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Air Camper Construction Log

Builder:
Mark Chouinard
Location:
Owasso, OK - USA
Aircraft:
Pietenpol - Air Camper
Engine:
Chevrolet - Corvair
Prop:
-
Total Build Time:
1220 Hours

Welcome to my experimental aircraft Web site. After several weeks of shop prep, I've finally started building my Air Camper, a scratch wood and fabric build that was originally designed and flown in 1929 by Bernard Pietenpol. The plans were published as a 4-part series in "Flying and Glider Manual” (1932)... since then, hundreds of Air Campers have been built and test flown with great success. Even today, with a wide variety of kit choices available from wood, to metal and composites, the Piet still remains a popular choice among builders of all experience levels. I chose the Piet for several reasons... classic style, simplicity of dimensions, simple materials (mostly wood, which will allow my wife and son to help), and I hear that it is a heck of a lot of fun to fly. It certainly isn't a speed demon, or a cross country machine... rather, a throwback to a simpler time when the miracle of flight was still a relatively new reality, and the ability of these machines to leave the ground was every bit as interesting as how fast they could take you somewhere.

So, here we go! I hope you enjoy following along with our progress. Feel free to send me your words of encouragement.


Recent Activity
 Date Hours Work Log Summary Details
 12-31-2014
0.5
Logbook Updates
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 12-20-2014
1.0
Forming Fuel Tank Components
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 11-18-2014
0.5
Hydroforming Fuel Tank Components
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 11-09-2014
1.0
Winter Home
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 11-08-2014
3.0
Cutting Fuel Tank Components
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 11-07-2014
2.0
Thermocouple Testing
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 11-05-2014
0.5
Fuel Tank Drawings
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 10-29-2014
2.0
Tail Brace and Control Cables
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 10-27-2014
1.0
Aileron Pulley Brackets
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 10-19-2014
0.5
Tailwheel springs
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