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The Morning is a loss!!

Today is Wed and as such I have an open hanger morning for the local RAA chapter which entails that I host the morning coffee and doughnuts. With word getting out that I have a new kit in the shop, I have more visitors then usual. SO I do not get to work until noon again today. As you will notice, the table has gone bye bye, I use a table when I am working on flat stock but as soon as assembly starts I use two saw horses adn two 12 ft 2X2metal peices with several 4ft metal peices. This works… Continue

Added by Mark Townsend on February 11, 2009 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

750 Fuselage, making a place to sit

It's official, as you can clearly see, Jon is agog at how everything is cleocing together. The assembly of the seat area necessatated the joining on the forward cabin floor and gear channel to the rear fuselage to firm up a couple of areas where angles are fabricated beneath the seats. While it was together we drilled the holes in the side extrusion to the rear fuselage side. Once the forward side skin and the gear channel was clecoed to the rear… Continue

Added by Gus Warren on February 11, 2009 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Time for the rear Fuselage

This went a lot faster then I expected, So I am going to do another section.



OK maybe another, THE end of Tuesday and I have 3 sections of the rear fuselage complete. Tomorrow I will see if I can get them put… Continue

Added by Mark Townsend on February 10, 2009 at 10:30pm — No Comments

First Day on the 750

Got into the shop a bit late today, but I am ready to go. Inventory only showed one part missing and a couple backordered. None of which will delay my building at this time. Zenith has been very busy getting the STOL 750's out as fast as possible and included in the box was a set of Fuselage drawings, I looked for the usual CD for the builders photo assembly manual and could not find one, so I called Joyce at Zenith. The photo manuals are not finished… Continue

Added by Mark Townsend on February 9, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Monoleaf main spring corrosion

After 4 years of operation in salt water the major problem that I encountered was corrosion of the Monoleaf main spring.I attribute this to the electrolysis phenomenon and due to the fact that the monoleaf main spring is of different aluminum alloy than the rest of the aiplane.Other than that the airplane is corrosion free. I welcome any suggestions for avoiding this in the future.

Before treatment for corrosion…


Added by Kostas Rossidis on February 8, 2009 at 1:54pm — No Comments

Inventory for Wifie, Fuel tanks and wings for me

Lisa is busy doing inventory today, so I decided to finish up on the fuel system for the 701. I just picked up the sender installation kit on Friday. With the 750 wanting to be built I need to finish up this wing completely as I will not get back to them in awhile. This 701 was rescued out of a barn and is 15 years old, it was used for a chicken coop. I now have over 900 hrs into it I have had to dissasemble the fuselage to re-build it into a… Continue

Added by Mark Townsend on February 7, 2009 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

Building a STOL 750

Friday Feb 6th my STOL 750 Fuselage has arrived. First job on the list is to do an inventory, better yet, wife can do inventory while I install a muffler on the 701.

Added by Mark Townsend on February 6, 2009 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

sorry pics fussy

Alot of our workshop photos are pretty bad. We had just picked up the new camera. As you can see we didn't have the hang of it yet. The lady in the "Rosie the Riviter" pose is the CFO around here, and main support for crazy guy building his own plane. My better half Dee.

I'm done cutting wood. Plan to get back to the hanger to drill and cleco up stab ribs this weekend. Clecoes, yah ordered the recomended number the the tail kit. Started working and ordered 100 more 1/8" and 100 more 5/32".… Continue

Added by Richard Rost on February 6, 2009 at 7:14pm — No Comments

750 Baggage Area

With the rear fuselage sides, top, and bottom all riveted together we have moved on to the baggage area. First the flaperon torque tube, bellcranks, and motor assembly were fitted in place. Next was the rear baggage panel followed by the baggage floor and tunnel pieces. Here they are all clocoed in place for drilling to final size. The floor and tunnel pieces will be reinstalled after the forward fuselage is joined to the rear to facilitate the… Continue

Added by Gus Warren on February 6, 2009 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

Hi-Res CH 750 Pictures

For those who may not be aware of it yet, Zenith has posted a link on their web site to many hi-res pictures of the CH 750. These look to be the pictures from the KITPLANES magazine photo shoot. At least the pictures in the magazine article come from here. The link is below, and it's also on the CH 750 photo page on Zenith's web site.

CH 750 Pics

There are some really great pictures in… Continue

Added by Bob Simmons on February 6, 2009 at 3:07pm — 2 Comments

Birthday gift

Today is my 65th birthday, and look what I just got.

A few months ago I purchased and delivered to a buddy of mine, a set of rough cut aluminum block's in a cylinder shape to make up a set of flanging dies. Well this morning I got a call to go over and pick up the finished pieces. However, when he learned that it was my birthday today, he would not accept any compensation for the labour, and offered them to me as a gift. Talk about a… Continue

Added by Robert Pelland on February 5, 2009 at 8:54pm — 5 Comments

New Builder Completions = Inspiration

Our customers (and fellow builders) are often a great source of inspiration. Today I picked up the latest issue of EAA's Sport Pilot magazine (February 2009) which features two new Zodiac completions on page 47.

The top photo is of Don Honabach's Zodiac project. Don states: "There is no way I can describe what if feels like to fly something that you've built. It is simply amazing! The plane…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on February 4, 2009 at 10:00am — 3 Comments


On 01/31/2009 the airplane arrived at the airport. Helping hands included Jordan, Al Goins, Nick Jones, my son Greg and wife Shelby taking photos to record the event. Nick was instrumental in the loading procecess as he loaded his Velocity on the same trailer. We rolled the nose gear on first, then lifted the mains and put a sheet of plywood on the rails and screwed and clamped and strapped it down for the 5 mile trip. Assembly will begin today as it is pretty well ready to just bolt together

Added by Glenn Johnson on February 1, 2009 at 7:01am — 1 Comment

Not building this weekend

As you can see I traded plane building for tree cutting like alot of folks in the Ice Storm area.

Added by Richard Rost on January 31, 2009 at 5:39pm — No Comments


Looks like I have a hanger lined up within about two weeks. I have called to get an inspection lined up the end of March so things are really comming along fast. Also I have insurance lined up and plan to start that in mid to late Febuary..

Added by Glenn Johnson on January 29, 2009 at 8:15pm — 1 Comment

Sand in the Air and Fire on the ground...

Well, January has not been good for flying. The Harmattan (when dust from the Sahara desert blows down over sub-Saharan West Africa) has been unkind. The dust in the air is so thick that you can taste it in every mouthful. Visibility below 3km for most of the month so far and only a couple of flyable days some days visibility down to hundreds of meters. Not good for operations but when you cannot see the mountain at the end of the runway.... it is best to consider that as a day when it is… Continue

Added by Jonathan Porter on January 29, 2009 at 4:00am — No Comments

Subaru EA81

The EA81 will fit and will balance in the 701 but it will fit the 750 much better. Mine has Stratus carburetor, alternator and intake with dual Bing carburetors just like the Rotax 912. The carburetors are very expensive and if I where doing it over again I would use a downdraft manifold and an Aerocarb like a WW Corvair. That configuration would be lighter, cheaper and easier to tune. Note the dual carburetor linkage. It works perfect and is as simple as it gets. The carburetor linkage is… Continue

Added by Brett Hanley on January 28, 2009 at 5:52pm — 2 Comments

750 Rear Fuselage

Today all the sides of the rear fuselage were united along with the rear baggage closeout. All the predrilled holes lined up perfectly and fit with no waves or wrinkles. Time to drill out all the holes to final size before disassembly for deburring and priming. Jon is a clecoing madman, especially when all the holes line up.

Added by Gus Warren on January 28, 2009 at 4:18pm — 3 Comments

Touched 200 Hrs on the Tac Today

During a wonderful flight over the Florida Keys (OAT at 1500' was 69 degrees) with clear skies the Tac touched 200 hours today. All mine! (Oh okay, I guess Garry at AMD did do some test flights after the annuals)

Flying for fun and finding it!

Added by Frank Derfler on January 28, 2009 at 3:37pm — 5 Comments


One of the advantages of a STOL airplane is the ability to explore the countryside and to land at non-traditional airfields (a.k.a. farm fields and country roads). Weekend trips usually include overnight stays, usually in a pup-tent.

At the Sebring Sport Aircraft Expo, Bjorn Spelter of Germany demonstrated his new tent on the STOL CH 701:

This lightweight tent uses no tent poles at all...

And… Continue

Added by Sebastien Heintz on January 27, 2009 at 5:30pm — 15 Comments

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