April 2009 Blog Posts (49)

601 Flying Carpet

Getting more time in on my 601 XL / Corvair. Cruised about 100 miles Sunday, 3000 RPM, about 110 MPH TAS at 5000 MSL. The air was smooth as glass and the Corvair never missed a beat. I've been tweaking the cowling to improve cooling, and this flight saw about 230 deg. oil and 350 - 370 cht's. I'm running the Ellison carb, and pull the mixture back just enough to bring the EGT's up to 1300 - 1350 deg., using a Cyberdyne mixture meter for guidance. This Zenith flies like a dream, and turns a lot… Continue

Added by Lynn Dingfelder on April 7, 2009 at 8:17pm — 2 Comments

Sun 'n Fun UL260i Forum Schedule

I will be giving three forums on the UL260i during Sun 'n Fun:
Tuesday the 21st at 10am
Thursday the 23rd at 11am
Saturday the 25th at 11am
All held at the Contact! Engine Forum tent near the main entrance.

Added by Gus Warren on April 7, 2009 at 2:12pm — No Comments

A quick trip to Washington and back (Another 1,330 miles for the log book)

On Friday I flew 664 statute miles from Santa Rosa, CA to Shelton, WA to visit my brother Alan and his wife Nathalie who have a Zodiac XL which is a twin of mine. The flight north was one of the more challenging I have experienced. In Northern California I got to choose… Continue

Added by Stephen R. Smith on April 6, 2009 at 11:25am — 3 Comments

Sky Hummer 750 with Rotax Cowl

I told my Son that the 701 is called the Sky Jeep, he turned to me and stated that if the 701 is the Sky Jeep then surely the 750 is the Sky Hummer. I laughed and told him not to call me Shirley, but Sky Hummer is going to stick for the 750 in the Hanger.

I couldn't wait so I installed the cowl just to see how she is going to look. I like what I see! Alot !…

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Added by Mark Townsend on April 3, 2009 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

UL260i? Yeah, its really that light!

Our ULPower FWF kit is coming together. The cowl will be back any day now. As you can see, the engine hangs out there quite a ways. Much time was spent on determining where the engine should be located to make the CH650 remain in CG with about any possible loading scenario. The engine comes in at 170 lbs. with prop, baffles, and oil. A very light 95hp, and now there is a high compression 260 that burns 100LL and is 105 hp. The empty weight of the 650… Continue

Added by Gus Warren on April 2, 2009 at 6:27pm — 17 Comments

750 Panel Parts in Particular

As our deadlines approach, many things are coming together. Installing the fuel tanks is all that remains of component building. The panels is finished and is on its way to being mounted permanently. We have an MGL avionics Enigma EFIS/GPS/engine monitor and their new V-10 comm radio. The V-10 weighs almost nothing and interfaces easily with the Enigma. The Garmin transponder and a Van's (sorry) map box complete the… Continue

Added by Gus Warren on April 2, 2009 at 6:13pm — 6 Comments

750 Wing Final

Inspection is over and I did not take time off to relax, I tried, wife let me sleep for 10hrs then I got up and found that my mind was too much on the 750 to be able to read a book. SO I got back to ordering parts for the panel and the wings. THE pictrue above shows the final installation on the bottom of the wings which is the strut attachments.



You really have to see it to believe just how flat… Continue

Added by Mark Townsend on April 1, 2009 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

What is your experience using automotive gas in airplanes?

I fly a 601XL with a Jabiru 3300 engine. The other day I ran into an old-time pilot who has been using automotive gas in his airplane for many years. He reports no problems, in fact he had only good things to say – like longer engine life since he switched. Jabiru does permit the use of premium auto gas in the 3300. I am contemplating the switch for the following reasons:



1) Longer sparkplug life. I have gotten 170 hours out of my last two sets of spark plugs which is hours 70 more… Continue

Added by Stephen R. Smith on April 1, 2009 at 9:57am — 17 Comments

Zenith Aircraft Company introduces the Zenith Flyer!!!

The following is excerpted from the Zenith website:

April 1, 2009, Mexico, Missouri:

Today, Zenith Aircraft Company announced the launch of a brand new product line for the kit aircraft manufacturing company. The flagship model in the bicycle line is the sleek Zenith Flyer.

This bicycle is completely new, designed… Continue

Added by Sebastien Heintz on April 1, 2009 at 12:30am — 12 Comments

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