January 2016 Blog Posts (18)

750 Seat Upholstery Part 3 Harness

There are several forum topics in the 750 STOL area about seat belts and 4 or 5 point harnesses.  So far I have seen three different ways of upgrading to the 4 or 5 point harness from the stock over the shoulder seat belts.  Joe Harrington has posted pictures of his installation using a cable attached behind the baggage back wall and John Austin has posted pictures of his installation using a welded tube running from the existing shoulder belt tabs.  Both of these types of installation are…


Added by JEFF COCHRAN on January 29, 2016 at 8:41am — No Comments

Sebring 2016

Here are a few photos and videos of the trip to and from the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, January 20 - 23, 2016, in Sebring (central Florida).

For us, the trip itself is usually the highlight of attending these shows, and the trip allows us to spend quality time flying the planes that we spend our days building, and allows us to experience first-hand the cross-country capability of our fun light airplanes. (To this…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on January 27, 2016 at 3:30pm — 8 Comments

The Begining

 Ok, I have the CH 650…


Added by David Warner on January 26, 2016 at 3:37pm — 5 Comments

750 Seat Upholstery Part 2

I later added a Velcro strap to hold headsets.  Seat cushions are positioned in the seat pan with Velcro also.

As with all my fabrication, I had it Cat scanned to be sure there were no defects.…


Added by JEFF COCHRAN on January 25, 2016 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

750 Seat Upholstery

I have been flying for several years with just some Noral seat cushions from Aircraft Spruce.  The 3” seat bottom was okay but the 2” back was always slipping between the back support bars.  I ended up adding a stadium cushion and a lumbar pad without much better results.  After reading several of the seat discussions on the forums, I decided to build my own upholstered seats.  As usual, I studied the work of my hero, John Austin, and copied his and others’ seats.  But in this…


Added by JEFF COCHRAN on January 25, 2016 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments


Years ago there was a picture of a flat black 750 with 2 IPADS on the IP. Does anyone know where I could find that picture? Im looking at paint schemes. It had a serious black helicopter Area51 look to it.

Added by Doug Schmalzel on January 25, 2016 at 11:14am — 2 Comments

A Forehead Slapping Moment That May Save You Frustration

I have spent the past five months tracking down a strange problem. It was a problem that confused me, A&Ps, and lots of very smart people.

It was a problem that sent me down a path of inspections, repairs, experimentation, and lots of test flying.

It was a problem that was ultimately solved by two cents with of zipties.

When I pulled back the throttle on my 912ULS powered (550 hours on the engine) 701, the engine would start to get rough around…


Added by John Marzulli on January 24, 2016 at 11:56pm — 4 Comments

Vikings Leaving For Sebring this morning

Added by Jan Eggenfellner on January 20, 2016 at 5:06am — No Comments

Swept angle jig for fuselage bulkhead form

Some pics of a simple jig for handling the varying angle of the fuselage bulkhead.

At the top the of the form the bevel will be 15 degrees and as it is rotated by 90 degrees it will decrease to 0 degrees. This roughly corresponds  to a bent edge of 90 degrees at the top and smoothly changing to  11 degrees open on the side.

The jig is hot glued together and screwed to the form.…


Added by Damon Brantley on January 18, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Week Two - EAA Chapter 245 "Gift of Wings" Cruzer

While there are some kit manufacturers, including Zenith, who offer a "two weeks to taxi" builder-assistance program, our EAA Chapter 245 project will take considerably longer than two weeks.  That's perfectly OK as we will benefit from the passage of time as a means by which to season our decisions on major investments such as engine, prop and avionics.  We have not yet made those decisions so the Sunday build sessions give us a terrific opportunity to discuss the merits of each potential…


Added by Mark on January 18, 2016 at 11:42am — No Comments

Building progress 2: CH-701 / Quito - Ecuador

Rear Fuselage finished: August 2, 2015

Added by Jonathan Kennedy on January 13, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Building progress 1: CH-701 / Quito - Ecuador

My first element: RUDDER -  finished FEB 6 2015

Added by Jonathan Kennedy on January 13, 2016 at 9:55am — No Comments

Steel Bungee Modification

I just finished installing the Viking steel spring bungee mod in my CH750  Edition I  project which is nearly 80 percent completed.   Although it took me longer than I expected, I am happy with the modification and glad I took the time to add the mod.  Here is a rundown on my installation experience.

The engine was installed (C90) before the mod and the firewall well populated with components, nevertheless, the changeover was not difficult.  However, I did…


Added by Bill Bear on January 11, 2016 at 11:24pm — 4 Comments

CH750 Cruzer "Gift of Wings" - Getting Started

I'm not sure how often this blog will be updated, however I'd like to use this space to provide some updates on my involvement in the EAA Chapter 245 (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) "Gift of Wings" build project.

Some background info...  In 2015, EAA announced a plan to provide to qualifying EAA Chapters a set of wings, a Gift of Wings, to encourage the chapter to build an aircraft and subsequently use that aircraft to promote aviation.  What a great idea!

EAA Chapter…


Added by Mark on January 11, 2016 at 7:56pm — 2 Comments

A Potential West Coast Zenith Fly In At Arlington

UPDATE: This is now a REALITY!


Who would be interested in a West Coast Fly that is part of the Arlington 2016 Fly In?

The Arlington Fly In is willing to give us a…


Added by John Marzulli on January 11, 2016 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Best wishes to you all!

Hello everyone (again) just checking in to let you know my advance since Feb 2015 (almosr a year!) Wow! I have my rudder, rear fuselage and firewall finished; about to round up forward fuselage ready to join rear fuselage; I have been a bit busy at work, but slow advance mainly responds to the fact I have been enjoying myself (no stress) with no particular finish date. Just sharing in case any body else is going slowly, dont worry...be happy! and have a wonderful 2016. My best wishes to you all… Continue

Added by Jonathan Kennedy on January 3, 2016 at 10:11am — 5 Comments

I was lucky enough to have been a part of a special day yesterday (Saturday  2nd of January) when on his sixteenth birthday, Ross Brodie flew solo for the first time. more than that he flew sixteen d…

I was lucky enough to have been a part of a special day yesterday (Saturday  2nd of January) when on his sixteenth birthday, Ross Brodie flew solo for the first time. more than that he flew sixteen different aircraft in the course of the day including (to keep on topic) my CH701. it was a special day with many well wishers present at Rangitata island airfield here in New Zealand, an impressive effort from a class act young man.


Added by Kevin Collins on January 3, 2016 at 2:59am — No Comments

Received plans.....the big day!!

Received plans, drawing familiarisation, material list planning 

Added by Glenn Henry on January 1, 2016 at 11:05am — No Comments

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