EAA Oshkosh AirVenture: July 24 - 30, 2017, Oshkosh Wisconsin. Whether you're a current builder or owner, or just looking at starting on your own project, there's always something for Zenith builders at Oshkosh! As usual, we have many activities during the week! Visit the Zenith booth in the North Aircraft Display Area #641 (same as previous years) Daily Zenith kit assembly demonstration and workshop in the…See More
Plans only firewall assembled. I cheated a little bit with some factory parts: 75-F-7-F-8 slide covers, 75-F-9-4 Center Firewall Stiffener, and 75-F-9-5 Center Firewall Doubler. Getting the center firewall pieces to fit would have taken multiple…
Join us for our annual "Fly In to Summer" Open Hangar Day and Fly-In Gathering at the Zenith Aircraft Factory: Saturday, June 18, 2016.This is an informal grass-roots Zenith fly-in and builder gathering held at the kit manufacturing factory in Mexico, Missouri.More event info and photos…See More
A custom nose rib means I get to make custom wing tips. If you look closely at the Cruzer prototype you'll notice it has all metal wing tips. I'm trying to fit a strip of L with lots of notches around the nose skin.
Ok, Thanks for the comment on the nose rib. I have erased the SLATS from my builds also; too complicated for the gain they provided. Instead, I use the Vortex Generators (VGs) on the main wing of my actual CH701sp and saw an increase in top speed (8mph) and a better glide also... My CH701 is still very much STOOL...
Hi Tim, Very true; the CH750 has beefier attachments for the wing/struts and stab. Come to think of it, wouldn't you want that anyway ???
As for the wing/stab trailing edges bucked rivets; they don't add any strenght to either the wing or stab. It would look real dumb to install pulled rivets in those locations anyhow. Bucked rivets look better is the only purpose there...
Once again here my comment is that trying to make those trailing edges (wing and stab) STRAiGHT is next to IMPOSSIBLE and, believe me, I tried and tried and tried. The 750 uses an aluminum sheet bent('V') to make up the trailing edges of the wing/stab. This makes them straight and true. Requires a bending brake mind you.
So, my general comment still holds : why not construct the CH701 wing using the CH750 techniques and why Zenair hasn't revisited those 701 plans yet ???
>i got it at lowe's i had some from another project and it worked really good. it's self etching but it is really expensive one rattle can does not go very far. I am going to paint it myself but it will be a two part epoxy, this was just simpler to use.
Thanks for the friend request. Am really impressed with your better than factory build. What a passion you have for detail.
Nothing final on the nose section yet for the wing. As I get closer to cutting metal my plans become more moderate. The Sportsman cuff profile will be close to what I go with. I have built the ribs and have the metal for the spars and expect to be well into the wings by late summer. Too many other, non airplane issues to deal with. The build is as much therapy as anything else at this stage.
I am very pleased with accounts by other builders who have ditched the slats and went with a more conventional wing with vg's. The experimental aspect within reason is providing myself a lot of satisfaction. Other builders such as Armand Lambert, Mark Maltais and Chumphol Surinavin have been an inspiration for me to mention only three.
Custom instrument panels are now available directly from Zenith Aircraft Company exclusively for Zenith builders and owners. Pre-cut panel, power distribution panel, Approach Fast Stack harnesses, Dynon and Garmin avionics, and more.
New Custom Upholstery Kits for your Zenith Aircraft: