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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 — 8 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

Making Angle Gages

While making the bends for the front and rear center spar uprights, I had a problem trying to take measurements with any of the numerous protractors I had. The angles I was trying too measure were to acute for any of my protractors to fit. So I decided to make a set of simple angle gages.

The gages were made using .025 aluminum scraps that I had laying around. The key to setting up the angle is to use a machinist tool called a sine bar. Referring to the picture below, the sine…

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Added by Damon Brantley on October 29, 2017 at 5:54pm — 1 Comment

Making Center Spar Uprights

Fabricating the front and rear uprights for the center spar posed an interesting challenge. Each is about 18 inches long. One has a thickness of .063 inches. Which if that were all I had to deal with, I could bend it in my regular leaf brake and be done one with. However the other pair is 1/8" thick and I think would be a little too much to bend for the leaf brake.

Fortunately I have a hydraulic press and also a 26" press brake to go along with it.The problem with the press…

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Added by Damon Brantley on October 29, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

uAvionix skyBeacon ADSB-OUT Installation and Review

uAvionix has recently introduced the "skyBeacon," a FAA-approved (meets 2020 mandate requirements), wing-tip mounted ADSB-OUT transmitter with an internal WAAS GPS that features a simple, 2-wire installation using existing nav light wiring and no additional antenna installation or cabling - and it only weighs 90 grams!.  uAvionix sent me a pre-production…

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Added by John Austin on October 25, 2017 at 10:30pm — 25 Comments

Fuel system for CH-750 Aircraft

This is our most popular, dual in tank pump fuel header tank,  sporting 2.5 gallons, precise fuel level indication, textured black powder coating and plenty of mounting holes.  
A large quantity of this model is used in the back of the CH-750 aircraft model, greatly simplifying the fuel system and keeping all the fuel out of the…
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Added by Jan Eggenfellner on October 25, 2017 at 7:32pm — No Comments

Shortened prop

Hi all, I bought a 601XLB this summer with a Lycoming O-235 and a wooden prop made by Props, Inc.  Last week I pulled the plane out of the hangar to start it as I have been having battery issues.  I got a phone call after pulling it out and due to the distraction left my tow bar on the front wheel.  As a result I shaved 1" off the prop.  I sent the prop back to Jeff at Props Inc. and he is going to repair it.  I'm not sure how much it will be shortened because Jeff hasn't gotten back to me…

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Added by John Einowski on October 25, 2017 at 3:02pm — 2 Comments

CH 750 Fuel Caps

Have seen the posts regarding Fuel Cap leaks and the responses. Has anyone had issues with venting with the factory supplied vented caps?  Patty Wagstaff had an interesting article in this month's Plane and pilot regarding fuel cell venting.  Still building but curious what others have seen with the factory product.

Added by Gerry Bryce on October 23, 2017 at 7:17am — No Comments

Viking Zenith Pilots

Viking making their own Un-Panel, well, we call it a Pod-Panel.  Worked out really good.  All the electrical stuff, like batteries, contactors, fuse blocks, etc. have a place to be mounted - AND we have the visibility of the Un-Panel to boot.  
Viking 170 Turbo to Tailwind engine…
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Added by Jan Eggenfellner on October 22, 2017 at 9:15pm — No Comments

Data from latest static run up yesterday for the Viking 130 installed in our Zenith CH-750

Here are the 10/19/2017 data from my latest static run up yesterday for the Viking 130 installed in our Zenith CH-750 here at the Downtown Airport, Springfield, MO

RROP RPM ENGINE RPM COOLANT TEMP (F) GEAR BOX TEMP (F) FUEL PSI FUEL FLOW…
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Added by Jan Eggenfellner on October 22, 2017 at 2:38pm — 3 Comments

Zenith601xl-B For Sale

2005 Zenith601 for sale. 115 Hr.TTSN. Annual Condition Inspection being completed Oct 2017. Included full engine inspection at Jab USA. Aircraft has normal 6 pack panel with compass, AOA, clock, iFly 720 GPS. Aircraft flown by friend as I'm 81 and have stopped flying. Jab engine is early edition and has none of the issues found in later models. Flys great. Price is $29500.00. Call Al Young 217 259-1181. Plane located at MTO.

Added by Albert B. Young on October 6, 2017 at 9:04pm — No Comments

Zenith601xl-B For Sale

2005 Zenith601 for sale. 115 Hr.TTSN. Annual Condition Inspection being completed Oct 2017. Included full engine inspection at Jab USA. Aircraft has normal 6 pack panel with compass, AOA, clock, iFly 720 GPS. Aircraft flown by friend as I'm 81 and have stopped flying. Jab engine is early edition and has none of the issues found in later models. Flys great. Price is $29500.00. Call Al Young 217 259-1181. Plane located at MTO.

Added by Albert B. Young on October 6, 2017 at 9:04pm — No Comments

Gary Motley first few flights in the Viking 130 CH-750 CruZer in Colorado

Gary Motley first few flights in the Viking 130 CH-750 CruZer in Colorado 
VIDEO HERE
Thanks Jan, the engine does produce much more power than I had hoped. Initial climb rates were 900-1000 feet per…
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Added by Jan Eggenfellner on October 2, 2017 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Mike Wilson and wife have flown Viking engines for several years in Thailand

Mike Wilson and wife have flown Viking engines for several years in Thailand and own several of them.  The engines are in the CH-750 CruZer aircraft and also in the CH-701.  They also fly a CH-601XL.  

"The first 130 in Thailand flies. Wow what a difference, impressive to say the…

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Added by Jan Eggenfellner on September 30, 2017 at 3:06pm — No Comments

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