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Air Camper Construction Log

Builder:
Mark Chouinard
Location:
Owasso, OK - USA
Aircraft:
Pietenpol Air Camper - NX762R
Engine:
Chevrolet - Corvair
Prop:
Warp Drive - HP 2-blade - Fixed
Total Build Time:
1348 Hours

February 21, 2009

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
 01-01-2016
0.5
Ordered Propeller
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 12-31-2015
0.5
Cowl Planning
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 12-24-2015
2.0
Varnished Sides
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 12-23-2015
2.5
Removed Engine
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 12-06-2015
1.0
Moved Wings
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 11-21-2015
1.0
Fuel Level Stick
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 11-20-2015
2.5
Fuel System Test
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 11-10-2015
2.5
Oil Cooler
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 11-09-2015
2.0
Charge Indicator
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 10-25-2015
2.0
Electrical Wiring
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