Zip ties, duct tape and wire hangers

There’s a brief but useful piece in this month’s Sport Aviation (p. 102) with tips on securing engine compartment wiring with zip ties. I had never heard of GripLockTies, designed specifically for use with electrical wiring. Noted for future reference.

Screengrab excerpt from June 2021 Sport Aviation

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Speaking of which, the four methods of countersinking

I wonder how any homebuilder ever had the time to countersink their rivets.

I’m driving only blind rivets, which means they’re inserted into a hole, then pulled into shape using a tool on one side of the rivets — commonly called “pop” rivets. On the way to looking up something else, this excellent old-school instructional showed up on how to drive countersunk rivets, that is, rivets that are flush with the skin of the airplane, eliminating a source of drag at high speed. Watching it, I wonder how any homebuilder ever had the time to countersink their rivets.

What is a Zenith 750 Cruzer?

It’s an all-metal, two-seat aircraft that meets the requirements of the sport pilot license. The Cruzer is the cross-country member of the CH 750 family, which includes a STOL “off-airport” plane and a stretch “super duty” version.

Stock photo of Zenith 750 Cruzer
Cruise102 knots
Stall Speed34 knots
Never Exceed Speed 126 knots
Rate of Climb1200 fpm
Range450 nautical miles
Endurance4.5 hours
Empty Weight780 lbs
Gross Weight (LSA)1320 lbs
Useful Load (LSA)540 lbs
Design Gross Weight1440 lbs
Design Useful Load660 lbs
Load Factor +6/-3 g
Take-off Roll350 ft
Landing Roll350 ft

Here are all the details at Zenith’s site.

The moment you’ve all been waiting for: The unboxing

Photo of a tall, thin box with the top lid removed, showing packing paper. Oh, and the electric screwdriver used to remove the box's top lid.

The rudder kit was nicely packed, and the inventory was complete.

  • Manual
  • Ribs
  • Spar
  • Skins
  • Doublers
  • Hinge
  • Rudder horn
  • Top cap

Photo of the contents of the tall, thin box, showing laid out across the packaging paper a half-dozen or so  formed, aluminum airplane parts; rivets; a plastic streamlined top cap; and a plastic-bound manual. Oh, and the electric screwdriver used to remove the box's top cover.

And best of all, 300 rivets to pull!

The next step will be studying the very detailed manual over the weekend and making a list of a few new tools I’ll need.