Steven Winn's Blog (64)

SkyJeep Flywheel Replacement Viking Honda

Found two cracks in my aluminum flywheel.

The new parts require the reduction gearbox to move forward 1/4 inch. This causes the radiator to move forward, and interfere with the cowl.

I decided to try modifying the drive coupling by machining 1/8 inch off each side, thereby recovering the 1/4 inch.

I plan to do a few high power ground runs before flying, and will update this post with the results.…


Added by Steven Winn on February 19, 2017 at 10:28pm — 2 Comments

40 hour flyoff complete

Finished up 40 hours yesterday 7/27/13.

Here is a video taken 4 July 2013.

SkyJeep over Eastern NC

Added by Steven Winn on July 28, 2013 at 4:45pm — 4 Comments

Sky Jeep Testing

Here is Bill doing a little Sky Jeep testing.

Added by Steven Winn on January 12, 2013 at 9:51pm — 2 Comments

Trenton NC Annual Auction

Flew with the doors off first time today. 2.5 more hours. Here is a pic of the annual Vol Fire Dept. annual auction in Trenton NC. What a madhouse, I was happy to be in my plane...

Added by Steven Winn on January 12, 2013 at 9:41pm — 1 Comment

CH701 flight test update

40 hour fly off is going slow. 9.5 hours so far. Having a couple of small issues....fuel is transferring from left to right in flight, not sure why.

Been adjusting prop pitch flatter, at 12 degrees, getting max 5200 rpm full throttle, level flight. Going to reset to 11 deg in search of 5600 rpm static. Makes me wonder about actual horsepower.

Engine itself is running smooth, no issues, but I do experience an unusual vibration when throttling back for descents (from memory seems…


Added by Steven Winn on January 2, 2013 at 7:08pm — 1 Comment

Strut Fairing Prototype

Added by Steven Winn on December 2, 2012 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

STOL CH 701 Weight and Balance and flight test update

Attached is my weight and balance sheet. Final all up weight with no fuel 695 lbs.


So far I have accumulated 4 hrs. flight time, two of those hours were today.

Alternator failed after 2 hours. Found out the "upgrade" NipponDenso alternator comes standard on Toyota forklifts. Found one in Goldsboro for $90. Had to disassemble and reclock…


Added by Steven Winn on December 2, 2012 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

First Flight N4707W

Aircraft passed airworthiness inspection. Had three small gripes, was able to fix on the spot. Fuel valve handle needed to be painted red, needed another "Experimental" sticker in the cockpit, and had to adjust cable retainer strap closer to the pulley at the aft baggage floor.

Aircraft flies great! Controls are responsive. Left wing is a touch heavy, Need a trim tab on the flaperon.



Added by Steven Winn on November 24, 2012 at 8:01am — 12 Comments

Taxi Tests at Hood field NC

Time for airworthiness inspection!

I did get the nosewheel off the ground…


Added by Steven Winn on November 21, 2012 at 8:33pm — 3 Comments

Wings back on

Wings back on for weight/balance and wet…


Added by Steven Winn on November 19, 2012 at 7:51pm — No Comments

Elevator Cable

Had to take steps to eliminate cable chafing at the aft baggage and the tail…


Added by Steven Winn on November 19, 2012 at 7:46pm — 1 Comment

Final Assembly begins

I am almost tempted to add stripes to the rudder. Almost...I'm tired of painting.

As it sits, it weighs 524 lbs. I am pleased.

Made a tentative appt with the DAR for the week of Thanksgiving.

Added by Steven Winn on November 5, 2012 at 9:47pm — 3 Comments

Stripes Complete

That is the last of the paint for the fuselage. Now final assy…


Added by Steven Winn on November 4, 2012 at 9:06pm — No Comments

Lightweight fuse/shunt cover

An A&P visited my project the other day and suggested a cover over the electrics since the installation is near the rudder pedal. This is a wet lay-up of 8 plys sandwiched in saran wrap, tucked around the fuses and shunt, and allowed to cure. It snaps right in.…


Added by Steven Winn on November 1, 2012 at 8:27pm — No Comments

Bubble Door Latches

Latches for the rear corner of the doors. Made from 1/4" stainless hyd tubing. Silver soldered in a "bullet tip".

Door flanges are bowed, creating gaps. Haven't decided what to do about it (if anything).…


Added by Steven Winn on October 29, 2012 at 9:31pm — No Comments

Windshield Secure

Seam sealing completed after this pic. Finished this up around 1:30 am last night.

Added by Steven Winn on October 28, 2012 at 8:49am — 1 Comment

Compass error fixed

Compass and Dynon both dead on West.  Yeah!

Made this de-Gaussing coil by wrapping a bunch of magnet wire around a coffee can. I didn't make enough wraps to plug straight into the wall, coil got hot. Had to use the variac. This thing will magnetize or…


Added by Steven Winn on October 27, 2012 at 6:59pm — No Comments

Windscreen final install

Added by Steven Winn on October 25, 2012 at 7:42pm — No Comments

Almost finished painting


Added by Steven Winn on October 24, 2012 at 7:52pm — 1 Comment

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