John Marzulli
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The 2016 West Coast Zenith Fly In Report

Posted on July 13, 2016 at 3:00am 4 Comments

The inaugural year of the West Coast Zenith Fly - In is now in the books, and it was a success.

This event was held in Arlington, WA during the annual (and great) Arlington Fly In.

Despite very threatening weather, we had seven zeniths show.

A 750, a 601, an 801, and four 701s. Two of the planes were from California!

We also had about a dozen active builders join us, which may be the most rewarding part of any fly in. Ideas and tips…


Training On Grass: For Fun And Safety

Posted on April 14, 2016 at 2:55pm 18 Comments

It has become old hat to complain about the decline of General Aviation. We can rant about the costs, how airports have been fenced off, or any number of ailments.

This tract is a little about one of those symptoms, a little about how to make flying more fun, and about making flying safer.

There is a vicious circle, a fully developed spin that we must recover from. Something that used to be ordinary, but is now feared.

Something that is fun, but potentially…


A Forehead Slapping Moment That May Save You Frustration

Posted on January 24, 2016 at 11:56pm 4 Comments

I have spent the past five months tracking down a strange problem. It was a problem that confused me, A&Ps, and lots of very smart people.

It was a problem that sent me down a path of inspections, repairs, experimentation, and lots of test flying.

It was a problem that was ultimately solved by two cents with of zipties.

When I pulled back the throttle on my 912ULS powered (550 hours on the engine) 701, the engine would start to get rough around…


A Potential West Coast Zenith Fly In At Arlington

Posted on January 11, 2016 at 6:30pm 3 Comments

UPDATE: This is now a REALITY!

Who would be interested in a West Coast Fly that is part of the Arlington 2016 Fly In?

The Arlington Fly In is willing to give us a…


Oshkosh Or Bust.

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 8:44am 3 Comments

It is finally time to "finish" N701GV. Wittman regional is 1400NM in a straight line from KAWO.

That will be a bunch of flying.

Anyone have plans, or perhaps spare wheel pants that would fit a 701?

I will also be adding temporary strut fairings.

Back of the napkin match shows that every 5 knots gained removes about 1.5 flight hours for the trip.

Anything above a 10kt total gain is going to be endurance.

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At 9:02pm on August 21, 2013, Austin Crowe said…

ps. your videos and pictures are amazing.  I think I have looked through them all more than once!

At 9:02pm on August 21, 2013, Austin Crowe said…

Hi John.  I recently bought a 701, with 912uls.  Do you think I could get a copy of your poh?  Austin Crowe

At 12:17pm on April 17, 2013, jim miller said…

hi john

i was told end of next week for the paper work to get to me .thats like 9 more sleeps .

At 9:46am on April 16, 2013, jim miller said…

hi john

for the poh i just customized it for my plane , things like the engine and the prop and some of the maintanance stuff that is in reguard to my high performance ea 81 subaru engine .

in canada we have to include what they call out of phase items such as you elt and encoder maintanace as well. I amagine you have to include those items also somewhere .the inspector is comming tonight at 4pm to look at the boots i had to install,and then i think i have to wait for the final pc of paper from transport canada before i can legally fly  .hopfully it will be here for the end of next week .

thanks and keep up with the cool vidio ,it keeps people motivated to cary on with building


talk soon C-GHWA

At 7:20pm on April 15, 2013, jim miller said…

hi john

i got the cargo net at canadian tire  and the seats are from walmart

thanks for the poh i used most of it .

At 7:06pm on September 20, 2012, Joe Byrd said…


Have you ever had your aileron controls seem to be heavy during higher winds aloft?  Control is smooth and effortless on the ground, but in mid-day flight during periods of 10mph or less winds it seemed harder today.



At 6:46pm on August 26, 2012, Joe Byrd said…

Thanks for accepting my friend request.  I also want to thank you for your wonderful videos. 

At 9:56am on August 20, 2012, Steve Rubinson said…

I like the olive paint scheme with the sharp-toothed mouth.

At 2:51pm on April 11, 2012, ulis temos said…
John, like your videos. Did you ever think of posting them on Vimeo backcountry pilot?
At 7:40am on January 24, 2012, Joseph Begany said…


The "dead stick take off" guy is in Idaho.  By the way his big yellow ship is for sale.  He is busy building a second Highlander and plans to put a 914 turbo in it.  The guy that I am refering to is Steve out of Carnation, WA.  He recently built his second Highlander and put a UL 350i in it and has an ongoing thread on the Just Aircraft web site dedicated to his experience with this engine.  He has also posted a number of videos on line and tends to like outback flying.  There is another guy in the area that built a custom modified Highlander with a metal wing frame and full fixed slats like the Zenith specifically for outback flying.  They seem to spend time together in the air.  Steve is a great guy and very knowledgable.  You might  check into the JA web site, look him up, and give him a call.  They would be a great group to do some flying together.

I am torn between the two airframes.  In all honesty I favor the Highlander over the Zentih but I can't scratch build the Highlander.  I have the plans for the 750 but I have not pulled the triger on starting construction.  Probably because I wish I could swing a Highlander kit.  I could save a fortune on scratchbuilding the 750 but I know it will take a lot of time.  For the moment I am just wasting time.  When the weather breaks I am going to fly my rental up to Michigan to check out a 701 with a Viking in it.  I am looking forward to that trip.  Perhaps that will get me off my but and commit to one or the other.

Enjoy.   Joe b


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