New Pietenpol Family website


We received a note from Andrew Pietenpol, Grandson of Bernard, that he has assembled a new official Pietenpol family website. I have spent a lot of time looking at it and it has a lot of information I had not seen before. Obviously, Andrew is the direct living legacy of his grandfather, and our best resource to learn more about the life, ideals and designs of ‘The patron saint of homebuilding”.


Even if you are not a Pietenpol builder, an hour on the site will give you a much sharper understanding of the origins of homebuilding in the United States, which came at a time of extreme economic challenge. Of all the creative men involved, Bernard Pietenpol’s designs are the only ones still being built nearly 90 years later.




 Pietenpol Aircraft Company – Official Air Camper site:




Make sure you don’t miss the extensive photo gallery. It has many priceless Corvair-Pietenpol photos that I have never seen before:



Andrew Pietenpol, aviator and Grandson of BHP, right, attends Corvair College #4 with Grace and Myself in 2003. Greatest complement anyone has ever said to me in 26 years in aviation: Andrew told me that day “My Grandfather would have adopted you.”




For further reading on Pietenpols, click here:


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 20 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.

One Response to New Pietenpol Family website

  1. Jeff Moores says:

    The last time we attended Oshkosh I purchased a video called “Finding Flight” at the EAA gift shop. It is about the legacy of Mr. Pietenpol. I have watched it many times and still find it very moving. It depicts the true spirit of homebuilding and grass roots flying.


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