February 2010 Blog Posts (17)

Wing Lockers and additional wing stiffeners

I originally installed per the drawings, but I have 2 Dzus fasteners on either side to hold down the door. I wasn't happy with 2 L angles and talk at the time, 4 years ago, was to add at least one additional stiffener. And I didn't like the way the hinge protruded or that the door was in the way when opened if you were loading from the front, figured I would address these issues later. Now is later ;-) Pictured above is Version 1.

First, I… Continue

Added by Jake Reyna on February 27, 2010 at 6:23am — 2 Comments

Clem Kramer’s Zenith CH 750: From first part to first flight in just a year

The following was first published on the GeneralAviationNews.com website on February 21, 2010:

Posted by Janice Wood · February 21, 2010…


Added by Zenith.Aero on February 23, 2010 at 11:56am — 10 Comments

Lengthening rudder cables

New to site. How can i add a couple of inches forward positioning of the rudder pedals for more comfort? Add turnbuckles on the pedal end and shorten nose wheel rods? Any suggestions without running new, longer cables? I will have the plane apart doing upgrades and thought this might be a good time to do so.

Added by James Kendall on February 22, 2010 at 9:56am — 3 Comments

Landing Lights on a Zenith STOL

Assuming I get a full Pilots License and wish to fly the LSA CH-750 as a regular plane after the sun sets, I’d like to know where those of you who have equal ambitions plan to install your landing/taxi lights on the CH-750? Do folks even fly STOLs after hours as I don’t recall seeing them on the Zenith website on any of the CH-801 photos. With the fixed leading edge wing slat on the Zenith STOLs, it…


Added by Jay Parker on February 19, 2010 at 9:41am — 10 Comments

Continuing Progress

Haven't updated here in a while so I figured I'd let everyone know what I've been up too. I'm in the proverbial 90% done 90% to go final phase of building. My seat cushions are out for upholstery, I'm fininshing up some minor body work on my used cowl. I managed to drill the rest of the holes in my windshield without doing any serious damage. I spent most of today tidying up my wiring harness. Things like that.

I have a two page punch list that I am working through and am…


Added by Doug MacDonald on February 15, 2010 at 5:52pm — 1 Comment


Well not sure if I should title this Post IS MY WIFE PISSED OR WHAT, or DO I HAVE THE LARGEST FLEET OF 701'S? Last year while I was coming to the end of building my first 701, a fellow 701 owner had a taxi mishap in his, he decided that he would not repair it and parted it out. I purchased it minus the engine and instruments, hence my second 701 which currently sits in my shop. This last week I purchase a complete new…


Added by Debra and Patrick Nesbitt on February 14, 2010 at 11:59pm — 4 Comments

More Progress...

Wing skeletons are complete and it we finished earlier than we thought... Oooo, SCAREY! Now to skin the wings and start on the fuel system.

Added by Travis Corbin on February 12, 2010 at 9:23pm — No Comments

A tail in the workshop...

As we finalise the build of the MoM 701, one of the staff went to pick some parts and got a surprise...

She took hold of a lovely Royal Python... or did it take hold of her? Either way she exited the workshop and Matthew, our resident amateur Herpetologist, came in and carefully caught the snake and brought it out to the delight of the young ladies learning to build aircraft.

It disrupted build for a while - but as you can see it did provide some…

Added by Jonathan Porter on February 12, 2010 at 2:35pm — No Comments

Calibrating the Airspeed Indicator (ASI)

A sometimes overlooked part of the flight test program is calibration of the airspeed indicator (ASI). The airspeed indicator is (arguably) the single most important instrument we have on board our airplane, and it's important that owners/pilots make sure that the ASI has been calibrated (that it has been corrected for errors).

Indicated Airspeed (IAS) is the speed of the aircraft as shown on the airspeed…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on February 12, 2010 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

Dual sticks

Does Zenith make a dual stick conversion for the 701,Or do I have to make a conversion of my own?

Added by Wayne Silvan on February 10, 2010 at 10:28pm — 4 Comments

Painting – Why Can’t I do it Myself?

Having sent in a few photos recently of my first attempt at spray painting the tail sections of my 701, I have been invited to commence a blog on the subject. I’ve never done a blog before – nor built a plane for that matter, so here goes:…


Added by Jock Struthers on February 10, 2010 at 2:00pm — 8 Comments

Bubble door gas struts

Thanks Michael, Jonathan, Phill, Bob, and everybody else who took the time to respond to my request.

You guys have been very helpful.

Michael, I think I will go to NAPA and try your solution since it seems to be working.

I originally purchased two struts from Aircraft Spruce, but I didn't realize they were really for raising a canopy.

They are short and very strong, will not work very well for the larger movement needed of swinging open a door. I envy you guys…


Added by William Heath on February 10, 2010 at 12:59pm — 6 Comments

Wing Templates and last thoughts

I'm about to start the second wing and this will be my last blog on the Upgrade. I'm hoping to be ready for the Inspection by the end of February, or really close :-)

Expanding on my last blog Nose rib template, I've added another template for the bottom cap angle, 6ZU-1-5. I installed with the bolts to the wing spar using the template to postion and then traced around the cap angle. Removed the bottom Nose rib template and set the… Continue

Added by Jake Reyna on February 6, 2010 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Latest Update

Finished the holes and splitting of the prototype cowl on Monday, 2/1/10 and loaded the two halves in the car for delivery. Wednesday 2/3/10 was bright and sunny but cold, my wife and I made the trip to Weauwega to deliver the protoype cowl to the factory for final layup. They are loaded with work so I do not expect to see the finished product probably until March. Weather is still cold and I have not installed a heater so will wait for better weather anyway. It was a long day 3 hrs driving… Continue

Added by Phillip Owens on February 4, 2010 at 6:44pm — No Comments

Where I stand now

It has been a while since I have posted, so here is where I stand now.

Back in October I grounded my 601 because of the engine using oil, low oil pressure and just not running very well for very long. What I found was a partial oil ring on the #3 cylinder as well as a few bearings that were at service limits on the crank shaft and cam shaft. I also found a stud that had pulled loose from the crank case under the rear cam shaft journal, so the case needs to be line bored also. I also… Continue

Added by Glenn Johnson on February 3, 2010 at 8:09pm — 4 Comments

VGs on the CH-750...... wings, elevator or rudder?

I have been reading various articles about how VGs help in the flying characteristics and landings of various aircraft and I plan on using them on the elevator of the CH-750 as Zenith suggests. But I have a question for any aeronautical engineers out there regarding VGs and if they would have any affect or be of any aid should they be applied to the plane’s rudder and if they were applied, would they be placed along the leading edge or someplace else? I’m just curious to find out if they might… Continue

Added by Jay Parker on February 3, 2010 at 7:17am — 6 Comments

Nothing goes as Planned

The plan was to finish before the weather got bad here in British Columbia, test fly the aircraft then paint it this winter. Well one thing after another and here we are end of Jan., still no test fly due to weather. So C-IIOA got sent off to the paint booth yesterday. In about two weeks we see what the weather holds for us and C-IIOA will have a new look.

Added by Debra and Patrick Nesbitt on February 1, 2010 at 4:39pm — 1 Comment

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