Monday, May 23, 2011

Western Sky Warbird Museum Jet Blast !

Scott and I flew the QuickSilver LSA over to the new St. George Airport (KDXZ) to attend the Western Sky Warbird Museum Jet Blast on Saturday May 23, 2011.

What a Blast ! Although, considered a long cross country from Hurricane to St. George with the QuickSilver LSA, we made it through the thermals and strong winds and entered a 4 mile very long final to runway 19. Half an hour later, after crossing the final approach fix, we touched down and taxied to the east side, to say hello to Cliff Chaney at his newly assembled hangar. A must stop if you are visiting KDXZ !
 The second leg of our trip was the taxiing from Chaney’s hangar to the event on the west side. Another long ride by any account...

 We were pleasantly surprised by the number of people attending the event. There must have been over two hundred people who came over to look at and take pictures of the airplanes there. 2 WWII Aces were there, Maj. Rigby and Lt. Fletcher, signing autographs. There were at least three food vendors with all kinds of goodies and a few exhibitors. One in particular had an awesome display of model tanks and airplanes from different eras. There was also an old military Ford Jeep? That was pretty cool.

At the end, Scott and I spent the rest of the time drooling over the P-51D Mustang “Hell-er Bust”. Hell-er Bust was built at the North American plant in Inglewood, California and delivered to the United States Army Air Force, 8th Air Force in January 1945. Hell-er Bust later served with the Swedish Air Force as Fv26131 from 1948 to 1952, ending its career as FAD1920 with the Dominican Republic Air Force from 1952 to 1984.

Not bad for a “free to the public” event!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

EAA Chapter June Meeting Directions

Directions to the Russ Roberts hangar in KCDC

By car:

Take exit 59 off Interstate 15 heading west on highway 56. The second traffic signal is Airport Road. Take a right there. (Ignore the highway sign indicating that the airport is straight ahead. That leads to the terminal.) Proceed north on Airport Road for about a couple of miles. After passing the National Guard Armory on the left, keep on Airport Road for another three quarters of a mile to a gate into the airport on the left side of the road. We will have someone at the gate to open it until 1800. If you arrive after that, call Russ's cellphone 435-590-7610 and we will get you in. As you come in the gate, note two hangars to the southwest. The meeting is in the one with the green roof.

By air:

Whether landing on runway 02 or 20, continue and clear the runway by taking runway 8 heading east. Immediately you will cross the parallel taxiway DELTA. Continue to the next taxiway, which is ALPHA, and take it northward. You will notice two hangars to the northeast. The meeting is in the one with the green roof. Turn off ALPHA into the taxiway to the hangar and park on the ramp in front of the hangar or anywhere on that taxiway, as there are no aircraft based on that taxiway except Russ's.

If you can, please bring a chair.  Light hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks will be served.

For several videos of Zenith 750 Short Take Off and Landing capability, search on the website or on YouTube.  In a recent review in a magazine, the reviewing pilot said that the takeoff instructions are to apply full brakes and full power, then release the brakes and "count to almost two" and apply full up stick!!!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

EAA Chapter meeting - June

The meeting in June will be at Russ Roberts Hangar at the Cedar City Airport (KCDC).  Russ has a Zenith STOL CH750 aircraft that meets the LSA category.  The specs for this aircraft are as follows:

(Based on factory prototype, equipped with 100-hp Continental O-200 powerplant)

WING SPAN 29 FT. 10 In. 9.1 m.

HEIGHT (rudder tip) 8 Ft. 8 In. 2.6 m.

WING AREA 144 SQ.FT. 13.4 m.sq.

WING CHORD 4 Ft. 10 In. 1.5 m.

LENGTH 21 Ft. 10 In. 6.7 m.


HORIZONTAL TAIL AREA 22.2 Sq. Ft. 2.0 m.sq.

EMPTY WEIGHT 775 LBS. 350 kg.

DESIGN GROSS WEIGHT (Edition 2) 1,440 LBS. 652 kg.

GROSS WEIGHT (LSA Limit) 1,320 LBS. 600 kg.

USEFUL LOAD (LSA) 545 LBS. 250 kg.

WING LOADING (LSA) 9.15 LBS/FT² 44.8 m²


DESIGN LOAD FACTOR (ultimate) +6 G / -3 G



CABIN WIDTH (bubble doors) 50 INCHES 1.27 m.

FUEL CAPACITY (std., dual wing tanks) 24 US Gallons (2 x 12 gal.)
SUITABLE POWER / Max Engine Weight 80 - 140 hp. / 300 lbs. installed

Look at this video for the amazing take-off and landing capabilities of this aircraft:

Friday, May 6, 2011

EAA Chapter Dues

Thanks to everyone who has paid their 20 bucks!  The 2011 dues are now due.
If you haven't sent your check, now's the time to do it.  Contact our treasurer at (435) 229.4382 for the address or bring it to our next meeting.

Remember, that's the main revenue source for this fine organization!