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James Siebenaler posted a discussion

Brake fluid

All,Any source for Texaco 15 hydraulic fluid or equivalent?Thanks!JimSee More
16 hours ago
Moritz P Wagner posted photos
17 hours ago
James Swatosh posted a discussion

Float rudder assembly 1900

I am looking for a float rudder assembly for my 1900 Zenair floats…See More
18 hours ago
David Krakowsky posted a discussion

601XLB airframe

Just putting this out there to see if there is any interest.a buddy of mine has a flying, painted, kit built 601XLB, I’m interested inpurchasing it for the Continental 0-200. He’s too old to keep flying, he built it.Anyone out there interested in…See More
19 hours ago
Darren Weston posted a status
"All permits have eventually arrived. Test pilot booked for 18th April 2021 UK Cruzer is actually going to fly."
John A Chastain posted photos
John V posted a discussion

O235 Cowling

Anyone tried to fit a Zenith Lyc cowl. It is not even close to fitting. Share your experience with this pls if you have any on this. TksSee More
Brian Thomas posted a discussion

Solid rivets

A question about solid rivets.The Cruzer wings call out AN-470-AD-5-6, -5-7, -5-9, and -5-11 solid rivets for the wing structure.In looking at Aircraft Spruce, they have -5-10's and '5-12's, but no -5-11's. Wicks also skips this size.Can anyone…See More
Michel Therrien posted discussions
James H Skaggs posted a blog post

Twiddling my thumbs

Ordered the finishing kit for my 701. They said it won't ship until late September. Building an airplane requires a lot of inspiration and motivation maintenance as it is. We've all heard of the high percentage of projects that take more than a…See More
Moritz P Wagner posted photos
Patrick Hoyt posted a discussion

Forum question

Is it possible for the person who authors a new topic on this board to delete irrelevant posts made by others underneath the original post...?For example, say I compose a new topic with a very specific question.  And then someone else makes a…See More
Orlando posted a discussion

Viking 130 Oil Consumption

My 130 has about 100hrs on it and it's been using about 1qt every 2 hours of flight time since new. It varies a bit with RPM. At 4300rpm it'll use 1qt/5hrs and at 4800rpm 1qt/2hrs.No leaks that I've been able to find. Based on the advise from…See More
Phil Smith posted a status
"Long cold winter...hmmm, no problems!!!"
Apr 11
Phil Smith posted photos
Apr 11
Daniel Niendorff posted a video

Zenith 801 float water rudder retract handle mechanism

This is the handle that I set up to retract the water rudders on my zenith 801 floats. It locks over center, so all one needs to do is flip the handle over ...
Apr 10
Glen Clarke posted a discussion

Jabiru 3300 Prop Drive Bushings

I am restoring a damaged 601XL powered by a Jabiru 3300 that had a Sensenich wooden prop, that I'm replacing with a 3 blade composite ground adjustable prop. I've found that the wooden prop used the larger 5/8" drive bushings but the composite prop…See More
Apr 9
David J. Beaulieu posted photos
Apr 8
John Austin posted a photo

The Big Dig!

Occasionally, there's an informal fly-in to my airstrip. There's limited parking near the hangar and usually a few planes wind up parking on the end of the runway. I've always wanted more area for parking so as to get planes off the runway. Kenneth…
Apr 7
Daniel Niendorff posted a status
"Float gear indicator lights, hydraulic pump & lines all set. Water rudder steering linkage done - working on water rudder retract mechanism"
Apr 6


Viking 130 Oil Consumption

Started by Orlando in Viking Forum. Last reply by Keith Thomas 6 hours ago. 8 Replies

Float rudder assembly 1900

Started by James Swatosh in Classified / For Sale Postings. Last reply by Daniel Niendorff 7 hours ago. 1 Reply

Pitch settings and cruise speed

Started by Dale Walters in Corvair Engine Forum. Last reply by David Krakowsky 8 hours ago. 11 Replies

601XLB airframe

Started by David Krakowsky in Classified / For Sale Postings. Last reply by Ramesh Nori 8 hours ago. 1 Reply


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RULE#1:  You'll need to use your real name, and be an actual builder, owner or flyer of a Zenith aircraft.  This site is an online…

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