Steve mailed us the update letter and photos below:
Just to update you on our Chapter 1279 Pietenpol, we have more than 60 hours on the airplane since its first flight on January 5 of this year. The Corvair engine is performing flawlessly (after some early glitches you already know about).
We were unable to make the West Coast Pietenpol fly-in at Hollister in June due to a death in my family. But we did put the airplane on display for the first time last weekend at the Flying Circus event at Flabob Airport in Riverside. I must say it looked right at home among the beautiful examples of antique airplanes and it attracted a lot of attention from the crowd of admirers. We had a local paint shop do a color match of the blue Poly Fiber paint on the fuselage and create a high gloss paint for the aluminum cowling. That, along with the powder coated “Air Camper” valve covers really made the airplane stand out. (See photos below)
Thank you for all the support and encouragement you gave us in the building of our Corvair engine.
All the best,
Steve Williamson President EAA 1279, French Valley CA.”