Paul Sanders
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Paul Sanders's Discussions

Fuel

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jerry Latimer Oct 1. 3 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

Is it possible to sell a plane during Phase I ?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim B Belcher Apr 3. 2 Replies

Given the distance limitations in Phase 1 flying, I was wondering if that means you can't sell a home built until the 40 hours have been flown off, or can the buyer petition the FAA for a ferry…Continue

ELT Decision Time

Started this discussion. Last reply by christopher fryatt Nov 30, 2017. 3 Replies

Thanks to a poor decision to buy my ELT early in the build process (and an even poorer decision to buy the Ameri-King 451!) I find that my battery is about to expire in January (just four months…Continue

Throttle cable too tight

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joe Spencer Jul 10, 2017. 4 Replies

I am getting ready for my inspection and while doing some taxi tests I noticed that my throttle slowly creeps inwards, thereby increasing rpms when I'm not expecting or wanting it.It would seem to be…Continue

 

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Paul Sanders posted a status
"Had a lot of people express doubt I could build a plane, what they should have doubted was my ability to keep it running!"
Oct 28
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"Superb weather for flying, still discussing battery replacement with EarthX. May just buy a new one Will be summer before I know it"
Oct 21
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"Having problems with my EarthX battery, weather finally cool enough to fly and I’m stuck on the ground. Seems like there is always something"
Oct 9
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"Been trying for a week to get Avemco to answer their phone to talk about my policy but never a pick up - time to find a new insurer"
Sep 14
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Sep 3
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"First annual inspection done, judging by all the bruises on my head from hitting it, I think I was pretty thorough. Now to finish phase 1"
Sep 3
Paul Sanders posted a status
"One year anniversary of my AW inspection today, sadly still very much in Phase 1 but hoping to get to Phase 2 once the heat stops"
Aug 11
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"Words I thought I would never say: I miss building. And now too hot or too windy to fly it"
Jun 13
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"Struggling to stop a float valve overflow leak when my 912ULS runs, sync d carbs still no joy. Anyone with ideas please get in touch thanks"
Apr 7
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"Just found out I got taken in by the ADS-B April fool over the weekend!"
Apr 3
Paul Sanders posted a discussion

Is it possible to sell a plane during Phase I ?

Given the distance limitations in Phase 1 flying, I was wondering if that means you can't sell a home built until the 40 hours have been flown off, or can the buyer petition the FAA for a ferry permit or similar ?Asking for a friend :)See More
Apr 2
Paul Sanders posted a status
"looking at ADSB solutions... anyone looked into https://www.uavionix.com/products/skybeacon/ ? Tail version might work on the 750"
Mar 10
Paul Sanders posted a status
"Got my repairman certificate today, painless experience (other than it taking 2.5 hrs)"
Mar 6
Paul Sanders posted a status
"Checked NOTAMs for my airport today and it is closed until April 1! So much for Phase 1 ending before the summer heat. Feeling miffed."
Mar 2
Paul Sanders posted a status
"Unexpected (Navion) flyin at my airport today, spotted a plane that looked a bit like my 750 - it was a JA30 super stol. Definitely related"
Feb 24

Profile Information

Aircraft Model
STOL CH 750
Project Status
Flying
Building From
Kit
Engine installed (or plan to install)
Rotax 912
Your website (about your aircraft...)
http://www.stol750project.info/
Building Experience
No Experience
Flying Experience
Private Pilot
Building and Flying Info / Your Profession / Other Background Info
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 :)
Home Airport (ie. KMYJ)
KBWC

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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,…

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"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…

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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…

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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…

Paul,

 

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.

 

Blaine

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.

 

Phill

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

This is the exact one.

 

Phill

 

 

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.

 

Phill

 

 

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.

 

Tom

 
 
 

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