September 2012 Blog Posts (13)

My Zenith CH 701 Build Log, N943TR

This is what started it all off for me--the Zenith info pkg.  Well worth getting.…


Added by Terrell W. Rees on September 27, 2012 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Viking Girl At Zenith

Hello everyone, this is Samantha AKA “The Viking Girl”. I just wanted to say what a great deal of fun I had at the Zenith Fly- In 20th Anniversary. I would like to give thanks to all my demo ride guys: Gary, Creston, Clyt, Jerry S., Don L., Jeff, Lynn, Roger, Dale, Otis, Kevin, Don D., David G., Elmer, Charlotte, Gabriel, Chris, Jerry Si., Brad, Fred, Thomas, Rick, Steve, Devin, Zachary, Bob, Jerry W., Ron and Jonathan.

Again thank you all so much, I had an absolute…


Added by Jan Eggenfellner on September 26, 2012 at 3:54pm — No Comments

Exhaust Rubbing Engine Mount

Today I was finally able to begin disassembly of my exhaust system to investigte the damage done to my engine mount.  The right side cyl. tubes are too close to the lower tube of the engine mount and have rubbed a hole in the lower engine mount tube.



As can be seen in the photo, there is very little clearance between the right side exhaust…


Added by Doug MacDonald on September 23, 2012 at 6:15pm — 1 Comment


flew into 10th hour with viking eng. purrs like a kitten. the n,w, is smoky with all the fires. still able to fly.  living the dream

Added by Randall Wade Grandpre on September 22, 2012 at 11:27pm — 2 Comments

Flaperon Root Ribs Finished

Flaperon bellcranks installed to ribs with solid flush rivets to keep gap to fuselage small. Used countersunk Cherry rivets in the two spar end brackets. These end ribs are thicker that the other ribs (.025). I had used the original thicker ribs elsewhere in the flaperons and had to reorder these.

So far , I have not made any mistakes I couldn't overcome with…


Added by Steven Winn on September 20, 2012 at 9:50pm — No Comments

Jury Struts fitted

Jury struts fitted and ready for paint. Messed one up. Had to order more tubing.

Added by Steven Winn on September 20, 2012 at 9:27pm — No Comments

Wing connections complete

Fuel, fuel vent, Pitot, AOA, ground, Nav light, and fuel level connections complete.  Root fairings fitted.

Chips are from drilling up root fairings. I should have vacuumed before pic...

Added by Steven Winn on September 20, 2012 at 9:23pm — No Comments

Bungee heat part 2

After a few more flights testing heat ,i nmade a heat shield for the nose gear bungee

here is the pic just a simple piece of .016 sheet flanged on the ends and bolted on the the gear channel


I also made a simple 2 " lower lip on the…


Added by Tracy Buttles on September 19, 2012 at 4:03pm — 3 Comments

Moving from trial to real project

About a year ago, after spending time investigating a number of options for kit aircraft, I decided to get the rudder kit from Zenith via the UK (South) agent Gary Johnson. It took me a long time to build the rudder through being busy with work and other interests, and having to acquire tools along the way. Recently I got to the stage of having the rudder completed and primed except for riveting the skins on; I took it to Gary, in his capacity as Inspector for the Light Aircraft Association…


Added by Lindsay Pennell on September 15, 2012 at 2:44pm — 1 Comment

One Year progress report

One year ago, 9/11/11, I stopped at the factory and picked up a rudder kit.Then I did the unthinkable I ordered a whole kit.CH 650 B

I got the wings, rudders,elevators, done and test fitted, flaps and ailerons done,the rear fusalege is riveted and the front I am in process of riviting. All deburred.  Engine ordered from Viking for Dec. delivery  I know I got a long way to go but happy where I'm at.

Added by Marvin W Miller on September 14, 2012 at 5:16pm — No Comments

Trim Tab

Spent time this weekend working on the trim tab assembly. Have opened the cutout for the push rod and have temporarily mounted the servo motor. Everything is drilled out to final size, but not riveted yet. Probably the last time I'll work on the plane until after Open Hangar Weekend. Look forward to seeing and meeting many of you there!

Added by David A. Judkins on September 9, 2012 at 10:28pm — No Comments

Bungee cord heat testing

I have had two bungee cord fail on a 750 in the last few hours

not this is on a 750 with a zenith Rotax FWF kit


 Just the way that they failed made me think that it might be a possable heat issue

I know that I had not been hard on the bungee

 so i put a remote temp sensor on the area of the bungee that had failed

also I did some…


Added by Tracy Buttles on September 4, 2012 at 4:01pm — 6 Comments

Labor Day Weekend

More work on the elevator Saturday and again today, Monday. Have drilled spars ribs and skins to final sizes and about ready to disassemble for priming. Worked on fitting the upper and lower horns today.

Added by David A. Judkins on September 3, 2012 at 5:35pm — No Comments

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