Jim Smith
  • Claremore, OK
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Retired, flyer since 1976. Instrument rated with over 50 hours to date in my Zenith CH750. Suffering withdrawal from building the aircraft and may well build another.

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CH750 is nearly in the air

Posted on April 14, 2009 at 6:41am 4 Comments

A big day on April 13th as we pulled the CH750 out of the hangar and started the engine. The 0200 roared to life and sounded like a million bucks. We ran the engine for about 15 minutes, then shut down and back in the hangar. The last remaining items are so simple (and small). I have three bugnuts coming from Spruce to attach mixture, carb heat and cabin heat. I safety wired everything last night. Once the bugnuts are installed it's time to weigh, complete weight and balance exhibits and submit… Continue

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At 6:40pm on December 15, 2010, KENNETH DRUMHELLER said…


Thanks for your imput.  Having a plane painted can get expensive.  Yours looks great!  Pick out a few colors, paint all the sub-assemblies different colors, add graphics and you have a one of kind that looks great and doesn't cost a fortune. thx


At 8:19am on December 15, 2010, KENNETH DRUMHELLER said…


I was just admiring the pictures of your completed CH 750.  Where did you purchase the graphics for the sides and cowling.  Curious if you purchased them locally or found a site on the internet. thx

At 9:13pm on July 22, 2010, Neil Corella said…
Hey Jim.    What was the empty weight?  What engine and was the weight with paint?   Thanks.  Neil
At 7:57am on June 25, 2010, Stevie Chitwood said…
Hey Jim,
Just wondering if your 750 is in the air? Looking foward to visiting with you again soon.
Have a great day! Stevie
At 6:37am on April 30, 2010, Stevie Chitwood said…
Thanks, Billy and I are glad to be part of the zenith club.
Have a great day. Stevie
At 6:57am on April 6, 2010, Jim Smith said…
Hi Bruce, I do not have a fuel pump and gravity feed has worked great. I actually bought an electric in line pump when I was building her so I would have guaranteed line pressure but I realized that the pump defaulted "closed" if there was an electric failure. That did it for a pump. I decided to go with the old "Cessna" gravity system and I haven't had even an engine "burp".
At 12:00am on April 6, 2010, Bruce Cruikshank said…
Jim, Are you using any kind of fuel pump or just a gravity feed fuel system?
Thanks, Bruce
At 6:21am on December 23, 2009, Clemens Kramer said…
Jim, my 750 will be inspected on the 9th of Jan. The DAR said we would have to fill out another form because the 750 kit is not on the approved list. This form is a series of questions and the yes's have to be 1 more than the no's (51%). Did you have to do this and if so could you inlighten me or email me a copy of yours so I could be consistent.
Clem clemkramer@yahoo.com
At 9:01am on November 9, 2009, Jim Derickson said…
Hi Jim, I am waiting for my 750 kit,( early Dec) I am leaning towards the o-200 for power. I have read your information about heating, did you get the o-200 to run at acceptable cht levels ? Also, what prop/ pitch combination did you go with. Any information would be helpful
Thanks, Jim Derickson
At 11:14am on June 18, 2009, Kerry Owen said…

Thanks for the kind offer. Once we start the build I'm sure your experience will be a major asset. Yes... Jackson is just down the road a piece...

Kathy and I were at Zenith yesterday and both had the opportunity to sit in the 750 and take Demo rides. It was Kathy's first ride in any small aircraft and she came back beaming...! It was almost a religious experience for her...and she was on the verge of tears. She simply had convinced herself that flying an LSA was beyond her capability and yesterday's flight allowed her to realize that she actually could pilot an LSA as a handicapped person.

She had no difficulty getting in or out of the plane. We both agree that the 750 is a far better choice for us than the 650, given her physical limitations. The Zenith staff were great as always and Rodger was especially helpful in making Kathy's first flight memorable. She was so pumped up we could not leave without buying her a hat and T-shirt...and she talked about the flight all the way back to Farmington.

When I flew with Rodger, I was very impressed with the flying qualities. It was a little bumpy yesterday from the thermals but the 750 remained surprisingly stable. Hands off was straight and level. The plane felt very solid... Very little rudder correction was needed. Coming from flying Stearman's...I won't know what to do with my feet.

We have a Shelby Cobra roadster replica to finish and by that time the full 750 plan set should be available and we will start on the 750.

In the mean time...anybody need a new set of XL-650 Plans?


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