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Turned my build blog into a book

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alain Dufresne Jul 16, 2020. 2 Replies

Almost ten years to the day that I opened the rudder kit never expecting to order a second kit, let alone finish. I celebrated by turning my build blog into a book and I'm very happy with it. I…Continue

Where should this part go?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michel Ruf Mar 18, 2020. 3 Replies

Had a coolant leak recently and while taking a look I came across this rubber part hanging off the expansion tank outlet between the tank and the hose while the other half (on the left in the pic)…Continue

SOLD Brand New EarthX ETX680 Battery (no warranty)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Sanders Dec 27, 2018. 2 Replies

For Sale: Brand new, never been taken out of the box ETX680 Lithium battery. price is $379 but since it…Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Hartunian Feb 13, 2019. 5 Replies

I’m curious as to what people think should be the fuel to use in the 912 (ULS) and then what they actually do. I’ve been using the highest rated mogas I can find but it takes me an hour to pour 10g…Continue


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Paul Sanders posted a status
"I need to replace the cable that runs from the throttle bellcrank to the carburetor. Can I use regular bicycle brake cable ?"
Nov 16, 2020
Paul Sanders posted a discussion

Turned my build blog into a book

Almost ten years to the day that I opened the rudder kit never expecting to order a second kit, let alone finish. I celebrated by turning my build blog into a book and I'm very happy with it. I highly recommend if you are looking to do the same.See More
Jul 14, 2020
Paul Sanders posted a discussion

Where should this part go?

Had a coolant leak recently and while taking a look I came across this rubber part hanging off the expansion tank outlet between the tank and the hose while the other half (on the left in the pic) was moving freely not attached to anything. After a bit of prodding the larger hole broke and the whole thing fell off. Looking at figure 75-13 on 75-00-00 it looks like it…See More
Mar 16, 2020
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"Got my Christmas present to myself, the echoUAT setup from Uavonix. Going to take me a while to work out to add it to my existing MGL stack"
Dec 20, 2019
Paul Sanders posted a status
"I’ve finally resumed Phase 1 testing (Iongest phase 1 ever) and curious how people got their CG forward - not enough weight on my nose"
May 2, 2019

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Software Developer for a large foreign games company by day, instrument-rated private pilot when time and money allows. I'm a dual UK/USA citizen living in the desert east of San Diego; yes it's hot in the summer. Too hot :)
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First Flight Thoughts

Posted on September 26, 2017 at 9:13am 2 Comments

The feeling is still sinking in that after seven years of building I actually flew a plane that I built myself. Like my brother in law said last night "to think when you started you didn't know the difference between a screw and a bolt" so I really never thought I'd get past the rudder, let alone have something that flies.

I had originally planned to have Roger do the first flight so that he could look the plane over but scheduling issues meant that I didn't want to wait,…


"Final" Stats

Posted on June 2, 2017 at 11:30am 6 Comments

Updating all my documents for the inspection, it looks like I have

~ 6 years 10 months elapsed time (thanks to location and climate I can only work weekends, and not at all between August and October)

~650 hours of build time (60 of which was the vinyl wrapping)

~$63,000 of spend on parts (small to big)

~10 occasions where I gave up

~2 occurrences where I had to be restrained from torching the whole damn thing  (well, I was close to…


Six Years In

Posted on July 17, 2016 at 12:01pm 2 Comments

Today is the 6 year anniversary of opening up the rudder box in my living room and drilling the first hole. Even though I only get to work on weekends, and on weekends outside of the summer when it isn't 110+, I had kinda thought I'd be done by now. But if I've learned one thing on this project is to take all estimates and double them: and expect it to take longer than that.

While we are firmly in the 110s, I have managed to sneak some early mornings in this summer in an…


4 Years In

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 3:11pm 4 Comments

This week marked the 4th anniversary of that first snip into the metal of the rudder kit. I now have 340 hours into the project, only managed 53 last year thanks to 10 weeks of airport resurfacing that robbed me of hangar access during the best months of the year. But what I lacked in hours I made up for in dollars, lol - the purchase of the Rotax 912ULS added quite a bit to the rolling total. I think it will be worth it though.

It really is starting to look like I am near the…


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At 7:06pm on September 2, 2015, ronald zielke said…

Hi Paul  got my fuel valve today it's the V1 4 way .  the valve body has three holes on the lower end of the valve with no indication of what is supposed to feed what tank or motor,or what  is to go to what hole, tried to email the co but that didn't work to well, that was probably me.   This valve has 4 positions off, both, l, R.  there are no marking on the valve or in the very modest instructions as to how to plumb it?  how did you do yours?    thanks for any advice.  Ron


At 5:32pm on February 23, 2013, David Fitzgerald said…

Paul I feel your pain. I am verry lucky I was able to work on my project almost nonstop for 6 months and finished in that time. I am a total beginner like yourself. After reading some of your posts I can relate. like where or when do you install antennas. You will run into this often. If you call zenith as often as I did they need to be on speed dial. Roger is very halpful, if you get  sent to Kaleb he will make you feel like a fool. I bought the videos and they helped alot, but there were still many ? . I have 55 hrs on my plane since my first flight Jan. 1st.  and all I can say is hang in there. It really is worth the trouble. I am having a ball.

At 4:28pm on May 9, 2012, Blaine Schwartz said…



If you can build the plane, you can build the motor. I built a Corvair for my CH 750 and have a great time doing it. I encourage you to go to a Corvair College; you learn so much. Google CC#22 to check oout some of the pictures.



At 6:40pm on January 17, 2012, Phill Barnes said…

Hi Paul

I use the hole cutter in my cordless drills which have 3/8 chucks so you will be fine.



At 8:33pm on January 16, 2012, Phill Barnes said…

This is the exact one.





At 8:21pm on January 16, 2012, Phill Barnes said…

HI Paul

Regarding you fuel sender hole cutting needs. On one of my visits to the US in 2008, I purchased an adjustable cutter with HSS blade from Sears for 20 bucks. I bought it for the very same job and works well. Be sure to use it slowly with light pressure though. Also fantastic for cutting instrument holes.





At 4:21pm on September 30, 2011, Ian Sowman said…
Gidday Paul. Dual nationality = dual flags. Good idea, been to Osh a couple of times and noted many stars & stipes in various graphics.........generally look good. I'd like to see finished pix. Be careful though as you may not know wether you are coming or going!
At 2:53pm on April 21, 2011, Rod Hatcher said…
Hi Paul, The 3M wrap has an adhesive on one side and is very thin and flexible. It is quite easy to smooth on and position. It easily conforms to rivets. On sharp edges you undercut the vinly and smooth it into place. If you cover a sharp edge it will eventually cut through the film. The film is warranted for 7 years. I am expecting that if you keep the plane hangared it should last at least 10 or 12 years. Good luck on your project. 
At 11:14pm on February 1, 2011, Joe McGough said…
Thanks Paul, for the comment.  Just finished priming tonight,  Hope to get it riveted together tomorrow. I thought my rudder was warped too but when I drilled for the nose skin it seemed  to pull everything together. Thanks, Joe
At 7:43pm on January 5, 2011, Tom Anderson said…

Hi Paul,

My decision to complete the wings before the fuselage is based on work shop location. The wings can be completed in the basement and there is a way to get them out. I will have to move to the garage (which is not heated) to complete the fuselage. So my plan is to do  fuselage construction during spring and summer.


Are you going to paint your plane? I'm leaning towards polished finish with some paint.




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