Still Here, Still Hot!

Long time no post, I am still here but it is still hot! Not as hot as it should be for this time of year but still plenty hot enough. I did go visit the hangar a couple of weeks ago, took me 6 tries at the keycode to get inside the fence and then when I opened the hangar door a wall of heat almost knocked me over. Thermometer inside said it was 107!!

In the meantime I’m pretty much acting like I am not a plane builder, not reading many forums or websites. Hopefully though when the cooler weather returns in October I shall be back into it with a bang. Got to get her on her wheels!!

Hope you are enjoying your summer.

6 comments for “Still Here, Still Hot!

  1. Wayne Conrad
    August 16, 2013 at 11:47

    I understand. Here in Phoenix, I’m enjoying about the same summer you are. We had some relief last week, but this week it’s back to being ~110F. I can see out the window that the monsoon may be rolling back in, which doesn’t really help: The temperature goes down a bit, but humidity gets its turn.

    The only reason to get in or near a light plane at all at this time of year is if you can take off and quickly climb to where it’s much cooler. A hanger just ain’t the place to be right now.

  2. David H
    August 17, 2013 at 17:52

    I found your website and have spent the afternoon enjoying your write up about this plane. I too am interested in building a plane but am not sure I have the know how or the time. I’m weighing the advantages/disadvantages of building vs. puchasing a two-seat Cessna 150/152. Thanks for sharing your progress on this project. It’s the best site I’ve found on the net dealing with building the Zenith STOL 750.

  3. admin
    August 18, 2013 at 10:17

    Wayne, yes I think we enjoy the same summer weather, maybe a little bit more monsoonal for you? Still waiting for the high humidity to get here, been not too bad.

    David, thanks for the compliment on my site. I can’t comment on whether you have the time to build but, as I am sure this site shows, I knew nothing about plane building before I started so if I can get this far, anyone can. Now, I haven’t finished the build, we’ll see if I can get that far. I think if you just want to fly, buying is the way to go, you can spend about the same (or less) and be up in the air right away. There are definitely a lot of times where I think I’ll just buy something and not spend more time on this but the build is in itself a fun process and I have access to planes via the flying club I belong to in San Diego.

  4. Rob Green
    September 22, 2013 at 05:13

    Thanks so much for putting in all the extra time and effort to log your amazing build. I found your site a few days ago and read through all of it like a book that you can’t put down. I am seriously considering building the 750 Cruzer- don’t need a STOL plane, just one to travel locally in. I have absolutely no experience building anything, and with reading this clearly laid out blog, I think I can. I had a demo flight booked in Midland at the Canadian plant yesterday, but it was weathered out. I’m 6’4″, 200 lbs, and fit well in a 172, but not many LSA’s, so the go-ahead sign for me is if I can fit in it! I’m going to take the rudder course, and do the 5 day wing build at the plant, I’d like to get as much help as possible. For me, winter is the issue with the cold, as I’ll be building it in my one car garage, so I’ll time it in March when the temps are closer to 0*C.

    Best of luck, and I’ll keep reading!


  5. admin
    September 22, 2013 at 08:34

    Hi Rob,

    Thanks for the ever so kind comments. I hope this blog can be a help to somebody, even if it is to show what not to do lol I think if the Cruzer had been around when I started I would have gone for that one but I am looking forward to trying some STOL flight once/if my plane is finished.

    I really did start out with no experience and almost no familiarity with anything but a screwdriver so I think this project can be done by beginners though of course I haven’t finished it, lets see if it goes together first. The consequence of being a beginner is needing a lot of help but between some great people on the Zenith website, Zenith themselves, and other web resources the help is out there. Good luck and hopefully you’ll write a blog that i can add to my reading list.


  6. Wayne Conrad
    September 22, 2013 at 09:24

    I’ve wondered whether STOL might be a nice thing to have in the event of a forced landing, both because you can land in a smaller spot, and because light wing loading lets you go slower and so carry less energy into a crash.

    Supposing that’s true, I don’t think forced landings are frequent enough to let that decide whether to get a STOL airplane or not; however, once you’ve got a STOL plane, it’s a comforting capability to have.

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