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Setting rivets in infrared

While setting the rivets for my spar jig I decided to take some infrared video of the rivet setting process to see

how the rivet heats up as it is compressed. Hopefully others find the results somewhat interesting.

The video can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5s0YRXXiuw…

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Added by Damon Brantley on August 19, 2017 at 4:52pm — No Comments

pre-flight error

I share this incident to express what I learned from a recent flight. I was attending a local fly-in event last week-end and  was preparing to depart for my home field. I was in too much in a hurry to demonstrate my CH701's STOL capability to a largely non-pilot crowd and strapped myself in without first retrieving my ignition key from my pocket. I found the key after first digging out my very bulky personal key ring and leaving it on the cockpit floor and proceeding to start the engine.…

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Added by Don Herbel on August 15, 2017 at 10:02am — 2 Comments

Wing Spar Jig and Video

Just a note to be clear. This jig is only needed if you are scratchbuilding. The 650 kits are predrilled and the spacing will already be set.

The wing jig is needed to ensure that there is correct spacing between the center spar and the rear channel attachment to the fuselage. This would seem to be a rather important item to have around when scratch building a 650.

For some reason the wing spar jig drawing is not included in the current 650B plans.There are a…

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Added by Damon Brantley on August 13, 2017 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

The Viking powered Super Duty arriving at Sun N Fun 2018

Many years have gone by since the CH-701 was the "All Metal" ultralight STOL king.  With a small engine / all aluminum design, it was sure to become a hit.  
Time goes by.  We all get huge from…
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Added by Jan Eggenfellner on August 11, 2017 at 6:07pm — No Comments

N733YD CH801 Shakedown Cruise

I just got back from about 25 hours of flight in 2 1/2 weeks. Did some local ADS-B and avionics check flights and rigging checks after the dual stick conversion. Then a long trip.

I am very disappointed with the dual stick kit that I paid $800 for. Installed per the instructions the stick hits the dash when forward well before all travel is achieved and when back it needed to be about 2 inches into my chest with the seat way back to get full up elevator.  I had to redesign the…

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Added by Samuel McNair on August 9, 2017 at 12:49pm — No Comments

folding wing on 701

hello all, Would like your advice on using the 750 trailing edge wing attachment on the 701. This would lead to not disc. the elects, fuel, air lines. Could also use some dimension. on the 750. Many thanks eddie n hall sr  

Added by eddie hall sr. on August 9, 2017 at 11:37am — 1 Comment

Zenith Aircraft Open Hangar Days - September 22 & 23, 2017

Join us at the 25th anniversary Zenith Aircraft OPEN HANGAR DAYS and Builder Fly-In at the Zenith kit factory in Mexico, Missouri. Friday and Saturday, September 22 & 23, 2017.

This will be our 26th annual event, and we are planning educational and fun social (and flying) activities over two full days at the factory in Mexico, Missouri!…

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Added by Zenith.Aero on August 8, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

tail dragger

Wondering if anyone else thinks Zenith should design an all new STOL that is a tail dragger???  Love the performance but I wish they had a tail dragger version.  Don't much like the looks of the conversions I've seen.....Just a thought..

Kay C

Added by Kay C Caldwell on August 2, 2017 at 6:41pm — 2 Comments

EAA Oshkosh AirVenture 2017 follow-up

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh -- Here's a follow-up report of Zenith Aircraft at EAA Oshkosh AirVenture 2017. We had another fantastic year, and had a wonderful time meeting with new and existing Zenith builders and flyers, including a full house at the Zenith / Zenair Builders Banquet on…

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Added by Zenith.Aero on August 2, 2017 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

At planning stage.

The Cruzer really appeals to me with its easy to build and operate design. I fly from a grass 1000ft strip in Cornwall,UK and I'm sure the Cruzer would fit in well there. I watch all the excellent Zenith Utube videos.

I was at first thinking of using the Rotax 100 hp engine,but now I'm coming around to the idea of using the Viking 130 engine. The extra power would help get us off  grass quicker.

Added by James Ernest Holloway. on August 2, 2017 at 3:18am — No Comments

Zenith STOL CH 750 "Super Duty" introduction

Following are a few videos of the Zenith STOL CH 750 "Super Duty" introduced at EAA Oshkosh AirVenture 2017:

First flight video: First flight of the STOL CH 750 Super Duty from Zenith Aircraft Company.  …

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Added by Zenith.Aero on August 1, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Things to do while waiting for paperwork

OK, getting frustrated waiting for i's to be dotted and t's to be crossed on various official forms so that my perfectly serviceable aircraft and I can go have fun. I know its a process but any suggestions gratefully received (funnier the better please - I need the laugh)

Added by Graham Kingaby on June 27, 2017 at 9:10am — No Comments

Zenith Workshop at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh -- Zenith Aircraft Company will demonstrate kit airplane assembly during EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI July 24-30 2017.

Zenith staff and volunteers will assemble the rear fuselage assembly of the new Zenith CH 750 kits daily from 8:45 - 12:45 in the AeroPlane…

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Added by Zenith.Aero on June 26, 2017 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

New Profile Picture

Scene from the film…

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Added by Phil Smith on June 20, 2017 at 6:35pm — No Comments

601xlb canopy latch retrofit

Has anyone out there upgraded their old canopy latch system with the newer 650 type system?  Pictures? Plans?

Added by Robert Carlson on June 16, 2017 at 8:46am — 4 Comments

Quality Sport Planes OPEN HOUSE and West Coast Zenith Fly-In 2017

I'm posting this a little late, but here's a video recap of the May 2017 Quality Sport Planes OPEN HOUSE and West Coast Zenith Fly-In, hosted by Doug Dugger at his facility at the Cloverdale Municipal Airport in Cloverdale, California (about an hour north of San Francisco).

Below, flying in Doug's newly completed Zenith CH 750 Cruzer powered by a…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on June 13, 2017 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

ADS-B installed

Installed a Skyguard ADS-B in and out system with AHRS
Install took two days, first day brackets and antennas.
Second day power, data, switch, breaker, cables.
Not a hard install, being a Amatuer radio operator probably helped. Don at Skyguard has great customer support.
Got an FAA report, all ok.
There are some great new products coming out there for experimental aircraft. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about doing your own install.

Added by David Krakowsky on June 11, 2017 at 9:32pm — 3 Comments

Watch where you pull!!!

WHOOP WHOOP WARNING.

I installed the strut on the pilots door pictured aboove and soon after tried to pull it down from the front edge about a foot outboard like I always did with the suction cup...crack...split.  The door - original fiberglass and Plexiglas bubble door supplied by Zenith - broke at the fiberglass corner and radiated out down and aft in the Plexiglas.  Quite a bit of bending torque is applied to the corner...my bad. Stop drilled the crack, sealed it with "special…

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Added by Phil Smith on June 8, 2017 at 12:48pm — 1 Comment

Factory Workshop June 15-16 2017

We are scheduled to attend the factory workshop on June 15-16, 2017.  My wife (Sharlene) will be attending. We are excited about the event and are looking forward to the workshop!

Added by Kenneth Stapleton on June 5, 2017 at 10:39am — No Comments

Progress report

   So here we are, a journey that began in 2004 with a quest to become a private pilot and in 2005 begin building an airplane. While becoming a pilot I decided on the Zenith CH601XL as the airframe because it flew nice and could be made from plans. Deciding on the Corvair as the engine was also decided…

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Added by Ron Lendon on June 4, 2017 at 7:38am — No Comments

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