Bill Bear
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  • Wasilla, AK
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Joseph M. Reheiser left a comment for Bill Bear
"Hi Bill - Joe Reheiser here.  I now recall where we were stationed together.  You were my first squadron commander, of the 345 TAS at Yokota AB, Japan.  Those were great years!  I had the good fortune to return to Yokota much…"
Jan 29, 2018
Joseph M. Reheiser left a comment for Bill Bear
"Hi Bill - Yes, I was in the USAF (31 years) and was a Herk driver.  Where were we stationed together? All the best, Joe"
Jan 29, 2018

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Aircraft Model
STOL CH 750
Project Status
Less than half
Building From
Kit
Engine installed (or plan to install)
Continental - other
Building Experience
Have worked on airplanes before
Flying Experience
Commercial / CFI
Building and Flying Info / Your Profession / Other Background Info
Retired USAF, ATP, Retired Air Taxi Operator. Installed C90 engine.
Home Airport (ie. KMYJ)
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At 4:51pm on January 29, 2018, Joseph M. Reheiser said…

Hi Bill -

Joe Reheiser here.  I now recall where we were stationed together.  You were my first squadron commander, of the 345 TAS at Yokota AB, Japan.  Those were great years!  I had the good fortune to return to Yokota much later in my career as the 5AF/CV and flew the Herk.  They were H models at that time, and they are now converting or have already converted to the J model.  

All the best,

Joe 

At 4:04pm on January 29, 2018, Joseph M. Reheiser said…

Hi Bill -

Yes, I was in the USAF (31 years) and was a Herk driver.  Where were we stationed together?

All the best,

Joe

At 12:08am on July 30, 2016, Keith Crawford said…
Bill
My name is keith. I am building a 750 cruzer in kenai. I am seeing how many Alaskens would be interested in having a zenith builder/flyers get together. If your are interested I would like to get your input on time and location.
Thanks for your time.
Keith
Kenai AK
Keith@simerson.net
(907)984-2388
At 3:17pm on March 15, 2016, Robert Davis said…

Bill I am here in Wasilla as well.  I just purchased the Tail kit and plan to start building next month (assuming the tail kit finally gets here).  would like to be able to contact you with questions while building the kit if you don't mind.

At 9:16pm on December 27, 2014, David Koshinski said…
Thanks Bill, still have a long way to go just finished tail section hope to get fuselage next month. I didn't even realize I had a comment until now didn't mean to ignore you, hope your project is going well!!
At 11:18pm on April 5, 2013, Jack Schnurr said…

Bill,

I had an email returned to me as undeliverable.  I would love to talk to you about your project.  I expect to start flying in May.  I flew a C-90 powered 750 in Houston TX last sunday.  It really performed well.

Jack

At 9:57pm on December 15, 2012, Patrick Lee Martin said…

Bill,

It's a "work in progress" but am comfortable with the progress.  Please send me an email to patrickmartin@loretel.net and I can send you some more info.  I will be a bit tied up with company until Monday, but SHOULD be able to visit with you then.

Glad you're interested in the tail draggers!

At 11:01am on October 26, 2011, Victor Menkal said…

The flaring tool I have is the model 458 with a 37 degree flaring cone, the pipe bender is the model 456 tri-bender  1/4",  5/16" and 3/8".

I tried to keep the number of bulkheads to a minimum.    At wing root, under seat, at control column and firewall.    Fuel selector, fuel flow, fuel pump and fuel filter also add a bunch of joints.   I had the same concern re possible leak points but my EAA advisor pointed out that if its good enough for a jet engine ....   The AN fittings add to the build cost but the anodized blue colour looks really cool.

I can also happily advise that I have undertaken extensive destructive testing (some uninformed folks would mistakenly call it mistakes) on the tubing and joints and am pretty impressed with the strength and fatigue tolerance of the system.

Agree with  adding inspection ports ....  installed a bunch of them all over the airframe and was inspection access was a major consideration in routing the fuel lines.   Tried to make sure that there was visible access to all joints and fuel lines.

Another favourite supplier is Pan American tools.   If you don't have them, the double margin piloted 40 - 20 and 40 -30 drill bitts are awesome and the air tools are the best (and most quiet) I have come across.

Skagway and Haines are my favourite "fish n' beer" spots and Alyeska ranks as one of the best "ski n beer" spots Ive had the pleasure of visiting.     Wasilla looks awesome and I hope that I can invade with my newly minted 750 next summer.    Do you think that Sarah will let me tie up at her dock?   :)

 

Cheers

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 10:17pm on October 24, 2011, Victor Menkal said…

Hi Bill.   Didn't realize you were a next door neighbour.   Excellent.     

Ill try to find the model number when Im back at the shop ...  all I remember was that it said Rigid on the box and the price confirmed it wasn't made in China.   I think it does from 1/4" to 1/2" tubing.      

The flaring tool is the most important and I can confirm that the rigid aircraft flaring tool is great.    

Ready to do engine run ups and hang the wings but have had a heck of a time finding hanger space in Whitehorse.   Realistically expect to be doing flight tests by the end of the year.    If not, Im moving the whole works to Fiji.

 

Cheers

 

At 1:35pm on October 24, 2011, Victor Menkal said…
Hi Bill.   In the end I found the Rigid Tools bender to be the best.   Tried a few other cheaper varieties but this was the best (AS was junk).   Found at my local industrial supply store for about $150.

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Steel Bungee Modification

Posted on January 11, 2016 at 11:24pm 4 Comments

I just finished installing the Viking steel spring bungee mod in my CH750  Edition I  project which is nearly 80 percent completed.   Although it took me longer than I expected, I am happy with the modification and glad I took the time to add the mod.  Here is a rundown on my installation experience.

The engine was installed (C90) before the mod and the firewall well populated with components, nevertheless, the changeover was not difficult.  However, I did…

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