Zenith 701 SPX is complete and has successfully received its Airworthiness Certification. Test flights coming soon.

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Comment by Chris Boultinghouse yesterday

Congrats! Beautiful bird. You answered the questions that popped into my head when I saw the photo on Facebook. A 701 Cruzer. Awesome. :)

Comment by Kenneth E Clayton yesterday

Indeed Vance, you are to be congratulated.   Your insight and creative thinking is outside of the box, and that is to be recognized and saluted.  You were motivated to turn good ideas into design, problem solving, metalwork, assembly, and now soon to be flight.  Wow, that is really terrific!    I admire your talents and the airplane that grew from that.  Keep up the good work, you'll soar high in everything you do.    

"A mile of roadway may take  you a mile, but a mile of runway takes you to the world.  Aspire to live life more abundantly"  Kenneth Clayton 

Comment by Shawn Magin yesterday

Thats awesome vance! I hope to see you at arlington this year ( if they allow it)! 


Comment by Vance Simons yesterday

Thank you for all the great comments.  Yes this is not your stock 701 build. First let me say that Zenith makes an outstanding aircraft and one would be smart to build it per the plans. I have built 4 planes and this 701 is an experiment of some early ideas myself and a few other builder on this site had back in the days just as the 750 was starting to evolve. Call this a 701 cruiser. I've been asked about the SPX donation. When the 701 went to 1100 pounds GW the modifications needed to bring it to the new higher GW was called the SP mods. I call mine the SPX because of the few modifications I've done past a standard build. I've added one additional bay to each wing, added a droop nose rib, removed the slats, installed a symmetrical horizontal tail and divorced the elevator control from the aileron control tube. It is definitely a one off build. I hope to have my first flight sometime later this month. Wish me luck and keep building.


Comment by Bernard Reginald Clayton yesterday


Comment by Jim and Amelia Isaacs yesterday

Congratulations, a lot of work comes to fruition.  Custom wings and hard to tell but looks like a modified stabilizer setup too?

Comment by David R Anderson yesterday

Major milestone in your life! Congratulations!

Comment by Jeff Beachy yesterday

Congratulations! Looks great! The 701 is a blast to fly!

Comment by Roland Ashby yesterday

Nice looking plane, congrats!  I am also interested in what SPX means......

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