THIS IS A PICTURE of my first flight in
my Pietenpol that I started building in 1969. Construction took 42
years of off-and-on building. The
Piet is powered by a Funk Model E
engine. Flying the airplane that
first time was a thrill of a lifetime.
I have become an 86-year-old test
pilot. The very first flight was
flown by Martin Kress of Kress
Aviation at Sky Manor Airport in
New Jersey. I had a lot of help
from many friends. Stu Hyde,
a retired Boeing 747 mechanic,
was especially helpful as our EAA
Chapter 73 technical counselor.
I credit Stu and Martin Kress
(both A&E mechanics) for getting
the Pietenpol ready to fly. I am
looking forward to many hours
of happy flying.
NEW JERSEY PIETENPOL
Don Sweeney, EAA 32942; New Milford,
New Jersey; E-mail: email@example.com
Technical Counselors: Jesse Knight and
OUR RV- 10 WAS BUILT by a team of Ken
Smith, Tom Smith, Tim Dawson-
Townsend, and Anton Nielsen. Total
build time was about six and a half years.
First flight was by Tim on July 7, 2010,
and the test period had no major hiccups.
We did enjoy one of the most scenic test
areas, covering half of Cape Cod and
Massachusetts Bay. The airplane is
powered by a 260-hp rebuilt Lycoming
IO-540 from G&N Aircraft, with the
standard Hartzell constant-speed prop.
It loves to climb, and you really have
to get off the power when you want to
We believe this is the first and possibly
only RV- 10 with a ballistic parachute system installed, a Magnum chute and rocket.
Engineering and fabricating the chute
installation probably added almost a year
to the project.
Cockpit avionics feature an Avidyne
Entegra PFD and MFD and a Tru Trak
autopilot. Interior is by Flightline Interiors,
with Hooker harnesses. Paint went on in
May 2011, and we made the first pilgrimage
MASSACHUSE T TS RV- 10
to Oshkosh in July, including a second-in-
class trophy in the AirVenture Cup Race.
Our paint scheme features the logo of
the Fisher House Foundation, to promote
its mission of supplying free local lodging
for the families of military members
undergoing treatment at distant military
or VA hospitals.
We’re based at George Harlow Field
in Marshfield, Massachusetts (KGHG).
Tim Dawson-Townsend, EAA 605403; Hingham,
Massachusetts; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org