This theme is not very exiting, but sometimes a simple solution to small things could be welcome.
Well, the point is that the cloth stripes (red ribbons) that I used to cover open tips of tubes (pitot and fuel tank breathing) simply disappeared, maybe removed by the wind. How to make them hold better?
I cut small pieces of aluminum tube, about 1 inch, and riveted them to the cloth stripes, so that these tubes stand 90 degrees to the cloth (rivets into the tube pieces). Then I… Continue
Added by Sergio Fink on October 14, 2010 at 2:27pm —
As you know we have been working on aerial video mounts and aerial drops. Now, with current flood risks rising, we are looking at combining the adaptations to our aircraft. Yesterday we cut a great big hole in the plane. We did not do this lightly. Much consultation took place.
The original idea had been to use our existing vertical shot video mount and cut a round drop chute for the supply cannister system. However, the need to shoot large areas of land from low levels… Continue
Added by Jonathan Porter on October 14, 2010 at 5:30am —
This will be the first in a series of Product Reviews. Rules are simple, you have to use the Dynon D100. Post your thoughts, pros and cons and end with your Recommendation.
Dynon's EFIS-D100 is one of the most affordable large screen Electronic Flight Information Systems on the market today. The 7" wide-screen display features large, easy to read text and graphics and is capable of displaying multiple pages of information in… Continue
Added by Product Review on October 13, 2010 at 7:15am —
It just has to be done. As we try to raise awareness of the ability laden CH7xx and CH8xx range of aircraft for humanitarian aviation logistics, it is now time to undertake a mission that appears to have never been done before.
On November the 1st to 3rd Patricia Mawuli, the 22 year old girl from the bush in Africa who has learned to build and fly airplanes, will take 9G-ZAF, the Medicine on the Move CH701 around Ghana to prove the metal of the T6 aircraft. For a low hours… Continue
Added by Jonathan Porter on October 11, 2010 at 1:41am —
Added by Pedro Rivera on October 10, 2010 at 5:52pm —
This started out as a simple task, replace the stock knob with some sort of handle. In the middle of the simple project I had to adjust the cables, I couldn't get the canopy to unlatch from the outside. But first here are some pictures of the aftermarket Canopy latch. These are cell phone pictures.
This is in the latched position. I'm not committed to this spot, it is a start.…
Added by Jake Reyna on October 10, 2010 at 7:58am —
My compressor manual states that if I am not going to use it for an hour, I have to drain all of the air out. This is a lot of draining and adding air. Also, I can't just go out a spend a few minutes doing a little drilling.
What is everyone else doing with their compressor?
Added by Diane Bancroft on October 9, 2010 at 4:56pm —
I have established a forum page for Q&A about ULPower Aero Engines:http://flywithgus.boardhost.com/index.php
Added by Gus Warren on October 9, 2010 at 11:52am —
After noticing my nose strut sticking up thru the top of my firewall a little more than usual the last couple of flights I contributed to normal stretching of the bungee 65+ hrs on the plane a closer look I found the cord had about a 1 inch section on the left front than was only about 5/16" thick original is 5/8" the outer covering was in good shape the rubber inside had all but broken. Has anybody else had a problem like this with… Continue
Added by David Coberly on October 6, 2010 at 5:30pm —
I finally did it! Drilling that first hole was terrifying. For a week, I adjusted straps. Looked at the skin. Readjusted straps. I couldn't drill that first hole. Finally, on Saturday I called Vernon Knott in Rhode Island and asked if he wanted company for the morning. I drove out and took a look at his horizontal stabilizer and decided I could start drilling. I came home and started drilling. I did it. It's drilled and cleco'd. Hurray!!! Thanks Vernon. I
Added by Diane Bancroft on October 5, 2010 at 5:32am —
Chuck Martin is working on his CH750 Quick Build Kit at Flight Crafters.
Day One: Horizontal Stab completed
Day Two: Elevator completed. Fuselage in the background.…
Added by Russell Lepre' on October 4, 2010 at 3:38pm —
Mack Kreizenbeck loaned me his brake fluid filling system. Only thing I would change is to use a larger container, I had to refill the bottle a few times to get fluid to the Master Cylinders. And I overfilled just a bit, that wasn't evident until I stood on the brakes while doing a static rpm test.…
Added by Jake Reyna on October 2, 2010 at 11:20pm —
My prop is in bits and the aircraft is around 4.5 hrs flying time to get home. New prop is going to take 2-3 weeks. Can I borrow a prop to get my aircraft home here in New Zealand ??? Please contact me through this site or 03 528-8585 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Many thanks.
Added by Shafid Khan on October 2, 2010 at 6:39pm —
Since I am 600 miles from home, simple solutions are needed until I am able to fabricate a more robust system for restraining the canopy in the unlikely ;-) event that it opens in flight. Here are a few pictures.
I use the bungee cord as my second set of hands while installing the lower cowl and had been looking for a storage solution. The ends go through the seat belt bracket and I purchased a hook at the hardware store for $1.50. The… Continue
Added by Jake Reyna on October 2, 2010 at 7:36am —
After reading manuals and watching video to figure out how to cut my stabilizer skin for the brackets I decided on my old boat building, hot rod building style. I used some stiff cardboard to make a pattern for the cuts along with rivet holes in the pattern for the spar and ribs to line things up when I transfer to the actual aluminum skin. Pattern done, tomorrow I… Continue
Added by David Abbott on October 1, 2010 at 10:00pm —
We're tying something new at Zenith.aero, a Product Review site that will allow builders to share their actual experience with a specific instrument, system or new idea that has been implemented.
An example would be Dynon's EFIS-D6. A blog will be posted and using Dynon's descripton of the specific product. Those of you that have actually used the system can post your comments. Pros and cons, hours used, airplane that it is installed, price and would you… Continue
Added by Product Review on September 30, 2010 at 7:49am —
The November 2010 issue of Kitplanes magazine
(and it's still September as I write this!) has a story on the safety of Zeniths, presented as part of a series of articles on homebuilt (kit) aircraft safety. As the article's clichéd title states, safety is no accident, so I'm reprinting it here (with the gracious permission of… Continue
Added by Sebastien Heintz on September 30, 2010 at 7:30am —
I don't know why this should make me feel elated, since this is hardly critical at this point in time. Somehow, though, it seems like a rite of passage of some sort. Hopefully, N274AJ will be in test sometime next year!
Maybe it's encouraging, since the rest of the day has been full of bent or broken parts. :)
Added by Jim Belcher on September 29, 2010 at 2:21pm —
Finally bit the bullet and started. Drew up curvy bits such as wing, stabilizer and rudder ribs on CAD. Printed them out 1:1 scale and traced them on to the 6061-T6. Only done the 0.016" bits so far (oh and the 0.025" spar webs), but it was good to finally get some aluminium out and start work.
Question now is what the best tool is for long cuts. 300mm shears? Nibbler? I know for damn sure I won't be making 12 foot cuts with aviation snips!…
Added by Marty de la Motte on September 28, 2010 at 6:38am —
Look for more examples of completed 601XL upgrades in this issue of the Zenair Newsletter which is now in the process of mailing throughout the world.
Ulis Temos, who has been featured before in the newsletter regarding his cross country flights in his CH701 shows pictures of a custom toolbox that he built into the seat of his aircraft.…
Added by Zenair News on September 27, 2010 at 10:30am —