Steve Williamson Pietenpol at 60 hrs., SoCal.


We had previously featured Steve Williamson’s Piet in this story:

New Pietenpol, EAA #1279, French Valley CA

Steve mailed us the update letter and photos below:

“Hi William,

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.”


About William Wynne
I have been continuously building, testing and flying Corvair engines since 1989. Information, parts and components that we developed and tested are now flying on several hundred Corvair powered aircraft. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics and an A&P license from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and have a proven 30 year track record of effectively teaching homebuilders how to create and fly their own Corvair powered planes. Much of this is chronicled at and in more than 50 magazine articles.

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