Online Community of Zenith Builders and Flyers
I'm building a CH650 with the taildragger option. Can I expect the empty CG to be more forward, aft or the same compared to a comparable equipped nosewheel CH601/650?
I can probably calculate the difference if I had accurate weight numbers for the nosewheel assembly. I would assume the same weight for the mains, just a different moment arm.
Any info will be greatly appreciated!
(wings and empennage done, working on fuselage)
Added by Dale Medendorp on October 1, 2011 at 2:57pm — No Comments
Added by Gordon Arbeitman on September 30, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments
I have been turnd onto a company called Metal Superstore. They are local so no shipping is good, and they came up way cheaper than aircraft spruce. For 10 sheets of .020 and 3 sheet of .025 they wanted 843.00 after tax. Aircraft spruce wants 1210.85 plus shipping. Thats 367.00 plus shipping cheaper. How ever they cant get .016. Check em out they have locations all over the US.
I am about to have my 701 finally inspected - next week I hope and have been calibrating fuel tanks, fuel flow etc and am a bit worried about the amount of residual fuel left in my tanks when simulating a downward pitch.
I have built a Czech Kit with the supplied fuel tanks - a bit larger than the American ones being longer at the "thin" trailing wing edge end. They hold 45 litres full and have the fuel outlet at the back inboard corner as with the "normal"…
My friend Mike Mossman and I have been flying our Zodie Rockets for about 6 years now. His plane is equipped with the Rotax 912S, mine with the Jabiru 3300. Both are fitted with HDS wings. The Zodies are a hoot to fly.
Could someone check these part numbers with aircraft spruce? They are for a4 and a5 rivits. I just want to make sure that Im ordering the right rivets. A4 part #1604-0412 @7000 pcs. A5 part # 1604-0514 @3000 pcs.
I just want to make sure before I order 400.00 worth of rivets. Thanks for your time.
Here's a nice series of photos showing a unique banner towing arrangement from this STOL CH 701 light sport utility plane in Guadeloupe in the Caribbean:
#1: Take-off from water:Continue
Lori and I would like to let you know that Sebastien and Roger will be attending our Oct 8th flyin this year so if you were not able to attend the 20th hanger day at the factory this year you can still meet with them in Cloverdale CA. Will look forward to seeing you there. Check our web site at Qualitysportplanes.com for more info.
Added by Doug Dugger on September 21, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments
One is a CH750 that will be complete using Flight Crafters
Builder Assistance Center.
The other a CH650 (as shown above) was delivered to Tom and Jo Neal.
They will assemble their airplane in their garage in Hernando Beach,…Continue
Added by Russell Lepre' on September 21, 2011 at 2:19pm — No Comments
Here's my follow-up report from our 20th annual Open Hangar Day and Builder Fly-In Gathering from this past weekend. Despite some rain and cool weather that kept some visitors away we had a fantastic time and a great turnout, proving once again that it's about the people and the planes, and not the…Continue
With the tail feathers completed it's time to crack on with the next item (in order of increasing difficulty) - the wings.
Started by cutting out the rear rib blanks. I tried the router method described in the Homebuilt Help dvd - unfortunately only got half way around when the bit stopped cutting and jammed. Not a total loss though, the plywood templates are still useful - now I drill and screw the template through the aluminium onto the workbench, and cut around it with an Olfa…Continue
Added by Marty de la Motte on September 3, 2011 at 6:43am — No Comments
Hi fellow builders... would you like to have a part in helping to train girls to build Zenith aircraft in West Africa?…Continue
The following is reprinted from General Aviation News (8/31/2011):
Job creation is closely tied to export growth,…Continue
Got the rudder kit from Allan at Zenair australia 2 weeks ago. Just finished drilling the skins. The instruction manual is spot on.
I've just ordered the plans set, so will be into major build mode soon.
Added by jon parnaby on August 27, 2011 at 10:47pm — No Comments
Well, as much as anything is finished before final assembly.
I drilled the 5/64" holes in the outer hinge pins, assembled the centre hinge point (bloody hard to cut a 2.5mm length of 1/4" tube for the bushing!) - got it all together and swinging freely.
Only thing really left to do is source some sheetmetal screws and put an inspection hatch over the hole in the bottom skin where the trim servo is.
I sat the whole assembly upside-down and wiped the lower surfaces…Continue
Added by Marty de la Motte on August 23, 2011 at 8:46am — No Comments
Anyone interested in Zenith Builders live chat, here's the address: