John Austin
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Framed Belly Hatch

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel Niendorff Oct 4. 4 Replies

While my STOL 750 was down for annual, I decided to frame the belly hatch to stiffen the edges and provide a good seal against the belly skin.  I had noted previously that there were some exhaust…Continue

Tags: coat, powder, epoxy, hatch, Belly

Motorav Engine

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert B Jamieson Aug 23. 9 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


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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…


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…


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…


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…


I hope this sketch is clear


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


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…


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…


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?


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

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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