Monday installed the oil dipstick door and did the layup for the box that will hold the wires that lead to the oil pan heater and the battery maintainer, This box will be fiberglassed on the inside of the lower cowl on the right side of the airplane and an access door will be installed also. It appearswe will need to add some rubber gasketing around the base of the cowl for a better fit of the camlocks. Then it is on to finishing the air intakes and baffles to direct the airflow into the intake… Continue
Added by Phillip Owens on April 15, 2010 at 4:49pm —
Hello from Sun 'n Fun 2010! Who else is down here besides me?
Everyone at home can follow this year's activities on the internet. Sun 'N Fun Radio is being streamed live at:http://liveatc.net/snf
as are Lakeland tower north, and Lakeland tower south.
Added by Jim Belcher on April 14, 2010 at 4:55pm —
I had 19.8 hrs on it. I talked with the Seattle FSDO and they said because I had not yet completed my 1st 40 hrs, they would not need to add additional testing time. I worked about 20 hrs per week for 4 months, but I did all the work alone. Keep plugging along!
Added by Louis Gallego on April 13, 2010 at 10:57am —
I have completed two test flights, 0.5 hrs and 1.0 hrs, and it flys perfect, um, just like it did before the upgrade. Still adjusting the alerion trim to get it to fly hands off. Off to re-start my ASI calibrations. It's nice to be back in the air again!
Added by Louis Gallego on April 13, 2010 at 12:14am —
Natfly 2010 at Temora Australia was a great event.
Natfly is the National Fly-in for Recreational Aircraft of Australia (RA Aus) the body that governs aircraft up to 600 Kg in Australia
change of venue went very well and there is a lot more space for everyone.
Zenair Australia had a site with three 601 XLs on
display, they were Peter Franke, Geoff Moore and Allan Barton.
flights where had by builders and people interested in… Continue
Added by Allan / Zenair Australia on April 12, 2010 at 11:05pm —
Today is the 11th April 2010 - more than 20 years since that first infectious flight in a C150 at Sywell Aerodrome in the UK. I have flown more than 40 types, over cities, countryside, desert, lakes, sea, mountains, forests, rain forests and low level over more hostile terrain than I care to think about. But today was special.
CH701 9G-ZAF, or Alpha Foxtrot was built for the Medicine on the Move flying doctors and nurses project, and she is beautifully… Continue
Added by Jonathan Porter on April 11, 2010 at 10:44am —
Well here we are, spring is upon us and we are making progress, the cowling is back from the fiberglass shop and we have fit and installed the camlocks, some we will need to change to a smaller stud, I goofed on the measurement before ordering. left to do now are the two door openings, one for the oil dipstick and the other for the oil pan heater and battery maintainer. flush out and finish the air intakes and the cowl is complete. Have the latest update from Dynon to install, but that is… Continue
Added by Phillip Owens on April 9, 2010 at 5:55pm —
Its spring time and our open house is coming up on May 8th. We would like to invite all who can fit this into there schedule to attend. This year it will be on May 8th there will be a BBQ put on by the Cloverdale pilots association and the city of Cloverdale. We will have a few Zenith kits being worked on here and a 801 that is powered by a 6cyl subaru, Chris Desmond (STOL ADVENTRUES) well be here with his new 701 stol and we will have Stephen Smith with his cross county (everywhere) 601 XL.… Continue
Added by Doug Dugger on April 9, 2010 at 10:42am —
We have been testing and our CH750 with the 97hp UL260i. Flight testing is going well and should be done for our trip to Sun n Fun.
Doing our best to keep it light it has minimal interior, EFIS, Comm, and Xpnder, along with the 159 lb UL260i engine. Empty weight came in at 701.5 lbs, on digital scales, weighed twice. The firewall forward kit is currently available for any of the ULPower engines, 97, 107, 118 and 130hp.…
Added by Gus Warren on April 8, 2010 at 10:00am —
The new issue of the Zenair Newsletter is now being mailed to subscribers around the world. This issue has something for every Zenith owner - including new CH750 completion reports. In addition to the hard copy newsletter, a DVD is included providing an hour of video depicting builders just like you with their Zenith aircraft. (If you don't receive the newsletter & DVD, click… Continue
Added by Zenair News on April 4, 2010 at 8:30am —
^6-zu-1-1 rivet spacing after adding the new piece. I thought I saw something about doubling the rivets out to rib 4. The plans don't indicate that.
Added by David Lautenschlager on April 3, 2010 at 12:07pm —
I bought my aluminium and steel from Performance Metals (NSW) around a year ago, March 2009. Very impressed with the service from Performance Metals - they delivered quickly, the sheets were very well packed, and the Chupa Chups hidden in the package were a pleasant surprise!
After picking up the package from the Hobart docks, I built a set of 5 racks topped with a worktop. The logistics of building racks to hold 12' x 4' sheets, and being able to access them, was… Continue
Added by Marty de la Motte on March 31, 2010 at 6:26am —
I just got the bill for my 701 insurance. I thought would be interesting to compare rates with other's.
I'm from Canada and my 701 is registered as a Advance Ultralight. My deductible is $1500. My Insurance consists of All Risk Flight & Ground, Hull Value $50,000. 3rd Party Liability Coverage $1,000,000. Passenger Coverage $300,000. My Annual Fee is $2400. This cover my wife also who is a student pilot and will be taking lesson on our 701… Continue
Added by Debra and Patrick Nesbitt on March 30, 2010 at 2:00pm —
I finished the upgrade today and logged a .5 flying. I received the kit the middle of Feb so it took 6 weeks to get it together.
Plane flew fine. I need to look at the rudder rigging as it took more effort to keep the ball centered then before. Other then that, it flew like it did before the upgrade.
601XL N663F flying again!!
Added by Floyd Wilkes on March 29, 2010 at 6:45pm —
These files are scans of the original Corvair Engine prints and converted to PDF format. The links go to google docs and are downloadable there.
Gear Crankshaft Dated 7-22-58 6256600… Continue
Added by Ron Lendon on March 27, 2010 at 9:24pm —
Well my 601XL upgrade is now complete. The post-upgrade test flight occurred yesterday, March 23, and things went great. The sun was going down so I went up for three quick touch and go’s. The first thing I noticed was no oil can popping noises any more. I only got to 100 MPH so it will be interesting to see if they are gone at high speed also. In my short flight I did not notice any changes… Continue
Added by David Gallagher on March 24, 2010 at 6:53am —
I am installing a Lyc. Promotional material indicates a empty weight a about 800 lbs. I believe the MOD will increase this by about 25 lbs. Some of you have completed the MOD. How do your weights compare? For Lyc users-Empty Weight? Regular or light weight starters and alternators? Prop type,pitch,dia? Cruse speed? Rate of fuel burn at a specific power setting. Where is your battery? What does it weigh. Did you have to add ballast and where? Anything else?
Added by Edward A. Hamilton on March 22, 2010 at 12:00pm —
Added by Chuck Long on March 15, 2010 at 1:46pm —
I'm using a O235 Lyc and would like to hear from other builders.
Weight with or without paint? Lightweight starter/alternator? Type and location of battery? Fuel tanks? Prop-Make/Dia/Pitch? Cruise speed at what RPM? Any thing else that comes to mind. Ed Hamilton (609)971-8757(30 mi North of Atlantic Cith NJ)
Added by Edward A. Hamilton on March 15, 2010 at 10:13am —
I decided to use 3/16" nylon as a bearing since I had some and I need to move forward for the inspection. Once the metal bearing is unbolted, the torque tube can be pulled forward and out of the airplane. The front stop and control stick were removed. I'm going to keep it lubed with white lithium grease or similar.
Steve Smith mentioned wear on the front bearing. My concern was placing the new nylon bearing in behind the stop ring and moving… Continue
Added by Jake Reyna on March 14, 2010 at 8:47am —