Back on the Flight Line

This weekend I was able to replace the blown capacitor and fuse in the charging circuit, put everything back together and test. This time I am happy to say that the ‘faulty circuit’ lamp from the regulator came on with the master switch, and off when the engine was running. So I think I have fixed the circuit. I didn’t notice an increase in voltage with the engine running but I didn’t have the RPMs very high.

The next test will be in the air, unless I can get someone to put the meter on the output wire when the engine is spinning.

Anyway, the good news is that the plane is flyable again. The less good news is that I’m currently in the UK so it will be a while before I can make that second flight.

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2 comments for “Back on the Flight Line

  1. Wes
    November 1, 2017 at 19:55

    Hi Paul,

    I just caught up on your blog, after reading pretty steadily over the last few weeks. Quite the page turner! Well done on your build, and thanks so much for your efforts in sharing your experience with the rest of us. I live in Missouri, so I imagine one of these days (years?) I’ll head over to the Zenith factory and take one of their rudder building classes. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Wes in Kansas City

  2. admin
    November 2, 2017 at 06:26

    Thanks for the note, Wes. Since you live right there, you should definitely go build the rudder, just watch out that you don’t get hooked and find yourself waist deep in rivets and sheets of aluminium!

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