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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:
The day finally came to move the airplane. Flight testing was completed in November 2010, but I had been unable to find a hangar in Astoria, OR. We moved to Bend, OR in March and I finally found a hangar in Prineville, 45 minutes from the house. It's not easy working on an airplane when it is 6-10 hours away. I was averaging 120mph ground speed running the engine about 2,650 rpm. Total mileage was right at 300 miles at 6,500' to 8,000'. I'll get better numbers now that I have easy access to…Continue
I am happy to report that VH-KMI flew for the first time yesterday. The flight was conducted from Goolwa South Australia and lasted 40 minutes. There are some minor issues that are to be expected but I was generally pleased with the handling of the aircraft.
Still hasn't sunk in yet.
Thank you Zenith for making the growth of light aviation possible in Ghana, West Africa and for giving so many young people new hope. The ability to produce parts from scratch build, and to have kit parts coupled with excellent manuals and plans and outstanding support from the factory and Zenith community is what has made it possible for WAASPS, Medicine on the Move and the AvTech Academy to succeed in changing lives, one flight at a time.
The changes to these girls lives…Continue
Added by Jonathan Porter on August 20, 2011 at 3:16am — No Comments
Today I taxied out with the intent to fly to Petaluma where I was scheduled to present pictures from my recent OSH trip to the Petaluma EAA chapter.
I performed my run-up, got clearance to take off, pulled out onto the runway, pushed in the throttle and started the takeoff roll. Fifty feet down the runway the engine quit and would not start again. I rolled off at bravo contacted ground and…
I decided not to write about Oshkosh - since there was a lot already.. .but the Medicine on the Move (MoM) team are just winding up their USA tour - and looking forward to getting home to the team that are still in Ghana working hard on keeping the airfield ready for our return (they chose to dig out some large stones whilst we are away... and now need to fill the holes!!)
Last week we had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Zenith Factory. For Patricia this was her…Continue
Today we hosted another luncheon for a group of Zenith Rudder Workshop participants.
They keep growing in size. I'm not sure if it's because Zenith is selling more kits or we are doing such a great job with lunch that people are coming just for that.
In either case we certainly enjoy having everyone join us.
If you are ever in the area please take the time to stop by and visit our Builder Assist & Assembly Center here in Mexico, Mo. not far from the Zenith…Continue
Added by Bill Carter on August 11, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Flight Crafters has a CH750 and a CH701 for sale. Both are finished and have not been registered. Go to www.flightcrafters.com/zenithaircraft/zenithaircraftforsale.html
for all the information.
Or call me at 813-779-1156 to discuss either of these excellent opportunities.
Added by Russell Lepre' on August 11, 2011 at 10:18am — No Comments
This is Rick Lach from Raven Aviation. You called early this morning (Thursday 8-10-11) and a second time later in the morning and left a message about Wing Strut Fairings for 701's. Well the machine didn't get all of your phone number, so I can't call you back. So would you please try again at the following numbers:
Last night I trimmed skins to size, deburred, cut out slot in trim tab spar for control rod and filed all the edges.
I'd seen other people use a Dremel tool to do the control slot - I don't have one (used to, think I lent it to someone!!) - but found that a step drill, used carefully and with wood clamped behind the aluminium, worked fine. Even on the 0.016 skin.
I also made a doubler (just 0.016) for where the trim servo is riveted to the top skin.
Still need some…Continue
Added by Marty de la Motte on August 9, 2011 at 5:58am — No Comments
We were busy throughout the AirVenture week at the Zenith booth, meeting with both existing builders and owners, and showing the demo aircraft to potential new builders. We flew in our two new factory demonstrators: The STOL CH 750 and the low-wing CH…Continue
Added by Sebastien Heintz on August 8, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments