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.
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.
I found the family clecos while looking for something else in the garage.
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.
|Stall Speed||34 knots|
|Never Exceed Speed||126 knots|
|Rate of Climb||1200 fpm|
|Range||450 nautical miles|
|Empty Weight||780 lbs|
|Gross Weight (LSA)||1320 lbs|
|Useful Load (LSA)||540 lbs|
|Design Gross Weight||1440 lbs|
|Design Useful Load||660 lbs|
|Load Factor||+6/-3 g|
|Take-off Roll||350 ft|
|Landing Roll||350 ft|
The rudder kit was nicely packed, and the inventory was complete.
- Rudder horn
- Top cap
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.
That ding-dong at the front door a few minutes ago was a UPS delivery truck with the rudder starter kit for a Zenith 750 Cruzer. Now if I could just find those damn clecos I inherited from my dad …