Hi again Andrew,
Yeah, I'm back in the air since mid September. No problems with the new brackets so far.
Had to replace the altimeter though. This will be the third altimeter I've had in the airplane. They're cheap Chinese made, Falcon gauges I think is the name of the manufacturer. If I was building again I'd go for an EFIS system.
Hi Andrew, Lost track of the time taken to build from plans. Stopped to complete another 601 I bought for parts but decided it was to good to scrap. Have loaded photographs. Red a/c is plans built the yellow a/c was a kit I finished off.
yes Andrew, They're 0.063 and with quite a large bend radius. They look much sturdier than the originals. While drilling out the rivets from the old brackets I oversized some of the holes. Then I tried a small angle die grinder with abrasive disc and ground the heads of the remaining rivets flush with the old brackets. I used the correct size parallel punch to press out the rivet stems. It worked well, didn't need to use a hammer, didn't have enough room anyway, and the holes were fine.
Back flying a few weeks now. Trying out the mini vortex generators on the elevator.
Thanks for your kind offer, but I ordered the parts from ZAC yesterday. I also ordered the new VG set for the elevator, I don't really need them, but thought I my try them out anyway.
By the way, there was a bulletin from ZAC about reinforcing the seat belt attachment for the lap strap at the tunnel. I did it last year and it was very awkward to do as a retrofit. Just thought I'd mention it just in case you had missed it.
Your slats look great, hope the build goes smoothly for you.
I've been doing a good bit of flying this Summer, just passed 500 flights the other day, about 200 hours. Unfortunately, I think I've found cracks in the two forward horizontal stabiliser mounting brackets. A friend of mine is coming over in the morning with some dye penetrant so we can check for sure. You might want to give extra attention to these to make sure they line up exactly. Mine are made from 0.040 aluminium, I'm just going on to the Zenithair website now to look up this issue, I think they may have increased the thickness of the brackets in later kits. Best of luck. Rgds. Shay.
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