I have been working on this project since March 2009, so I will try to make several brief entries in order to get this Blog up to speed and then I’ll try to update it when major milestones are reached. I am already keeping a build log (required by the FAA), which offers detailed descriptions of the techniques and materials used, so I won’t repeat all of that information here. If anyone is interested in more specific details, you can review my build log at www.mykitlog.com/k5yac.
As the title states, my project is a Pietenpol Air Camper… a 1920s wood and fabric design that can be built and flown by anyone with average woodworking and piloting skills. I chose this design because of it’s classic style, it’s simplicity and the fact that it has two seats, so my wife and son can ride along. I love to fly, but I’ve grown tired of renting old beater training airplanes, and the nicer variety of rentals cost more than I care to fork over. Besides, most of my flights are local sightseeing trips… something to do on a nice afternoon… a means to go find a hamburger or a stack of pancakes or to go camping for the weekend with friends. I don’t need a fast, cross-country machine… I just want to enjoy flying with my family without having it break the bank.
-- Mark - Working on a 1930s wood and fabric airplane.