Daniel Niendorff
  • Knoxville, TN
  • United States
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The DAR came out today to inspect my 801. Airworthiness certificate now in hand. Overall it was much more painless than I had imagined it would be. Everything he talked about was all reasonable, and no major concerns. And yes I am just as happy as I…
Jun 15
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Zenith 801 IO-375 Eagle EMS first start

Zenith 801 Aerosport Power IO-375 precision airmotive Eagle EMS
Jun 13
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Jun 8
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"Working on strut fairings today."
May 23
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"Finishing carpet/upholstery. I Used a Sailrite LSZ-1 sewing machine. Amazing machine. Probably could sew through tires. Highly recommended"
May 5
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"More interior work today. I added sound foam to the firewall and forward cabin walls and floor. Cut and bound forward floor carpeting."
Apr 24
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I've started working on my upholstery. I'm better with rivet guns than sewing machines, but I'm picking up on the sewing skills bit by bit.I'll post more when I get further along.
Dec 20, 2016
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I added access panels behind each fuel tank. I did these ones with Rivnuts. If you haven't used Rivnuts, they are wonderful. Far easier and quicker than nut plates.
Nov 3, 2016
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"Making access panels..... lots of 'em"
Nov 1, 2016
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I did the cutouts for the rear windows yesterday. Used to Olfa knife method with pretty good results.
Sep 29, 2016
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Laser on a tripod used to sight my flaperon hinge point.
Sep 9, 2016
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Fuel Flow Test

I completed fuel flow testing at level flight and climb pitch. Everything looks good.
Aug 31, 2016

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Private Pilot
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Building a STOL CH-801 from a kit. I purchased the partially completed kit from another builder.
Home Airport (ie. KMYJ)

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At 7:37am on February 3, 2017, Normand Lambert said…

Hi Daniel,

Thanks for your comment... I keep updating my status but sometimes Wonder if it matters much ... Anyway, lots of fun working on these planes. Good thing I got my CH701 flying while building the other ones... Keep at it, it will FLY !



At 6:50am on June 24, 2013, Daniel Niendorff said…
Hi Keith,
Yes I indeed, looks like we both missed our chance on the FWF recently posted. Best of luck to the Canadian who got it, but I would have loved to add it to my plane. I guess I'll have to keep looking. Glad to hear you connected to a good group. Our local eaa chapter here is similar. I just came back from the fly-in at the zenith factory in Mexico Missouri. No 801s showed up........ But was still a great trip. I'm making slow progress. Just about ready for riveting the fuselage sections together.
At 7:47pm on June 22, 2013, keith mcewan said…

Daniel, I see that you where after the firewall forward gear being sold in Utah, as I was !!. Would have been a great way to get a head start on the build but it's going to Canada I believe, I have joined the Sport Aircraft association of Australia which will help with licensing and testing etc on the 801. Also joining the Sport aircraft Builders club of Western Australia , small bitumen airstrip an hour away. No build progress as we have been 4WDriving up north for 2 weeks and still researching.  Keith McEwan

At 8:29pm on April 21, 2013, keith mcewan said…

Daniel, Thanks for the contact, I'm glad there are others on the same journey. I've never had two wings sitting in the lounge room before but they look good.  My intention is a relaxed build over a couple of years to allow time to learn the new skills needed and do as good a job as I can, being a first timer.Mine is complete except for the fwf and avionics, cabin trim etc, it has been assembled at one time. Look forward to keeping in touch. Keith Mcewan


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