Jerold Ebke
  • Fairbury, NE
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Aircraft Model
Zenith CH 650
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Building From
Engine installed (or plan to install)
UL Power
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Sport Pilot (or Ultralight)
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Dentist by day.
Husband, father and grandfather the rest of the time.
As of 6/6/2018, my 650 registration 650SJ has 280 hours of flying adventure.
Home Airport (ie. KMYJ)

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Airfoil streamline for front landing gear

Posted on June 9, 2013 at 1:45pm 8 Comments

Does anyone have a source for an aluminum airfoil shaped fairing that one could placed around front gear tube?

Preferably open at back so could be slipped around gear tube and then riveted shut and riveted to gear tube for stability.

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At 7:34pm on May 1, 2014, Larry Winger said…

Thanks, Jerry. I'm so relieved to have my wings securely in place.  This is a painful and costly detour that I hope no one else has to make.  Upward and onward!  I hope your project is progressing as you had hoped.  

At 4:16pm on June 15, 2013, Scott Hunter said…

Earl Downs, ATP, retired, CFI, AKA "The Oklahoma Aviator" (used to write articles in "The Experimenter"), lives in Cushing Oklahoma. He finished his 601XLB @ the same time a friend of his did-Wayne Whittington. Wayne evidently designed a "V" shaped aluminum pc., resembling the front of a ship He first installed   an upper & lower clamp  to the nose gear tube. The aluminum fairing was designed to attach to these w/ machine screws. This allows the strut to compress fully w/out hitting the channels on the bottom of the fuselage. I've not done this on mine, but accept the applicability & idea. In the event you fab. another version, advise for others & my consideration.

At 8:16pm on June 11, 2012, Phill Barnes said…

Hi Jerold

Thanks for you kind words. It is unfortunate that I must sell my plane but it is for the future of my family in a financial and lifestyle sense only and not for any medical reasons. I am sure that many people who dream of building and flying never get the oportunity to do so. I have had that oportunity and will live to fight another day so I consider myself very fortunate.

I have made some truely great friends on this forum and have recieved as much help as I have given. I will stay with the group even after my plane sells in the hope to be of some use and to keep my aviation motivation going as it has been since I was knee high to a grasshopper.


Keep building and fly safe, your friend.




At 5:43pm on March 30, 2012, Jim Snyder said…



Did you get your flap bearings installed?  I am ready to do mine.  Could you send some pics of the alignment and install?  And, any measurements?




Jim Snyder

At 5:36pm on October 24, 2010, Stephen R. Smith said…
Hello Jerry,

All parts came from Aircraft Spruce.

Here are some pictures.


At 5:19am on October 24, 2010, Gary Ray said…
The gear in the most forward position moved the final distance from the datum (leading edge at the 4th rib) 5.75 inches more forward which took 100 lbs off the nose gear to the mains.(will vary w engine choice) This really helps when you rotate. Prior to reversal you still had to pull the nose off the ground and when landing you could not keep the nose wheel up without adding power. Much better especially on grass strips. Tail of aircraft sits approx 6 inches lower while on the ground which is below level.
At 5:13am on October 14, 2010, Gary Ray said…
Canopy Bow//
Jerry, I have a 601XL-B. During construction I had to make a canopy adjusement due to minimal edge clearance for the 5/16 inch drilled mounting holes. I used 1/2 inch rolled copper plumbing tubing to make the initial curves that were necessary to get the fit then bent the aluminium bow to match that in the shop.

Gary Ray
At 3:21pm on July 16, 2010, Ken Seymour said…
I have not started the wings yet. I am saving my pennies right now for the sheet metal. Should be about $1000 for the ribs and skins. Ken
At 7:08pm on July 14, 2010, Ken Seymour said…
Hi Jerry. I started with plans. I have only bought parts that are too big for my brake to handle or too complex. I have done all my own welding on everything but the top engine mount. I have half on the center spar fixed. I need a new back web as the first one came out too tall. I have found a bunch of mistakes in the plans. Not having a kit I don't know how much it is affected by them. Did you find many problems with fit and measurements?

At 8:04am on July 5, 2010, Jake Reyna said…
Jerry, I'm going to do one more ground test, warm the engine up, test the mags and let it run at idle. I need to get it off the ground to test cooling, it should get better ...


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