October 2012 Blog Posts (32)

its so nice to do your preflight

check your weather grab your wife or a friend get int the plane warm it up  just go fly    turn key and go even if it becomes that 35 dollar burger ja in ocala fl    Z701JN      afteralmost 4 years building and setbbacks it came together nicely     presently200 hour engine    190 airframe

Added by joseph aloof on October 31, 2012 at 11:12pm — No Comments

Bubble Door Latches

Latches for the rear corner of the doors. Made from 1/4" stainless hyd tubing. Silver soldered in a "bullet tip".

Door flanges are bowed, creating gaps. Haven't decided what to do about it (if anything).…


Added by Steven Winn on October 29, 2012 at 9:31pm — No Comments

Windshield Secure

Seam sealing completed after this pic. Finished this up around 1:30 am last night.

Added by Steven Winn on October 28, 2012 at 8:49am — 1 Comment

Aluminum cutter 2.0

Aluminum cutter 2.0 - A dremel tool is probably the most useful tool tol help with your homebuilt project. When trying to use a cutoff wheel, however, you have to control depth, angle and path all at once. Dremel doesn't make a base for the tool like the base on a skilsaw, but that would really help!


Dremel does make an attachment that threads onto…


Added by Larry Zepp on October 27, 2012 at 8:18pm — 1 Comment

Compass error fixed

Compass and Dynon both dead on West.  Yeah!

Made this de-Gaussing coil by wrapping a bunch of magnet wire around a coffee can. I didn't make enough wraps to plug straight into the wall, coil got hot. Had to use the variac. This thing will magnetize or…


Added by Steven Winn on October 27, 2012 at 6:59pm — No Comments

700 Hours Plus

N200BE has been a good 601XL.  It is a better 601XL-B.  "Betty" has been safe, reliable & fun.  This a/c has been to Oshkosh, Mount Rushmore & more.  Four things I would change about the last five years of flying this Zodiac. 

First, tuning the Bing carby was very difficult.  After several experiments the best adjustment was to put a divider in the intake tube ahead of the carby.  The result of not tuning the carby sooner required me to put new rings on the odd side of the…


Added by Mark Ertz on October 25, 2012 at 10:20pm — 3 Comments

Windscreen final install

Added by Steven Winn on October 25, 2012 at 7:42pm — No Comments

Almost finished painting


Added by Steven Winn on October 24, 2012 at 7:52pm — 1 Comment

A Bit More Paint

Added by Steven Winn on October 23, 2012 at 8:56pm — 1 Comment

Alternator Whine

Installed Red Baron XP LED Strobe on vertical stabiliser. I feel much better about being seen with this strobe.

Maybe some of you have some suggestions on a problem. I did not build this aircraft, I bought it and am learning on the go. interesting but frustrating. There are no good groups close by to draw information from. Ive had a problem with radio whine from the very beginning.Especially on transmit. I installed a noise filter on the alternator but it didnt help much. Since I…


Added by Tracy Trathen on October 23, 2012 at 11:50am — 5 Comments

Fuselage primed

Almost ready for final finish.…


Added by Steven Winn on October 22, 2012 at 6:40pm — No Comments

Completed TIG class..

Completed EAA TIG class this weekend (refresher for 5 years ago). Have equipment and metal.  Ready to practice, practice, practice. then start building metal parts..

Added by Gaston Brawley on October 21, 2012 at 9:42pm — 2 Comments

Both Wings Painted

Painted the right hand wing today. Fuselage is etched and ready for prime.

Got my Biennial Flight Review last week.I am extremely inspired to complete this project.…


Added by Steven Winn on October 21, 2012 at 7:47pm — No Comments

CH 750 Engine

I would love to hear a discussion as to engine choice for the CH 750. We will be operating mostly out of sea level fields in Florida with as many as 5 different pilots of all experience levels. Any advice is highly appreciated.

Added by Alex Haase on October 21, 2012 at 4:55pm — 1 Comment

Engine First-Then Build Plane

Spent last three days in Osseo MI with Roy Szarafinski assembling block and fifth bearing on WW Corvair Engine.  Plan on final assembly and running engine at CC#24 in Barnwell SC next month.  Once engine is finished I will begin building my CH750 from plans.

Added by Gaston Brawley on October 15, 2012 at 8:03am — 4 Comments

My first Post!!

Hello All... I recently attended the rudder work shop at the Zenith factory in September. I came home and started and finished my workbench along with cleaning the garage in preparation of ordering the rest of the tail kit...... and having Zenith send my completed rudder so I can hang it on the wall!!

I'm in NE Ohio an eastern suburb of Cleveland...let me know if anybody is in the area

looking forward to the building experience and keep up with all the forums etc


Added by John Mazzolini on October 14, 2012 at 6:49pm — 1 Comment

Flying in the wind !

On October 12th, 2012, I decided to go flying.

10 knots winds gusting to 21 knots.OAT 36F.

I still had to fix the slight turn to the right problem and then I would take the little bird to the sky for a spin.

I unscrewed 1 turn on the left aileron; problem fixed !

Got on board for a test flight. A Cessna C-150 (instructor/student) was doing circuit work so I asked them how the winds were....TRES SPORT, I was told. 

Lined up the runway, went to full throttle…


Added by Normand Lambert on October 13, 2012 at 9:52am — 9 Comments

Annual completed - Wooden Prop care and feeding

I keep my plane outside and was worried about my wooden prop and the weather here in Western Washington.  Sensenich is able to completely refinish and rebalance their wooden prop for $200 plus about $35 for shipping and handling.  The prop looks brand new, and is a lovely golden brown.  It took 3 weeks turn around time and well worth the money.

Added by Louis Gallego on October 12, 2012 at 6:39pm — 1 Comment

Fuel tanks

Borrowed a bead roller and rolled the beads in my fuel tank(s) skins. Little nervous as screwing up could ruin a lot of material. Beads came out great and I even put in an extra in the center top and bottom of the tanks. Shouldn't have worried.

Added by Tim Smart on October 12, 2012 at 2:12pm — No Comments

weather seal option

The weather seal option makes it simple to stiffen the front edge of the door. The photo is of the forward lower edge of the pax door. This also gives a nice deep seal to keep the front edge of the door from 'catching air'

Added by wij Horemans on October 10, 2012 at 8:02pm — 2 Comments

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