February 2016 Blog Posts (18)

Builder Sequence Guide

Can anyone tell me where I can find a builder sequence guide for the 601HD tail wheel?

Added by Bill Richter on February 29, 2016 at 8:51am — No Comments

Corvair Core

Picked up my Corvair Core today. Probably be a good year

before I really start tearing into it, but the seller was relatively close by and the price reasonable.…

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Added by Damon Brantley on February 27, 2016 at 11:08pm — No Comments

Fuel Tank Testing

I am at the point of needing to test my fuel tank. I have read where some people have used water, and others have used gasoline.  Any thoughts on this?

Added by Matt Miller on February 26, 2016 at 4:10pm — 6 Comments

Make Your Hotel Reservations Soon! Come and Join Us for the 25th Annual Zenith Aircraft Company Open Hangar Day & Fly-In Gathering 2016!

Make your hotel reservations soon for the upcoming Zenith Aircraft Company Open Hangar Day & Fly-In Gathering scheduled for Friday, September 23, 2016 & Saturday, September 24, 2016!…

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Added by Rebecca Riley on February 26, 2016 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

+1 for the Philadelphia FSDO

Finally got around to setting an appointment at the Philadelphia FSDO to get my repairman certificate.  The examiner there was very friendly and excited to be able to learn more about homebuilding.  In fact, we talked for nearly an hour and a half because he was enjoying looking at all the photos and videos I brought.  After all the certificated pilots I've met who take a step backwards and give the 'crazy-eye' look  and then go on to say how they would never fly in an experimental aircraft,…

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Added by Jon Reddick on February 25, 2016 at 4:06pm — 1 Comment

Zenith Open Hangar Days - Two Full Days & New Activities

See our new event page for the 25th anniversary Zenith Aircraft OPEN HANGAR DAY and Builder Fly-In at the Zenith kit factory in Mexico, Missouri. Friday and Saturday, September 22 & 23, 2017

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Added by Rebecca Riley on February 24, 2016 at 12:00pm — 11 Comments

STOL CH 701 Main Spring Gear Inspection / Polyurethane Rubber

Here's a brief overview of the pre-flight of the main spring gear of the Zenith STOL CH 701 - to make sure that the aluminum spring gear is properly tightened between the two polyurethane spacers (on both sides).  This is a quick and easy item to check for regularly (and especially after a rough landing):

Older STOL CH701's used pieces of…

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Added by Roger Dubbert on February 23, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Panel Hack Saw

A panel hack saw is a special kind of hacksaw that uses a spring steel sheet as a back to support a standard hacksaw blade. This allows the saw to make long cuts in metal where a normal hack saw would be stopped by the bar.

When I first found out about them I wanted to buy one, but no one seems to make them anymore. So I had to make one of my own.The spring steel is .032 sheet and the hacksaw blade is a standard blade.

The saw can be a little tricky to use.  The…

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Added by Damon Brantley on February 20, 2016 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Flying the SAM Aircraft for the first time

Since announcing that we'd purchased the assets of SAM Aircraft earlier this year, Zenith Aircraft demo pilot Roger Dubbert and I recently traveled to Zenair Ltd. in Midland, Ontario, Canada to fly the prototype aircraft (that my brother Nicholas had previously flown back from Quebec). The purpose of…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on February 18, 2016 at 3:30pm — 16 Comments

CH 701

HI,

MY NAME IS JORGE MATAS AND I'M BUILDING A STOL CH 701 KIT FROM ZENITH AIRCRAFT COMPANY (BUILDER #78403).

RIGHT NOW THE PROJECT IS 90% OR MORE ASSEMBLED, AND I HAVE EVERYTHING TO FINISH THE PLANE (EXCEPT ENGINE AND INSTRUMENTS).

I ALSO HAVE THIS EXTRA OPTIONS:

BUBBLE DOORS.

ELECTRIC ELEVATOR TRIM TAB.

21X6 TUNDRA TIRES.

VORTEX GENERATORS.…

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Added by Jorge Matas on February 16, 2016 at 11:18am — 1 Comment

Homemade Tucking Forks

A homemade set of tucking forks for fluting parts. While I have used this on only two parts, I like the control these give me over creating flutes compared to the fluting pliers I have used for just about everything else.…

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Added by Damon Brantley on February 13, 2016 at 9:09pm — 2 Comments

ch 750

hello,out there.  I am wondering if someone  ever deceided to build a 750 with out flaps?

also  changing tail to be like a cruiser tail?

I plan on using a 0320 Lycoming on my craft.

                                                        Tom Fulton,calabash nc

Added by Thomas Fulton on February 9, 2016 at 4:41pm — 1 Comment

750 Seat Upholstery Part 4 Accessories

After I melted part of one of the seat covers, I had to order an additional yard of material to complete the repairs.  The repairs took only a couple of small pieces so I was left with lots of extra material for some more upholstery projects. 

When I leave my home base for other airports, I like to carry my tow bar for easy maneuvering and parking.  It is a long clunky piece and there is not a good place to stow it.  I decided to use some of the extra material and pleating…

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Added by JEFF COCHRAN on February 5, 2016 at 9:34am — 2 Comments

Aero Friedrichshafen 20-23 April

We are currently getting spooled up for Aero Friedrichshafen on the 20-23 April.

We plan to have a stand set up with a huge selection of our available materials as well as some good examples of our work.

In addition, we have a 1:1 mock cockpit of a 650 XL with a beautiful interior that we will have on display.

If you are in the area come and stop by.…

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Added by Robert Lemke on February 4, 2016 at 11:31am — No Comments

Weeks 3 & 4 - The Progress Continues

I've been a bit slow to add updates here.  Not because progress hasn't been made on the EAA Chapter 245 CH750 Cruzer project, but because I've been working away in my basement workshop on my personal aircraft build project.

Our Cruzer continues to take shape in our EAA Chapter hangar.  While we're waiting for some parts (fuselage longerons in particular) we continue to soldier on, cleaning up details on parts already assembled and applying chromate primer to mating parts…

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Added by Mark on February 2, 2016 at 6:18pm — No Comments

EAA Chapters & Schools Building Together

Some people say they have been involved in aviation for as long as they can remember. Wouldn't it be great to be involved in something that would help give today's children the opportunity to say the same thing in the future? Some schools are doing just that by partnering with their local EAA…

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Added by Rebecca Riley on February 2, 2016 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Three C clamps, $4.50 at Harbor freight, one scrap piece of angle, free, the look on the passengers face when I tell them that I scratch built the wings and did not really follow the plans, PRICELESS…

Three C clamps, $4.50 at Harbor freight, one scrap piece of angle, free, the look on the passengers face when I tell them that I scratch built the wings and did not really follow the plans, PRICELESS!!!

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Added by Jonathan Kreilich on February 1, 2016 at 9:08pm — No Comments

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