Scott Smith
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  • Chino Hills, CA
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Viking 110 relability

Started this discussion. Last reply by Les Goldner Apr 17, 2018. 66 Replies

ok everyone, I’m about to commit to a Viking 110 engine for my 601 HD. So I’m wondering if anyone has had reliability issues.  I’ve heard good things, but has anyone had problems, like getting parts,…Continue

Build Order

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott Smith Oct 17, 2017. 17 Replies

I have finished my rudder and have ordered the rest of the tail section, time to save for the next section. So here is my question: what do most builders build next? I’d like to build my wings so I…Continue

Build Log

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott Smith May 19, 2017. 29 Replies

Does anyone have a build log format or example I can use to start my build with? I noticed that licensing inspectors have put a lot of importance on the build log for approval.

Zodiak Flyers/Builders in the Inland Empire of Southern California!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brad Rawls Mar 23, 2017. 8 Replies

Hello All,I am having a difficult time finding Zodiak enthusiasts in the inland empire area of greater Los Angeles, specifically Chino/Chino Hills and surroundings. I look to fly out of Chino Airport…Continue


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I'm a private pilot who hasn't flown in 23 years. I need to get back in the sky! I will be re-certing in the Sport Pilot Category for a variety of reasons. I am also a semi-retired MD.
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At 3:46pm on June 4, 2017, Jacky Winters said…

Here are the forum members listed in Corona CA.  Maybe it's one of them or one of them will know who it is.

Ted Taylor

Location: Corona, CA

Location: Corona, CA

Location: Corona, CA

At 5:59pm on March 31, 2017, Richard Green said…

Hi Scott,

I got delayed by life events and moving last year and I am finally getting going again this month.  Wrapped up the tail skinning, just some riveting left.  Ordering my wings in April.  I mulled over going for the 650B for too long and decided to stay with the 601HD.  I like the beefiness and useful load and honestly the cost is a plus.  I have a Corvair engine and may go that way, but I will look at the 100HP Rotax as well.  Did you go with the 601HD? Best regards, Rich

At 2:52pm on March 17, 2017, William E. (Bill) Stepp said…

Scott, I purchased a pre-built 601 XLB from an estate sale in Placerville, and flew it solo back to East Texas in late May. I learned (again) that the "L" in LSA is really LIGHT. A few of the "bumps" between Blythe and Tucson probably hit 2-G with significant pitch and roll. Without any type of autopilot assist, i.e. wing leveler minimum, I was flying hands-on 100% of the time. A Y yoke would have made managing the nav/comm and iPad trickey if not somewhat hazardous. If you go Y yoke, and want to go significantly cross country, go with a copilot/autopilot. But, keep an eye on your aft CG if you go with a copilot.

Also... If I ever even consider flying an LSA across the SouthWest desert in the summer, I want somebody to call the guys in the white coats from the funny farm to come after me.

Enjoy the return to flying.

At 6:40am on February 26, 2017, Richard Simmons said…
The average build time is 10 years. When I talked with my family about building I planed around 4 years. I started in 2005. I wound up coaching my daughters softball in league play coached 2 different age categories and then did travel ball in fast pitch softball. I wound up at the 10 year mark.
Wouldn't trade it for the world!

I built a rudder first.
Ordered the rest of the tail kit.
Finished that and ordered the wings.
Finished those as far as I could then ordered the rest.

That's what worked for me!

At 1:13pm on February 25, 2017, Richard Simmons said…
The build is simple. It's a learning process all the way through. I enjoyed the building process as well as I enjoy flying. Enough that a pietenpol is next.

Happy building!

At 12:49pm on February 25, 2017, Richard Simmons said…
Hey Scott,

One if the biggest motivators is seeing one I progress or completed.

If your near middle TN

Feel free to visit.

It's hard but easy. Just remember to eat an elephant one bite at a time.

Rich Simmons
Binary Field - SYI
At 12:19pm on February 25, 2017, Stan Cooper said…

Welcome to the Zenith Builders and Flyers forums, Scott. I've been a private pilot since 1964, let my special issuance 3rd class medical lapse in 2006, and have been flying as a sport pilot using my California driver license in lieu of a medical certificate. I own a factory built 2008 AMD 601XLi S-LSA which I recently converted to an E-LSA so I could make modifications to it without the manufacturer's approval (which would be problematic since AMD went out of business in 2009).

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I haven't posted in quite awhile. I am working at a very slow pace due to time constraints and perfectionism. I have lots of updated photos to show.


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