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One of the problems I have run into in the course of this project is being able get an idea of how much
is left for me to do on my plane and what needs to be done next.I have various notes and spreadsheets scattered around, but nothing has ever seemed to really pull everything together for me into a coherent whole.
In my day job as a programmer I use a project management software package called Jira. I have found Jira to be a pretty flexible software package, so I…Continue
Added by Damon Brantley on August 23, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Well I made it! I flew C-FPQO from High River AB to Oshkosh. It was 7 legs, just under 1300 miles one way, over 3 days on the way down and 2 days on the way back.
Is the canopy plexiglass?
I fly with a small sharp point hammer.
Can the canopy be shattered if crash landing and tip on back happens?
Thanks so much to everyone that attended the Zenith Builders Banquet during the Oshkosh EAA convention. The event was held at the Elks Lodge in Oshkosh. With 162 Zenith builders attending, this was the largest Zenith banquet to date for the Elks Lodge. Profits from the event go to the many charities that the Elks Lodge support including education and Veterans groups.
And once again the door prizes were outstanding. Patricia Porter was the grand…Continue
Thanks to all who visited and participated at the 2018 Zenith Homecoming! We had a great event!Continue
I just released a new (free) software application named BuildLog that makes it easy to track time worked while building an experimental aircraft. Please feel free to download it and let me know what you think. I created it for myself to use while building my Zenith CH650 kitplane and am hoping it may be useful to other homebuilders. The web site is http://toddosborne.net/Software.aspx
Its been two weeks since we brought home the massive crate with all the parts we'd need to build up to the firewall forward portion of our plane. As we set up the shop to build we found the crate could be a giant crafting table for construction with the addition of a few sets of wheels and structural supports. So, after inventorying all the parts we turned it into a very mobile work surface.
I have to say I felt a little intimidated as I…Continue
Added by Jeff on July 15, 2018 at 8:02am — No Comments
My family and I are moving 31 miles. I need to transport my 601xlb. The fuselage is on the gear. I seem to remember seeing a picture of someone transporting a 601 on a uHaul trailer. Looking at the trailers they have, I conclude that it must have been a wheels up car hauler I saw used. As the main is over 7ft wide, none of the other trailers are wide enought.
Any ideas? Picture would be great.
Looking to buy a Dynon GPS-251 for my Dynon EFIS-D100
Hello Fellow Builders!
We have just a few weeks to go for the Zenith Banquet celebration of builders and enthusiasts. We are looking forward to a great night of comradery, celebration, and door prizes! Just to name a few, David Clark has sent us a beautiful set of headsets that will be given away to one lucky winner. Sporty's Pilot Shop has donated an Air Scanner Interrupt Radio for you hanger. You can listen to AM and FM Stereo and 10 of your favorite air bands will break in…Continue
Added by Joe Scheibinger on July 10, 2018 at 5:26pm — No Comments
18MO – C17 – 18MO
CH-601xlb with Viking 130 engine trip to Marion, Iowa (C17)
On 6 July 2018 was able to fly my CH-601 to Marion, Iowa (C17) and back. Got to visit with my younger brother and wife. It was as always a special visit. I’m so lucky to be able do this on a day when his health is good. That is why I enjoy my CH-601 equipped with the Viking 130 engine.
My original engine failed me twice on trying to make this journey.
Have about 91 hours on the Viking 130…
Added by Richard Jones on July 10, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments
This will be fun. I picked up a 601XL built from 2005 to 2009. It was flown a little over 40 hours and signed off as airworthy. But rather than going into service, it was parked, awaiting "B upgrade kit." A qualified mechanic pulled the wings to start the upgrade and was stunned at what he found. The mounting holes in both the wing spars and center spar were terribly buggered and elongated. Upon further examination, it was found that both wing spars were installed upside down, requiring…Continue
Posting some pictures of recent work done on the plane
Rudder ribs and formers for the wings, flaps, ailerons and elevator
Added by Michael T. on July 6, 2018 at 9:30pm — No Comments
Having completed Phase I, my brother Frank and I flew our Zenith CH 750 STOL to First Flight airport , KFFA, for our first real cross country on Friday, June 8th.
I flew most of the way down, we had a nice visit and Frank flew back. Departing Kitty Hawk ,KFFA, we stopped for gas at Currituck, KONX. We then departed Currituck for the 95 minute flight home. Minutes into that flight, my door…Continue
I am keeping my blog on an external wordpress website.
You can visit it here https://my750cruzer.wordpress.com/
I finally drill out the holes to final size for attaching the main and center spars together.
The video below describes the process I went through. Hopefully other scratch builders
will find a few useful tidbits of information when they get to a similar point.
On to assembling some airplane sized parts!
Added by Damon Brantley on June 25, 2018 at 6:17am — No Comments
As purchased, the main landing gear was reversed to put the gear 4 inches forward (see photos) to help the builder better hold off the nose gear when landing. I plan to put it back to its intended (correct) position. The engine is an O-235.
What is the best method to support the airframe when removing the main gear and reattaching it?
I plan to support the wings under a rib on each side using sailplane wing supports and the fuselage under the width of a bulkhead with the nose…Continue
hi all trying to fit my wing root skins could do with some better build pics,and how to do it imfo thanks Tony.