Dale Medendorp's Blog (3)

Taildragger CG

I'm building a CH650 with the taildragger option.  Can I expect the empty CG to be more forward, aft or the same compared to a comparable equipped nosewheel CH601/650?

I can probably calculate the difference if I had accurate weight numbers for the nosewheel assembly.  I would assume the same weight for the mains, just a different moment arm.

Any info will be greatly appreciated!



(wings and empennage done, working on fuselage)

Added by Dale Medendorp on October 1, 2011 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Shipping issues

My fuselage and finishing kits arrived yesterday by truck in a large crate.  I talked to the shipping company that morning and asked if I needed anything at my end to offload the crate.  They said the driver would have everything that's needed.  Wrong!


The driver's first question when he arrived was "do you have a forklift?".  Because the crate was 10+ feet long, his pallet jack would only lift one end and he didn't think he'd be able to turn it to get it on the power lift on…


Added by Dale Medendorp on June 4, 2011 at 3:33pm — 5 Comments

Inspect removed rivets

The procedure I use to remove the AD-6 rivets from the spar for the upgrade is to first drill through the head with a 5/32 drill, shear the head off with a chisel, and then drill about 1/4" into the rivet with a 1/8" drill. I then use a 1/8" punch with an air hammer and push the rivet out.

The last thing I do is inspect the rivet to make sure that the drilling operation didn't go beyond the circumference of the rivet resulting in an enlarged hole in the spar. I'm happy to report that… Continue

Added by Dale Medendorp on December 4, 2009 at 1:59pm — 5 Comments

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