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Tuesday Builders/Pilots Chat 001

We had our first Builders/Pilots Chat last week and out turnout was a respectable 15 builders. The next chat is planned for June 28th at 8 PM EDT.

For those of you who missed the chat, the log is linked below. Enjoy! Tuesday Chat Log June 21st 2016

Added by Efe Cem Elci on June 25, 2016 at 6:08pm — 2 Comments

In the News: RAA Chapter 85's Zenith CH 750 Cruzer build project

Nice article on RAA Chapter 85's Zenith CH 750 Cruzer build project.

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Added by Zenith.Aero on June 24, 2016 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Landing light installation

Does anybody know the best way to cut the hole in the slat (of a 750 stol) for the landing light.

Thanks in advance for any ideas?

Added by Doug Wagner on June 15, 2016 at 9:16pm — 4 Comments

Looking for some consultation

Say folks... wondering if there is anyone within reasonable distance in and around the Austin Texas area willing (and interested) in getting together to share ideas and builders support?  I am well into my Ch701.. but.. the more technical aspects are challenging, i.e., bending aluminum skins to form elevator.. wings, etc... I would like to get things right the first time around..

Added by Rod Moline on June 14, 2016 at 1:49pm — 7 Comments

Starting to cleco firewall

After making lots of parts and remaking a few, I finally get to start drilling and clecoing the firewall together.

I mounted the firewall onto 80/20 stock with extra steel angle and magnets so I can work on it standing up.

The 80/20 is connected with hinges, so I can tilt the firewall back  to allow continued loose fit up

to the rest of the fuselage.

The fuselage can be seen behind and is similarly supported with 80/20,steel angle and magnets. .…


Added by Damon Brantley on June 12, 2016 at 11:06pm — No Comments


Drilled and cleco'd rear fuselage to cabin today. Center line and level and 74° angle side channels are great!  Wondering why the next step is the  instrument panel. A lot of work is still needed at bottom  connection of rear fuselage and cabin. I known not to do anything at strut location yet. Will follow photo guide but I noticed there is a lot of self interpretation  between photo guide and construction drawings.

Added by Jeff Ford on June 3, 2016 at 11:43pm — No Comments

Zenith Banquet for 2016

Zenith Banquet for 2016


It's time once again to announce the Zenith Aircraft Builders Banquet for 2016! Our event will once again be held at the Oshkosh Elks Lodge, 175 West Fernau Ave, in Oshkosh, on Thursday, July 28. 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 7:30 PM. Tickets are available at the…


Added by Joe Scheibinger on June 2, 2016 at 5:09pm — No Comments

Four-Position Flaperon Control Lever for the STOL CH 701

NEW Four-Position Flaperon Control Lever for the STOL CH 701

Video: Zenith Aircraft's Roger Dubbert takes his Zenith STOL CH 701 flying with the new flaperon lever:

The new flaperon four-position control lever/handle with the adjustable positions is…


Added by Zenith.Aero on June 2, 2016 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

Sharin part of my taxi test

So, I just want to share the excitement in my voice for the taxi test.

If your stuck and need motivation, maybe this will help!

Ill get to fly soon!

Still have items to do but My plane has arrived!!

Added by Richard Simmons on May 31, 2016 at 6:22am — 2 Comments

CH-701 Cabin Frame Jigging

Re: Jigging 701 Cabin Frame

Following the procedures in the plans and manual for levelling fuselage, Hz tubes on cabin frame and engine mount, I jigged drilled and cleco'd the cabin frame to the AC. I supported the assembly at the

bottom of the firewall to get everything level (Fwd fuse is rivetted to rear fuse). When all was done I pulled the support from under the firewall, and of course everything sagged a bit leaving

the side tubes with a slight decline angle from level…


Added by Perry delano on May 29, 2016 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Fly In To Summer Builder Fly-In Gathering: Saturday, June 18, 2016

You're invited to join us for our "Fly In To Summer" Builder Fly-In Gathering at the Zenith Aircraft Factory.

This will be our ninth annual "Fly in to…


Added by Zenith.Aero on May 26, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments


Found a boat storage facility that will allow me to store/work on the 701 project  (folding-wing option).  Hangars & build-space non-existent in North Dallas area.  New generator arrives today; likely spend the next few days electrifying the shop.  Finished plumbing & wiring the Viking 110 yesterday, Hope to get the project moved soon.

Added by Kurt Satter on May 24, 2016 at 1:58pm — 3 Comments

Let the dream begin!

Just received my 701 plans and manual.
Due to funds, and the fact that my wife's horses eat most of them, my plan is to scratch build as much as possible.
So, if anyone has any leftovers like rivets, clecos or anything for a 701 that they can sell please let me know. I'll either be in the shop looking at plans and scratching my head, or, in the barn shoveling horse byproducts.
Bob in Frazeysburg Oh

Added by Robert Boyd on May 22, 2016 at 6:34am — 1 Comment

DID A WEIGHT & BLANCE LAST WEEK CAME OUT JUST RIGHT WITH OUT MOVEING A THING.  Next   FAA .  Its only taken me 15 long years to get to this point

DID A WEIGHT & BLANCE LAST WEEK CAME OUT JUST RIGHT WITH OUT MOVEING A THING.  Next   FAA .  Its only taken me 15 long years to get to this point


Added by Roger wilson on May 17, 2016 at 6:09pm — 2 Comments

CC #38

One week back from CC #38 and Zenith fly-in and I am still stoked. An amazing amount of experience in attendance and camaraderie throughout the weekend. Nothing but good things to say...came away feeling rejuvenated on the plane build as well as excited about the engine start. Thanks to Doug for hosting and WW for coming out west. Already looking forward to another college.

Added by Daryl Habit on May 15, 2016 at 10:07pm — No Comments

Nosebar for brake

After a couple of weekends of work I have finished making a 1/4" radius nosebar for my brake. Since there are very few pieces that need a 1/4" radius bend I originally tried to make a nose bar out of plywood to use on my 4 foot brake. However it was just not up to the task of bending the .063 pieces of aluminum needed for the firewall.

I fabricated a similar 1/8" radius nosebar four or five years ago. This is not the first time I have made a nosebar. The stands I made, mentioned in…


Added by Damon Brantley on May 15, 2016 at 8:50pm — No Comments

Acme thread material stand

While ordering 4130 tubing for making various steel parts of my project I noticed that the 1-1/8" with .058 inch wall tubing has an inner diameter of just over an inch. I happen to have some 1" acme rod and nuts that would fit quite nicely  inside that tube. After scavenging pieces from a few other stands I was able to put together the following…


Added by Damon Brantley on May 6, 2016 at 10:37pm — No Comments

First Rivet

We all have to start somewhere.  Here is my first rivet. Only a Bazillion to go.

Added by Gary Reed on May 5, 2016 at 7:55pm — 5 Comments

What's The Difference Between Zenith's Builder Resources Link and the Online Community of Zenith Builders and Flyers?

(Zenith is Smiling with Lynn Beckhorn in Washington)

We have noticed when talking with our Zenith Aircraft potential builders and existing builders and flyers that there…


Added by Rebecca Riley on May 5, 2016 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

601 xl-b has made last flight

Sad to say that on Easter Day my 601 xl-b took a direct hit on both wings and prop from high wind blown in hanger doors.
As I try as hard as I can to locate wings ,prop and save my 25 hour tt engine it is becoming painfully obvious that my 601 xl-b has made it last flight.
Such a total joy to have flown.
Can't say where I go from here but not into the sky with N2257.

Added by Brice S. Beaman on April 14, 2016 at 8:39pm — 5 Comments

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