All moved now, new address is 174 Charlwood Rd, Aratula, Qld, 4309. Home phone is 0754638265, mob is the same but very poor reception here. I am still in the process of sorting out my workshop, but will then get stuck in and start pulling wings etc apart. Just waiting for the mod kit to arrive. You could probably deliver it to Amberly in your C-17:)
I am still working in the desert, back tomorrow for another 2 weeks, 1 week off etc.
Yes I did meant to join the Australian builders, I like to exchange information and to know people that are involved with experimental aviation. I have been busy lately , so I participate only from time to time. Thanks for allowing me to be in this group.
I asked an upholsterer for a rough price and he said if I supply the material and foam preshaped and all he has to do is cut material and sew, app $40 per panel. So if you add it up it would have been around the $250. It cost me $200 for suede and vinyl, foam $100 and about $100 for other bits and pieces like glue and thread. In the end I have saved a bit of labour and gained the ability to customise to my hearts content.
HELO CHRIS: I CHOSE THE GRT UNITS BECAUSE: THEY HAVE BEEN MAKING THE EIS (UNIT ON RIGHT) FOR 17 YEARS. WHEN THEY DEVELOP THE EFIS (UNIT ON THE LEFT) THEY JUST SERIAL THE EIS OVER TO THE EFIS. THEY MAKE BOTH VFR AND IFR UNITS. THIS IS THE SPORTS MODEL. (VFR) THE EIS CAN ALL SO BE REMOTELY MOUNTED. THE EFIS JUST HAPPEN TO BE ON THE ENGINE PAGE WHEN THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN INSTEAD OF THE PFD PAGE. THEY HAVE A GOOD TRACK RECORD.THERE WEB IS (GRTAVIONICS.COM) IF YOU WANT TO CHECK THEM OUT. THIS WAS MY OPINION WHEN I PURCHASE IT APPROX. 1 1/2
YEARS AGO. I'M SURE OTHER AVIONICS HAVE CAUGHT UP BY NOW.
Thanks Chris the plane is going just fine - beaut! we had some issues as my partner in the plane died, very unexpectedly, back in April but after some months of confusion I managed to buy his share from the executors so now own it all! I am still in the novice stages as I just have not had much cockpit time but the flying skills are all coming back very quickly. The plane is in Foxton (towards the south end of North Island) at present - but I hope to move it to Turangi (slap in the middle of NI) by 22 November when we have a 601XL fly in planned.
I know what you mean about the trims. The Ray Allen stick grips themselves aren't to bad, but then when you start adding the trim servo, indicators, isolation switch, speed control, speed selector switch for cruise and circuit and earth isolation for the led's and of course 1A breaker to power the servo and a 1A breaker to power the indicators, it starts to get a little complicated doesn't it. Of course nearly all the wires being white doesn't help either. But it is all doable, just time and brain cell consummmmming.
What stage are you up to with your airframe? Please post some more pics.
The paint is Protec 472 epoxy self etching primer that you spray on two coats 5 mins flash dry between coats. After 30 mins you apply topcoat straight over top without sanding which is essential around rivets. The topcoat is is Protec 609 urethane and is applied in two medium wet coats 10 mins apart. It's as simple as that. Here is the Protec tech sheet link, http://www.protec.com.au/www/455/1001127/displayarticle/1001463.html
This is what I purchased from Jabiru. Volts, oil press, oil temp, cht, egt, asi, alt, vsi, turn coordinator, tacho, circuit breakers. There are two reasons for this. One is because their prices are competitive, and the other is because all of the instruments are painted with the operating colour codes. I just had them paint the markings on a new ASI for me as I mucked up the callibration of my first one trying to do it myself.
I also purchased all of my tefzel wire, AN fitting and heaps of other bit from them as well as recieving heaps of valuable advice direct from Rod Stiff and his staff.
been in touch with zenith about it because I wanted to add to the order. They told me sport air probably won't arrange freight and as I'm in melbs anyway I asked them to ship mine direct to melbourne. As far as I'm aware it's being crated up atm for shippment. Hope I didn't cause any dramas for anyone. One of the guys rang me and said sport air were having a hard time atm and recomended dealing with it myself so I did.
Thank you. I bought my plans a long time ago, built a special garage to build my plane and then bought a Piper Colt. I sold that when I immigrated to Aus and have decided to start with the Zodiac. So far i am busy with the preparations like drawing out all the parts on Cadd and layoing these out on sheets for possible Laser or Water jetting. I will also do everything in 3D to do a bit of virtual building before i start. Where do you live. I am in Perth. I would really like to meet some builders in the area.
Yeh, I got out of Qantas before I was chucked out like the rest of the guys:( Now consulting to CAE on training programs for the KC30A, pretty interesting! Starting to get a bit done on the HDS, just started the left wing.
I cut a hole in the top center of the rear wall of the baggage area. I mounted a 35 CFPM 4" muffin fan in the hole and wired it to a switch in the EXP BUS2V power center. I turned it on to assist in drawing in fresh air and evacuating the cabin air when the CO indication began inflight. Unfortunately, it did nothing to abate the CO detection level. My guess is that the CO entering from the belly hatch was too great for the fan to have any effect on it.
The fan will act as designed however to draw in fresh air through the eyeball vents when the plane is on the ground. That's what it was installed for. Inflight, there is already quite enough air being forced in from the NACA scoops through the eyeball vents to make the cabin temp comfortable, but even that apparently won't clear the CO if the exhaust is being syphoned in through the belly hatch. I will seal off the hatch in a way that allows me to get back in there anytime I need to. As far as I am concerned that problem is solved.
Now I have to figure out if my left tank sender is screwed or if I have a broken wire or bad ground. The indication from the tank was erratic today. Just another hurdle in the quest for flight brother.
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