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Reversed Main Landing Gear

As purchased, the main landing gear was reversed to put the gear 4 inches forward (see photos) to help the builder better hold off the nose gear when landing.  I plan to put it back to its intended (correct) position.  The engine is an O-235.

What is the best method to support the airframe when removing the main gear and reattaching it?

I plan to support the wings under a rib on each side using sailplane wing supports and the fuselage under the width of a bulkhead with the nose…

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Added by Dick Miles on June 12, 2018 at 11:46am — 2 Comments

First engine run of my UL350iS installed on my CH750 STOL

Thanks to the combined effort of my good friends James Yeh, retired air force mechanic, Righard Chen, avionics engineer of CTLS, on the memorable afternoon of May 24th 2018, again through combined effort, I started my 350iS for the first time, fuel fed via a makeshift fuel tank on the ground (due to limited workshop space, wings and empennage will be attached in the field), getting rid of the vapor lock took some doing; after pumping for a few times, and religiously waiting > 5 minutes after… Continue

Added by James NS Dao on June 11, 2018 at 2:23am — 2 Comments

Ch 750 wing root skin.

hi all trying to fit my wing root skins could do with some better build pics,and how to do it imfo thanks Tony.

Added by Anthony Morris on June 9, 2018 at 9:58am — 4 Comments

Moving on

Fuselage & cabin & cabin frame secure. Looking forward to getting firewall secure.

Added by Jeff Ford on June 6, 2018 at 8:31pm — No Comments

Facebook SUper Duty post

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Added by Jan Eggenfellner on June 6, 2018 at 8:25pm — No Comments

Zenith Banquet for 2018

Fellow Zenith Builders,

It's time once again to announce the Zenith Aircraft Builders Banquet for 2018! Our event will once again be held at the Oshkosh Elks Lodge, 175 West Fernau Ave, in Oshkosh, on Thursday, July 26. As always we have very comfortable seating, our own private bar, award winning food, and door prizes! The full bar will open at 5:30 PM for people that would like to come and relax early. Dinner starts at 7:00 PM. Tickets are once again available at the door…

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Added by Joe Scheibinger on June 4, 2018 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

My build log online

Up until now I’ve been using a paper logbook but taking a lot of pictures for my own reference later (and for the memories).

It occurred to me that Wordpress would make a great build log platform (and it is free, my favorite word!). I was originally just going to set it to private, but since a lot of people want to see the progress I figured what the heck…

So if you’re looking for something to put you to sleep:…

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Added by Michael Doornbos on June 4, 2018 at 7:11am — No Comments

Compact Drill Guide

Below is a link to a video of a small drill guide I constructed to help ensure I drill the wing bolt holes perpendicular.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfXiJ0Kga6Y

Added by Damon Brantley on May 28, 2018 at 11:25pm — 2 Comments

Backcountry Camping in the Rocky Mountains

This weekend Dave and I decided to check out a British Columbia Forestry airstrip in the East Kootenay area of the Rocky Mountains. The airstrip is known as Sage Creek as it is adjacent to the creek of the same name. We had only heard about it last year and apparently is rarely visited and the condition was said to unmaintained and one should be careful.

We departed our home airstrips after work on Friday evening with our camping gear. We decided to go direct “over the top” to maximize…

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Added by Joe Harrington on May 27, 2018 at 5:00pm — 12 Comments

Flying in Alaska

Earlier this month I participated once again at the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering in Anchorage, and visited with area Zenith builders and flyers. The day after the show I went flying with Bill Wilcox in his…

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Added by Roger Dubbert on May 25, 2018 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Massive River Trip

So it has started, day two of my massive river trip. I am looking at the Grand Tetons out my motel window here in Driggs Idaho getting ready for the first day of the Missouri River.

Yesterday I left Santa Rosa California and flew here more or less in a straight line, having seen that country go by before.…

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Added by Stephen R. Smith on May 22, 2018 at 7:31am — 12 Comments

Lycoming o 290 and 750 Cruzer

I have a lycoming O290 that has been sitting in my hanger for many years.  Has anyone used that engine in a Zenith application (I am building a 750 Cruzer)?  I understand that it will have to be torn down and inspected.  Information that I have found on the web say that it weighs about the same dry as an O235 but is 135 HP?  Thanks, Pete

Added by Pete Krauser on May 17, 2018 at 8:43pm — 3 Comments

Full left aileron trim to fly level.

How to fix?

Added by Dick Miles on May 14, 2018 at 12:09pm — 7 Comments

Video

Hey just want to throw this out there, my daughter is the one that did my first flight video from crappy go pro and other clips my buddy filmed.  If any of you would like a video of your projects edited,put to music etc,etc she said she would do it for cheap.  She is a struglging college freshman looking for extra tuition money....Thanks Kay C. Caldwell..

Added by Kay C Caldwell on May 7, 2018 at 2:57pm — 1 Comment

Sun 'n Fun 2018

Here's my report of the 2018 Sun 'n Fun fly-in held last week (April 10 - 15) in Lakeland, Florida, with photos and videos of the trip to and from Lakeland from the Zenith Aircraft factory in Mexico, Missouri. Watch the videos for additional info (with…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on April 23, 2018 at 2:30pm — No Comments

recently acquired zenith Acro ch 150

have no info or  can't. get any advice on this aircraft. the build is 85%. minus engine I know they stop making them back in the 80's. please help!

Added by David Plumley on April 15, 2018 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Canopy gas cylinders

New to aircraft.

The gas cylinders on my aircraft 601XLB are listed at 40 lbs.

They hold the canopy up but if I step on the wing walk to get in the canopy falls.

Is that the best the cylinders should work? Seems poor to me.

Are they not working correctly?

Can or should I get higher pressures cylinders?

Thanks for your reply.

Added by Dick Miles on April 7, 2018 at 11:09am — 4 Comments

Rudder Vibration on take off

i am experiencing rudder shimmy through right pedal just after lift off.

My 601 is 6yo, 350 hrs Jabiru 3300.  My hrs 800.

i have checked cable tensions, all ok.  It settles after about 5 seconds of applying rt and or left rudder.

ball is in centre

i have removed wheel pants, no change.

any suggestions?

Bob Emery, Perth W Aus

Added by Robert Emery on April 6, 2018 at 4:10pm — 6 Comments

Thaw in the way

45 baby chickens showed up yesterday, and its above 30 for the first time. Thaw is here and will be making a mess for the next two weeks. I have to pause on the plane for a few days while we get ready for spring. After 7 weeks of hard building I am ready for a break for a few. And my hands definitely need a few days to heal.

Added by Joshua smith on April 6, 2018 at 10:35am — No Comments

Riveting firewall

riveting the firewall today. To facilitate getting the fuse on gear and off the table. Exciting times!

Added by Joshua smith on April 1, 2018 at 12:23pm — No Comments

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