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Rudder complete! (almost).

Over the last couple of evenings I got busy - cut and bent the rudder skins, marked, drilled, clecoed, drilled, unclecoed, trimmed... and today I deburred, Scotchbrited, primed, and finally riveted everything together.

It was a pleasure to use the air riveter for the first time - I may never pull a rivet manually again...!

 

Added by Marty de la Motte on January 19, 2011 at 2:57am — 2 Comments

American Light Sport Aircrafters Builder Assist Center Nears Opening

We are right on schedule for the opening of our new Zenith Builder Assist Center. As with everything else there are…

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Added by American Light Sport Aircrafters on January 15, 2011 at 11:03pm — 2 Comments

Elevator balance spring

I installed the horizontal stabilizer, saddle piece, and connected the elevator control cables on my 601 XL B. I immediately noticed a couple things. The effort to raise the elevator to full up position was excessive, to me. It took about 4.6 lbs pressure on the "Y" control stick. Also, the elevator cables tightened considerably as the stick was moved back. The cable tightening happened mostly because the nylon fairlead holes aren't aligned with the cables very well at up elevator position.…

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Added by Louis W. Ott on January 10, 2011 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Alaska Crash and Rescue

Most of you probably heard about the crash that claimed the life of Senator Ted Stevens, along with four others. But few have heard of the scene that was playing out at the same time on the Knik Glacier, about forty miles northeast of Anchorage.

 

The story below highlights some of the challenges of flying in the Last Frontier, and portrays the courage of the "PJs" -- Air Force personnel charged with the duty of rescuing downed flyers behind enemy lines. As you will read, even…

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Added by Ken Ryan on January 10, 2011 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Winter Workshop

Since it's bitterly cold this winter, and my garage doesn't lend itself well to heating, I'll be working on my smaller structures in the basement. My basement workshop is very tight. I can accommodate a table of about 3'x8'. Hope this is enough to get me started on the tail feathers!

Added by Greg Harris on January 9, 2011 at 4:27pm — 1 Comment

ALSA Announces Plans To Hold Stabilizer/Elevator Workshop In Conjunction With Zenith's Rudder Workshops

American Light Sport Aircrafters (ALSA) here in Mexico, MO, will be holding a tail empennage workshop giving participants the opportunity to complete the horizontal stabilizer and elevator for their airplane in a comfortable, relaxed, climate controlled atmosphere.

 

The Zenith workshops are normally over with by noon, if not sooner on Friday and the ALSA Stabilizer/Elevator Workshop will begin where the Zenith Rudder Workshops end. This way persons in attendance would not find…

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Added by American Light Sport Aircrafters on January 2, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Insurance requirement.

If anyone needs the 5 hour check ride insurance requirement, please call for an appointment. 775 781 4411. We charge an additional $100.00 if you want the scenic check ride flight over Lake Tahoe filmed.

Added by Aumie Devoll on January 1, 2011 at 8:51pm — No Comments

Floats, Engines and CH 750

We are about to buy an engine for the CH750 that came together quite quickly. While we anticipate some wheel operation, we live on Lake Superior, and anticipate most of the activity will be on floats.

 

While we generally adhere to the concept that more power is better to get airborne with floats, we are concerned about weight and balance. Has anyone put a CH750 on floats, what engine did you chose and why, and what was your balance calculations?

Bruce

Added by Bruce Woodry on January 1, 2011 at 9:50am — 11 Comments

Almost completed stabilizer

Formed all stabilizer ribs, front and rear spars (and their doublers).  Drilled and clecoed the whole assembly.
Still trying to source Zinc Chromate or Cortec, so can't actually rivet anything until I've got that.

Added by Marty de la Motte on January 1, 2011 at 4:35am — No Comments

2010 at Kpong Airfield....

Kpong Airfield, Ghana, West Africa December 2010
Our year at Kpong Airfield….


Another year has sped by,…
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Added by Jonathan Porter on December 29, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

American Light Sport Aircrafters to Open Near the Zenith Factory

Well I just wanted to keep everyone updated with all that has been happening here since we have announced that we are opening our new Builder Assist Center near the Zenith Factory in Mexico, MO.

As with building aircraft, there are a number of steps that must be…

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Added by American Light Sport Aircrafters on December 29, 2010 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

The Night Before Christmas - Aviation Style

'Twas the night before Christmas, and out on the ramp,

Not an airplane was stirring, not even a Champ.

The aircraft were fastened to tie downs with care,

In hopes that come morning, they all would be there.



The fuel trucks were nestled, all snug in their spots,

With gusts from… Continue

Added by Stephen R. Smith on December 25, 2010 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to all Zenith builders and pilots.

Added by Dwayne Roos on December 24, 2010 at 6:34pm — No Comments

Merry Christmas from everyone at Flight Crafters!

All the guys at Flight Crafters wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

Thank you to all our clients you brought their airplanes to us this year.

 

This year we assisted with the structural modifications to seven Zodiac XL's and we had seven builders take advantage of the CH750 Quick Build Program.  In addition, other makes of aircraft participated in our builder assistance program.  We will keep you posted on their progress.

 

We…

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Added by Russell Lepre' on December 22, 2010 at 2:24pm — No Comments

New Zenith Builder Assist Center to open near the factory in Mexico, MO.

Hey Everyone,

 

We spoke with so many of you both at the Zenith Workshops and at their Annual Open Hangar Day this year that I wanted to update you with what’s happening with our New Builder Assist Center.

 

It’s been unusually cold here in Missouri, home of Zenith Aircraft. The temperature this past weekend was 1 with the high of 12. Not exactly the best weather to be out in the garage building on your project.

 

Until now the only choices for…

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Added by American Light Sport Aircrafters on December 20, 2010 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

New Builder

Just getting started on this Ch750 project. Have the rudder kit and have built a few wing spar parts.  Looking forward to talking with others about their project

Terry in Huber Heights Ohio

 

Added by Terry Lambert on December 20, 2010 at 5:18pm — 2 Comments

STOL Flying In Brazil

I've just returned from a short trip to Brazil to visit the Zenith Aircraft dealer AVIAÇÃO Brasileira Ltda.

One of the highlights of my trip was the opportunity to fly Waldomiro's recently completed …

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on December 16, 2010 at 1:30pm — 8 Comments

Tail Kit and Slats/Flaperons Kit Arrives

Phase 2 of the build began this weekend with the arrival of the next two kits: the Horizontal Tail kit, and the Slats and Flaperons kit. Even though I knew how big the parts were I hadn't really been prepared for the size of the crate; that thing was huge! I can't begin to immagine the wings or fuselage crates.

I pushed the crate into the dog run for storage and it wasn't until a…

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Added by Paul Sanders on December 15, 2010 at 10:20pm — 3 Comments

Received cowling and MM

I received my cowling and motor mount for my Corvair powered 601XL-B. I bought them from Aeromax. I liked the shape of the cowling and decided to get this one. The shape is similar to the Jabiru cowling. It is made from lightweight glass over a honeycomb core. No excess resin. It weighs 12 lbs and that without the cutout for the prop hub. The motor mount fits perfectly and the welds look good. It came with all the mounting hardware for the cowling, piano hinge for the top/bottom half, nut…

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Added by Louis W. Ott on December 10, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

A little preventitive Maintenance on my plane

One of the fun things about owning and building a plane is that it is an on going maintence project. Some planes are famous for the amount of ground hour to flight hours. For example the F15 eagle and other fighters had a 4 to5 to 1 ratio! Meaning 4 to 5 hours of maintenance to 1 hour of combat flight time. With our trusty Zodiacs, I find it to be the inverse 4 to 10 hours of flight hours to 1 hour of ground required maintenance. Now that is value! Now ground…

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Added by Juan Vega on December 10, 2010 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

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