Bob Lester flew his Pietenpol, newly converted to Corvair power, over to our airstrip this morning. I wanted to get a look at it, and run a weight and balance with the same electronic scales that I used to do the calculations last year when the plane still had its original Lycoming 65 hp engine installed. The information is interesting because it is data that dispels misconceptions that many people have about aircraft performance.
2 Replies to “Pietenpol Power: 100 hp Corvair vs 65 hp Lycoming”
Good afternoon William. I have a 110 HP. Corvair Piet. I have seen Pietenpol Aircampers on floats before and I would like to put this aircraft on floats; preferably Zenair Tri gear aphibs however I would settle for straight floats if the anphibians would not be applicable.
I really need someone of your expertise with regard to the Pietenpol as well as the Corvair engine. Any info. would be tremendously appreciated!
George, hopefully you are headed to Oshkosh? my booth is #616, right across from Zenith, and we can look at their float section together and speak with their engineers. You might have to add some vertical stabilizer area on a Piet tail. This kind of project is best covered in person, on the phone if it must be, but had in email. -ww.