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Thread: Pietenpol/Loehle Sport Parasol-New member pursuing the dream!

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    Pietenpol/Loehle Sport Parasol-New member pursuing the dream!

    Good morning all. My name is Fred and I am beginning research and plans to realize a dream from my earliest
    childhood. I earned my Private in 1986 and flew off and on through the early 90's. Career, life, family and a thousand
    other things put flying on the back burner for far too many years. The fire, however, never died. I don't know
    why, at this late date, it has been rekindled with a vengeance, but it seems like it is here to stay! So, time to
    get some bills paid off, and time to order a big box of wood.
    Any advice/experience with Loehle Sport parasol or similar enthusiastically welcomed! Fred

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    My father owned a Pietenpol that was just beautiful and got a ton of attention everywhere he took it. It was a fun, fun airplane. My advice is that if you want an airplane of that type, go for it! Oh, and post lots of pictures!

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    Go here for inspiration:
    www.westcoastpiet.com

    Pietenpol support is hard to beat. A very good discussion group is at www.matronics.com

    Greg Cardinal
    Pietenpol NX18235

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    Hi Fred! Welcome to the journey! The Piet gets my vote...I'm building a Tailwind, but I'm thinking of buying a Pietenpol from a friend...
    Chad Jensen
    EAA #755575

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    Hi Fred - I am building a Piet - I am about the same as you - flew a long time ago, and the fire got relit recently. If you like to make stuff, and don't have visions of doing long, fast cross country flights, the Piet is great. There is a ton of support, and the plans are simple, with wood, metal, fabric, electrics (maybe) and engine skills learned along the way. But you have to share your progress along the way!!
    Find someone with a Piet and talk to them - you will get a ride and be convinced!! There's no life like it!!
    Good luck!!
    Mark

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    The Piet gets my vote too... for the reasons the others have said.

    Chad, a Tailwind, eh? I've often thought that the Tailwind might be my next project... a nice looking x-country machine. Look forward to seeing your completed.

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    It'll be a bit...working on the spars this weekend!
    Chad Jensen
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    Are the Tailwind spars solid wood or fabricated I-beam type?
    Christopher Owens
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    Solid wood main and rear spars.
    Chad Jensen
    EAA #755575

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    The Piet is a wonderful plane. I SO wanted to build one until I moved to Texas and saw how much wind is out here. I just didn't see the low wing loading and that much wind working well together, so I've opted to build a Sonex instead. Maybe someday the Piet will still get built. I'm keeping all my information, plans, etc., just in case. As someone who had built and flown both a Pietenpol and a Grega told me- build the Piet, build the fuselage out of wood, and use the long version. The Piet is also a great platform for a Corvair engine, if you like it.

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