January 2015 Blog Posts (10)

Ugghhhh...Cutting my spar

I attempted to cut one of my wing spars with the olfa knife and may have messed it up. On my initial pass, the angle aluminum I was using as a guide moved about 1mm. I ended up having two areas where it goes from 209mm to 208. From the way I read the construction standards this is past tolerance. Is it worth a call to Caleb to see if this still usable? I Had a bad feeling about attempting this with the scoring knife when I started...should a listened to my gut!

Added by Michael Chesney on January 31, 2015 at 8:34pm — 3 Comments

Flygas - Rotax 912 SUPERCHARGER = 140 HP

Here is a real product to wake up your Rotax 912 80 hp engine.

Failure of the Supercharger simply means you have to fly on the original 80 hp.


Added by Bob McDonald on January 29, 2015 at 3:25pm — 6 Comments

Flight from the Florida coast to Haiti

I have compiled the following photos and account of Jeff Badgero's recent flight from Florida to Haiti. 

Jeff and Carol Badgero are missionaries with H.O.P.E. Missions who have been working in the country of…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on January 28, 2015 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

My zenith aircraft

I have built two zenith kits in the past. My first one a ch701 was built in1991-1992. It originally was powered by a rotax 582 for about 300 hours. The 582 was replaced with a rotax 914 to give superb performance in the mountains where I live. I have put 1200 hours on the 914 now and I have nothing but good to say about the 701/914 combination. The airframe at 1500 hours is in excellent shape.

My second zenith is a ch801. It is completed and has been flying for about 125 hours…


Added by Clarence E Wood on January 27, 2015 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Finally building

Started on the Horiz. Stabilizer and just finished cleco-ing the front spar assembly.  Logging everything and taking pictures for the final inspectors.  Also trying to keep a good track of time spent.

Added by Kurt Satter on January 24, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

More Parts!

Don't have a shop with a bunch of equipment to make it easier but still plugging away. Everything so far with a ruler, jigsaw and a file. My local EAA has a big metal brake so I'll bend the pieces needing bends on Tuesday hopefully. Its kinda fun fabricating you own parts. I just hope they fit/work when assembly time comes.

Added by Michael Chesney on January 18, 2015 at 12:39pm — 1 Comment

Scratch building!

My first scratch built pieces! Not sure if I'm up to the task to do all the wings this way but I've got till march before the fuselage arrives so why not give it a shot. Starting with some small pieces out of some 0.032 and 0.063 T-6 I found at a local metal place. Also working on forms for ribs. Slow going but it's progress!

Added by Michael Chesney on January 16, 2015 at 7:31pm — 2 Comments

Corvair Engine - CraigsList FL - $450

1965 110HP Auto tranny engine with No Smog Heads $450 (obo)

Case # is TO826RH - Head #is 3878566

Good fins on cylinders, good condition and spins over with wrench 360

(So I have been told)

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Contact Norm at 386-804-7948 (Tell him BRYAN sent you)

I was about to go get this engine tomorrow, but decided to wait until my project is further along so I can focus on the airframe.…


Added by Bryan Walstrom on January 15, 2015 at 9:18pm — No Comments

It's Alive!

Second run of engine but the first on the airframe. I was surprised at how quickly it started. 120 hp, 3,000cc corvair.

Added by Jon Reddick on January 15, 2015 at 7:57pm — 1 Comment

750 STOL kit

Received my CH 750 STOL kit last week. Taking inventory of contents. Can't wait to start. Parts for major overhaul on Lycoming 0320 should arrive any day and I can get that part of my project out of the way.

Added by Chris M. Brammer, Jr. on January 12, 2015 at 4:30pm — 5 Comments

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