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Thought I'd write a little something to get my profile started. I'm a Brit living in the Imperial Valley out east of San Diego, I work for a major Japanese video game manufacturer (and no it's not Nintendo), got my Private certificate in 2002 and my IFR rating 2 years later.

I'd always thought about building my own plane but really didn't think it was possible. My wife and I celebrate when I put up a shelf that stays up more than a week, and no one lost a finger during the…

Added by Paul Sanders on August 10, 2010 at 11:16am — 6 Comments

Bob Berube of Flight Crafters is working on his CH750

Bob Berube continues the assembly of his Ch750. He is making great progress while still helping many of the builders present at Flight Crafters. NOTE-the green epoxy chromate…


Added by Russell Lepre' on August 9, 2010 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Tour de France: ULM-style!

Every year in France, just a few weeks after the massive (and grueling) bicycle-world event, another tour takes place which is much more gentle, low-key, and more fun for us ultralight pilots: le Tour ULM. Organized by the national ultralight association (FFPLUM), this year’s tour included 150 ultralights of every shape, size and make.…


Added by Michael Heintz on August 9, 2010 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Sunday 8-8-2010

I cut out the rudder rear skin, and built all of the elevator ribs. I will finish more of the baggage walls tonight.

Added by Paul on August 8, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

STOL CH 750: Dual Control Sticks

Frank Tompson recently installed the dual control stick option kit in his STOL CH 750:

We were a little concerned about cabin access (getting in and out of the airplane) with the dual sticks but it appears not to be a problem. Here's a schematic of the system:


Added by Sebastien Heintz on August 7, 2010 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

Another 601XL B flies in New Zealand.

Yesterday I went up and tested my rebuilt 601XL here in NZ. The upgrade kit added 18kg (including the aileron trim tab that I did not have before) but has made the aircraft a great deal stiffer. Control surfaces operate more smoothly than before and she flies beautifully. I will remember 'the envelope' however!

Thanks Zenith for the new stickers which arrived on the rebirth day!

All in all - its been a long and expensive road (I had the job done…

Added by Mike Peake on August 6, 2010 at 3:27pm — 2 Comments

Grand Prize

Jon you REALLY made my day when you called last week to tell me I had won the GRAND PRIZE for the Zenith News Letter subscribers- a David Clark noise canceling head set donated by Wicks! I got them in the mail on Monday. WOW they are really special. Thanks to you, Zenith and Wicks!!!

Jim Barbour

Added by James Barbour on August 6, 2010 at 1:31pm — 1 Comment

Progress update

Last night I finally overcame that lack of power from my Rotax 912 UL engine. It was running rough at about 4200 RPM and then loosing power. After thoroughly cleaning out the carbs and installing a $350.00 carb kit, I think I found the source of the problem. A small bit of interference on the arms of the enrichener cables were holding them slightly open. With a Rotax engine, the enrichers (Chokes) will cause a lean condition at higher RPM due to the way the float chamber is…


Added by Doug MacDonald on August 6, 2010 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Moving Brad's fuselage to his new hanger in Zephyrhills

Securing the fuselage to the trailer for the long trip from St. Pete Beach to Zephyrhills.

The Zodiac's new home in Zephyrhills. Brad has almost completed his upgrade. Soon the motor will be mounted.…


Added by Russell Lepre' on August 6, 2010 at 8:09am — No Comments

The Femcare Drop Project

Working in aviation in the more rural parts of West Africa we often come across interesting issues that are generally not thought about. One of those challenges is how young women handle the challenges of menstruation and schooling in not so easy to reach communities.

The BBC has over the past few years highlighted issues related to girls in education and their menstruation challenges.(…

Added by Jonathan Porter on August 5, 2010 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Oshkosh 2010 Follow-Up

Despite a very wet beginning, we had a great time once again at AirVenture and really enjoyed meeting both existing and new builders from around the world. Following is a summary of our week:

Heading to Oshkosh from our factory in Mexico, Missouri: The STOL CH 750 as seen from the STOL CH 801:…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on August 4, 2010 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

Construction starts on another CH750 Quick Build Kit

Bob Berube and Jim Nelson started construction on Bob's CH750 QBK at Flight Crafters.

We will be keeping track on their progress.…


Added by Russell Lepre' on August 3, 2010 at 3:59pm — No Comments

Monday 8-1-2010

I finished the slat rib tonight. They where a little difficult. work on them abou 1.5 hours tonight and 1 hour on Sunday. Sunday did the Right side arm rest 2 hour, Saturday I work about 4 hours.

Added by Paul on August 2, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments

CH701 helps to save C206

Do you remember training for engine failures - PFLs (Practice Forced Landings)? Well, a transit pilot flying over our territory had a real one - with smoke in the cockpit, losing oil pressure and a rough running engine that led him to choose to land on the edge of the Volta Lake, a LONG way from any nearby access roads - he was flying a C206 with a big ol' Continental 300Hp heart up front...and was lucky not to be ten minutes more into the gallery forest...… Continue

Added by Jonathan Porter on August 2, 2010 at 7:00pm — 6 Comments

Progress being made

Today I de-magnatized the down tubes of the cabin frame and the area immediatly in front of where the magnetic compass will sit, after checking the area I found I was successful in the de-magnetising process.

For information purposes to other builders I purchased a small hand held de-magnitizer unit from McMaster-Carr for $84.00 and it only took about 6 minutes to do the job. Word of caution I was careful to keep my distance from my Dynon D10A as it has an internal magnatometer that…


Added by Phillip Owens on August 2, 2010 at 6:51pm — No Comments

Sloshkosh 2010

I was told that this was the wettest July in well over 100 years for the Oshkosh, Wisconsin area. Fortunately almost none of it fell during the EAA Airventure 2010 event. Unfortunately, it drenched the grounds in the couple of weeks leading up to it. I heard reports and saw pictures of areas on the grounds that were under 2 feet of water just a day or two prior to opening day.…


Added by David Gallagher on August 2, 2010 at 2:30pm — 9 Comments

Wanted, Recommendation from anyone with experience in chrome moly tubing

I am in the process of setting up my shop to turn out a few engine mounts, along with the cabin main frames for my 701 & 750 build. I already have all the necessary welding and cutting equipement that is needed, along with a complete assortement of full length chrome moly tubing from 1/4" up to the 2" in size. What I am desperatly looking for, is information from anyone that has had experience in using any of the thin walled tubing notchers. I have seen almost all the notchers that are…


Added by Robert Pelland on August 2, 2010 at 8:33am — 7 Comments

Food at Oshkosh

Just thought everyone might like to know the delectable cuisine that we eat during the week.

Our most important stop after a long day at the booth. Great store! Wish they had them in Florida.

I had to stand in for our chef "extraordinaire"…


Added by Russell Lepre' on August 1, 2010 at 8:02pm — 1 Comment

Oshkosh report from Flight Crafters

Just got home from a week at Oshkosh. Met many old friends and made many new ones.

Thanks to the Zenith gang for their hospitality and support.

Good show, guys!…


Added by Russell Lepre' on August 1, 2010 at 7:47pm — No Comments

Paint Scheme

Everyone has been a great help in helping me decide on the best power plant and have given me good input on the different types of aluminum. I have a couple more questions I want to bring to the group.

1. Anyone have any good ideas on a homemade bending brake you could send me? I have checked with local shops and they do not have the 1/8 bending radius set up on their machines. Most have told me unless I am going to have them bend a large amount of aluminum, it isn't work their time to… Continue

Added by Casey Zechmann on July 31, 2010 at 6:27pm — 5 Comments

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