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Gary Simmons contributing to the Zenith community with engine tips




Added by Jan Eggenfellner on October 21, 2016 at 7:25pm — No Comments

25th annual Open Hangar Days & Fly-In: Beautiful planes, great people, many activities, and blue skies!

Here's a follow-up of the 2016 Zenith Aircraft Open Hangar Days & Fly-In, the 25th annual event, held on September 23 & 24 at the Zenith Aircraft kit factory in Mexico, Missouri:…


Added by Zenith.Aero on October 21, 2016 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Couple of test flights!

Below are two test flights of N2701 (a Zenith CH 701). Each is about an hour long. One is a series of take offs and landings in the pattern and the other is a single flight testing performance of a shortened IVO prop. The Zenith is powered by a Rotax 582 with 20 gallon fuel capacity. Being so long, both vids are pretty boring, but clicking back and forth to interesting parts is worth the trouble.…


Added by Cliff Stripling on October 21, 2016 at 9:38am — No Comments

Dealing with the anxiety of the flight test phase?

I am 6 hours into my flight test phase and am definitely struggling with the anxiety of everything that could go wrong.

For background - I have been flying for 25 years, have a little over 500 hours in Cessnas and have an instrument rating (though not current).

So far nothing really scary has happened with possible exception of finding a small engine compartment fuel leak AFTER a recent flight test. 

Yesterday I flew for about an hour - at…


Added by Gary Welch on October 20, 2016 at 2:41pm — 2 Comments

Mobility Cart Tug - and Keeping the Wife Involved

I bought a $40 non-working mobility cart at a yard sale. I got lucky and, although the wiring was all screwed up , the 24 volt motor still worked. 

When I bought it I told my wife this was HER aircraft tug. It was a way of getting her partially involved in the plane. Of course now the pressure was on me to actually make it work.

I ripped all of the wiring out and put a toggle switch on/off control on the mini-panel. I quickly learned that I would need a motor…


Added by Gary Welch on October 20, 2016 at 10:40am — 3 Comments

Matco Split Rims (MH6BD.75) manufactured BEFORE 2001 - BEWARE !!!

CH701sp Flight testing - 100.6 hours since September 28th,2012

Hi Everybody,

Thru their website, I wrote to Matco tech support about the FAILURE I had with one of their product (Split Rim MH6BD.75 rated at 660lbs/rim). I had found an article in the LightAircraft 'SafetySpot' of November 2015 where A similar incident was reported. The Murphy Rebel that suffered the failure was overweight for the rims but my CH701 was NOT.

They offered no compensation…


Added by Normand Lambert on October 14, 2016 at 5:46pm — 7 Comments

Photo Instructions for Cruzer

It would have been nice if ZAC instructors told us at the rudder course that the other photo instructions would miraculously appear after being approved for the builder's and flyers page, Zenith Aero.

Added by Terrence "Dr. Terry" Hall on October 10, 2016 at 10:01pm — No Comments

Richard Jones making AVIATION HISTORY

After trying out the Corvair, Richard spent 6 months and some money to redo his airplane with a Viking 130 engine.  He made aviation history yesterday by being the first to fly a low winged Zenith aircraft with the Viking 130 engine model.  I spoke with him today and he could not stop talking about what a huge difference the engine has made to his airplane.  We hope to have a takeoff video from him shortly in order to get a before / after comparison to the airplane being powered with the…


Added by Jan Eggenfellner on September 30, 2016 at 6:27pm — 2 Comments

Zenith 701 Repaint / Refurbish In Progress

Added by Kayle Mortensen on September 29, 2016 at 11:31am — No Comments

Building a CH750 and making modifications along the way !!!

Sept. 28th 2016.

Hi Again,

The CH750 elevator is finished for now. Let's work on the stab. Some changes :

1) Tip ribs will be constructed from 2 parts - rear rib and nose rib riveted together.

2) Front spar thickness went from 0.0250 to 0.032 for increased durability.

3) Rib design changed to full symmetrical profile keeping all height the same as the original ribs.

Changing the rib design to symmetrical also means only one…


Added by Normand Lambert on September 28, 2016 at 10:16pm — 4 Comments

Wiring runs

Was a little worried about running all my wiring through the center console, along with the fuel lines, and having the dual controls. Fabricated and a rack and, with a bunch of adel clamps, it looks to be doable.…


Added by Michael Chesney on September 23, 2016 at 9:35am — No Comments

First Flight N756AC after the rebuild

First flight of N756AC after the rebuild.
Zenith Phoenix
All went wonderfully

Added by Christopher Jon Brown on September 22, 2016 at 1:09pm — 2 Comments

Streamline Wing Struts for the STOL CH 701

We're pleased to introduce all-new extruded aluminum streamline struts for the STOL CH 701 light sport utility kit airplane.

Here's a first-flight video with the new streamline struts installed on the Zenith…


Added by Zenith.Aero on September 18, 2016 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

Don't do what I did!

Crashed my plane but all is well now. It's flying wonderfully again and hope someone doesn't make my same mistake by seeing this.

Added by Christopher Jon Brown on September 17, 2016 at 9:01am — 6 Comments

Parts, plans, engines for sale.

Hi everyone. I will be in Mexico for open hanger days next weekend. I am bringing with me a complete 601/650 tail kit, 650B plans package, 750 Stoll plan package, and 2 complete Corvair engines, less the car shrouding blower and carbs. These both have all the right numbers for WW conversion. If interested text me at 719 466-3101 for more details and pricing. Thanks Michael Armstrong, Pueblo CO 750 Cruiser # C75-10558

Added by Mike Armstrong on September 16, 2016 at 4:33pm — 1 Comment

Cleco Contest - Open Hangar Days 2016

Join us at the 25th Annual Open Hangar Days and participate in the first-ever Cleco Contest at the Zenith factory!…


Added by Rebecca Riley on September 16, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Camping - Zenith Open Hangar Days 2016

Plan to camp at the Mexico Memorial Airport (KMYJ) for the 25th Annual Zenith Open Hangar Days and have close access to all of the fun! Mexico's airport…


Added by Rebecca Riley on September 14, 2016 at 9:30am — 1 Comment


Roger and I went flying this morning in the Zenith CH 650 to summarize the events at the upcoming 25th annual Zenith Aircraft Open Hangar Days and Fly In coming up in a couple of weeks at the Zenith Aircraft factory in Mexico, Missouri:

Here's more info on the events from …


Added by Sebastien Heintz on September 9, 2016 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Zenith Aircraft Show - Fly Your Zenith To Open Hangar Days 2016 and Participate!

Fly-in to show off your Zenith during the 25th Annual Open Hangar Days at the Zenith factory in Mexico, Missouri and register your plane to be judged in the…


Added by Rebecca Riley on September 7, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

New prop for my 701

I've been flying for several years now with a 72" Warp Drive. As my good friend Felipe points out - heavy but reliable. However, no leading edge protection meant that over the years of landing in places an airplane probably should not go, I had a pretty battered prop.

I met with the folks at Sensenich who are just up the road from me here in Florida (I like doing business locally where possible). Their website actually recommends the 68" with a 912S. However, after thinking…


Added by Sebastian Dewhurst on September 6, 2016 at 10:50am — 3 Comments

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