Joshua smith
  • North Pole, AK
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Less than half
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Partial kit
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Have worked on airplanes before
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Sport Pilot (or Ultralight)
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Farmer in the summer, builder in the winter...we have a long winter.
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582 engine mount.

Posted on September 23, 2018 at 2:27pm 0 Comments

hello, would you happen to have any measurements ,pics, plans of your bed engine mount for the 582?

thank you.



Thaw in the way

Posted on April 6, 2018 at 10:35am 0 Comments

45 baby chickens showed up yesterday, and its above 30 for the first time. Thaw is here and will be making a mess for the next two weeks. I have to pause on the plane for a few days while we get ready for spring. After 7 weeks of hard building I am ready for a break for a few. And my hands definitely need a few days to heal.

Riveting firewall

Posted on April 1, 2018 at 12:23pm 0 Comments

riveting the firewall today. To facilitate getting the fuse on gear and off the table. Exciting times!

One month in, 160 hrs

Posted on March 16, 2018 at 9:11am 0 Comments

so, it's been a month since I picked up the kit. About 160 hrs in.

  The rear fuse is in deburring stage.

the wings are mocked up with tanks in, but still working on the nose skin,root ends, tips, etc..

   the horizon stab, elevator and rudder are done...but need to redo elevator as previous builder had mocked it up badly and so is not perfect.

  Landing gear is assembled and holding air.

  The firewall is at deburring stage.

    It's going well, it…


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At 9:17pm on January 5, 2023, Cam Andres said…

Thanks for the comment on my front fork and yes, it was backwards. Castors much better in the proper position.

At 3:35pm on December 30, 2018, Ken Ryan said…

No problem Josh. I have pretty thick skin. Also, I am not known for my diplomatic skills. I basically just say what I think. But I do try not to say things that are not accurate, and I try to label my opinions as opinions.

I do not have a Viking engine. When I was building my CH-750 I looked at the Viking. This was when Jan was first getting started with the Hondas, about 10 years ago. I settled on the UL Power and went that route. But before I got it in the air, Just Aircraft came out with the SuperSTOL and so I sold my near complete airframe to Norm, who did put a Viking on it (and is very happy with the engine). For the SuperSTOL I went with Rotax. In my opinion that is the best engine for the Zenith.

I too feel bombarded by Jan's constant posting of "Viking-is-the-greatest" stuff. In my opinion he is his own worst enemy. But I do like him personally and I try to set aside his aggressive marketing. He himself is quite guilty of bashing other engines, sometimes in misleading ways. I know he has turned people against him on that basis alone. I think he may recognize this as a shortcoming, as he has started giving his assistant more of the "public relations" stuff.

I am not completely sold on the Viking either. My main concern is not how long will it last, but how will it fail, when it does fail (and all engines fail eventually). Will it give warning, so that it can be taken out of service before disaster strikes, or will it fail suddenly? It would be really interesting to know how the marine applications hold up, and what eventually breaks.

Anyway, no hard feelings here. More snow to shovel.

At 8:25am on July 31, 2018, Cam Andres said…

Hi Josh,

Thanks for the kind words about my wild child 701. I Had to upgrade the front axle and forks  as the original design was too light for my EA81 engine. I broke the axle and lost the front wheel on an rough runway.

Good eye catching that detail.


At 3:00am on March 10, 2018, STEVEN and TARA SMITH said…

Hi Joshua

I endid up using a lycoming o-320. Here is a reference to a guy who is flying with the yamaha r1 engine !       

very impressive. contacting him and I bet you could get all your questions answered, including adapting a gear box and engine mounting. I hope this helps



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