February 2012 Blog Posts (35)

working on horizontal stab. parts

working on parts for horisontal stab.  Just have to make some type of brake with 6.4 mm radius to bend parts.  What are most of u bending these parts with.  I see when I get to firewall stiffeners I have to make a bend almost 900 mm long.  Not sure if I can bend these over a peice of wood or not.  What is the best way to do this without making another brake?

Added by Jesse Hartman on February 12, 2012 at 10:26am — 1 Comment

Cleco's to Africa!

Our heartfelt thanks go to Randy and Tim for kindly sending their 'left-over' cleco's, wiring, instruments, clamps, breakers and other goodies to us in Ghana.  Randy and Tim both built Zenith aircraft, and at the end had some parts that had some good deeds left in the packaging... They responded to the Medicine on the Move…


Added by Jonathan Porter on February 12, 2012 at 2:12am — 5 Comments

Viking Honda Installation

Engine temp installed to check the thrust angle.

Added by Steven Winn on February 11, 2012 at 1:24am — 2 Comments

Gas tanks questions

I am finishing the wings and I am somehow reluctant to start riveting... so for all the more advanced builders out there... a few questions:

1- I have seen many options for vented gas tanks caps... even one that includes a valve with a floating ball to allow air flow into tanks and stop vapors getting out... also some who welded tubbing... suggestions? options from spruce? I have the factory built tanks.

2- Is it possible to build inspection opening in the wings? anyone has…


Added by fernando donatti on February 9, 2012 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments


I think the starting problem has been solved! I got the ECU back fron Jan with the latest updat installed. Have 4 or 5 starts with the temp in the 25-35 deg. range.It seems to fire up after a few revs, but gining how cold it was, thats not bad. WAY LOT better than before.

Now if we could just get some warm weather.



Added by Dan Stanton on February 9, 2012 at 8:11am — 5 Comments

4130 list for ch750

Hi.  Does anyone have a 4130 list for the ch 750 that they would like to share?

Added by Jesse Hartman on February 8, 2012 at 11:16pm — No Comments

Homemade VOR antenna in Rudder tip

I connected via a coax balun as found on "aeroelectric.com", secured to the rudder spar. Downside of antenna in rudder is coax has to flex when rudder moves.

Aerials made from radio shack cb antenna silver brazed into drilled 1/4 stainless bolts. Total aerial length = 25" with 1" pigtails from balun. Total =26" or 1/4…


Added by Steven Winn on February 8, 2012 at 8:59pm — No Comments

Assembling Instr. Panel

Added by Steven Winn on February 8, 2012 at 8:48pm — No Comments

Viking Honda engine delivered

Added by Steven Winn on February 8, 2012 at 8:44pm — 4 Comments

Nose Gear - 601 vs. 650

It seems to me I read somewhere that the Nose gear tube length (height) changed for the 650 vs. the 601 or at some point there was a change.


Can anyone tell me if this is true?


Thanks for your help!


FYI, after I close my LH wing up this week, I can now call my 601XL a 601XLB.


Wasnt that fun!


Glad the rebuild is over and now I am off to finishing and maybe hearing it run this fall.


Again, thanks…


Added by Richard Simmons on February 7, 2012 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

A visit with Ed Moody - January 2012

I guess I haven't got the hang of this yet. These comments were meant to go with the four photos I posted today of Ed Moody's 601 XL, Papa Goose.

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of enjoying Ed's hospitality as we were passing thru his hometown of Rayne, Louisiana. Not only did my wife and I get introduced to the local delicacies of alligator, crawdad, frog legs and hush puppies, but Ed found the time to take me up for an hour in the beautiful XL that he and his father, Eddy,…


Added by Tim Juhl on February 6, 2012 at 10:41am — 2 Comments

Landing gear

Anyone have advice on milling the indents for the aluminum gear? I know about not generating too much heat.

Added by Ralph Moran on February 5, 2012 at 7:10pm — 4 Comments

rudder skin on plans built

Hey guys.  I just made my first parts this weekend and have already come to a head scratcher.  I have my rudder frame all clecoed together ready to fit skins.  My question is,  what is the best way to drill the skins?  Is it better to drill them before I even test fit them, or put them on and try to find the rib locatons some other way? 

     I guess I probley look foolish asking this question and being a plans builder but I dont know what to do next.  Any help would really help me…


Added by Jesse Hartman on February 5, 2012 at 1:54pm — 5 Comments

1450A Pick Up Install in CH 750 Floats

I was a little apprehensive about drilling the elliptical hole for the pick ups through the upper skin in the proper location, to proper size and fit. Here's the method I devised which worked perfectly: (1) cut a 6" x 11" piece of aluminum from the scrap left over from trimming the skins, (2) Cut the elliptical hole in the aluminum to a perfect fit, (3) Trim the aluminum to match the borders of the pick-up plate, (4) sandwich the template in between the pick-up plate and the bulkhead and…


Added by Frank A Pisz on February 3, 2012 at 12:21pm — No Comments

Oshkosh 2012

Ghana will be back at Oshkosh this year - and we are camping!

Not only will Patricia Mawuli be back but we hope to also bring the only disabled student pilot in Ghana too, Lydia (she is 16).  If you are likely to be at Oshkosh, and particularly camping, and would like to share some stories of building and flying in Ghana, West Africa,…


Added by Jonathan Porter on February 1, 2012 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

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