February 2011 Blog Posts (32)

UHMW Flange Dies For Sale ??????

  Im thinking about making 3 - 4 sets of flange dies for the ch750.  They will be made out of 1.5 inch thick uhmw.  This is a very hard plastic that is used in cutting boards, skid plates and fake ice skating rinks and a million other things. I guess what im getting at is, would anyone be interested in buying a set of these for 150.00 bucks.  They will be made on a metal lathe and be machined to the specs (or really close to the specs) in the manual.  Not trying to make a killing, just thought… Continue

Added by Jesse Hartman on February 28, 2011 at 4:15pm — 11 Comments

Flap position sensor

We are trying to install the Ray Allen position sensor for the flap.  We have the linear motor and the Ray Allen sensor which moves 1.2 inch.  Has anyone out there installed this combination, and could you share a description and pictures?  We know the flap arm travels 52mm but the sensor only travels 30mm.

We have the wiring ok to the panel indicator.

thanks, Wes & Lurlene Bressler

601XLB with Jabiru 3300


Added by Wes & Lurlene Bressler on February 27, 2011 at 10:06pm — 6 Comments

Fuselage Kit Received

My 650 fuselage kit arrived Friday (2/25/11).  Got all parts inventoried only to find that I received all the firewall parts for the 750.  So I will be working with factory to get this corrected.  Over the weekend I did get fuselage bottom section ready for corrosion protection and rivets.  Should be able to get this done this week and can hopefully work on sides this weekend.

Added by Larry Ward on February 27, 2011 at 8:31pm — 1 Comment


I would like to hear from any builder regarding his experience in trying to install the folding wing option during the construction of the CH-750. I am aware that it would be easier to add the option, once the plane was built, however I have not as yet reached that point, and installing the various components during the build, would make for a neater installation.

Once the installation is completed, I also see…

Added by Robert Pelland on February 27, 2011 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

How many challenges can you fit into one day?

Reality TV is for sissies. Honestly, I have seen these programmes of 'challenges' in remote areas - they are really not reality at all... IF you want reality, you have to spend some time amongst the real life challenges that West Africa has on offer - in abundance, raw and ready to make you question the 'necessities' that we all take for granted - after all, YOU have power and a computer in front of you - and they work, as does your internet connection.... so that is a…


Added by Jonathan Porter on February 27, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

Stabilizer complete

I've been too busy building to bother adding posts!  Anyways, cut out the skin, drilled, made the front and rear supports, clecoed the skin back on, marked out the front slot and slots for front supports, took the skin off, cut the slots, deburred everything, painted joint areas with primer and riveted the supports (7H2-6 and 7H2-7, I think they are) into place.

Today I put the skin back on (obviously had to cleco the curved side first, in order to slip over the front supports),…


Added by Marty de la Motte on February 26, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments

Some engine choices for my 750

(The original post can be found on my build blog at  www.stol750project.info/engine-selection.)

It's up to me to choose something to turn the spinny thing and I come from a position of next to no knowledge of such things. Reading the build forums there are as many opinions as there are choices and if you were to discount all the engines which are "most definitely unsuitable" for general aviation there… Continue

Added by Paul Sanders on February 24, 2011 at 10:30pm — 12 Comments

Year of the Zenith

Hi Everyone,

Here is what we have so far for the "Year of the Zenith" for Oshkosh 2011. Let’s get a conversation going and find out where you would like to go from here.


Tom Poberezny is putting together a parking place for 50 Zenith airplanes at Oshkosh 2011. I have asked specifically for the spot on the north side of the homebuilt parking area. That way we are a short distance from the Zenith sales area. Now, it’s time to see how many of you… Continue

Added by Joe Scheibinger on February 24, 2011 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

Ordered the tail kit.

All right, finally sent the check and ordered the tail kit.  Will be getting air compressor, wood for the work table, and generally setting up a workspace.  Since winter is in full gear here still, it looks like the tail is getting built in the dining room.  Drop cloth on the floor, tunes on the radio, sweet sound of the compressor, and little aluminum bits all over the place.  I getting excited already.

Added by Rebecca Anne Shipman on February 24, 2011 at 12:57pm — 2 Comments

0.125 aluminum angle vs .093 aluminum angle

Hey guys.  Just wondering if anyone has used .125 -3/4-3/4 aluminum angle in place of the .093 angle that the plans call for.

Added by Jesse Hartman on February 23, 2011 at 9:42pm — 9 Comments

On its way

with a few final details , like marking the covered wings with NO STEP on them , and making sure the box with plans ,manuals ,hardware are easilly open for customs , the shipment is on its way…


Added by Tracy Buttles on February 20, 2011 at 9:59am — No Comments

ALSA's First Customer

We are happy to host Frank Pisz officially as

American Light Sport Aircrafters Builder Assist & Assembly Center's

first in house customer.

Craig assisting Frank back drilling the slats.



Frank drove in from Texas this week and will spending quite a…


Added by Bill Carter on February 17, 2011 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Finished up with the packaging today and had it put back on the trailer , ready to get picked up tommorrow  

Finished up with the packaging today and had it put back on the trailer , ready to get picked up tommorrow



Added by Tracy Buttles on February 17, 2011 at 3:46pm — 2 Comments

Parts made out of 25, 32, 40, and 63 Thousandths Material

The sheets below represent the layout of parts made from 25, 32, 40, and 63 thousandths material


Sheet 1    25K




Sheet 2    25K



Sheet 3    25K



Added by Joseph Begany on February 17, 2011 at 2:28pm — 2 Comments

Part made out of 20 Thousandths Sheet Material

These drawings represent parts made out of 20 Thousandths Seet Material


Sheet 1



Sheet 2



Sheet 3



Added by Joseph Begany on February 17, 2011 at 2:23pm — No Comments

16 Thousandths Sheets

The images below represent the parts made out of 16 thousandths sheet material.



Sheet 1



Sheet 2



Sheet 3



Added by Joseph Begany on February 17, 2011 at 2:16pm — No Comments

CH-750 Parts Layout on 4 x 12 Sheets

What I am going to try to do here is generate a list of images of drawings I created in AutoCAD. All the major parts have been laid out for the CH-750 on 4 x 12 sheets representative of the 6061-T6 material needed to scratch build the 750. Most of the parts have been re-drawn from the 750 drawings and some of the more complicated parts have been represented as blocks on the sheets large enough for those parts such as the Cabin Side which is complicated but can be represented by a simple…


Added by Joseph Begany on February 17, 2011 at 2:10pm — 4 Comments

loading a 701 in a shipping container

spent the last few days loading a 701 in a over sea shipping container ( going to Equador)

20 foot is just enough  , sent a few pics and will have it all strapped down and secured tommorrow

had to higher a crane to set the container on the ground , just to high to work with on the trailer…


Added by Tracy Buttles on February 16, 2011 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

750 build thoughts

I have been helping a customer  build a 750

so far the fuse is almost complete , and it has been an enjoyable build , with all the new CNC parts and match drilling

I have had a few things that have come up and i thought i would share them

  I know that the kit is fairly new and there is bound to be some little issues

on thing i have found was on…


Added by Tracy Buttles on February 15, 2011 at 7:14pm — 5 Comments

Kitplanes magazine Flight Reviews: "Zen Four A Day" March 2011

The March 2011 issue of Kitplanes magazine includes an editorial and six-page article on Zenith Aircraft by editor Marc Cook. Following are excerpts from the feature story:

"Chris Heintz penned his first design in the late 1960s, with…


Added by Zenith.Aero on February 15, 2011 at 8:45am — No Comments

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