Daniel Niendorff
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  • Knoxville, TN
  • United States
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2500A float kit

My float kit arrived from Zenith. Ready to get building.
Dec 30, 2017
Erturk Kocalar left a comment for Daniel Niendorff
"Hi Dan, Congrats on your 801.  The flight with the passengers is priceless. I'm sure I'll bug you for build questions :) Take care and enjoy your 801. Erturk"
Dec 17, 2017
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I've got my float tables completed. 2500 amphib kits arriving soon.
Dec 13, 2017
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Nov 11, 2017
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First Passengers

I have completed phase one, and took my first passengers today. Perfect day for it.
Oct 31, 2017
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Zenith 801 Grass Strip Landing

Landing my Zenith 801 on the grass at SkyRanch (TN98) in Knoxville TN.
Oct 24, 2017
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Modified 801 Handle

After installing door seals, I had trouble getting the needed leverage to close my doors. I turned, knurled, and bent the U-shaped attachment, then welded it to the original handle and powder coated red. I also slightly bent the tip of the retaining…
Oct 11, 2017
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"Re sealed fuel selector valve connections (tiny slow drip). Changed fuel/oil filters, & oil. Replaced tank sump drains. 34 hrs so far !!"
Oct 11, 2017
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"Did Maximum Takeoff Weight Testing, and full rear CG testing at MTOW. Also got to visit John Austin at his strip - great day!"
Sep 29, 2017
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"Climb testing today. Determined Vx at 55 mph, Vy at 65 mph."
Sep 13, 2017
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Ready to start adding weight and exploring flight characteristics with different CG positions.
Sep 12, 2017
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"Flew without doors this evening for the first time. It's a whole different perspective, and absolutely great!"
Sep 8, 2017
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"More phase 1 flying today. CHTs running 350. Oil 185."
Sep 6, 2017
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"Oil temps up. Added baffle to flow more air over oil cooler. Oil temps now max 207, but mostly 190s. CHTs up a bit but still under 400."
Aug 18, 2017
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Flying my Zenith 801

Another great day of flying
Jul 18, 2017
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Zenith 801- grass strip landing

This is a video of the second flight of my Zenith 801. I built this airplane over 4 1/2 years. Very pleased with how if flies.
Jul 10, 2017

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Built a STOL CH-801 from a kit. I purchased the partially completed kit from another builder in 2013. It flew in 2017.
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At 12:08pm on December 17, 2017, Erturk Kocalar said…

Hi Dan,

Congrats on your 801.  The flight with the passengers is priceless.

I'm sure I'll bug you for build questions :)

Take care and enjoy your 801.


At 7:37am on February 3, 2017, Normand Lambert said…

Hi Daniel,

Thanks for your comment... I keep updating my status but sometimes Wonder if it matters much ... Anyway, lots of fun working on these planes. Good thing I got my CH701 flying while building the other ones... Keep at it, it will FLY !



At 6:50am on June 24, 2013, Daniel Niendorff said…
Hi Keith,
Yes I indeed, looks like we both missed our chance on the FWF recently posted. Best of luck to the Canadian who got it, but I would have loved to add it to my plane. I guess I'll have to keep looking. Glad to hear you connected to a good group. Our local eaa chapter here is similar. I just came back from the fly-in at the zenith factory in Mexico Missouri. No 801s showed up........ But was still a great trip. I'm making slow progress. Just about ready for riveting the fuselage sections together.
At 7:47pm on June 22, 2013, keith mcewan said…

Daniel, I see that you where after the firewall forward gear being sold in Utah, as I was !!. Would have been a great way to get a head start on the build but it's going to Canada I believe, I have joined the Sport Aircraft association of Australia which will help with licensing and testing etc on the 801. Also joining the Sport aircraft Builders club of Western Australia , small bitumen airstrip an hour away. No build progress as we have been 4WDriving up north for 2 weeks and still researching.  Keith McEwan

At 8:29pm on April 21, 2013, keith mcewan said…

Daniel, Thanks for the contact, I'm glad there are others on the same journey. I've never had two wings sitting in the lounge room before but they look good.  My intention is a relaxed build over a couple of years to allow time to learn the new skills needed and do as good a job as I can, being a first timer.Mine is complete except for the fwf and avionics, cabin trim etc, it has been assembled at one time. Look forward to keeping in touch. Keith Mcewan


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