from his son:

Andrew Pietenpol
W10695 566th Ave
Prescott, WI 54021
Phone: 715-293-2195

Email: BHP.and.sons.air.camper.aircraft@gmail.com
Website: Official Pietenpol Air Camper Family website

Pietenpol Plus Plans available from:
Doc’s Piet Shop
PO Box 1001
Neenah, WI 54957
Email:  thepietshop@gmail.com
www.docspietshop.com

The “plus” plans include “shop size” 18” x 24” copies of the 1934 series of eight original plans to build the “Improved Air Camper” as drawn by Orrin Hoopman. These are the same plans as sold by Bernard Pietenpol and Orrin Hoopman, and later by Don Pietenpol.  Also includes the following supplemental information:

  • Modern Mechanics steel tube fuselage
  • Vi Kapler 3-piece wing center section per BHP design
  • Longer wood fuselage for Corvair engine
  • Weight and balance sheet for Corvair longer fuselage
  • Wing rib layout
  • Modern Mechanics 1932 wood landing gear
  • Corvair engine mount
  • Continental engine mount
  • Full size wing rib drawing to make rib

The first Air Camper drawings were published in Modern Mechanics and Inventions magazine and are still in reprint in EAA’s "1932 Glider and Flying Manual".

Engine Notes:
Bernard Pietenpol designed the Air Camper (2-place) and Sky Scout (1-place) to be powered with Model "A" and "T" engines, he also used Corvair engines. His designs have been powered with many other engines.

Model A engine contact:
Ken Perkins
1480 North Mart-Way Drive
Olathe, KS 66061

Telephone: 913-764-6949

William Wynne
The Corvair Authority
5000-18 Hwy 17 #247
Orange Park, FL 32003
Corvair engine info can be found at http://www.flycorvair.com.

Manuals:
The 1932 Flying and Glider Manual has information on the Pietenpol Air Camper and the Ford motor conversion. Stock # 21-14170. The 1933 Flying and Glider Manual has information on the Pietenpol Seaplane Floats, stock #21-14171. The other 1929,1930 and 1931 Flying and Glider Manuals have good information but nothing on the Pietenpol. These manuals are available from EAA 800-843-3612.

Video:
Michael Cuy, Berea. OH, has a video that he sells on the Pietenpol Air Camper. E-mail is:michael.d.cuy@grc.nasa.gov or go to website: http://users.aol.com/bpabpabpa/cuyvideo.html 

EAA video on Pietenpol gathering at AirVenture, “70 Years of the Pietenpol Air Camper”.

Clubs/Associations:
Brodhead Pietenpol Association
2424 American Lane
Madison, WI 53704
608-443-2408

Website: http://www.pietenpols.org

International Pietenpol Association

Robert L. Taylor, Editor
P. O. Box 127
Blakesburg, IA 52536

Telephone: 515-938-2773

Articles in EAA and related publications:

Year Month Page Magazine Article
2009 03 12 Sport Pilot Pietenpol Air Camper Turns 80: Group flight to Oshkosh, special activities planned for AirVenture 2/3 pg
2008 11 66 Sport Aviation Bliss in Marriage, Aviation Style – Members forum, Pietenpol owner Oscar Zuniga 2/3 pg
2008 02 24 Sport Aviation Joining Hands: Building a Rotec-Powered Pietenpol 7 pg by Jim Busha
2007 12 41 Sport Pilot Members Forum: Affordable Airplanes—an excerpt from Pietenpol website 1 pg
2007 09 102 Sport Aviation Pietenpol Girls Pick Up Steam: AirVenture experience energizes their dreams 6 ½ pg
2007 04 30 Sport Aviation The Pietenpol Kids: Montana students restore historic aircraft by Patrick Kennedy 8 pg
2007 03 74 Sport Aviation Builder Workshops: EAA Chapter 1279 5 1/3 pg
2006 12 68 Sport Aviation Pietenpol Builder’s Advice to Editor ½ pg
2006 12 33 Vintage Airplane Book Reviews: The Pietenpol Story by Chet Peek
2006 05 72 Sport Aviation Know Your Roots: The time-tested design of a Pietenpol Air Camper (2 pg)
2004 03 80 Sport Aviation Airport Kid’s Piet (2 pgs) Ryan Fox, 13 yrs old
2004 03 08 Sport Aviation Pietenpol Observation (Members Forum-1/3 pg)
2004 01 44 Sport Aviation Pietenpol Passion: Larry Williams’ Air Camper Makes Flying Something Special (10 pgs) by Jack Cox
2003 06 68 Sport Aviation Model A Aero Engine (1 col)
2002 08 78 Sport Aviation Homebuilding’s Heritage #6: Pietenpol Air Camper (1 pg)
2001 10 09 Experimenter Wisconsin Wonderland (photo & caption)
2001 03 52 Experimenter Steven J. Beland’s Pietenpol (1/3 page)
2001 01 83 Sport Aviation Wm Wynne's Pietenpol Restoration (photo & caption)
2000 11 28 Experimenter Wm. Wynne's Pietenpol at AirVenture 2000 (photo & caption)
2000 08 84 Sport Aviation Perkins Air Camper, Ford Model A, Fahlin wood prop (photo & caption only)
2000 02 31 Experimenter Flying the Pietenpol Air Camper (5 pages w/ photos)
2000 02 74 Sport Aviation Gildersleeve stretched Air Camper (photo & caption only)
2000 01 7 Experimenter Constructing a Pietenpol (5 pages w/ photos)
99 12 7 Experimenter Power for the Pietenpol, Then and Now (5 pages w/ photos)
99 12 41 Sport Aviation The Pietenpol Air Camper (13 pages w/ color photos)
99 11 8 Experimenter Appreciating Bernie Pietenpol (5 pages w/ pictures)
98 02 23 Experimenter Rick Crosslin’s GN-1 - A Great Airplane For The Budget-Conscious Builder (4 pg w/color photos)
98 02 30 Sport Aviation The Pietenpol Sky Scout ( 5 pg w/color photos)
96 05 25 Experimenter Pietenpol NX17WR - Some Thoughts on Building and Flying It... (4 pages w/ photos)
94 12 109 Sport Aviation Luxford Camper w/A65
94 11 118 Sport Aviation Van Walker Camper w/A65
94 09 19 Vintage Airplane Hedeman Camper w/Ford Model A
94 08 117 Sport Aviation Kenney Camper w/A65, Honda wheels/brakes...
94 08 118 Sport Aviation Miller A65 Camper
94 08 37 Experimenter Rewey Air Camper w/A65
94 04 106 Sport Aviation Miller Air Camper w/A65
94 04 14 Experimenter Malley Pietenpol w/geared Fiesta
93 11 13 Sport Aviation Newsletter - Buckeye Pietenpol Association
93 03 37 Experimenter Mann 3/4 scale Pietenpol
93 01 94 Sport Aviation Buckley Model A powered Air Camper
93 01 22 Vintage Airplane Weeden/Davis w/70hp LeBlond on skis
92 11 103 Sport Aviation Anderson plans-built w/A65
92 09 92 Sport Aviation A Pietenpol built in 1930
91 08 22 Experimenter Don Higgs Pietenpol Air Camper w/Ford Model B engine
91 08 23 Experimenter Bernie Pietenpol's Corvair-powered
91 03 83 Sport Aviation Vogt Grega Air Camper w/A75 e/w 743 lbs.
91 01 25 Sport Aviation The Old Granddaddy Pietenpol Air Camper
90 06 10 Sport Aviation Dean newly restored mid ‘30s Air Camper
90 05 B Experimenter Eggs painting of Pietenpol over England...
90 04 07 Sport Aviation Help Preserve Pietenpol Air Camper 12937
90 04 42 Sport Aviation Pietenpol's First 60 Years
90 04 45 Sport Aviation A Round Engine Pietenpol!
90 02 56 Sport Aviation Hoosier very original Air Camper
90 02 38 Experimenter Front seat cushion jams brake, causes crash
89 12 30 Experimenter Vahary Steel Tube Pietenpol
89 11 95 Sport Aviation Dahler Pietenpol - with Steel Tube Fuselage, Grega Wings
89 02 16 Sport Aviation Henderson Model A Ford Powered Pietenpol
88 11 97 Sport Aviation Rickard's Pietenpol - With A65 & Full Cowling
88 9 28 Experimenter Kanewske Pietenpol - With Kawasaki 38hp
88 4 C,19 Experimenter Bernie Pietenpol's Pietenpol - Ageless Design
88 2 92 Sport Aviation Pavigla Air Camper - With Model A, Wire Wheels
87 12 11 Vintage Airplane Three Piece Wing Modification
87 3 39 Light Plane World Low Airspeed Readings
87 3 48 Sport Aviation England's First Air Camper - With C90
87 2 96 Sport Aviation Meredith Grega Air Camper-With A80
86 10 96 Sport Aviation Air Camper with 2 Cylinder Franklin engine
86 9 6 Sport Aviation First Arrival at Oshkosh '86 (19 yr old girl from FL)
86 7 6 Vintage Airplane Frank Pavliga Sky Gypsy
86 2 27 Sport Aviation Kroll Air Camper with Corvair
85 3 12 Light Plane World Bob Nevin's Air Camper with Model A engine
85 2 42 Sport Aviation Frank Pavliga's Sky Gypsy with Model A
84 5 38 Sport Aviation Merle Neyman's modernized, Franklin powered Pietenpol
84 3 38 Sport Aviation Tom Nolan's Air Camper
82 9 20 Vintage Airplane Ivan Junton's Ford B powered Pietenpol
82 9 58 Sport Aviation A Pietenpol for the 80's
82 2 32 Sport Aviation Casey Irwin's low wing Air Camper
82 1 22 Sport Aviation Paul Custine's Model A powered Pietenpol (photo only)
81 11 14 Vintage Airplane Article
81 10 19 Vintage Airplane Article
81 9 10 Sport Aviation Pietenpol Aerial Biplane - newsletter available
81 9 16 Vintage Airplane Plans for SkyScout (1933 reprint)
81 3 44 Sport Aviation Willie Pietenpol Aerial Biplane with Radial
80 11 38 Sport Aviation Ford Fiesta Powered Pietenpol Air Camper
79 2 68 Sport Aviation Air Camper Powered with Kinner Radial
78 10 8 Sport Aviation 51st Anniversary
78 2 BC Sport Aviation Painting
78 1 64 Sport Aviation 85 H.P. Pietenpol
77 6 19 Sport Aviation Luckey GN-1, (Photo Only)
77 2 26 Sport Aviation Corvair Powered Pietenpol by Pietenpol
75 11 11 Vintage Airplane DA 1933 Homebuilt
75 6 36 Sport Aviation Chapter 148's Pietenpol
74 6 21 Sport Aviation Accident Information
72 12 7 Sport Aviation Jury Struts
72 11 31 Sport Aviation Sky Scout
70 9 42 Sport Aviation Corvair Conversion
70 5 38 Sport Aviation SESport Aviation Conversion
70 9 53 Sport Aviation Pietenpol Price Notice
69 7 24 Sport Aviation Old Pete
68 2 26 Sport Aviation N 8001R
66 10 18 Sport Aviation A Mother and Son Project
64 1 18 Sport Aviation MacGillivray's PMF
61 10 28 Sport Aviation Riding in Rockford's Wonderful Air Camper
60 8 16 Sport Aviation Modernizing
59 12 25 Sport Aviation Rudder Horn Location on Pietenpol
57 12 12 Sport Aviation How to build floats for Pietenpol
57 11 19 Sport Aviation Modernizing Landing Gear
56 5 7 Sport Aviation Air Camper
56 1 16 Sport Aviation Seiler Air Camper
55 7 CV Sport Aviation Cover Photograph
54 11 08 Sport Aviation A-65 Piper cowl modified Air Camper

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