April 2010 Blog Posts (20)

Getting closer all the time

Today was a day to get closer to the first flight, the new fittings arrived for the oil cooler and were installed back on the airplane, oil and filter were changed, Added the forward bumper buffer for the top cowl by using a small rubber hammer, cut off the handle, and cut a 1/2" piece of plywood in a cirlce just larger than the hammer , screwed the two together and fiberglassed it onto the top of the cowl, when inverted into the normal position the base of the rubber hammer will just rest on… Continue

Added by Phillip Owens on April 30, 2010 at 8:22pm — 3 Comments

First flite after modification

N408WL flew today 04/30/2010 first flight after modification very windy day 90 degree crosswind aircraft flew very well only change was the ailerons seemed heavier than before. Made the best landings I have done. extra 30 lbs helped the cg. flew 1.5 hours 3.5 of phase one to go. Emptey weight 790 lbs with jabiru 3300, icom 200, Dynon 180, airspeed indicator, Garmin transponder, air gizmo and 196 GPS, flite com intercom, exp bus and compass 406elt. Modification added 30lbs.

Added by Harry P. Land Jr. on April 30, 2010 at 5:21pm — 2 Comments

Sun'n Fun 2010 and the flight back home

After our enjoyable trip to Sun'n Fun, we are ready for a week of work in the sun! One of the first planes we saw upon our arrival was Gus Warren's STOL CH 750:

This recently completed STOL CH 750 is equipped with the lightweight ULpower UL260i engine (hence the long nose) distributed by… Continue

Added by Sebastien Heintz on April 28, 2010 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Trip to Sun'n Fun in the STOL CH 750

Following is a brief report and photos from our flight to Sun'n Fun earlier this month:

(Update: See my new video clips at the bottom of this post).

To test the comfort and cross-country capability of the STOL CH 750, Roger and I decided to fly together (in one plane) to Lakeland, Florida, from… Continue

Added by Sebastien Heintz on April 23, 2010 at 9:00am — 19 Comments

Kalahari Cheetah Project

Kalahari Cheetah Project

Dr Gus Mills

Pilot in Command: Andrew Conroy and Navigator: Derrick van Zyl

Author: Derrick van Zyl


Tracking and finding missing Collared Cheetahs in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park for “The…


Added by Andrew Conroy on April 22, 2010 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

Weight & Balance 417SX

First I want to start by saying some stuff was missing. One set of seats and wing root fairings. I made my seats and the wing root fairings will be Carbon Fiber, maybe 10 pounds total. From the beginning I concentrated on building light. No wheel pants. Jabiru 3300 with a custom FWF. Grove gear. Wood propeller.

Second, I had Arnie the A&P at U76 use his certified scales.

Empty weight: 686 pounds

Left wheel: 231 pounds

Right wheel: 219 pounds

Nose wheel: 236… Continue

Added by Jake Reyna on April 21, 2010 at 6:00pm — 8 Comments

701 experience in NJ or eastern PA

Hello all,
I'm looking for someone in my area that can help me transision into my new 701, Just got it here and wings are hung, and I need to get my annual done. Then I would like to fly with someone familiar with the 701 to give me a little heads up. Anyone in the central/south New Jersey available to drop into NJ46 (PearlAcres) Apt.?

Tom G.

Added by Tom Genereux on April 21, 2010 at 4:20pm — No Comments

Update - Airworthiness

I plan on completing the discrepancy list by Wednesday and then head back to Astoria. Talked to the DAR, Jim Gilchrist, yesterday to verify the timeline once I had submitted the Notarized statement addressing the list. He's out of town until May 1 and will send out the Airworthiness as soon as he receives the paperwork. So, I'll be legal soon thereafter, yahoo!

Last item on the list will be Weight & Balance. I'm going to have the local A&P use his scales. I've tried to build as… Continue

Added by Jake Reyna on April 20, 2010 at 8:07am — 9 Comments

First Flight

Hi Guys,

A good day today, my 601XL completed its first…


Added by Peter Johnson on April 16, 2010 at 3:20am — 7 Comments

Finishing the cowl

Monday installed the oil dipstick door and did the layup for the box that will hold the wires that lead to the oil pan heater and the battery maintainer, This box will be fiberglassed on the inside of the lower cowl on the right side of the airplane and an access door will be installed also. It appearswe will need to add some rubber gasketing around the base of the cowl for a better fit of the camlocks. Then it is on to finishing the air intakes and baffles to direct the airflow into the intake… Continue

Added by Phillip Owens on April 15, 2010 at 4:49pm — No Comments

Sun 'N Fun

Hello from Sun 'n Fun 2010! Who else is down here besides me?

Everyone at home can follow this year's activities on the internet. Sun 'N Fun Radio is being streamed live at:


as are Lakeland tower north, and Lakeland tower south.

Added by Jim Belcher on April 14, 2010 at 4:55pm — 3 Comments

RE: N4882 flying again

I had 19.8 hrs on it. I talked with the Seattle FSDO and they said because I had not yet completed my 1st 40 hrs, they would not need to add additional testing time. I worked about 20 hrs per week for 4 months, but I did all the work alone. Keep plugging along!

Added by Louis Gallego on April 13, 2010 at 10:57am — 1 Comment

N4882 Flys Again!

I have completed two test flights, 0.5 hrs and 1.0 hrs, and it flys perfect, um, just like it did before the upgrade. Still adjusting the alerion trim to get it to fly hands off. Off to re-start my ASI calibrations. It's nice to be back in the air again!

Added by Louis Gallego on April 13, 2010 at 12:14am — 2 Comments

Natfly 2010 at Temora Australia

Hi Everyone

Natfly 2010 at Temora Australia was a great event.

Natfly is the National Fly-in for Recreational Aircraft of Australia (RA Aus) the body that governs aircraft up to 600 Kg in Australia

The change of venue went very well and there is a lot more space for everyone.

Zenair Australia had a site with three 601 XLs on display, they were Peter Franke, Geoff Moore and Allan Barton.

Demo flights where had by builders and people interested in… Continue

Added by Allan / Zenair Australia on April 12, 2010 at 11:05pm — No Comments

The Best Flight of My Life...

Today is the 11th April 2010 - more than 20 years since that first infectious flight in a C150 at Sywell Aerodrome in the UK. I have flown more than 40 types, over cities, countryside, desert, lakes, sea, mountains, forests, rain forests and low level over more hostile terrain than I care to think about. But today was special.

CH701 9G-ZAF, or Alpha Foxtrot was built for the Medicine on the Move flying doctors and nurses project, and she is beautifully…

Added by Jonathan Porter on April 11, 2010 at 10:44am — 5 Comments

Getting Real close to flying

Well here we are, spring is upon us and we are making progress, the cowling is back from the fiberglass shop and we have fit and installed the camlocks, some we will need to change to a smaller stud, I goofed on the measurement before ordering. left to do now are the two door openings, one for the oil dipstick and the other for the oil pan heater and battery maintainer. flush out and finish the air intakes and the cowl is complete. Have the latest update from Dynon to install, but that is…


Added by Phillip Owens on April 9, 2010 at 5:55pm — No Comments

Quality sport planes open house.

Its spring time and our open house is coming up on May 8th. We would like to invite all who can fit this into there schedule to attend. This year it will be on May 8th there will be a BBQ put on by the Cloverdale pilots association and the city of Cloverdale. We will have a few Zenith kits being worked on here and a 801 that is powered by a 6cyl subaru, Chris Desmond (STOL ADVENTRUES) well be here with his new 701 stol and we will have Stephen Smith with his cross county (everywhere) 601 XL.…


Added by Doug Dugger on April 9, 2010 at 10:42am — 1 Comment

750 or 701? Well, both!!

We have been testing and our CH750 with the 97hp UL260i. Flight testing is going well and should be done for our trip to Sun n Fun.

Doing our best to keep it light it has minimal interior, EFIS, Comm, and Xpnder, along with the 159 lb UL260i engine. Empty weight came in at 701.5 lbs, on digital scales, weighed twice. The firewall forward kit is currently available for any of the ULPower engines, 97, 107, 118 and 130hp.…


Added by Gus Warren on April 8, 2010 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

Newsletter #177 (March-April) & DVD being mailed now!

The new issue of the Zenair Newsletter is now being mailed to subscribers around the world. This issue has something for every Zenith owner - including new CH750 completion reports. In addition to the hard copy newsletter, a DVD is included providing an hour of video depicting builders just like you with their Zenith aircraft. (If you don't receive the newsletter & DVD, click…


Added by Zenair News on April 4, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

6-zu-1-1 rivet spacing

^6-zu-1-1 rivet spacing after adding the new piece. I thought I saw something about doubling the rivets out to rib 4. The plans don't indicate that.

Added by David Lautenschlager on April 3, 2010 at 12:07pm — 4 Comments

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