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Pietenpol Air Camper

Builder:
Semih Oksay
Location:
Istanbul, - Turkey
Aircraft:
Myself - Pietenpol Air Camper
Engine:
Continental - C90-8F
Prop:
McCauley - CM 71 47 - Fixed
Total Build Time:
1017 Hours

Welcome to my experimental aircraft Web site.

This is a late posting. The project originally started in 2009 March.
I will try to update from material at hand (previous photos etc.) as I have time.

I have always admired parasols and dreamed in flying in one. There are no flying parasols in Turkey so I decided to build one for myself. This aircraft is originally a Pietenpol Air Camper. Several modifications are made.

First, the dimensions are converted to metric. I used the old magazine plans and whatever is available on the internet and ended up with a slightly wider fuselage with more comfortable seating, starboard door for the front seat, 9000 mm (29.53 ft) wingspan. The airfoil is the original Pietenpol, rib trusses are more like Grega. Locally available wood is utilized, being careful in selection. Glue is WEST systems wood epoxy throughout. 1.5 mm aircraft grade birch plywood is used for the rib braces. 3 and 6 mm ply is/will be Okume marine ply (Lloyd certified). Until now, there are no nails or staples on the glue joints. On metal parts whereever possible, laser cutting and CNC bending is utilized. There are some modifications in the metal fittings also.

Project started at a friend's shop. When he gave up the shop, the project was moved to a bigger, better workshop. A while later, when this location proved inconvenient (too far from home), it was again moved to a closer, shared workshop. Smaller parts like ribs, empennage components are being built at my home workshop, which is a very small room. After I have done with these I will go to the shared workshop for assembly of wings, building the fuselage etc.

Posts for the fuselage and wings are made from the shared workshop.

Posts for most of the metal work are from the factory I work as a Technical Manager.

I am fully retired now. I was hoping to work more on my project but the Covid thing took four full months away. This is July 05, 2020 as I am writing this.

Recent Activity
 Date Hours Work Log Summary Details
 09-06-2020
1.5
Cylinder Nuts
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 09-04-2020
1.0
Valve Covers
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 09-02-2020
1.0
Cleaning
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 08-23-2020
3.0
Mounting The Cylinders
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 08-23-2020
1.0
Mounting The Cylinders
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 08-11-2020
1.5
Pistons
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 07-28-2020
1.0
#2 Cylinder
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 07-26-2020
1.5
Painting The Cylinders
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 07-24-2020
3.0
Cylinders Sandblasted
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 07-18-2020
1.5
Oil Sump
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