Paul Sanders
  • Male
  • Brawley, CA
  • United States
Share on Facebook

Paul Sanders's Friends

  • Victor Seder
  • Bert Sparrow
  • Gary Welch
  • Wayne Tyson
  • John M Greiner
  • Jean-Paul Chevalier
  • Richard Elliot
  • Wayne Tyson Jr
  • Steven Davis
  • Walt Snyder
  • Wayne Huk
  • David Muse
  • ronald zielke
  • philip weston
  • Mike Norton

Paul Sanders's Discussions

Throttle cable too tight

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joe Spencer Jul 10. 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

Nylon ties on the engine frame?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Sanders Jun 15. 11 Replies

While doing some study for my inspection I came across this video which the…Continue

Has any one used EkoEtch?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Morrisey Dec 15, 2014. 8 Replies

Regular readers of my comments here know that I have some heavily oxidised wing skins from the crates sitting out for too long during the one storm we get a decade.…Continue

Cleaning up water-troubled aluminium

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joe Harrington Mar 16, 2014. 4 Replies

When my wings kit arrived it sat in my back yard for quite a while before I was ready to get the skins out. During that time we had our one day of rain for the year and much later when I needed the…Continue


Paul Sanders's Page

Latest Activity

Paul Sanders posted a status
"Replaced the capacitor and fuse on the engine this weekend, fault light now works as expected, plane is fit to fly again (I think!)"
Oct 16
Paul Sanders posted a status
"No second flight until my engine charging circuit issues are sorted out, first step is to replace the shorted capacitor :~("
Oct 9
Paul Sanders posted a status
"Anyone with a fully functioning Rotax 912ULS willing to answer a bunch of questions about the rectifier wiring? Thanks :~)"
Oct 6
Paul Sanders posted a video

N750PS First Flight

After 7 years of construction, my Zenith STOL 750 took flight for the first time this weekend. While it wasn't the prettiest of flying, the plane performed p...
Sep 26
Paul Sanders posted a blog post

First Flight Thoughts

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, although high humidity…See More
Sep 26
Paul Sanders posted a status
"Finally got to take my plane up for her first flight, mostly uneventful except that I’m only getting 5400 rpm at full throttle on the Rotax."
Sep 24
Paul Sanders posted a video

First Flight In My Zenith STOL 750

Seven years in the building, I did my first flight today.
Sep 24
Paul Sanders posted a video

Combined Taxi Test

Interior and exterior views of my taxi testing
Sep 17
Paul Sanders posted a status
"Cup Holders! What have people done to keep,their beverage secure in the 750? (No, I am yet to do my first flight, soon I hope)"
Sep 2
Paul Sanders posted a photo

Zenith STOL CH 750: Airworthiness certification

Seven years and one month. I want to call out some names later of people without whose help I could not have gotten this far, but until then a huge thank to this community for the support you've shown this know nothing builder who didn't even own a…
Aug 11
Paul Sanders posted a video

Riveting the Elevator on my Plane's Horizontal Tail

Thought I'd try a stop motion capture with my GoPro Hero camera. It has no view finder otherwise I would have tried to be closer, get a different angle. But ...
Aug 9
Paul Sanders posted a status
"Pitot line leak test today and max rpm test, may bed a slight adjustment to the prop, but will wait until after first flight"
Aug 5
Paul Sanders posted a status
"Fuel leak seems fixed, but now values from sender are not right, fuel gauge is wrong. Inspection Friday!"
Aug 4
Paul Sanders posted a status
"3.5 hrs of 750 training today with Buzz, what a fun plane to fly, and I am already a big fan of the stick.. I think I may enjoy mine...."
Jul 20
Paul Sanders posted a photo

What a difference 7 years makes

I didn't really believe it but one hole drilled 7 years ago turned into this.
Jul 18
Paul Sanders posted a status
"Excited to be going to Nashville this week for my 750 transition training with Buzz Air. Take my mind off some problems with my build"
Jul 16

Profile Information

Aircraft Model
Project Status
Building From
Engine installed (or plan to install)
Rotax 912
Your website (about your aircraft...)
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)

Paul Sanders's Photos

  • Add Photos
  • View All

Paul Sanders's Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

Paul Sanders's Blog

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…


Comment Wall (12 comments)

You need to be a member of Zenith Aircraft Builders and Flyers to add comments!

Join Zenith Aircraft Builders and Flyers

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.




New from Zenith:

25th Anniversary: 1992 - 2017

Weather Maps

Custom Instrument Panels
for your Zenith

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:

Zenith Vinyl Upholstery Kits

New Zenith Apparel from EAA:

Zenair Floats

Flying On Your Own Wings:
A Complete Guide to Understanding Light Airplane Design, by Chris Heintz.

Builder & Pilot Supplies:

How to videos from

Developed specifically for Zenith builders (by a builder) these videos on DVD are a great help in building your own kit plane by providing practical hands-on construction information. Visit for the latest DVD titles.


Zenith transition and Sport Pilot training:

Quality Sport Planes
Cloverdale, California:

Wheels & Wings

Pro Builder Assistance

© 2017   Created by Zenith.Aero.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service