March 2016 Blog Posts (13)

Rivet Spacing Utility

While doing layouts for the fuselage side skins earlier today, I decided to throw together this little bit of javascript

to help me calculate rivet spacing's. Not everything is a nice multiple of 20 or 40 millimeters.

I have a web server on my home network so I can bring this up in my IPad while I am in the shop.

Enter the distance and the desired rivet spacing. The page will print out the hole locations at or under

the desired rivet…


Added by Damon Brantley on March 27, 2016 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

It's a start!

I just moved to a new house and my workshop and tools are still packed in boxes, so the best I could do to keep myself sane and say "I'm doing something" is get to Kinko's and have a working copy of the plans made. I also had both sets spiral bound with a clear front cover and plastic back cover. 

It's not much, but it's a start! :)…


Added by Chris Boultinghouse on March 26, 2016 at 5:16pm — 2 Comments

Time to Start building

Just received the Tail Kit today.  Will start building this weekend.  pictures to come.

Added by Robert Davis on March 24, 2016 at 5:59pm — No Comments

Second g3x screen

Got a great price on my second screen from stein air.

Added by david shrader on March 23, 2016 at 8:23pm — No Comments

my cam100 engine

A couple of pics of my engine choice

Found it on barnstormers

Had been looking for a cam100 and found this one with 250 hours on it.

Older Honda civic EW2 engine core - good reliable engines

The 2.4 - 1  PSRU is a really beefy titanium,…


Added by peter vetter on March 22, 2016 at 4:22pm — No Comments

horizontal stab

  1. Back at it after a two years away form the project

    Skinned the horiz stab.

    plans building, so I oversized the skin to start

    Will trim and clean up skin once removed for deburring and priming of mating surfaces

Had a bit of runout on the forward spar top rivet line. (2.5 mm)

Checked the zenith construction…


Added by peter vetter on March 21, 2016 at 7:51pm — 1 Comment

Joggling cross stiffeners

I have been experimenting the last few weeks trying to figure out how to best create the joggles to go over the .093  longerons on the lower fuselage.

I tried the wood block method given in the zenith cd. I tried  the slotted aluminum sheet method as I had seen on the EAA homebuilder tips videos. I tried a third  method shown in the homebuilt help using a tucking fork and a hammer. I tried my vice. Perhaps it was  just due a lack of skill on my part, but the joggles I got…


Added by Damon Brantley on March 13, 2016 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

New Member, own and fly a Zenair CH300

Hi everbody !  I am a happy Zenair owner /pilot. Two years ago I purchased a Zenair CH300 Tri Z , powered by a Continental 0300 , with warp drive prop. I am a Recreational Pilot, enjoying every minute of flying, talking flying and aircraft topics. Looking forward to building a Zenair 750 STOL, which I intend starting in very near future ( this year)

Added by Ervin Goertzen on March 11, 2016 at 2:37pm — 3 Comments

Well as many of you have seen ,my plane is now flying. I have to give the real pilot credit for first flight .Dave ,who is also my instructor, is flying it during the first flight video. I did go alo…

Well as many of you have seen ,my plane is now flying. I have to give the real pilot credit for first flight .Dave ,who is also my instructor, is flying it during the first flight video. I did go along for the thrill and the learning experience. It was a blast. The flight went great, just a few minor problems.
Thanks to all that watched, Dean Continue

Added by Dean Smith on March 10, 2016 at 2:11pm — No Comments

Solid Riveting

Well folks, I've made a ton of progress since my last post. I have the cabin sides ready for solid riveting. I'm also ready to start match drilling the wing spar pieces. I've made about 75% of the parts in the plane. About 3 weeks ago, I broke my bending brake trying to bend some longer .063". The pop rivets holding the piano hinge pulled out. So, I thought I'd use the opportunity to practice my solid riveting by repairing the brake with bucked rivets. What a disaster. I simply CANNOT get…


Added by Greg Harris on March 9, 2016 at 6:46pm — 11 Comments

I have a Roy Built, Roy 5th bearing, 100 horse 1965 Corvair. Swinging a 2 blade 72" Prop.

My Aircraft will be slightly slower due to the drag of my STOL type aircraft. So, maybe 75-85 will be

realistic as an expectation. About to finish my fuel tanks this spring and a goal for me is that the wings MUST be on this summer. It was a pleasure to read about this Corvair powered 601. I believe that the Corvair is a real performer, and I…


Added by Michael J. Festa Sr on March 8, 2016 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Long Cross Country puts Corvair to the Test

Flew nearly 1000 miles from Delaware to North and South Carolina and back last week in my 3000cc Corvair powered 601XL and came away with a renewed confidence and appreciation for the combo.  

The trip to visit family and attend a conference originated at Eagle Crest Airpark (DE25) in Delaware and included stops in Farmville, VA (KFVX), Morganton, NC (KMRN), Greenville, SC (KGMU), and Spartanburg, SC (KSPA) before heading home.  

The 3 liter Corvair engine…


Added by Jon Reddick on March 7, 2016 at 10:58am — 14 Comments

Old Style Trigear Amphib Floats" />

Does anyone have a set of the older style CH701 / CH601HD Zenith / CZAW floats?

I'm bored these days without a project, so I'm thinking my CH601HD would be cool to fly on floats. Anyone have a drawing for the front steerable nose gear. If I remember these were compressed air…


Added by Bob McDonald on March 4, 2016 at 10:23am — 5 Comments

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