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Started this discussion. Last reply by David Jan 25, 2022. 6 Replies 1 Like
Recently I was taxiing to the run up and happened to notice that my oil pressure gauge (MGL EFIS) said 0 so I hightailed it back to the hangar and shut down. I've no idea how long it had said 0 which…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Alain Dufresne Jul 16, 2020. 2 Replies 6 Likes
Almost ten years to the day that I opened the rudder kit never expecting to order a second kit, let alone finish. I celebrated by turning my build blog into a book and I'm very happy with it. I…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Michel Ruf Mar 18, 2020. 3 Replies 0 Likes
Had a coolant leak recently and while taking a look I came across this rubber part hanging off the expansion tank outlet between the tank and the hose while the other half (on the left in the pic)…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Sanders Dec 27, 2018. 2 Replies 0 Likes
For Sale: Brand new, never been taken out of the box ETX680 Lithium battery.https://earthxbatteries.com/shop/etx680New price is $379 but since it…Continue
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Posted on September 26, 2017 at 9:13am 2 Comments 6 Likes
The feeling is still sinking in that after seven years of building I actually flew a plane that I built myself. Like my brother in law said last night "to think when you started you didn't know the difference between a screw and a bolt" so I really never thought I'd get past the rudder, let alone have something that flies.
I had originally planned to have Roger do the first flight so that he could look the plane over but scheduling issues meant that I didn't want to wait,…Continue
Posted on June 2, 2017 at 11:30am 6 Comments 4 Likes
Updating all my documents for the inspection, it looks like I have
~ 6 years 10 months elapsed time (thanks to location and climate I can only work weekends, and not at all between August and October)
~650 hours of build time (60 of which was the vinyl wrapping)
~$63,000 of spend on parts (small to big)
~10 occasions where I gave up
~2 occurrences where I had to be restrained from torching the whole damn thing (well, I was close to…Continue
Posted on July 17, 2016 at 12:01pm 2 Comments 1 Like
Today is the 6 year anniversary of opening up the rudder box in my living room and drilling the first hole. Even though I only get to work on weekends, and on weekends outside of the summer when it isn't 110+, I had kinda thought I'd be done by now. But if I've learned one thing on this project is to take all estimates and double them: and expect it to take longer than that.
While we are firmly in the 110s, I have managed to sneak some early mornings in this summer in an…Continue
Posted on July 21, 2014 at 3:11pm 4 Comments 3 Likes
This week marked the 4th anniversary of that first snip into the metal of the rudder kit. I now have 340 hours into the project, only managed 53 last year thanks to 10 weeks of airport resurfacing that robbed me of hangar access during the best months of the year. But what I lacked in hours I made up for in dollars, lol - the purchase of the Rotax 912ULS added quite a bit to the rolling total. I think it will be worth it though.
It really is starting to look like I am near the…Continue
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Hi Paul got my fuel valve today it's the V1 4 way . the valve body has three holes on the lower end of the valve with no indication of what is supposed to feed what tank or motor,or what is to go to what hole, tried to email the co but that didn't work to well, that was probably me. This valve has 4 positions off, both, l, R. there are no marking on the valve or in the very modest instructions as to how to plumb it? how did you do yours? thanks for any advice. Ron
Paul I feel your pain. I am verry lucky I was able to work on my project almost nonstop for 6 months and finished in that time. I am a total beginner like yourself. After reading some of your posts I can relate. like where or when do you install antennas. You will run into this often. If you call zenith as often as I did they need to be on speed dial. Roger is very halpful, if you get sent to Kaleb he will make you feel like a fool. I bought the videos and they helped alot, but there were still many ? . I have 55 hrs on my plane since my first flight Jan. 1st. and all I can say is hang in there. It really is worth the trouble. I am having a ball.
If you can build the plane, you can build the motor. I built a Corvair for my CH 750 and have a great time doing it. I encourage you to go to a Corvair College; you learn so much. Google CC#22 to check oout some of the pictures.
I use the hole cutter in my cordless drills which have 3/8 chucks so you will be fine.
This is the exact one.
Regarding you fuel sender hole cutting needs. On one of my visits to the US in 2008, I purchased an adjustable cutter with HSS blade from Sears for 20 bucks. I bought it for the very same job and works well. Be sure to use it slowly with light pressure though. Also fantastic for cutting instrument holes.
My decision to complete the wings before the fuselage is based on work shop location. The wings can be completed in the basement and there is a way to get them out. I will have to move to the garage (which is not heated) to complete the fuselage. So my plan is to do fuselage construction during spring and summer.
Are you going to paint your plane? I'm leaning towards polished finish with some paint.
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