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More progress!

Been hard at work on things. Fine tuned the bending brake, been shooting video of my progress along with Tips & Tricks. Got a lot of channels bent up and many other parts. Check out & Subscribe to by blog at for regular updates & videos if you like. I'll keep posting certain milestones here though!

Added by Greg Harris on November 25, 2015 at 1:42pm — No Comments

Travels of N601WF

With two more big trips accomplished this year I compiled some simple statistics for my flights in my 601XLB.  Some numbers are approximate.

  • 8 years and 5 months of operation
  • 760 flights
  • 161,700 statue miles
  • 1,800 hours
  • 6,840 gallons of fuel
  • 23.6 statue miles per gallon (average)
  • 90 statue miles per hour (average)
  • 3 countries operated in
  • 19,800 max altitude reached

Its been a great…


Added by Stephen R. Smith on November 16, 2015 at 9:00am — 18 Comments

Phase one complete! Although my DAR assigned a large area-60nm radius- it will be nice to move long. No problems at all, no tweeking except prop pitch. Very happy with N364DC, plans built, o235, no s…

Phase one complete! Although my DAR assigned a large area-60nm radius- it will be nice to move long. No problems at all, no tweeking except prop pitch. Very happy with N364DC, plans built, o235, no slats.


Added by Del Clowes on November 5, 2015 at 6:44pm — 5 Comments

What wing tip lights to use

I have to buy a set of wingtip lights for my new 601HD wings.
LED for sure but what style?
Any suggestions. What not to buy?


Added by Ray Toews on November 4, 2015 at 3:37pm — 1 Comment

Filler Neck Trim Ring

Used a simple plumbing gasket for a trim ring on the filler neck.  Almost embarrassing to have something look this good for $2.00

Added by John Burns on November 4, 2015 at 5:17am — 4 Comments

Seats are done!

IMG_20151029_151440.jpgHad my seats done locally, (Upholstery Depot, Simpsonville, SC) VERY lightweight and comfy! They are a breathable vinyl and have a pen pocket on the side of the back. The upholster now has a pattern for anyone wanting custom made seats for the same price as the factory kit. My total was $600+…


Added by David Muse on October 29, 2015 at 7:23pm — 1 Comment

Extra Materials

Some extra products you may need for the build are available in the US from McMaster Carr.  The Loctite 567 thread sealant that is used in the Home Built help videos is available from McMaster Carr ; part number 45855K27 and has worked well on my fuel tanks and fuel sender screws.  The cork for the fuel tanks is also available from McMaster…


Added by John Burns on October 29, 2015 at 4:34am — No Comments

Eastwood Solid Rivet Guns

Anyone ever use an Eastwood Rivet Gun? The company claims that it is about the same as a 4X gun. Since it's so cheap, I thought it could be a re-badged air hammer, but it sounds like a rivet gun in the YouTube videos.

Eastwood Rivet Gun

Added by Greg Harris on October 27, 2015 at 10:53am — 1 Comment

Bends are a success!

Finally got my DIY brake set up properly with enough clamping force to get the .032" bent! Did my rudder spar & spar doublers, and actually got the rudder skeleton riveted together with Cortec CpVI-373 on the mating surfaces. I'll be working on the skins now.

Added by Greg Harris on October 26, 2015 at 8:42am — No Comments

I got my 601/650 :-)

I found a great deal on a 2008 factory built AMD Zenith CH 650-LS with a factory rebuilt Continental 0-200. Previous owner bought her new, Took lessons (got wing/spar mod) got private license, probably took friends & family for a ride and parked her with about 110 hours airframe & engine up north. Decided to sell 2014,Engine failed annual from sitting and went back to Mattatuck. I'm still flying off the break in on the rebuild. I LOVE this plane, and that's coming from a guy whose…


Added by Robert B Jamieson on October 14, 2015 at 9:20pm — 1 Comment


Saw an great Kitplanes article from November 2010 discussing the safety of Zenith aircraft compared to other kit aircraft.…


Added by John Burns on October 14, 2015 at 10:44am — 1 Comment

Anybody nearby??

I have acquired a partially completed 601 XL and was wondering if there was anyone within a couple hundred miles or so of Tyler Texas that was currently building or had recently finished

Added by Jack Porbeck on October 13, 2015 at 9:12pm — 4 Comments

Almost ready!

i got a hangar at Corona airport ca. KAJO . Final assembly almost done.

Added by Dean Smith on October 11, 2015 at 10:42am — No Comments

O200 Continental with no mechanical fuel pump in CH650B

I am building a CH650 and I am planning to use the engine from my old C150 (O200A) that was overhauled 3 years ago. The O200 does not have any mechanical fuel pump on it. It was feed by gravity (high Wing). Anyone has any data on this type of arrangement - converted to low wing? I was thinking of a Primary Electrical Pumps and one or two back-up pumps. Any ideas are appreciated.



Added by Alain Dufresne on September 30, 2015 at 7:49am — 4 Comments

Bob and Steve's Adventure to Canada and Alaska - August 2015

For many years I wanted to fly my 601XLB to Alaska but I only had a light-sport pilot's license. After endless waiting and hoping for a rule change in Canada, I finally ran out of patience.  This last spring I "went back to school" and got my full pilot's license.  Shortly thereafter I started planning my biggest airplane adventure yet, a flight to Alaska.

Upon studying maps and doing a bit of measuring, it soon became…


Added by Stephen R. Smith on September 28, 2015 at 1:00am — 8 Comments

?PRINCE PROP on 601xlb w/ Jabiru 3300?

???Please report your experience with the Prince propeller on a Zodiac 601XLB with the Jabiru 3300 Engine.  It would be nice to hear your Static, climb and cruise numbers.  Knowing how the CHT & EGT temps are affected would be helpful. Fuel burn and other engine info please.??? 

I been reading about the P-tip carbon fiber coning prop by Prince.  58x48 are the dimension that they recommend for my A/C.  My Current prop split on the tip and I am about to buy a new prop. 

Added by Mark Ertz on September 27, 2015 at 2:17pm — No Comments

ZODIAC 640 Builder's Thank You: "Setting Up A Work Shop Takes Time"

Thank you all, for the advise gathered from unselfish builders sharing their experiences to me.  Discussions with my new fellow builders, to looking at photo's posted by other builder's I've never spoken with, has been awesome.  The passion of aviation and building seems to be a timeless club full of diverse individual's.  Experiencing the building & piloting of an aircraft, that oneself has mastered could not be enough.  The sharing of knowledge, trials and tribulations along each one…


Added by Cliff Hawrey on September 26, 2015 at 2:18pm — No Comments

Radiuses on Nose ribs

Today hasn't been good. I've ruined several parts blanks without forming a successful part. Can't get the metal to form around the nose of the form blocks (flaperon ribs, slat ribs, elevator ribs) without kinking the metal. my measurements are all good, my parts blanks are all good, but the aluminum just wants to kink and crack, and won't work it's way around the radius. Any suggestions anyone? Part of the problem seems to be the soft plywood forming blocks, but I've literally just ruined…


Added by Greg Harris on September 23, 2015 at 4:43pm — 9 Comments

Viking having fun at Zenith open house

The Fastest (And possibly slowest) Zenith High-Wing in the world
Viking Zenit CruZer has a solid 130+ mph cruise speed. If you correct the indicated speed in the video below for about a 8,000 food DA you get a great number. 

Added by Jan Eggenfellner on September 21, 2015 at 1:40pm — 5 Comments



Is some one who made on 601 xl a gap seals on flaps , alierons , elevator . It make sens or not ??

BR Andrzej

Added by Andrzej Kostkiewicz on September 17, 2015 at 2:10am — 1 Comment

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