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Jibaru 2200

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lee Engel Jan 25, 2018. 3 Replies

Would like to expand the engine discussion to include the Jibaru 2200.  Air cooled, lightweight, no reduction drive....what is not to like ? Continue

912 vs O-200

Started this discussion. Last reply by christopher fryatt Jan 25, 2018. 17 Replies

I started a similar discussion on FB and received a great deal of contradictory information. I am very familiar with the O-200, having hundreds of hours behind it in my C150M I owned for many years.…Continue

initial rivet hole sizes

Started this discussion. Last reply by dewayne clardy Nov 18, 2020. 6 Replies

Cant find anything specific about this but when drilling for A4 rivets, should I start with  # 40 bit, cleco, then remove clecos and drill with #30 and cleco again, or can I simply drill with #30,…Continue

Realistic build times

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Cates Sep 5, 2012. 12 Replies

Looking for some honest build times on the regular and fast build versions of the CH650....Thanks Continue


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Private, Instrument and Mult ratings....1000 TT, Aircraft owned, C150, Cherokee 140, Arrow 180, Beech Travel Air. Working toward rotorcraft rating.
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At 3:35pm on February 14, 2018, Cliff Stripling said…

Jim....  I used a 582 done by Rotax Rick, not the 670.  Cliff

At 11:21am on February 1, 2018, Scott Smith said…

Hi Jim,

  I decided to go for the 130. Paid $20k for the entire FWF from firewall to spinner.  The entire FWF weight including propeller, spinner, mount, engine, fluids etc is about 250 lbs which keeps me within the 265 max 601 HD design limitations. I just decided I wanted the very latest technology out there and an engine that is still in production.

I was quoted $12 k for the 110 with Fwf package, however, Apparently that engine is in high demand, so supply and demand may dictate a price change, I dont know.

At 11:41am on January 21, 2018, Loren Warner said…

I understand.  As for the O-200's, the weight was also a concern of ours.  Rotax being the lightest is a serious contender but the price is too high for us.  We also looked seriously at Corvair and UL.   The reasons we selected the Viking 130 was that although it weighs about the same as an O-200 or Corvair, it puts out an additional 30hp, and with a drive gear like a Rotax it has more torque.  UL was considered, but being from Belgium, the lack of available parts and service was a major consideration.  That brought us back to Viking with lower price, more power to weight, and parts and technical support readily available.  You should contact Bob Jones, he's a Zenith member and has built two or three 701's and only flies them on skis and floats.  He probably knows more about 701's than anyone.

At 6:42pm on June 24, 2017, Scott Smith said…
The homebuilthelp website is http://homebuilthelp.com and the "metalworking 101 with rudder workshop" is the correct video. $29 but well worth it!
At 6:38pm on June 24, 2017, Scott Smith said…
Hi Jim,
I saw your question about drill sizes in the main room. I tried to reply there but you had logged off. I am using #40 drill bit first, then I will use #30 to redrill to final size. The Homebuilthelp video on the rudder assembly is fantastic. He gives all the tricks.
At 9:08am on September 4, 2012, Les Bolen said…

Hi Jim, I am a first time builder, and i have close to 900 hrs on my 650 build. It is close to ready for maiden flight. It depends what avionics and options you put in as well. I have the dydnon skyview system, wheel pants, wing lockers, I carpeted the interior. Paint job alone took over 120 hrs.


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