Todd Osborne
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CH650 Kit for Sale / Trade

Started this discussion. Last reply by Derrick on Sunday. 4 Replies

I have a CH650 kit that I am considering selling because my new airplane buddy would like to go in half on a 750 Cruzer kit. I am also having some knee problems and worry I won't be able to get in…Continue

Tags: Cruzer, Trade, CH650

Installing nutplates

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jan Eggenfellner Jan 17, 2019. 6 Replies

I am getting ready to install the nutplates (MS21075L3) on my lower fuselage to secure the access panel. The screws are AN525-10R7 and they start to thread easily, but them stop. It takes…Continue

Looking for a Corvair engine core

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Sceppa Dec 11, 2018. 20 Replies

I am having a hard time locating a good Corvair engine core to convert for my CH650 project. I would appreciate any leads anyone has on finding one. Thanks.Continue

I am looking for clecos and other tools...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Clint L Gosch Aug 10, 2014. 3 Replies

After a nearly decade long break from building, I am getting ready to start a new 6d50 project. I am looking to purchase a bunch of clecos, pliers, pneumatic rivet gun, and possibly a shear and…Continue


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Profile Information

Aircraft Model
Zenith CH 650
Project Status
Just started
Building From
Partial kit
Engine installed (or plan to install)
Building Experience
Have worked on airplanes before
Flying Experience
Private Pilot
Building and Flying Info / Your Profession / Other Background Info
I have built 3 Zodiacs in the past to different stages of completion, but had to sell them. I am very much looking forward to starting a new CH650, once I get my new workshop built.

I earned my private license in 1989 and my instrument rating in 2006. I am a software engineer for Dell, have 3 teenage daughters, a wife, and live in Cross Plains, Wisconsin. I would very much like to meet other builders in the area.
Home Airport (ie. KMYJ)

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Free BuildLog software is now available

Posted on August 2, 2018 at 4:31pm 3 Comments

I just released a new (free) software application named BuildLog that makes it easy to track time worked while building an experimental aircraft. Please feel free to download it and let me know what you think. I created it for myself to use while building my Zenith CH650 kitplane and am hoping it may be useful to other homebuilders. The web site is

Not bad for 6.5 hours of work

Posted on December 2, 2017 at 4:14pm 0 Comments

I started the day by alodining the rudder skeleton. First time using Alumiprep 33 and Alodine 1201, small learning curve. Once that was done I rivited the skeleton and started skinning it. I got one side almost done, just the tip rib remains. I had a few issues with my compressor and that took about an hour to fix. Still having fun building airplane parts.

Getting Restarted

Posted on November 30, 2017 at 11:48pm 0 Comments

I just started my new kit last weekend, just drilling and fitting the rudder skeleton. Decided that I would alodine everything before priming since I now live in the beach. Had to order the Alumiprep and alodine, they arrived yesterday, so I am looking forward to making good progress this weekend.

A Little More Rudder Work

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 3:31pm 1 Comment

Managed a few hours this weekend to work on the rudder. Completed the skeleton and started fitting the leading and trailing edge skins. Yeah, I know I went overboard with the Cleco's, but nothing moved!

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At 9:53am on September 29, 2014, Buzz Air Flight Academy said…

Welcome, The Ch750 the Ch601 and the 701 are in TN @2M2

At 12:11pm on September 21, 2014, John Austin said…

Likewise, Todd, I enjoyed meeting you and Delaney and appreciate your hospitality! Hope you will be an active participant on the forums! Let me know if I can ever be of assistance. Regards, John

At 8:13am on August 9, 2014, Marty Leglar said…

Hi Todd, Welcome! I am still active on my kit. Been going slow lately but expect to finish 2nd wing soon and move on to fuselage construction.


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