Delays, delays, delays

Things have crawled to a halt here at Hangar Number 2.

  • The FWF kit was supposed to ship last week but Zenair never sent it to Zenith, and now they say it will be another 5 weeks before they receive the next shipment. This is a problem because….
  • Sometime within the next 2-3 weeks, access to my hangar will be cut off for approximately 10 weeks while the airport taxiways are resurfaced (yeah, I know 10 weeks, wth!). This will make it impossible to deliver the crate to the hangar.
  • I’ll be in the UK for the next two weekends, no build time available between now and the hangar access closing
  • The heat is rushing in, had some days in the 90s already, by the time the hangar work is complete it will be July and mostly too hot to work until the Autumn

So the great progress we saw at the beginning of the year has pretty much stopped for the summer already. Had the FWF kit arrived I think we would have had the engine hung before the break. If I’d had the time I think I would have gotten the wings cleaned up and possibly mounted to the fuse. Both things now have to wait.

It is going to have to be a busy autumn/winter build season to get this thing in the air by the end of next year (aiming to fly it before my 50th birthday in December).

4 comments for “Delays, delays, delays

  1. Rob Green
    April 1, 2014 at 18:53

    What a bummer, I was looking forward to seeing this plane done soon. Too bad it’s so hot down there. High of 3*C today did me!

  2. admin
    April 2, 2014 at 06:53

    Brrr!!!!! It is funny that there is a lady on the Zenith site who has to stop in the winter because it is too cold (she is in MN, I think) and just as she’s excited about perfect building days I’m shutting up shop because of the heat.

    I might cave and get some portable a/c but for a while it will be 120F/48C in the hangar and no a/c is going to make that workable.

  3. Dave Uhlig
    June 17, 2014 at 08:17

    I don’t believe you were anticipating having this build last so long, what with delays in shipping parts, and weather related issues, and just the immense time involved working mostly by yourself in doing 90% or more of the work, all while still working your normal job. It is a very time and labor intensive project. I certainly hope you realize just how impressive the job you are doing is to myself, if not others who contemplate doing this during retirement. That having been said… I just watched a video of the new CH750 Cruzer being talked about, and Lo and Behold, the process now involves all the pre-drilled holes being drilled to the CORRECT size at the factory!! Imagine how much time you spent redrilling out holes to a larger size, and take all that time away with the new Cruzer, I feel certain you woulld have been flying by now, providing you could afford the engine at an earlier time. It certainly gives me something more to consider as I myself dwell on the decisions I have been thinking about since about 3 years ago. I do wish all the best to you in the last stages of your own build, I have enjoyed the process as you describe it immensely!!

  4. admin
    June 18, 2014 at 07:00

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for the comment. I didn’t know that about the Cruzer grrrr yeah what a time save that would be!! Actually, if the Cruzer had been available I would no doubt have gone for that one over the STOL…. that said I don’t think I could have got done what I did without the DVDs so if there weren’t any for the Cruzer maybe I wouldn’t have?

    I don’t know, doesn’t matter I’m more than just a little committed now 🙂 I always thought it would take 5 years or so to finish but always hoped it would be quicker. I’ve slacked a bit from time to time and I’ve had a few setbacks but overall I’m happy with how its going. Now if only I could see how to get it finished!


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