This is what I think. I don't know much yet.I found with the first wing skin that my fingers left prints on the surface that won't clean up. I think even a little salty sweat on your fingers etches…Continue
(2) I'm only 5'10" so headroom isn't much of an issue, but I'll take a look.
(3) Have you seen the Oshkosh video of the 801 (John Lucassi, I think) with the electric trim on the flaperon? He used an additional elevator trim kit.
(4) I've been reading about not installing the slats. Still very much undecided on this option.
(5) Have not given any thought to changing the horiz. stab airfoil. Will probably add the micro vortex generators.
(6) Looking into the PVC teardrop strut covers.
(7) I'm no bush-pilot, but it's pretty flat down here.
I'm a Software/Industrial Engr. (retired) so I'll probably stick pretty close to the stock 701. However, I keep going back to the Viking Engine website. Chris Heintz red-lined the 701 at 100 hp and something like 165# ... I know Viking 110 (~190#) 701s are flying, so ... Also, if you check the website, there seems to be a big push on at Viking to get 701 business. Engine & Firewall Fwd for under $16K. Add the Viking View EIS and required "installation incidentals" package and you're at about $18K ... the cost of the Jabiru 2200 install. I've got plenty of time yet, but I really have to think about this ... decisions, decisions, decisions ... Thanks
I did the same thing with my elevator/aileron control thanks to your design. Works real good BUT I would advise to do this when the plane is in the boat stage not when it is finished (like mine). I had to retrofit this mod with the control in the plane because I could not undo the control column from the cockpit (because of my console). Real messy and lots of cursing !!!
Shoulder belt attachment was done to the floor of the bagage compartment. I hade to reinforce that structure for it to be properly secured. Original design has a 3 point belt where the top attachment is riveted to the skin and 'L' angle that make the side of the bagage compartment. My way is safer (4 points) and the reinforcement plate I made is sturdier than the original drawing.
No problem. This plate is used as a support piece when the CH701 goes on amphibious floats. The wheels are taken off and the plane is lowered onto the spreader bar. The plate is sandwiched between 2 "L" shaped support bolted to the spreader bar. Look at my album "Amphibious floats installation" and check the picture titled "Main gear rear support".
I'm not sure I understand what you are trying to do with your wing fold modifications. I have been thinking about how the wing fold function can be improved on the 750. As research I have studied several other aircraft to see how they accomplish the wing fold in the hopes of improving the Zenith option. The wing and fuse configuration of the 701 and 750 do not lend themselves to most of the clean systems of other aircraft. Most of my ideas need to wait till I get something built to test clearances. Joe B
I think you will appreciate the diagonal braces. I started drilling the bracing for the side skins yesterday.. scratch building is 10 times slower than kit but it has a nice sense of accomplishment when progress is made. keep in touch
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