November 2012 Blog Posts (18)

Building an airfield...

Building Zenith aircraft is a pleasure we all enjoy.  Being a little more than 'naive' my team got to build the aircraft, the hangars and the airfield - as well as work on the regulations and approvals process for Ghana!  Today, we administer the training and assessment, as well as licence issue for the National Licence (LSA equivalent) on behalf of the Authorities.  It has been a long journey, and we have further to go.…


Added by Jonathan Porter on November 29, 2012 at 10:28pm — 7 Comments

Dual stick control

Has anyone installed the dual stick controls in a 601.

Added by Larry Vita on November 29, 2012 at 6:43pm — 2 Comments

First Flight N4707W

Aircraft passed airworthiness inspection. Had three small gripes, was able to fix on the spot. Fuel valve handle needed to be painted red, needed another "Experimental" sticker in the cockpit, and had to adjust cable retainer strap closer to the pulley at the aft baggage floor.

Aircraft flies great! Controls are responsive. Left wing is a touch heavy, Need a trim tab on the flaperon.



Added by Steven Winn on November 24, 2012 at 8:01am — 12 Comments

Start of my 750 project.

Well, I received my CH-750 last week. I felt like an eight year old on Chistmas day. I started with the horizontal stabelizer. After I clecoed the skeleton together with the copper clecos, I realized after clecoing the skin to the top side more was needed in order to finish the botton side of the skin. I didn't realize there wouldn't be enough supplied in the kit.

So I ordered 125 more and a few other tools I thought might be needed in the future. I should receive them next monday and…


Added by Bob Fairbanks on November 23, 2012 at 10:44pm — 1 Comment

X/C trip to Fayetteville AR

Last week, I took a few days off from work and went on my first X/C trip of any substance in N75ZX. I left Angleton TX on Thursday morning and landed in Corsicana TX to meet up with Ed Poteet, another 750 builder. Ed took me to get a hamburger and we returned to (CRS) in time to take him up around the pattern in my 750. I think he enjoyed it, and he mentioned that's what he needed to get moving on his project again.…


Added by Jimmy Young on November 23, 2012 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

Taxi Tests at Hood field NC

Time for airworthiness inspection!

I did get the nosewheel off the ground…


Added by Steven Winn on November 21, 2012 at 8:33pm — 3 Comments

Hangar Moving Day

This weekend we officially moved into the hangar with the transport of the wings and tail out of the garage. I am fortunate to have brother-in-laws with access to trailers and trucks; I don't think I would have gotten very far with just my MINI Cooper. 

The original plan had been to move the wings out of the wing stand as I didn't trust it to stay together from the road vibrations but my brother in law told me to have a little faith in my work and so they were loaded in the…


Added by Paul Sanders on November 20, 2012 at 12:40pm — 1 Comment

Wings back on

Wings back on for weight/balance and wet…


Added by Steven Winn on November 19, 2012 at 7:51pm — No Comments

Elevator Cable

Had to take steps to eliminate cable chafing at the aft baggage and the tail…


Added by Steven Winn on November 19, 2012 at 7:46pm — 1 Comment

Elevator Nose Ribs

After several weeks away from the project, I resumed working on form molds for a nose rib that I need to replace. After several attempts, I got the measurements correct and made several attempts at constructing before I had something I believe is correct. Pictures will be posted. While I have been trying to build a kit, I may try to build future ribs and spars from scratch! Building from plans is actually quite fun!

Added by David A. Judkins on November 18, 2012 at 10:01pm — 1 Comment

Copperstate 2012 - 4 days of flying with friends - 259 pictures - plenty of fun

This year was my 4th trip to Copperstate, the annual fly-in held at the Casa Grande Arizona airport (KCGZ).  The fly-in is fine, but for me the trip is the main event.

The flight this year was a total of 1,926 miles.  We spent two days flying each way.  I say we.  On the trip down I flew my Zodiac, keeping Doug Dugger of …


Added by Stephen R. Smith on November 17, 2012 at 4:00pm — 14 Comments

A um ano estamos voando apoiando um projeto no alto Rio Arapiuns, em varias comunidades. O projeto conta com voluntarios Odontologos que estam fazendo um otimo trabalho cuidando de Crianças carentes,…

A um ano estamos voando apoiando um projeto no alto Rio Arapiuns, em varias comunidades. O projeto conta com voluntarios Odontologos que estam fazendo um otimo trabalho cuidando de Crianças carentes, mas não apenas extraindo dentes com problemas, mas estão ensinando e acompanhando essas crianças em uma nova cultura de cuidado bucal. Isso tem ajudado muito a população dessas…


Added by Lucas Denes Campos Cordeio on November 16, 2012 at 6:55am — 1 Comment

Fuel tanks

Finished sealing and riveting fuel tanks yesterday. Now let cure and then test.

Added by Tim Smart on November 15, 2012 at 7:06am — 5 Comments

Final Assembly begins

I am almost tempted to add stripes to the rudder. Almost...I'm tired of painting.

As it sits, it weighs 524 lbs. I am pleased.

Made a tentative appt with the DAR for the week of Thanksgiving.

Added by Steven Winn on November 5, 2012 at 9:47pm — 3 Comments

Landings and Cooling

After several weeks of apprehension, read "scared to death," and one bent nose fork, I finally got some help from an airline pilot buddy and went flying at our farm strip.  I did 4 takeoffs and landings, while my friend watched from the ground with a radio and gave me some coaching.  That coaching and some great help from Bob McDonald, Jimmy Young, and John Austin gave me the confidence and the skills to finally feel comfortable with my landings.

I left the flaps alone and…


Added by Dr. Edward L. Olds III on November 5, 2012 at 9:10pm — 3 Comments

Stripes Complete

That is the last of the paint for the fuselage. Now final assy…


Added by Steven Winn on November 4, 2012 at 9:06pm — No Comments

Lightweight fuse/shunt cover

An A&P visited my project the other day and suggested a cover over the electrics since the installation is near the rudder pedal. This is a wet lay-up of 8 plys sandwiched in saran wrap, tucked around the fuses and shunt, and allowed to cure. It snaps right in.…


Added by Steven Winn on November 1, 2012 at 8:27pm — No Comments

601XLB flying !

After 5 Years in garage spending i dont know how many hours i am on finish ... i am proud and happy :) THX for good project easy building for Zenith ! :) and Ted Taylor for painting scheme ! :) Andrzej

Added by Andrzej Kostkiewicz on November 1, 2012 at 4:02am — 3 Comments

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