August 2014 Blog Posts (21)

Viking Zenith Weekly Review

Several Vikings having their one year birthdays

It's been 1 year and 80 hrs. since my first flight in my Viking…


Added by Jan Eggenfellner on August 31, 2014 at 5:35pm — No Comments

Second Wing

Finally finished with second wing except the wing tip that I hope to get to this week.  Wanted to get done before July 4th but screwed up top rear skin.  Ordered new sheet of aluminum (still thinking could get done in my time line) and the sheet was damaged in shipping.  Re-ordered and got it a few days later.  Now shock and horror I start to think about match drilling all of the holes, weird myself out, so I put it off until after the forth so I don't have to rush.  Now (as we know how this…


Added by Tim Smart on August 31, 2014 at 2:34am — 1 Comment

4 Vikings at Zenith fly-in registered so far

Viking is inviting anyone with a Viking powered Zenith to join at the 23rd Zenith fly-in in September.

  • Flying aircraft - fly it in
  • Fuselage with engine mounted - trailer it in
  • Have an engine - bring it for show and tell

This was 3 years ago - come see what Viking is doing now…


Added by Jan Eggenfellner on August 26, 2014 at 6:32am — 2 Comments

One Week Wonder - Chapter Ten - Thunderbirds are GO! (but only after the One Week Wonder!)

With the FAA paper finally in hand, the shout came out from Charlie 'Move that plane NOW!'. 


The Thunderbirds (you know the F16s that display really well), were ready to do their display to close the whole weeks events... but they couldn't.    The crowds were on the line, and the planes had their jet engines running, but they were not being given the 'GO!' until after the One Week Wonder did its first ever 'under its own power' taxi.   




Added by Jonathan Porter on August 25, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

750 Cruzer build photos

I am waiting for the wings to be shipped Aug. 28.

 For those of you who couldn't attend the one week wonder build I took 178 pictures mostly relating to a successful 750 cruzer build. If you request them I'll be glad to send them. I also have 55 of my own 750 build as far as rudder, stabilizer and fuselage build you may also have if requested. The reason I don't upload these is because I can send to you with one click, This is much easier and faster for me. Thanks.



Added by Lyndon Leining on August 24, 2014 at 10:57am — 1 Comment

One Week Wonder - Chapter Nine - The Day of the FAA

Arriving on the Sunday morning, nobody felt 'not tired', but everybody felt 'totally exhilarated'.  The One Week Wonder sat out front, like a toddler about to go out in it's push chair for the first time, full of anticipation, ready for an adventure - but looking so innocent and unprepared.


It was 99% ready, and with just 50% left to go!  But that 50% was going to be a challenge... Then, they came with a black plastic bag and a remote control unit for the countdown clock.  It…


Added by Jonathan Porter on August 24, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

One Week Wonder - Chapter Eight - Day Six - Getting Wings...

Saturday morning was a blur.  Nobody could remember their own names any more - let alone whether they were coming or going...  It was as if those 'patience pills' were affecting memory too!  Thankfully, between everybody, everything was being accounted for, but the team were visibly slowing down.  Caution was being applied, because everybody knew that it was better to miss the deadline than make a mistake that could jeopardise the long term benefits from…


Added by Jonathan Porter on August 23, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

One Week Wonder - Chapter Seven - Day Five - First Words...

Friday... less than two days to go... 

everybody finally realized that somebody had been lying to the team - that clock was not right.  This was not anything like a seven day challenge.  Seven days would have given the team until 08:00 on Monday morning... BUT the organizers had this hidden agenda... the plane would be INSPECTED on the SUNDAY by the FAA... and needed full FAA certification before 15:00 on that very Sunday... so that a public taxi test could take…


Added by Jonathan Porter on August 23, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments

One Week Wonder - Chapter Six - Day Four - The day of Cake.

With all the 'smaller surfaces' completed, day four was a day of looking for jobs for the core team not involved in the fuselage or left wing - there was no shortage of tasks - event the clearing up and sorting out the tools that had managed to have a party and get muddled up! 

For those who had built Zenith Aircraft before, this seemed like an easy build - until they all realized that this was a CH750 Cruzer - so it was different.  With less than a handful of Cruzers flying…


Added by Jonathan Porter on August 22, 2014 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

One Week Wonder - Chapter Five - Day Three - The Joining of Parts Begins...

Day three was always going to be the day when we got an idea of where it was all going.  Everybody was tired, already.  The sprint had been done, and the plane looked like a plane... well almost - but this was not the time to give up - we had to hit the wall and keep on building! 


Work started on the flaperons, but it did not go…


Added by Jonathan Porter on August 22, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

One Week Wonder - Chapter Four - Day Two - Drilling out rivets

When the team arrived on day two they looked over the work from the day before... and noticed some mistakes.  That happens on EVERY build.  Every builder makes mistakes, so having some mistakes in One Week Wonder was to be expected... The mistakes were minor.  Not all the rivets had pulled well - it happens - and some had been pulled that shouldn't have been yet - that happens too!  So, as the volunteers for day two were lining up, the core team set about some minor fixes.  It should be…


Added by Jonathan Porter on August 22, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

One Week Wonder - Chapter Three - Day One - A Day of action

It was a tense moment, all of these people who didn't know each other - about to start in five minutes - building a plane in less than a week.  They all stood awaiting the starters orders... and then they came, from Jack Pelton, the EAA Chairman.  Jack comes from the illustrious aircraft manufacturer Cessna, and is now the leader of the EAA pack in feeding the worlds aviation spirit at a grass roots level.



Added by Jonathan Porter on August 22, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments

One Week Wonder - Chapter Two - A CAST OF THOUSANDS

Over the week over two thousands five hundred people were involved in the build - and signed the builders log - the worlds biggest builders log!  But it was down to a core team, and a lot of organization to make the week come together...


THE CORE TEAM:  This is the team that were practically full time in the Bull Pen - that place where the machine was being brought to life.  It should be noted that the core team had not met before the day... they…


Added by Jonathan Porter on August 20, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

One Week Wonder - Chapter One - BEFORE THE EVENT

We all know that any project of the magnitude of the One Week Wonder has to be planned.  This event started well in advance of the 28th July 2014 deadline - but not that many months in advance.  The team had to get all the parts for the project together, and a suitable space available to build the machine!  But that is no different, whatsoever, to any other aircraft project.


Clearly, all aircraft build projects require parts - quantity and type based on your project.  Once…


Added by Jonathan Porter on August 20, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

One Week Wonder - Prologue

It all started in a dark, damp, fuel and oil perfumed hangar.  The dim moonlight seeped through a crack in the hangar doors, picking out, with an eerie glimmer, a shiny spinner.  A large brown and black spider could be made out as it crawled along the strut towards the pitot tube of another unsuspecting aircraft, as they waited for they next flight.   That hangar held within it the 'Spirit Of Building Aircraft', also know as the SOBA.  That spirit, the very source of creativity and…


Added by Jonathan Porter on August 20, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments


Zenith Vikings!!!!!!

The BIG moment is approaching:…


Added by Jan Eggenfellner on August 16, 2014 at 4:28pm — No Comments

L Brackets for 75S1-1

A jig made bending and attaching the L brackets to the 75S1-1 ribs much easier and only took a few minutes to build.

Added by John Burns on August 11, 2014 at 11:09am — No Comments

Flaperons Complete

Completed the last of the flaperons on July 29th.  Working on the slats now.

Added by John Burns on August 8, 2014 at 8:46am — No Comments



The last of the ENOLA GAY crew has gone west. For years the surviving crew was the main attraction at WW11 weekend held at READING PA. They will be missed. It was in the nineteen forties when PAUL TIBBETS in a B17 transported (DUTCH) VANKIRK to his home at NORTHUMBERLAND PA.They landed on a grass strip located on PACKER ISLAND which is now SUNBURY  (71N). So it was fitting to honor  MR. VANKIRK with a flyover at the time of his interment with the movie B17 MEMPHIS…


Added by ulis temos on August 7, 2014 at 7:42am — No Comments

Honda® Fit conversion update - HondaFitAircraftEngine-Owners

Here is the most recent update on the Honda Fit conversion at -

"Honda Fit Aircraft Engine Owners and newbee's to this small slice of the pie in general aviation -

Just wanted to update folks who weren't able to attend one of our two Educational Forums on 'Converting the…


Added by Ron D Leclerc on August 4, 2014 at 2:32pm — 1 Comment

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