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What date begins the clock on the first condition inspection?

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Gallagher Aug 28. 3 Replies

Is it the date of the Air Worthiness Certificate, first flight or?I'm coming up on the one year mark.TIAGaryContinue

Gas caps - super stiff and almost impossible to get off

Started this discussion. Last reply by Del Clowes Jun 28. 7 Replies

Anyone else having this problem with the zenith gas caps?I've take them apart, lubricated them, adjusted the nut and they are still incredibly stiff and hard to open.I noticed the tabs were rubbing…Continue

Homebuilt - a great FREE resource for builders

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lawrence Bird Mar 20. 1 Reply

If you haven't checked out go to the website and check out their weekly video tips.Every week they publish a new short video of some part of the build process. You can also sign up…Continue

Ever wondered whats inside a Facet Cube Pump?

Started Jan 22 0 Replies

Since my Facet 40106 had a case of infant mortality I decided to try and open it up and see what was inside the cube. The simplicity of the pump was quite surprising. It's nothing but a wire coil…Continue


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Project Status
Nearly done
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Partial kit
Engine installed (or plan to install)
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No Experience
Flying Experience
Private Pilot
Home Airport (ie. KMYJ)

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At 1:04pm on January 23, 2017, Don Hodges said…

Mine is a 601XLB LYC 235 L2C

At 9:02am on October 23, 2016, Stephen R. Smith said…

Hello Gray,

Anxiety could be tough. I would keep in mind that the plane itself is very unlikely to let you down.  The 601 is very simple and since the wing upgrade, they don't ever fail.  The most important component in an airplane is the engine and the most important thing to keep the engine running is fuel.  You don't need the miles of wire and gauges to work.  They are not needed. A running engine is all you need.

However in a Zenith 601 you often don't absolutely need the engine, because they touch down at a reasonable speed you can dead-stick it in, not that there is often any need to do that - hasn't happened yet in my 2,000 hours.  Its just that the survival rate in off-field landings in slow airplanes is much better than fast ones.

Its good to have a plan for engine failure and when you become comfortable with the plane, you might want to practice dead-stick landings.  No need to turn off the engine, just idle it back, come up with a plan and see how it works out.  Do this over and over until you understand what works and what does not.


At 5:20pm on March 20, 2016, David Krakowsky said…
Hi Gary
I am happy with the warp drive, the sensinich 68x57 factory supplied
Prop was too much pitch for a 0-200
My climb is better, much less vibration, top end about the same.
Three blades look better too.
Daryl at warp drive is great, terrific customer service.
Give him a call with your needs and he will tell you what he suggests for your application.
The spinners are made by a Canadian outfit, quality not up to the same as the warp drive prop in my opinion.
At 3:43pm on February 6, 2016, Steven Mogg said…
Yes I have been thinking about it for two year. It was good to see the ideas materials over a couple of days. I would like to see the final product also. As usual waiting on parts :)
At 3:47am on February 6, 2016, Steven Mogg said…

Thanks Gary,

Yes I can. I have some sketches I did along the way. Things changed along the way and I have the latch coming in a couple of weeks. When I have it finished I will draw up some better sketches for it and send them to you.
Not sure if I mentioned ti on the kit log but I am also including an external release pin. Once I get the latch I can setup the release pin and include that in the sketch. So another couple of weeks if you have time and I can have a more complete sketch of the secondary latch.
At 6:38pm on October 23, 2015, John A. Heiser said…

Hi Gary,

I'll pull the prop out of the shipping box tomorrow and get you a weight. 

At 8:28pm on July 3, 2015, Louis W. Ott said…

Hi Gary,

You asked a question about connectors and now I can't find the question. Was it about the 90 deg crimp on connectors? I may have to go down to the airport hangar where I have them to find that out. Most of the other electrical pieces and parts is from BandC.

Including their crimp tool. The 90 deg connectors take a different jaw insert for the tool than the straight crimp ons.

I see you are from Cloverdale. Nice place. We bought the kit from Doug there and have been back several times. Once for the fly-in open house.

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100 Hours and Counting

Posted on May 9, 2017 at 9:03am 0 Comments

This past weekend the Hobbs turned 100 hours. First flight was last September. Plane is flying great though it seems there is always one more thing to do.…


My experience with dangers of haze

Posted on March 4, 2017 at 12:00pm 2 Comments

One area of flying that has very little written about is "haze".There's a lot of stories about flight into IMC that usually center around flying into clouds, rain storms or black hole night experiences. 

However I have learned that haze can be a subtle and deadly situation. The real problem is that aviation weather reports do a very poor job of identifying and reporting on it.

Yesterday was a classic example. I was flying home from Pine Mountain Lake in Northern…


Dealing with the anxiety of the flight test phase?

Posted on October 20, 2016 at 2:41pm 5 Comments

I am 6 hours into my flight test phase and am definitely struggling with the anxiety of everything that could go wrong.

For background - I have been flying for 25 years, have a little over 500 hours in Cessnas and have an instrument rating (though not current).

So far nothing really scary has happened with possible exception of finding a small engine compartment fuel leak AFTER a recent flight test. 

Yesterday I flew for about an hour - at…


Mobility Cart Tug - and Keeping the Wife Involved

Posted on October 20, 2016 at 10:40am 4 Comments

I bought a $40 non-working mobility cart at a yard sale. I got lucky and, although the wiring was all screwed up , the 24 volt motor still worked. 

When I bought it I told my wife this was HER aircraft tug. It was a way of getting her partially involved in the plane. Of course now the pressure was on me to actually make it work.

I ripped all of the wiring out and put a toggle switch on/off control on the mini-panel. I quickly learned that I would need a motor…


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