Pietenpol Project – Terry Hand

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Below is a picture of Terry Hand’s steel tube aluminum spared Pietenpol project. It is in his hangar outside Atlanta. It is an outstanding example of a well thought out, one of a kind, experimental aircraft . For a look at the engine that will power it, read this: Terry Hand’s 2700 cc Pietenpol engine – w/Weseman 5th bearing



Above, Terry’s bird set up for a final rigging before building the lift struts.  If you like the gear and want to see what first class welding looks like, read: Steel tube Pietenpol fuselage with landing gear and 12 x 4.8″ tires.. The mount on Terry’s plane is a little different because it has a steel tube fuselage, not wood, but it has the same dimensions as out production Pietenpol Motor Mounts, P/N 4201(C).


Something ironic and retarded about internet comments: Last month, a guy on the web told Terry that the combination of wooden ribs and aluminum spars doesn’t work and the wing would have no rigidity. As a factual source, he citied a guy with no name, in a place he couldn’t remember, some year in the 1970s. I told Terry that I had personally seen a 4 Place, 2,200 pound gross Wag Aero sportsman with the same rib/spar arrangement, fly with my friend Gus Warren at the controls…oh and it was powered by a very angry 200hp angle valve 360 Lycoming. But you have to weigh that fact against a story a guy heard about a unicorn…..


Are you a fan of Pietenpol’s? So am I, over the years I have spent a lot of time writing factual stories about them. Get a look at this link to see about 30 of them: Corvair – Pietenpol Reference page


Terry Hand is a very good guy. He runs our Pietvair discussion group: “Zen-vair” and “Piet-vair” Discussion Groups, your resource.. He is also a highly experienced Aviator, with ratings than run from CFI, to ATP, Helicopters, and 767s. Terry is usually pretty humble. I have actually seen him patiently endure a lecture from an inactive private pilot that started with the phrase “when you know more about flying….” You can read some of Terry’s thoughts here: Guest Editorial, Pietenpol builder Terry Hand.


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4 Replies to “Pietenpol Project – Terry Hand”

  1. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the steel tube fuselage actually lighter than the wooden one?

    1. Dan,
      It is, but not to the extent people think. If you weigh a bare steel fuselage and compare it to wood, it looks like a lot more difference, but if the steel tube one has stringers, floorboards, and covering on it, the difference is minimized.

  2. Those wheel assemblies look great. I need to do that with my Pober project but the hubs may be a challenge.

  3. As the grandson and namesake of Orrin Hoopman who drew the original Pietenpol plans in exchange for the original Sky Scout (10718) that he used for dating my grandmother, you know that I am thrilled by this one, WEWjr!!

    Did you know that my father, Delbert Orrin Hoopman is the only recorded passenger fatality in the history of the Pietenpol?

    I am Orrin D. Hoopman

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