Steve, that was a good line "dam, I wish I had the upgrade kit installed" :-0
We are all Independent Manufacturers and this site should be used to share knowledge, there should be no secrets. So, I suggest that the site be renamed to Zenith Independent Manufacturers Association, ZIMA. But we need some catchy slogan to reflect the mission of advancing and building Zenith aircraft.
Say jello to Alan. I'm still waiting for more beer.
Not gonna do it. I think the plane has an adequate margin for the way I fly and intend to continue flying it that way. It is almost starting over from scratch on the wings of a plane which has many many examples flying without incidents. Do you have particulars and perhaps a link to "the latest accident"? Has there been another since the infamous six crashes that got the ZBAGers so fired up?
I just looked closer at the layout of the forums and you are right. I don't know how to transfer all of the info over without it having to be posted all over again but I will ask Admin if it is possible.
I can relate to what you mean about having a fascination with another country as my Wife, Son and I love America and Canada. We would love to move over there but are unsure of infrastructure behind the public medical system for migrants.
I can't wait to get my plane up an flying which I hope won't be to far away. I will certainly have someone taking a video and pics for me.
I completely missed your kind message about photos and countryside !
Better late than not, thanks for this post !
I'll read all your blog to see the job you've done. quite huge i believe !
France is a very small country where you can fly fantastic different landscapes, in one or two days ! Sea, mountains smooth and hard ones, dust bowls, and rich green areas, forests and lakes..
All that on a short trip . ..
It's a mini "attraction park" compared to your huge country !
At 300 hrs I've now replaced the exhaust valves and done the mod to cylinder base nuts. This was partly an exploratory check and the existing valves were not burnt but had mild pitting on the contact ring, and a little more looseness than I'd been expecting. The rockers have allways had plenty of oil supply, valvelash in spec, EGT / carb jetting in spec. so the cause is not certain. Possibly I could have run more hours before the work, but leaving two leaking valves was not a good idea. Engine can sit idle at times up to 4 weeks so corrosion might have been able to occur, its flown as regularly as possible. The cylinder bores showed odd areas of patterning down near the bases, might be related to the base nut issue, will have to wait and see.
My impression is that it wont go on to TBO without further and deeper intervention, its just a matter of time and I will decide what form of upgrade to perform. Looking at the pictures, whats happened in your engine and your comments are the same as for mine, thanks for the updates.
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