Necessary Tedium

There comes a time when you realize that your assortment of aircraft hardware has reached a point where you have to hunt and peck your way through every drawer to find what you want - when the shear variety of nuts, bolts, rivets, and what-nots have exceeded your personal memory capacity, and it takes longer to hunt something down that it does to figure out what you're looking for. When you reach that point, its time to make some labels! Continue reading "Necessary Tedium"

Large Hydraulics

schweiss hydraulic door

Oh heck--no, it's not an airplane part, and I wasn't cruising along at altitude, trying to stay awake - but it is definitely aviation related, since its part of our new workshop, so let's talk about large hydraulics that require gallons of fluid - and bleeding is a matter of pumping enough fluid to empty a four gallon reservoir. Along with working on airplanes, we've been slowly building a shop addition to our hangar, and part of that addition includes a hangar door big enough to roll airplanes in and out for work. Design restriction meant we needed to keep the building low, so the outside wall could only fit a nine-foot high door. Continue reading "Large Hydraulics"

Zenith Workshops Return to Sebring 2018

Zenith Aircraft's popular hands-on kit building workshops are returning to the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo next month.

The Zenith workshops are aimed at the first-time airplane builder and have become popular with sport aviation enthusiasts who are considering whether or not to build their own aircraft, but are unsure if they have the required skills, work-space and tools. Skills learned at this workshop are applicable to any metal design. Continue reading "Zenith Workshops Return to Sebring 2018"