Jim B Belcher
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Another way to cut foam for the seats

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jon Crew Apr 21, 2012. 7 Replies

I've read what I could find on cutting foam for the Zenith seats (in particular, the XL). Maybe I looked in the wrong places, but I found a lot of good information on the construction detail of the…Continue

Using the Aerocarb carburetor with a conventional throttle control.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim B Belcher Sep 19, 2011. 2 Replies

I noted the posting elsewhere in this forum offering an Aerocarb carburetor, and the device appealed to me. However, it requires a reversing throttle control, which seems to usually be limited to…Continue

 

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, to all the Zenith family everywhere, from the mountains of far west Texas!See More
Dec 24, 2012
Jim B Belcher posted a blog post

Grandson help

I moved my 601XLB to the airport a couple of months ago for final assembly. A week or so ago, I took my grandson along while I did some measurements for the seat cushions. He wanted to sit in the cockpit, which was fine by me. When I turned around, I found him making very careful, but of course meaningless measurements, along the top of the pilot side.I don't think he really understands what we're doing, but I figure the early exposure to airplanes can't hurt anything.…See More
Aug 28, 2012
Rolly Hughes left a comment for Jim B Belcher
"Jim, thanks for your comments. I had thought about going along the botttom with the brake lines. I feel better about that now. How far along are you on the plane? Maybe I could take a day trip down to Alpine. It isn't that far. Contact me…"
Jun 23, 2012
Jim B Belcher posted a discussion

Another way to cut foam for the seats

I've read what I could find on cutting foam for the Zenith seats (in particular, the XL). Maybe I looked in the wrong places, but I found a lot of good information on the construction detail of the seats, but not much on how to actually cut the foam.I decided to try a method I'd heard of some years ago. It worked to my satisfaction, but describing it is a bit long for this website, so I have posted the details of the tool I build to cut foam here:…See More
Apr 19, 2012
Jim B Belcher posted a blog post

Continental O200 baffles

I may be repeating what everyone else already knows, but just in case....I've priced O200 baffles, and even the units built by other than Cessna were pricey, probably due to the FAA paperwork. The cheapest I found were around $800. That's a lot of money for a little aluminum, and a bit of seal.Whilst browsing through my library, I happened to scan my copy of the late Tony Bingelis' "Firewall Forward." Inside, I found a scalable pattern for O-200 baffles.That pattern got me through the worst…See More
Dec 19, 2011
Jim B Belcher posted a blog post

Nice touch-up to the site format

I find things more readable. Good job!See More
Nov 11, 2011
Jim B Belcher posted a discussion

Using the Aerocarb carburetor with a conventional throttle control.

I noted the posting elsewhere in this forum offering an Aerocarb carburetor, and the device appealed to me. However, it requires a reversing throttle control, which seems to usually be limited to throttle control quadrants. My holes are already cut for a conventional push-pull, non-reversing control. However, I think I may have found a way to use that type of control in a reverse application, like the Aerocarb. I haven't tried it yet (famous last words), but it's simple enough that there's no…See More
Sep 19, 2011
Jim B Belcher is now a member of Zenith Aircraft Builders and Flyers
Sep 9, 2011

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ZODIAC CH 601
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Retired aerospace technical manager

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Merry Christmas!

Posted on December 24, 2012 at 9:25am 0 Comments

Merry Christmas, to all the Zenith family everywhere, from the mountains of far west Texas!

Grandson help

Posted on August 28, 2012 at 2:39pm 5 Comments

I moved my 601XLB to the airport a couple of months ago for final assembly. A week or so ago, I took my grandson along while I did some measurements for the seat cushions. He wanted to sit in the cockpit, which was fine by me. When I turned around, I found him making very careful, but of course meaningless measurements, along the top of the pilot side.

I don't think he really understands what we're doing, but I figure the early exposure to airplanes can't hurt anything.…

Continue

Continental O200 baffles

Posted on December 19, 2011 at 1:42pm 5 Comments

I may be repeating what everyone else already knows, but just in case....

I've priced O200 baffles, and even the units built by other than Cessna were pricey, probably due to the FAA paperwork. The cheapest I found were around $800. That's a lot of money for a little aluminum, and a bit of seal.

Whilst browsing through my library, I happened to scan my copy of the late Tony Bingelis' "Firewall Forward." Inside, I found a scalable pattern for O-200…

Continue

Nice touch-up to the site format

Posted on November 11, 2011 at 8:11am 0 Comments

I find things more readable. Good job!

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At 2:26pm on June 23, 2012, Rolly Hughes said…

Jim, thanks for your comments. I had thought about going along the botttom with the brake lines. I feel better about that now. How far along are you on the plane? Maybe I could take a day trip down to Alpine. It isn't that far.

Contact me directly at rolloman66@yahoo.com

Rolly

At 8:21am on September 20, 2011, American Light Sport Aircrafters said…

Welcome to the family.

I wish you the all the best with
your project. If you ever get the chance to visit the Zenith factory please
take the time to stop by our builder assist facility too. We are their newest
and nearest builder assist facility and like to have visitors. We are right
here in Mexico, Mo., not far from the factory.

Take care and good luck,

Bill Carter

American Light Sport Aircrafters

Builder Assist & Assembly Center

www.LightSportAircrafters.com



 
 
 

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