Thought I'd write a little something to get my profile started. I'm a Brit living in the Imperial Valley out east of San Diego, I work for a major Japanese video game manufacturer (and no it's not Nintendo), got my Private certificate in 2002 and my IFR rating 2 years later.

I'd always thought about building my own plane but really didn't think it was possible. My wife and I celebrate when I put up a shelf that stays up more than a week, and no one lost a finger during the process. Surely we couldn't survive building a plane? And if we did, neither of us would be foolish enough to get in it.

But then thanks to a twitter post I was drawn to the CH 750 and it really looked like something I could maybe do. So I bought the rudder kit, made a worktable for it and got to work. So far it's been a lot of fun and I'm itching to get it finished and move on to the next thing. It seems like there a bazillion unknowns but I'm hoping that by the time I need answers I'll have found them from helpful people on here and others in the community.

I'm looking forward to sharing my progress and reading about everyone else's.


ps Yes, we are building the rudder in our living room. The reason for this is that our summer is anywhere from 108-125 and if I had to build it in the garage there's no way I could force myself out there. But once the weather cools down we'll start the horizontal tail in the garage. It's good that I have a wife who doesn't mind (encouraged me even) a little toolwork in the house.

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Comment by Mike Daniels on August 14, 2010 at 10:58am
I'm glad your here. Isn't great to have a supportive wife.

Comment by Paul Sanders on August 10, 2010 at 11:44pm
Thanks all for the welcome!
Comment by James Roberts on August 10, 2010 at 3:03pm
Welcome Paul, you made the choice (both wife and aircraft that is!)
Comment by Doug Dugger on August 10, 2010 at 1:52pm
Paul Welcome to the Zenith world we at Quality Sport Planes love to hear about new builders in our area. QSP is the west coast representatives for Zenith aircraft and would welcome any calls from you and or help that we may be able to provide. Our next open house is Oct. 9 2010 and we will have many Zenith aircraft here including our own CH 750 demo & 701 so come if you can.
Comment by Zenith.Aero on August 10, 2010 at 1:23pm
Welcome! We look forward to reading about your building and flying adventures.
Let the fun begin!
Comment by Chris Aysen on August 10, 2010 at 11:56am
Good Luck and Welcome!
Chris / Louisiana

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