Thank you Dr. Olds for befriending me. I have been following your post since I started my build one year ago. Looks like you have done a fine job with your build so you are a good subject to follow. I feel your excitement leading to your first flight and many to follow. Good luck and be safe first. Thanks for your postings.
Thought I'd drop you a note on my progress. Talked to Jason Smith at Aerotronics and met with him at Sun and Fun to work out the details for a new panel. Everything worked out fine and they are going to build my panel. Like you said, not cheap but worth the cost. Don't recall if you have an autopilot. If you do I would appreciate any photos you have on the installation. If not I appreciate your help. Have a nice Easter.
Looking at your pics, I noticed you have a Dynon Skyview panel built by Aerotronics. Installing avionics and electrical wiring is something I will need some assistance. Do they have good documentation and instructions for a novice and would you recomend using their service? Appreciate you comments, THX
I'm planning on scratch building myself so I feel for Steve's problem. Didn't get to kick off my project yet. Ran into delays with an addition to the house that I need to complete before I can start devoting time to building. There is always something. You can't imagine how good it feels to know that there are still some people out there that will go out of their way to give a stranger a hand. I applaud your efforts. Good luck with your build. You must feel good to be getting so close. Take care.
At least you tried. I just ran across your notes and recent activity and thought of his recent activity and thought you could help. He wrote to me when I commented back to him about his problem. Perhaps now that the holidays are gone you might hear from him.
There is a guy on the Forum "750" that has been trying to join his fuse for the past several days and has a problem. Perhaps you could take a look at his post on the forum page for the 750's. Maybe you could help him find his problem since you have just recently been there! Good luck with the rest of your build. Looks like it's comming along.
It's a really nice feeling to do your own paint job except when things go wrong. There is usually something that goes wrong for me at the start of painting. Once I get those little things sorted, it all instantly visible progress from there.
Today it's -15C and beatiful sunshine - the WX is getting better towards the spring. The ski flying season ends perhaps in April - May in the North but I don't know if we manage to get our 701 ready by that. Snow is fun but the dark mid-winter is not so..
We have just installed skis on our club Ikarus and will be flying it shortly. The plan was to start yesterday but it was snowing too much, took visibility down to a mile and it was all just grey. You would not be able to see the "runway" from the air. We'll start an other day. There is so much soft snow that the runway must be prepared and marked, the plane sinks into the snow otherwise and you either get stuck or flip.
Hi Edward! Greetings from Northern Finland and thanks for your comment. We have about 50cm of snow here and more will sure come. The ski-flying season is about to start as the days are getting longer. I do not know if we get our STOL701 project flying before spring but if we do, we'll put it on skis too.
I think wheel skis like in the ZAC video are great if you do not have much snow and you fly from lake ice or fields. And they are handy when taking the plane in the hangar too.
George has a website, http://www.mrrace.com/
He has a lot of items for Zenith builders such as access doors, instrument panel face plates, too much to mention. He is a great guy. He also hosts a Monday night chat room on-line for Zenith builders.
Take care - Jimmy Young
I ran into the same problem with the filler neck & drain outlets not lining up with the skin holes. I eongated the holes with a half round file till I had clearance and used George Race's products (filler neck ring, sump drain ring) to trim it out. Worked great. There is a photo on my profile page if you care to see the filler neck trim ring.
Thanks for the kind comment. One of the ways that this hobby has survived so long is by the participants passing along their tribal knowledge. Glad I could help a builder just starting out.
Good luck with that 750. I know the grand kids will enjoy going flying with their grand father.
Hi Ed, greetings from this side of the 'pond'.
The pic was of G-CECZ taking off. I'm in the process of upgrading my microlight ( ultralight) licence so unfortunately cant fly her solo at the moment, but its not too far off now with my extra training. She was built by the guy who imports them over here and he has done a fantastic job. I'm too impatient to build so buying 'ready-to-fly' suits me fine.
All the best with your build.
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