Ordered The Rudder!

Well, I went and did it – I ordered the rudder starter kit from Zenith, along with some of the hand tools that I need to do the assembly. No idea how long it will take to arrive, I’ve had no confirmation or anything yet, but I’m excited at the idea of seeing what I can do. And in the meantime there are some things that need to be done, such as:

  • clear out a space in the garage
  • work out some way to make that space cool (summer temps are around 110F outside)
  • build a workbench
  • get the rest of the tools I will need: a decent drill, some clamps, files, and some anti-corrosion paint
  • … probably a whole lot more …


4 comments for “Ordered The Rudder!

  1. Wayne Conrad
    July 1, 2010 at 10:39

    I’m considering a home-built also, so your build will be exciting to follow. I haven’t even decided on a design yet… May I ask about how much time & money you expect it to take before you’re flying it?

    110F? Sounds like Phoenix.

  2. admin
    July 1, 2010 at 12:24

    Hi Wayne, thanks for checking out my new site. Time and money is a good question and the cheap answer is too much of both, but I am starting on the principle of 18 months of build time before I get to the engine and instrument panel, and thinking around $50k for the whole thing. The big question is do I have $50k 🙂 Alas not!

    Yes, I live about 4 hr west of Phoenix, in the CA desert, not lovely in the summer.

  3. Wayne Conrad
    July 2, 2010 at 08:04

    Thanks for blogging!

    I understand about not having the money. My big deal isn’t whether I can afford to build one. It’s whether I can afford to have it once it’s built. An airplane has to be parked somewhere, and I’m considering a stick & fabric design that I’m guessing ought to be hangered. I understand that hanger fees can be pretty steep.

    Oh, and I have to learn to fly, too, before having an airplane will do me any good. More $.

    You must not be too far East of Palm Springs. That’s serious desert alright, but on the up-side it’s not IMC very often.

  4. admin
    July 2, 2010 at 08:19

    Yes, it seems to me that building the airframe is the easy part. Getting it airworthy, getting it certificated, and keeping it running are the hard parts. I’m hoping to find and be able to afford a covered tie-down, not too worried about a hangar.

    Already having my Private certificate certainly helps, more expense for sure. Alas, aviation is a spendy endeavour.

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