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Has anyone on here built a 650 AND a Crizer

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jay Carter Jun 29. 1 Reply

I am really struggling with the decision as to which airframe to build. Fortunately, I get paid to fly. I really don’t have a mission, other than having a plane that i can use to teach my daughter…Continue

Questions about Zenith published weights

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lawrence Bird Aug 13, 2017. 1 Reply

Been a little while since I have been on here. Classic example of "baby on the way." I had purchased a Ch650 tail kit, but had to sell it when the baby came 4 months early. With the extended stay in…Continue

Zenith advertised empty weight

Started Aug 20, 2015 0 Replies

A question for the experts. On the Zenith website, when I am looking at the performance and specs, I am trying to determine what engine is used for the advertised empty weight of the 701 and the 750…Continue

Want to buy 701 or 750 kit

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jorge Matas Feb 18, 2016. 7 Replies

I have a friend that is Looking for either a 701 or 750 kit. Started or not, he is just looking for a solid project.

 

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Has anyone on here built a 650 AND a Crizer

I am really struggling with the decision as to which airframe to build. Fortunately, I get paid to fly. I really don’t have a mission, other than having a plane that i can use to teach my daughter how to fly. I have always wanted to build a plane, but I am concerned about getting in over my head. Is a cruzer THAT much easier to put together than the 650? See More
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Aircraft Model
STOL CH 701, STOL CH 750
Project Status
Other
Building From
Kit
Engine installed (or plan to install)
Lycoming
Building Experience
No Experience
Flying Experience
Commercial / CFI
Building and Flying Info / Your Profession / Other Background Info
Hello to all. My name is Russ. This will be my first build. I am 31 years old and from Alabama. I am a professional pilot. I began flying when I was 12 and became an instructor at 18. Can anyone guess what I wanted to be when I grew up? By the time I was 23, I was a Captain for a regional airline flying mainly out of the northeast. I have over 7,000 hours total time, 4,000 as an instructor and ZERO as a builder. So, I BEG YOU ALL FOR HELP! I thank you all in advance and I look forward to the relationships I will be building with you as we build our planes together.
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At 7:41am on September 18, 2014, David Mason said…
Hi Russel,
I am far from an expert but have worked on a couple of RV projects and got through the wings and empannage kits of the RV12. Their success speaks for themselves but I enjoyed building the tail kit of the zeneth Cruzer much more. The parts fit together VERY well and were extremely straight out if the box. Very little flutting if any was required unlike the vans project. It only took a couple weeks part time to complete the tail kit and the only frustrating part has been waiting for the fusalage kit to arrive. Fortunately that wait is almost over as it is arriving tomorrow. I highly endorse the zeneth product and so far am very pleased. Good luck,
At 4:24pm on September 6, 2014, Normand Lambert said…
Hi Russell,
Welcome to the family. These planes are not hard to build especially if you build from a kit ! They also fly quite well but not very fast...
Trade offs, trade offs...
Concerning your question about gross weight increase, you have to talk to the zenair guys at the factory, they'll give you a good idea to what extent you can increase it safely.
For my CH701(SP standad) they allowed a 10% increase (from 1100lbs to 1200lbs) without any problem. In. Canada, in the Homebuilt category, you need an official letter from tye designer/manufacturer of your plane stating that the weight increase is reasonable otherwise it is not allowed.
I dont know if it is the same with the DAR inspector in the US...
Check before with Caleb at Zenair, that's a start.
Regards,
Norm
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