Patrick Hoyt
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Fuel "Quick Drain" Valves...?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Patrick Hoyt Aug 11, 2013. 6 Replies


Started this discussion. Last reply by Darryl Legg Jan 14, 2011. 1 Reply

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"Flat tire, replaced inner tube. Fried old air compressor, made mess on floor w/brake fluid. All fixed now, and have new air compressor too."
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"Replaced faulty AOA gauge."
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N63PZ at C37

Mary took this picture of N63PZ taking off at Brodhead. Destination: Oshkosh.
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Brodhead and Oshkosh - 2013

First major cross-country for N63PZ was to Brodhead WI (C37), and then from there to Oshkosh 2013.
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N63PZ at C37

Mary took this picture of N63PZ taking off at Brodhead. Destination: Oshkosh.
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"Flew to Mankato, MN with Mary. Ate lunch at a Mexican place."
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"Flew for 1.4 hours."
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Video Cameras Used in Flight

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 4:45pm 4 Comments

Several people have asked about the video cameras that I've been using.  I've posted a few videos that include views from inside the cockpit (with audio), and views from outside the cockpit. 

I have an NFlightCam GPS+ (about 1 year old), and a GoPro Hero2 (about 5 months old), generally using both cameras at the same time on my test flights. 

These small video cameras have been a big help in my Phase 1 testing.  It's helpful to be able to "go back and review what…


Moving Day for the Zodiac Project

Posted on June 15, 2012 at 2:53pm 6 Comments

On Saturday, June 9th, several EAA Chapter 25 members gathered at my house to move the Zodiac project from it's humble birthplace in a Minnesota garage to a local airport.

The day began with one group meeting at the EAA chapter hanger for some early morning prep and cleanup operations, and another group meeting at my house to prepare the Zodiac for transport.  Several people displayed great stamina by participating in both operations during a hot, windy day and under a…


Cleaning the Canopy for the First Time

Posted on June 19, 2011 at 9:46pm 1 Comment

The canopy on my Zodiac was coated with engine oil which had been sprayed by the prop blast during initial run-up testing.  On top of this oil was several months of accumulated garage dust, grit, and debris.


I've noticed a rather disturbing tendency for visitors to rub the canopy in what I believe is simply an instinctive desire to make a clean spot.  Given that it's summer now, there are more people stopping over, and more people wanting to reach over and wipe off part of…


An Australian Adventure

Posted on May 1, 2011 at 10:30pm 6 Comments

Recently my wife (Mary) and I journeyed to Australia in celebration of her 50th birthday.  Being long-time EAA members and homebuilders, part of our vacation planning included establishing contact with Australian homebuilders who lived in the regions we were going to visit.


We've always enjoyed meeting fellow aviation enthusiasts.  Some of our most enjoyable times have been in the company of aviators who we've met at various places.  From small fly-ins at places like Brodhead…


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At 9:51am on March 2, 2014, Carlos Sa said…

Hello, Patrick

I'm about to cut the top forward skin (to make avionics access panels), and was wondering how to make it water tight...

I see that your 601 also has these panels

How did you go about water proofing it?

Thanks in advance for your comments


At 12:05pm on December 2, 2013, David Gallagher said…

Pat, have you found out yet where your flat tire was leaking from?  I have 5 years and over 500 landings on my original tires and tubes.  On my last annual after 4 years of flying, I noticed more wear on one side of the tread on both main tires so I turned the tires around to wear the other side.  I popped the wheels apart and the tubes looked fine so I re-assembled and re-packed the bearings.  I have not touched the nose wheel at all.  I make sure to keep the pressure up as I have seen low pressure spin a tire and cut the stem.


Good luck,



At 11:55am on August 13, 2013, Frederick Schutt said…

Hi Patrick

Sounds like Oshkosh was great-maybe next year for me.  Still have concerns on mounting stabilizer.  My plans call for tolerance of 0 degrees down and 2 degrees up.  Is there an advantage to mounting with x number of degrees down.  Is performance and handling better-how about level or nose high flight and elevator travel?  Still building airframe and corvair engine- Went to Fla end of April and picked up my short block from Dan and WW with new billet crank and 5th bearing and 2850 cc kit.

Thanks-Fred Schutt -601XL builder

At 8:48am on July 18, 2013, Frederick Schutt said…

Hi Patrick

Congratulations on your plane in EAA Sport Aviation. I will be installing a corvair engine in my 601. I  have a question for you.  I found many dicussions - from builders and ZAC on changing the angle of stabilizer- both up and down from 0 degrees for better performance and control.  Did you change degrees up or down and if so how much?

Thanks- Fred Schutt

At 7:20pm on August 28, 2012, Dan Dempsey said…

Patrick, I'm going with Chevrolet, Corvair, T091RH which is the block serial number.


At 4:15pm on August 25, 2012, Dan Dempsey said…


The thing that worries me about how you described your engine is that if I describe mine the same way, there would be at least 2 aircraft with engine Chevrolet Corvair Serial Number 1.   Does it matter?


At 8:15pm on August 23, 2012, Dan Dempsey said…


I'm starting the certification process and was wondering how you filled out the Affidavit of Ownership form 8050-88 on the line for the engine manufacturer model and serial number.  Is this general motors and the stamped serial number on the block, or is like the plane and I'm the manufacturer and serial number is 1?

Dan Dempsey

At 12:22pm on April 4, 2012, David Gallagher said…



It is looking more like an airplane every day!  I can't wait to see it in person.  I camped out at Sun-N-Fun last week next to Pietenpol builder Dick Navatril.  He says you guys are in the same EAA chapter.


Good luck,



At 2:59pm on November 6, 2011, Aumie Devoll said…

Hello Pat: Yes we do BFR's , what is now called a Flight review. When would you like to get this done.

At 3:38pm on October 31, 2011, Garlen Mikolichek said…
 Hello Patrick, I'm looking foward to hearing from you. I'd like to know how your project is comming along, what problems you have encountered, etc.. Garlen.

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