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Women Building & Flying in Africa on BBC World

On the Health Show broadcast on BBC World news today, Patricia and Jonathan talk about building and…

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Added by Zenith.Aero on November 5, 2011 at 3:23pm — 1 Comment

Zenith CH 650 Performance with UL Power engine

We finally had the chance to document some basic performance numbers of our new CH 650 with the UL Power UL350iS engine.  Yesterday was a beautiful autumn day so Zenith demo pilot Roger and I took the CH 650 up for a…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on November 5, 2011 at 9:00am — 15 Comments

Setbacks!

Well summer and fall came and went and I didn't do a darn thing on the plane...debating on whether to get my materials ordered so I can work on stuff over this coming winter. But will I have time? Home repairs and other life setbacks have really gotten in the way!

Added by Greg Harris on November 2, 2011 at 6:56pm — 4 Comments

My new favourite tool

I'm probably the last person to catch on, but I recently bought this Olfa P800 knife for trimming skin edges and it is fantastic. No more snips and scotch brite for me.


Have to thank plane builders for sharing their tips online and unwittingly guiding me to the right blade.

Added by Paul Sanders on November 2, 2011 at 9:23am — 4 Comments

Popeller pitch and size

What is the best propeller to put on ch701 with jabiru 2200 engine ??? What should the rev-counter read at full throttle when taking off and climbing ??? I can only get to 2600 rpm maximum throttle which I think is not enough. Any information will be appreciated.

Added by Shafid Khan on November 2, 2011 at 12:45am — 2 Comments

Airborne At Last!

Six years after ordering my kit from CZAW, ZK-ZMX finally took to the skies with test pilot Jerry Chisholm at the controls.

 

Omaka airfield owned by the Marlborough Aero Club is a little too big for this aircraft .I'll get closer for better shots as soon as I can

Added by Jock Struthers on October 31, 2011 at 9:55pm — 3 Comments

Jabiru 3300A Oil Pressure sender failure

I have had another oil pressure sender failure. Thats 2 in 25 hours flying. Failure mode as follows;

works fine then you get the ocasional spiking high oil pressure indication of 70 - 100 PSI. This gradually becomes more regular until it stays on 100 PSI. For ground running tests I have connected a direct reading gauge to the oil galery to confirm a normal 40 PSI oil reessure.

Has anyone else experienced similar failures?

Added by Ian McClelland on October 30, 2011 at 9:25pm — 4 Comments

prop change

changed the prop today  goes like a home sick angel  after 5years  450 foot a min to 900 foot amin  the engine o200 r r has not worked for all this time  it goes like a rocket   ray

Added by raymond lasnier snr on October 29, 2011 at 3:53pm — 1 Comment

Working on spars

Got the root doublers, strut attachment doublers and tip spars bent up the other day.  Due to the happy combination of a Saturday morning to myself and the kids both sleeping for 3 hours in the afternoon, I pilot-drilled the doublers & L stiffeners to the spars and cut the extrusion to shape for the front strut attachments.

After some solid riveting practice, I'm now ready to attempt riveting the spars together... nervously... (jeez I'd hate to bugger it up on the last rivet!!)

Added by Marty de la Motte on October 29, 2011 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

geese

 

I keep telling all the locals that it’s Bob Mac Donald who is sending all the geese to eastern Pennsylvania. Coming home from the last fly in the flock that flew past me where honking in French, I must be mistaken; they may be coming from Quebec.…

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Added by ulis temos on October 28, 2011 at 3:09pm — 3 Comments

Wing and CH650B photo guide questions

Hey Folks,

I have a few questions.

I'm currently working on the 650B wings, and will likely go with a single dynon skyview display...i will be using the dynon AOA pitot which i will have to purchase now.  

1.  Are there any other sensors/components that have to be installed in the wing for skyview?  (besides AOA Pitot)

2.  Does the Dynon AOA pitot come with a cable assembly, and if not, from your experience, where can such a cable be acquired (or i can make) and…

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Added by Peter Keast on October 26, 2011 at 2:37pm — 4 Comments

Installation of a Dynon Skyview System in CH601/CH650

Hi All

 

I am planning to replace the old style gauges in my CH601XL-B with a complete Dynon Skyview System including Autopilot and Dynon Angle of Attack probe.

I found a couple of examples of installing the autopilot servo's in a CH601XL, which is a big help.

But I do have a few other questions:

Question 1

I am not sure where to put the ADAHRS unit in a CH601/CH650. I like to avoid re-inventing the wheel. Maybe there is someone out there who has…

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Added by Ben Meyer on October 25, 2011 at 9:02pm — 7 Comments

Ugly is only skin-deep

This VW ad from 1966 has become a classic and can still be seen in VW dealerships across the country.  The above is prominently on display as a large framed poster in a shiny new VW dealer in St. Louis. While  the cars have changed since 1966, the basic message remains the same.

Like the VW Beetle, the ad…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on October 25, 2011 at 11:00am — 11 Comments

Update October 2011

 Now have flown off the forty hour Phase One Testing.  All in all a very benign experience. No real supprises except for the first couple of takeoffs being soooo quick.

Also have done first condition inspection and the Rotax 25 hour checks (100 hour check) with no problems.

Experienced no cooling problems with temps this summer in OATs as high as 98 F. Engine is Rotax 912ULS with Zenith FWF kit.

Have installed the Zenith VG's and have plenty of elevator authority.  My…

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Added by Phil Smith on October 23, 2011 at 4:18pm — 2 Comments

Next phase

I have used up all of the .016 through .040 material I had on hand making miscellaneous parts, (270 parts so far).  I laughingly call this method my plans built quick build kit figuring at the rate I am going in 3-5 years I'll would have enough parts to quick build an airframe.

I will be ordering the material for wing and center spars next week.  Here are a couple 

 

Added by Tim Smart on October 21, 2011 at 11:18am — 3 Comments

Aluminium grades ?

Hi All,
I have bought the plans to and still in the process of finding out all the relevant info on constructing the ch 750.
My question is in relation to specific Aluminium grades the plans call for the use of 6061 T6 or 2024 T3 etc. Does anyone know if they can  be substituted for 5083

Added by Mitch Torpy on October 19, 2011 at 5:23am — 7 Comments

CH 701 Dreams

 

"The long Trip home!"

 

Hello everyone, 

CH 701 are maybe not known for their x-country ability, but here is a Blog about crossing the the United States from Zephyrhills, Florida to our home in 100 Mile House, BC. The last…

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Added by Willy Trinker on October 18, 2011 at 10:30am — 12 Comments

thicker sheeting on wings

Anyone put thicker aluminum on wings of 750.  whats the pros and cons?

Added by Jesse Hartman on October 18, 2011 at 10:00am — 7 Comments

Lyc O-235 Installation Advice

I'm looking ahead to engine installation details - most likely for a Lyc O-235. (Yes, I know they are a bit heavier, etc., but I am familiar with Lyc engines and prefer to go this route.)

Seeking any advice on:

Engine mount - purchase or self built?

Cowling - will a CH601 fit ? (I have read that the 601/750 firewalls are the same size/shape.)

Cowling mounting arrangements - screws into the firewall flange?

Carb location - this varies with model # on other…

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Added by Jim Oke on October 16, 2011 at 9:26am — 5 Comments

folding wings--taildragger

I just bought a partly started 801 kit. I am interested to know if anyone has built an 801 with folding wings and if anyone has built an 801 as a taildragger?

 

Thanks

 

Karl Hipp

Added by karl hipp on October 14, 2011 at 4:25pm — 1 Comment

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