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Rudder kit arrival

It begins. The CH750 rudder kit arrived yesterday and today I ordered some additional tools (clecos, handi-clamps, drill bits, etc) from Spruce and Amazon. Now to restore order to the assembly room.

Added by Dave Covert on December 12, 2017 at 9:49am — 1 Comment

youtube video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4k4LzPv59So

Added by rubens rando sanchez on December 8, 2017 at 4:05pm — No Comments

Propellers for Zenith aircraft and Valdez STOL for Zenith Super Duty

I have seen a bunch of spinners but nothing like the quality from DUC.  Yes, they talk funny and we make fun of them when the price of copper is low (Statue of liberty on Ebay) but the French got these propellers done right.  We all know carbon fiber is strong.  Now take that concept to the airliner quality and you end up with slightly more expensive, but far superior…
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Added by Jan Eggenfellner on December 7, 2017 at 8:34pm — No Comments

Wing root nose skin

Having a problem getting a tight fit of the wing root nose skin 75W5-6 against the rib. Any suggestions?

Added by William Ahrens on December 3, 2017 at 5:37pm — 2 Comments

Not bad for 6.5 hours of work

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.

Added by Todd Osborne on December 2, 2017 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Getting Restarted

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.

Added by Todd Osborne on November 30, 2017 at 11:48pm — No Comments

Zenith workshops return to Sebring, Florida in 2018

Following up on the success of last year's Zenith workshops at the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in central Florida we are pleased to return with the workshops at the 2018 event, to be held January 24 - 27, 2018.…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on November 30, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

First Flight of my corvair powered CH650

Hi Builders & fliers

This is a video that a good friend made of the first flight of my 650. It is powered by 2850cc 110hp covair. I have 23 hours on the plane now and have no problems. The link is https://vimeo.com/231398395 and the password is tallyho.  

Added by John Niemeyer on November 30, 2017 at 8:16am — 6 Comments

STOL 750 - 500 hrs!

I accumulated this over 5 years and 4 months.  Annuals have been non-events for the airframe - finally had to install new brake pads during my recent annual and that's about it for parts over 5 years!  At about 100 hrs I did replace the 800 series tires with 600 series, but that was just personal preference. …

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Added by John Austin on November 29, 2017 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

Flying When Your Legs Don't Listen

BROWN AND NEAL EACH OWN AND FLY VIKING POWERED…

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Added by Jan Eggenfellner on November 23, 2017 at 8:02pm — No Comments

wing tip for a 750

Having problems with the plastic wing tip on a 750 Any suggestion on how to reenforce the tip to keep the rivets from tearing out?    

Added by William Ahrens on November 19, 2017 at 3:46pm — 7 Comments

Building an Airplane as a Group Project

Just this week, two EAA Chapters, that are actively building Zenith kits as a group project, are in the news! 

EAA Hotline featured this project (nearing completion) in Virginia…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on November 17, 2017 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

RAINBOW AVIATION MECHANICS INSPECTION COURSE

Just registered for the Mechanic's Two Day inspection course up in Oshkosh in July after the event. Only 14 openings left.

Added by Mark Charles Kuba on November 15, 2017 at 9:45am — 1 Comment

Safety of the fuel injected light sport aircraft engine fuel system

A SOLID FUEL SYSTEM IS IMPORTANT FOR ANY AIRCRAFT ENGINE.  THESE ARE THE SYSTEMS USED BY THE THREE MOST POPULAR LIGHT AIRCRAFT ENGINES IN USE

TYPE OF FUEL SYSTEMS USED

ROTAX

  • Dual external fuel pumps
  • External single fuel regulator
  • Fuel return commonly back to primary fuel tanks
  • 6 port duplex fuel selector valve

VIKING

  • Dual in-tank pumps
  • In-tank dual fuel regulators
  • Header tank based…
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Added by Jan Eggenfellner on November 11, 2017 at 7:38pm — 12 Comments

701 Beta Seats Shipped Out

Finished up Today our Beta Kit for our customer in Georgia who helped us develop the kit... Once final fitment is confirmed we'll be ready to go.…

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Added by Robert Lemke on November 10, 2017 at 11:45am — 2 Comments

Builders Assistance 601-XL B

anyone out there in the central Illinois area with builders expertise on the 601 series who would like to make some good extra cash.My 601-XL-B is 97% completed. However, due to a reoccurring health problem I can not finish it.It needs wings, flaps, aleirons and fuel lines from wings and cable controls attached.Trim servo units attached and the flap control wires attached to servo unit.and lastly the weight and balance.will pay good money for expertise re: finishing If interested call me  at…

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Added by BJ Ramsey on November 4, 2017 at 2:25pm — 1 Comment

Avilution on the podcast

Chatted with Avilution on the podcast this week. They are the company behind the "Unpanel" on the SD:  https://evadot.com/2017/11/02/evadot-podcast-108-disruption-in-avionics-with-avilution-and-unpanels/

I've put in an order for the unpanel kit changes for my Cruzer. As far as I can tell I'm the first one.

Added by Michael Doornbos on November 3, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Borescope inspection

Ok,

So I'm nearing my third annual condition inspection next month and I'm trying to get all the bits and pieces in place beforehand this time (new air filter, spark plug gaskets, etc) and I've been reading a lot on the value of borescope inspections of the cylinders.

I'm not sure about replacing compression testing entirely, but I did get a good quality Wi-Fi borescope (depstech model wf010 with a 90 degree mirror attachment) from Amazon for $49



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Added by brad cohen on November 1, 2017 at 11:22pm — 2 Comments

viking engine for super duty

HONDA ACCORD 252HP 2.0L GDI

THE SUPER DUTY VERSION OF THIS ENGINE WILL PRODUCE 208 HP AT 4,000 ENGINE RPM (1,750 PROP RPM) AND 640 FT-LB OF TORQUE AT THE PROPELLER, SPORTING A 5 BLADED DUC CARBON FIBER PROPELLER - AVAILABLE IN EITHER A GROUND…

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Added by Jan Eggenfellner on October 31, 2017 at 9:57pm — No Comments

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