Completed CH750 Cruzer Rudder at 8/20/15 workshop. Well worth traveling out to Mexico MO to tour the factory, get a demo ride, and start building the aircraft. Many thanks to Steve, Roger, and Sebastian for their assistance and hospitality. Onto to the next component kit!



John DiMattei

Ashburn, Virginia

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Comment by Dale Courtney on November 3, 2015 at 9:01pm

John, I fully understand going the slow route. I thought about it for a long time and even only ordered the tail kit. As I researched more and more, I decided getting the whole thing was best for me. It is funny you mentioned the EAA. I just went to the first meeting tonight and joined Chapter 1099 in Fredericksburg, Va. Amazing people there. You can email me at There, we can exchange phone numbers and could help each other as issues arise.

Comment by John DiMattei on November 3, 2015 at 2:18pm
Dale - I am going the slow route - kit by kit. I just setup a worktable in my 1-car garage and will start tail kit in a few weeks.

I just joined EAA Chapter 186 at Manassas VA. They have a great group of tech counselors (TC) that are helpful.

Are you working with a TC in your area? - John
Comment by Dale Courtney on November 2, 2015 at 7:06pm

John, Thank you very much for the advice. I will be sure to manage my time wisely. At first I was going to order the components as I build. I have now ordered the entire Airframe and Finishing kit all at once since I will be taking my trailer down anyway. Very nervous spending that amount of money on something that is not built but also am very excited. It will give me more motivation then anything. Do you have a build page?


Comment by John DiMattei on November 2, 2015 at 10:24am
Whoops - I meant from Roger in the Cruzer. My bad.
Comment by John DiMattei on November 2, 2015 at 10:23am
Hi Dale: You'll enjoy building the rudder at the workshop. Some advice - the Zenith guys like closing the shop by 4PM. Keep time management in mind as you build. I had a delay - due to waiting for someone to help me remove an incorrrectly placed rivet - and that got me behind a little. I felt I was rushing at the end. Get as much done as you can the first day - and get there early the second and press on.

Staff is very helpful - and it did give me the confidence to continue building the Cruzer. Also got a demo ride from Roger the Cruzer - very cool.

And yep - as we move on - don't hesitate to ask for support. Enjoy the workshop!

Comment by Dale Courtney on October 27, 2015 at 8:02pm

Nice. I am going in November for the same thing. I see you are in Ashburn Virginia. I am in King George Virginia. Not all that far for supporting each other through the build.

Comment by Bryan Walstrom on August 26, 2015 at 12:28pm

You and me both. This is on my bucket list. I am planning on either Corvair or also considering O-200

Comment by John DiMattei on August 26, 2015 at 11:37am

Thanks Bryan. This is something I've wanted to do for a very long time. Will post progressives. Have you selected an engine. I have a while - but not totally sold on the UL yet. If Continental had a 130 HP engine with FADEC - I'd have no issue. But alas..............


Comment by Bryan Walstrom on August 25, 2015 at 12:11pm

Congratulations! You have begun your journey! You should be able to complete the rest of the tail kit in just a couple months of part time work.

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