Three Pietenpol Motor Mounts

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As we are getting ready for CC#25 and Sun n Fun, we are building up some popular inventory for people to pick up in person. We have been welding for several days straight, and we have built 7 motor mounts. The three below are on  their way with the rest to the powder coater in the morning.


Above, three Piet mounts. On the right is Terry Hand’s very original steel tube Pietenpol fuselage, built to Flying and Glider manual drawings. We made the custom mount on it to match the dimensions that are a quarter of an inch narrower than a standard wood fuselage mount. The two on the ground are for wood fuselages, one for Dave Aldrich and the other for a work shop ‘to be determined’.  All of these mounts are what I call a ‘High Thrust Line” mount. You can read the story behind them at this link:

Pietenpol Products, Motor mounts, Gear and Instalation Components. ( If the pictures are small when you get there, hit F5 at the top of your keyboard.)

If you are headed to the College or Sun n Fun and there is a particular piece that you would like to pick up, or even just see in person, drop us an email or call. We have lots of things in the hangar that we don’t always load up like full KR-2/2S cowls. We are glad to bring them if we know a builder is interested. Many of these things like mounts and full cowls are expensive to ship, and we are always ready to save the builder this expense. -ww

Corvair College #25 registration link now open


Below is the direct link to the College #25 registration page. While it is not required, having people sign up really helps with fine tuning the event logistics. Please take the time to register if you are planning on attending. If you are thinking about heading in, but are not quite sure you can make it, I suggest registering anyway. It is better for us to overestimate the attendance in planning.

As always, a big thank you goes out to 601XL builder Ken Pavlou for setting up the online registration again.  Ken and I are pictured below at CC#14, for which Ken was the chief organizer. Ken has done a lot for us, all the way down to setting up this blog/Web page.


Above, I introduce our local host Ken Pavlou at Corvair College #14. Online he likes to be called “The Central Scrutinizer,” a character who is an omniscient narrator in the Zappa opera “Joe’s Garage.” Outside of the Corvair movement, Ken has a long list of accomplishments: Emigrating from Greece at age 8, he has gone on to earn an electrical engineering degree, become a registered nurse and skilled pilot. Happily married and the father of two, he’s also the State Ballroom Dancing Champion of Connecticut (no kidding), and he could earn a living doing stand up comedy. Not bad for a guy who’s barely in his 40s.

Kitplanes Clarification


Kitplanes magazine covered alternative engines in an article that was released a few days ago. Dan and Rachel Weseman asked that I clarify a misunderstanding from the article. As it appears, some people thought I was implying that I had developed all the things I mentioned. My intention was only to highlight developments in the Corvair movement in general. Although anyone reading my Web site knows the following, I will just say it here plainly:

I had nothing to do with the development of the Weseman billet crankshaft. Dan and Rachel have kept the manufacturer’s ID private, and I do not even know who they are.

I had nothing to do with the design nor development of the Panther either.

I have assembled engines with the billet crank, and can attest they are great pieces. I helped Dan with some small tasks on the Panther, but nothing more than anyone would do for a friend building a plane, nothing he couldn’t have done himself. Really, my sole contribution in either of the above was to say positive things about the work of friends.

Dan also pointed out that I have a long history of illustrating out how LLCs are used by bad people in our industry to evade responsiblity. He thought it would be fair if I pointed out that LLCs also serve the function of protecting good people from frivolous legal action. Dan and Rachel have their work under a LLC, and would like people to hear about the positive side, that many good, successful firms in our industry are organized this way. My goal was not to demonize LLCs, but to get builders to develop their own “buyer beware” attitude. In the end, smart people already knew this, and bargain hunters who didn’t care who they dealt with were not swayed by anything I wrote, so the writing probably had little or no effect anyway.

To avoid future misunderstandings of this sort,  builders should just get their information directly from Dan and Rachel. It is their hard work, and it’s obviously best explained by them. I am still a big fan, it’s great stuff, but we can just read about it on their own site,