Earnest Fontenot
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Profile Information

Aircraft Model
Zenith CH 650
Project Status
Less than half
Building From
Partial kit
Engine installed (or plan to install)
Building Experience
Have worked on airplanes before
Flying Experience
Private Pilot
Building and Flying Info / Your Profession / Other Background Info
I am a draftsman for a Civil Engineering Firm.

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Tracing Blocks

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 2:57pm 3 Comments

Friday I felt like I needed to do something that could be construed as actual work toward creating the plane. To preface this I will try to explain my parts fabrication ideas. Sorry about the long-windedness.

I have seen here and other places that while builders are making parts they have damaged them in some way or have had to remake the part for some reason. In thinking about this I decided that I need some way to be able to remake the part without having to spend any more time than…


Corvair engine and Aluminum sheet

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 8:05am 4 Comments

Last week I came across a gentleman that was selling sheets of 6061-T6 (12 - 0.016, 4 - 0.025, 1 - 0.032 and 1 - 0.040 all sheets are 12'x4') and a Corvair engine. As luck would have it he lives only 20 miles from me! My son and I went last Saturday to…


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At 1:55pm on October 10, 2014, Ron D Leclerc said…

Good looking work... as a plans builder it's always nice to see how you develop your parts as you go along!   I also have built a wood bending brake... works great along with wood flanging dies.  Aluminum is very forgiving material!


At 8:10am on August 28, 2013, Jon L Bateman said…

Seeing your post of producing your first part made me smile thanks. I am in the process of building a 601XLB from plans. Building my first part was exciting and making progress today stills feels the same. I have over 2400 recorded hours and in the middle of wiring. My engine is a zeroed out O290D Lyc. Best of luck on your build every completed part feels as great as the first one and gets you one step closer.

   Jon Bateman   N8728C



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