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Picked up the Tailkit,

My son and I rented a truck, and picked up the tail kit at the truck terminal - his first time seeing one of those.  We used a couple of furniture dollies to move the crate.  Then, while we had the truck, we picked up an air compressor and some wood for the workbench.  Next is to build the work bench.  

Added by Rebecca Anne Shipman on March 8, 2011 at 9:42pm — 6 Comments

ALSA Featured on KITPLANES Newsline

American Light Sport Aircrafters Builder Assist & Assembly Center was featured recently on KITPLANES Newsline.

I had the pleasure of meeting Marc Cook, of KITPLANES fame at the Zenith Rudder Workshop last…

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Added by American Light Sport Aircrafters on March 8, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Fixing a heavy left wing trim.

Hi group. Has anyone successfully fixed a heavy left wing problem?

 After my first test flight I needed almost full right aileron trim to get back to wings level.

I have tried adjusting the LH flap down 3mm but this had almost no effect!

I cannot measure any wing incidence differences between the wings.

There is almost no appreciable wing drop on stall.

Anyone have any suggestions?

Added by Ian McClelland on March 5, 2011 at 12:50am — 11 Comments

0-290-D2 engine

Has anybody considered installing an 0-290-D2 engine on a Zenith 750?  Any pros or cons to this?  Dave

Added by david junkins on March 3, 2011 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Testing the waters

I'v been thinking of building a plane for years and just bought the plans for a 701 and have spent more time printing every thing out ,and trying to decide what to build and what to buy ? well the rudder kit sayes it takes about 12 hours and testing the waters with junk I had laying around from scratch I built a 100%mockup of the rudder in less time then the 12 hr for the kit and this included cuting the forming blocks and fabercating the part's assembly was the shortist time (note) this is…

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Added by Douglas Lee Broughton on March 1, 2011 at 3:30am — 2 Comments

UHMW Flange Dies For Sale ??????

  Im thinking about making 3 - 4 sets of flange dies for the ch750.  They will be made out of 1.5 inch thick uhmw.  This is a very hard plastic that is used in cutting boards, skid plates and fake ice skating rinks and a million other things. I guess what im getting at is, would anyone be interested in buying a set of these for 150.00 bucks.  They will be made on a metal lathe and be machined to the specs (or really close to the specs) in the manual.  Not trying to make a killing, just thought… Continue

Added by Jesse Hartman on February 28, 2011 at 4:15pm — 11 Comments

Flap position sensor

We are trying to install the Ray Allen position sensor for the flap.  We have the linear motor and the Ray Allen sensor which moves 1.2 inch.  Has anyone out there installed this combination, and could you share a description and pictures?  We know the flap arm travels 52mm but the sensor only travels 30mm.

We have the wiring ok to the panel indicator.

thanks, Wes & Lurlene Bressler

601XLB with Jabiru 3300

 

Added by Wes & Lurlene Bressler on February 27, 2011 at 10:06pm — 7 Comments

Fuselage Kit Received

My 650 fuselage kit arrived Friday (2/25/11).  Got all parts inventoried only to find that I received all the firewall parts for the 750.  So I will be working with factory to get this corrected.  Over the weekend I did get fuselage bottom section ready for corrosion protection and rivets.  Should be able to get this done this week and can hopefully work on sides this weekend.

Added by Larry Ward on February 27, 2011 at 8:31pm — 1 Comment

STOL CH 750 FOLDING WING OPTION INSTALLATION

I would like to hear from any builder regarding his experience in trying to install the folding wing option during the construction of the CH-750. I am aware that it would be easier to add the option, once the plane was built, however I have not as yet reached that point, and installing the various components during the build, would make for a neater installation.



Once the installation is completed, I also see…
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Added by Robert Pelland on February 27, 2011 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

How many challenges can you fit into one day?

Reality TV is for sissies. Honestly, I have seen these programmes of 'challenges' in remote areas - they are really not reality at all... IF you want reality, you have to spend some time amongst the real life challenges that West Africa has on offer - in abundance, raw and ready to make you question the 'necessities' that we all take for granted - after all, YOU have power and a computer in front of you - and they work, as does your internet connection.... so that is a…

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Added by Jonathan Porter on February 27, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

Stabilizer complete

I've been too busy building to bother adding posts!  Anyways, cut out the skin, drilled, made the front and rear supports, clecoed the skin back on, marked out the front slot and slots for front supports, took the skin off, cut the slots, deburred everything, painted joint areas with primer and riveted the supports (7H2-6 and 7H2-7, I think they are) into place.

Today I put the skin back on (obviously had to cleco the curved side first, in order to slip over the front supports),…

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Added by Marty de la Motte on February 26, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments

Some engine choices for my 750

(The original post can be found on my build blog at  www.stol750project.info/engine-selection.)



It's up to me to choose something to turn the spinny thing and I come from a position of next to no knowledge of such things. Reading the build forums there are as many opinions as there are choices and if you were to discount all the engines which are "most definitely unsuitable" for general aviation there… Continue

Added by Paul Sanders on February 24, 2011 at 10:30pm — 12 Comments

Year of the Zenith

Hi Everyone,



Here is what we have so far for the "Year of the Zenith" for Oshkosh 2011. Let’s get a conversation going and find out where you would like to go from here.



AIRCRAFT PARKING



Tom Poberezny is putting together a parking place for 50 Zenith airplanes at Oshkosh 2011. I have asked specifically for the spot on the north side of the homebuilt parking area. That way we are a short distance from the Zenith sales area. Now, it’s time to see how many of you… Continue

Added by Joe Scheibinger on February 24, 2011 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

Ordered the tail kit.

All right, finally sent the check and ordered the tail kit.  Will be getting air compressor, wood for the work table, and generally setting up a workspace.  Since winter is in full gear here still, it looks like the tail is getting built in the dining room.  Drop cloth on the floor, tunes on the radio, sweet sound of the compressor, and little aluminum bits all over the place.  I getting excited already.

Added by Rebecca Anne Shipman on February 24, 2011 at 12:57pm — 2 Comments

0.125 aluminum angle vs .093 aluminum angle

Hey guys.  Just wondering if anyone has used .125 -3/4-3/4 aluminum angle in place of the .093 angle that the plans call for.

Added by Jesse Hartman on February 23, 2011 at 9:42pm — 9 Comments

On its way

with a few final details , like marking the covered wings with NO STEP on them , and making sure the box with plans ,manuals ,hardware are easilly open for customs , the shipment is on its way…

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Added by Tracy Buttles on February 20, 2011 at 9:59am — No Comments

ALSA's First Customer

We are happy to host Frank Pisz officially as

American Light Sport Aircrafters Builder Assist & Assembly Center's

first in house customer.

Craig assisting Frank back drilling the slats.…

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Added by American Light Sport Aircrafters on February 17, 2011 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Finished up with the packaging today and had it put back on the trailer , ready to get picked up tommorrow  

Finished up with the packaging today and had it put back on the trailer , ready to get picked up tommorrow

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Added by Tracy Buttles on February 17, 2011 at 3:46pm — 2 Comments

Parts made out of 25, 32, 40, and 63 Thousandths Material

The sheets below represent the layout of parts made from 25, 32, 40, and 63 thousandths material

 

Sheet 1    25K

 

 

 

Sheet 2    25K

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Added by Joseph Begany on February 17, 2011 at 2:28pm — 2 Comments

Part made out of 20 Thousandths Sheet Material

These drawings represent parts made out of 20 Thousandths Seet Material

 

Sheet 1

 

 

Sheet 2

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Added by Joseph Begany on February 17, 2011 at 2:23pm — No Comments

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