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Motorav Engine

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Austin Aug 3. 8 Replies

Did anyone see the Motorav engine displayed at AirVenture?  Really interesting: 100 hp, magnesium engine block,  total weight 165 lbs (I do not…Continue

Zenith Banquet Ride-Sharing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Roland Ashby Jul 13. 2 Replies

I would like to encourage everyone going to AirVenture to attend the Zenith Banquet on…Continue

Tags: Club, Elk's, Banquet, Ride-sharing, Transportation

Anyone Parting-Out a Jabiru 3300 Engine?

Started Jun 23 0 Replies

I'm presently experimenting with a Sonex/AeroConversions "AeroInjector" TBI carb on my Jabiru 3300.  I would like an extra intake manifold flange that I can modify.  If anyone has a defunct Jab 3300…Continue

Tags: flange, manifold, intake, 3300, Jabiru

Flap Switch Wiring Diagram

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Burns Apr 18. 4 Replies

I installed an aftermarket rocker switch rather than the switch supplied with the kit, and it has finally broken.  I have what I think is the original toggle switch as supplied by Zenith and would…Continue

Tags: diagram, wiring, terminals, switch, Flap

 

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Motorav Engine

Did anyone see the Motorav engine displayed at AirVenture?  Really interesting: 100 hp, magnesium engine block,  total weight 165 lbs (I do not know if that includes accessories/exhaust)!  The engine is not quite in production yet, but they were advertising a suggested price of $12,900!This engine is not being built by a fly-by-night company (pun intended!)!  I did a little research and the parent company is RIMA which is a major magnesium…See More
Jul 31
John Austin posted a status
"Today I finished machining an aluminum intake runner to connect my AeroInjector TBI carb to my Jabiru 3300."
Jul 16
John Austin posted a discussion

Zenith Banquet Ride-Sharing

I would like to encourage everyone going to AirVenture to attend the Zenith Banquet on Thursday evening, July 27th, at the Elk's Club in Oshkosh.  I really enjoy meeting in-person so many of the active participants of the forums and associating faces with familiar names!  Zenith and several vendors provide useful and interesting presentations and there are great door prizes, too!Since the…See More
Jul 13
John Austin posted a discussion

Anyone Parting-Out a Jabiru 3300 Engine?

I'm presently experimenting with a Sonex/AeroConversions "AeroInjector" TBI carb on my Jabiru 3300.  I would like an extra intake manifold flange that I can modify.  If anyone has a defunct Jab 3300 that is not repairable or that they're parting-out, I'd like to get the intake manifold flange if available for a reasonable cost.The flange is secured by 4 bolts to the intake manifold and has a 2" o.d. tubular spigot. Here's a picture of the flange (red arrow) bolted to the intake manifold:…See More
Jun 23
John Austin posted a status
"Wrapped my Jab 3300's muffler with DEI "Titanium" exhaust wrap and installed a Robbins Wings cabin heat exhaust muff."
Jun 11
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Apr 17
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Airbox Weight? - Jabiru FWF Kit for Zenith Aircraft

I am currently experimenting with a Sonex/AeroConversions "Aero-Injector" throttle-body carburetor on my Jabiru 3300 vs the Bing 94.  The Aero-Injector is extremely simple, very light, gravity-fed, immune to carburetor icing, and has a conventional mixture control.  So far, the weight savings for the total installation is 5.4 lbs!  For those Jab owners with the Bing, let me assure you that mine was working perfectly - as many know, I just like to experiment, so there were no problems with the…See More
Feb 14
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Best Birthday Cookie Ever!

Tomorrow is my birthday and my lady-friend told me to be on the lookout for a UPS package today.  Sure enough, the big brown truck pulled up this afternoon with a box containing some packages of cookies:…See More
Feb 10
David Muse left a comment for John Austin
"John, I need to thank you for the tip about helicopter blade tape. I wandered over to the downtown airport last week and caught a mechanic working on a Jet Ranger (Sky4News) and asked him about it. He laughed a bit and told me to go over to Pep Boys…"
Feb 4
John Austin posted a status
"Today, I replaced the firewall forward rubber fuel lines - they were 5 yrs old. All the rest are Teflon lined/braided stainless steel."
Jan 9
John Austin posted a status
"Flew home today from Mexico, Missouri and Zenith's 25th Open Hangar Day! I saw many old friends and made many new ones! Thanks, Zenith!"
Sep 25, 2016
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Howard Strut Fairings

Yesterday, I flew the 750 up to KCSV for their annual Open House and someone had a beautiful Howard airplane on display.  (I don't know the model but I understand Howard was a manufacturer in the '30's and '40's.)I was struck by the very neat and clean fairing that encompassed both struts at the strut/wing junctions:…See More
Sep 11, 2016
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Sep 6, 2016
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... and now for something completely different - Z Nation Zombie Apocalypse Zenith STOL CH 701 !!!

A while back I got hooked on watching The Walking Dead series - one of a number of shows and movies about a "Zombie Apocalypse" where most of the population is turned into zombies by a mutant virus, aliens, government weaponized virus, GMO's,  etc.,  - you get the picture - take your choice! The plot is predictable - a small band of "normal" humans makes a trek to find sanctuary from the hordes of zombies and there's loads…See More
Sep 6, 2016
John Austin posted a discussion

Dual Bungee Nose Gear Suspension

A popular, recurrent topic in the Forums centers around the Zenith nose gear bungee suspension design.  As I always say, Chris Heintz is the master of simplicity and lightness and you can't get much lighter than his bungee system!  As with all designs, there are some inherent compromises:The bungee is a single-point failure system.Bungees seem to be unpredictable as to durability and failure, and deteriorate more rapidly with exposure to heat and oil.Bungee replacement requires…See More
Aug 16, 2016
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ViVidia VA-400 Borescope

Thought I'd pass along my informal review of a truly useful tool!A recent issue of Kitplanes magazine reviewed the "ViVidia VA-400 Borescope" from Oasis Scientific. I saw another positive recommendation for the scope on the Jabiru/Camit Engine Owners Forum  This is a rigid USB 8.5 mm diameter borescope with an 180 degree articulating head. For only $150 and a 1 yr. warranty, it was too good to resist, so I ordered one through Amazon.…See More
Jun 11, 2016

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Retired physician, 2700+ hr private pilot, instrument rated, built Monerai (Monnet) glider years ago.
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... and now for something completely different - Z Nation Zombie Apocalypse Zenith STOL CH 701 !!!

Posted on September 6, 2016 at 7:30am 4 Comments

A while back I got hooked on watching The Walking Dead series - one of a number of shows and movies about a "Zombie Apocalypse" where most of the population is turned into zombies by a mutant virus, aliens, government weaponized virus, GMO's,  etc.,  - you get the picture - take your choice! The plot is predictable - a small band of "normal" humans makes a trek to find sanctuary from the hordes of zombies and…

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the FSDO!

Posted on October 8, 2013 at 8:30am 4 Comments

We were discussing the pros and cons of using a FSDO inspector vs a DAR. This reminded me of when I got my Repairman's Certificate. Every word is absolutely true!

At the conclusion of my successful AW inspection, the DAR said "Unfortunately, I can't issue the Repairman's Certificate. You'll have to go to the Nashville FSDO (90 miles away) for that. Be sure and call them and make an appointment - they have a lot of security now and won't accept a drop-in visit!"  Sooo, I dutifully…

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A funny thing happened at the local open house ...

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 9:33am 3 Comments

My local municipal airport had an open house last Saturday and the FBO manager begged me to display my 750. Of course, that didn't take much arm-twisting! HA!

I was determined, however, to not let the plane out of my sight while on display as I have heard horror stories of little kids swinging form various parts of planes that were never intended to bear any abuse, parents plopping kids in the pilots seats and getting spills and/or the products of various kid's orifices on your seat…

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At 3:06pm on February 4, 2017, David Muse said…

John,

I need to thank you for the tip about helicopter blade tape. I wandered over to the downtown airport last week and caught a mechanic working on a Jet Ranger (Sky4News) and asked him about it. He laughed a bit and told me to go over to Pep Boys and get a roll of clear rock guard tape, like is used on car rocker panels. Said it was the same thing, only cheaper. You might want to look at this.

Dave Muse

At 6:04pm on December 11, 2016, Kenneth Buchmann said…

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I hope this sketch is clear

Kenb

At 11:49am on November 10, 2016, Theodor Galdi said…

John:

I still have not figured out a way to make my replies to your entries show up in them.

My current question is: How do you like your Conform Foam now that you have been flying the plane for a while?

Because of a motorcycle accident many years ago, I prefer a very firm foam on the seat base with no bolsters to keep the head of the femur off the seat. My experience with conforming foams is that they become soft and you sink in--which puts pressure on the hip.

BTW, the seats really do look nice.

At 9:23am on October 30, 2016, Theodor Galdi said…

John:

There was a posting on the Cruzer forum about building the vertical stabilizer. I replied with the "draft" email that Roger had just sent me. It is not there now.

Did you delete it?

At 8:03pm on October 29, 2016, ronald zielke said…

hey John  saw your plane  at the open house, and a  much deserved award, congratulations  

At 12:52am on May 19, 2016, Theodor Galdi said…

John:

Don't know an easier way to contact you. 

I ordered the folding wings option for my Cruzer and will soon be setting them up. I asked Roger if Zenith had any material on user experience with the folding wings and he said no, try the forums. I want to post in one of the forums asking about users set ups and  experiences, good and bad with the folding wings. Which forum do you recommend?

At 9:07pm on September 10, 2015, Larry Griffin said…

John...just dropping a line to say hello. New at this site and looking around to see who flys in the area.

The glider club moved to Cherry valley many years ago and I have flown off of it. In fact, I live 5 miles south of the field.

Is there a lot of Zenith‘s in your area?

Larry

At 8:36pm on January 5, 2015, ronald zielke said…

John would it be possible to get your phone no. and the best time to call.  I have a bunch of questions for you if it's o.k.,  if not, I well understand  thanks Ron  my email is zman@scrtc.com

At 8:54am on September 15, 2014, ronald zielke said…

thanks for the speedy reply John, are you going to the open house? if so hope to meet you there.

At 11:27pm on September 14, 2014, ronald zielke said…

John ron  zielke here-- would like to know were did you get your v-gee's and what type of paint did you use?  thought you posted that some were , but I can't seem to fined it-------thanks

 
 
 

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