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Aerial Drops from the Drop Hatch in CH701

As we progress with our supply drop preparedness in Ghana, we carried out a series of drops this weekend, witnessed by our Civil Aviation Authority.

The dropzone was identified using 6 tyres on a roughly 12m x 12m target. The approach to the drop zone was over the hangar at Kpong airfield, and the target around 40m away from the hangar, simulating a drop to a school playing field or park. 9 cannisters were dropped. 4 x 1kg sand non chuted, 4 x 1kg sand chuted…

Added by Jonathan Porter on October 25, 2010 at 4:30am — No Comments

Best Way to Seal the Nose Wheel Control Linkages Through the Firewall?

I am interested in the options / best way to seal the firewall around the nose wheel control linkages to keep out any potential fumes etc. while providing for the movement.

I would appreciate any suggestions.

Added by Jock Struthers on October 24, 2010 at 6:27pm — 11 Comments

Zenair Float Kit Construction DVD now available

We have completed the construction video DVD for building the Zenair Amphibious Float kit! ( HomebuiltHELP )

It was surprisingly straightforward to build these from the supplied kit parts -- esp if you have experience building a metal aircraft in your recent history! It is nice to know that floats are now affordable if you are willing to do the…

Added by Jon Croke on October 23, 2010 at 11:31am — 1 Comment

Temps within limits Hooray!

Today after adding an additional 1 1/2" to the lip of the left intake and the air temps at about 55F I had two take offs and landings and about 30 minutes of flight. Although the temps hovered around 340 -355 they were still below max allowable for the 1st time.

Noted that static RPM was over 2500 RPM and takeoffs were quite short, climb out at 80mph and going up FAST! Now that we can operate within temperature tolerances we can start to build some time.



Added by Phillip Owens on October 22, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

PegaStol Wings

Does anyone have info on the after market wings for the 701.750 0r 801?

Added by Joe Salomone on October 20, 2010 at 6:09pm — 2 Comments

601XL wing fairings

Earlier in the summer, I began the task of making top and bottom wing fairings for my not yet completed 601XL taildragger. I'm finished with the fairings now. I leaned a few things along the way. Some aspects of the job went ok and some not so good. I thought I'd pass along what I did and observations I made to help others avoid some of the pitfalls.

I have worked with composites for decades so none of this was particularly new, but I found a few new problems. I wanted to use carbon… Continue

Added by Louis W. Ott on October 20, 2010 at 3:13pm — 6 Comments

701 flight training

can anyone direct me to flight training in a 701 near New Mexico

Added by Jerry Griego on October 20, 2010 at 12:14am — No Comments

Rudder Control

Would like to know if anyone has ever built or modified the rudder control to be operated by hand for some one not able to use there legs.

Added by Terry Capps on October 19, 2010 at 11:36am — No Comments

Protection stripes to pitot and fuel tank openings

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…

Added by Sergio Fink on October 14, 2010 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Aerial Drops 'V' Aerial photo-video

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…

Added by Jonathan Porter on October 14, 2010 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

Dynon EFIS D100 Product Review

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…


Added by Product Review on October 13, 2010 at 7:15am — 7 Comments

Around Ghana, West Africa in a CH701 - in 3 days

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…

Added by Jonathan Porter on October 11, 2010 at 1:41am — 2 Comments

link to "the" engine.....

Added by Pedro Rivera on October 10, 2010 at 5:52pm — No Comments

XL Inside Canopy Latch upgrade and cable adjustment

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 — 2 Comments


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 — 7 Comments

New forum for ULPower engines is now up.

I have established a forum page for Q&A about ULPower Aero Engines:

Added by Gus Warren on October 9, 2010 at 11:52am — 5 Comments

Nose Bungee Cord on 601XL

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…


Added by David Coberly on October 6, 2010 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

Horizontal stabilizer

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 — 5 Comments

Chuck Martin works on his CH750 Quick Build Kit at Flight Crafters

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 — 1 Comment

Adding Brake fluid

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 — 3 Comments

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