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The Revolutionary "Viking Steel Bungee"


Viking is introducing the Zenith Steel Bungee.  

Don't get stuck with a broken rubber band.  Take the proper precautions early and install a steel spring for the front suspension of your beloved Zenith.…


Added by VIKING AIRCRAFT ENGINES on September 30, 2014 at 9:20pm — 2 Comments

Deadstick Landing in STOL 750

Here's a link to a deadstick landing at the dry lakebed. Sorry for the poor video, learning how to do it. It's a little steeper approach, but not by much. Probably due to propeller being stopped.

Added by christopher jon brown on September 30, 2014 at 9:16am — 3 Comments

CH701 flight testing (65.2 hours since September 28th,2012)

Friday September 26th,2014.

Took friday off to go to the airport for some flying time. Met Patrice (he has a CH250) and helped him check out his

firewall insulation job, nicely done. Ran his engine without the cowling to check for any leak. None found. We proceeded to takeoff, do a circuit and came back down to recheck every hose (oil, gas) and all electrical connections.

Eveything in order, let's go flying to Sorel municipal airport for lunch and then…


Added by Normand Lambert on September 26, 2014 at 6:49pm — 8 Comments

Rotax 912 100HP Oil Overheating

Hi there I just bought a Zodiac 601HDS (dont know anything about aircraft). I dont know how to fly yet but a friend of mine has been flying it a bit and it seems to fly great but my engine oil keeps overheating when flying longer than 20min at a time. Can anyone help or give some advise? The oil rad measures 7"X4". 

Added by Calvin Penner on September 25, 2014 at 8:16pm — 3 Comments


Viking has teamed with Kevin Thorp to design and sell paint schemes for any Zenith Viking installation.  Contact him  The Viking cowling is the most streamlined of any Zenith installations and will give your CruZer a speed edge.  

Can you spot the Vikings?  Three Viking powered aircraft arrived from Florida and one made the journey from…


Added by VIKING AIRCRAFT ENGINES on September 23, 2014 at 7:55pm — No Comments

Open house

Hope everybody had a safe return trip home from the open house , flying or driving . I had a great time and I think everybody got to see how well the one week wonder performed and how greta the Cruzer is . What a blast doing the STOL competition and proved what a affordable , good performace option the o-200 is for the 750 line

I can not thank the EAA and Charlie Becker enough for letting me be involved in both programs , the staff build and the one week wonder and for Zenith and their… Continue

Added by Tracy Buttles on September 22, 2014 at 8:38am — No Comments

Rudder Skeleton

Today I started building my CH650B! My daughter, Delaney, and I brought the tail kit home with us from the Zenith Open Hangar Day and Gathering. We had a great time, and she got to fly the One Week Wonder!

I worked about 4 hours today on the rudder skeleton. I drilled holes, deburred, and clecoed the ribs to the spar and doublers. I made my first mistake too. My clamps did not hold the doublers well enough, resulting in one hole that is actually 2 holes very close together.…


Added by Todd Osborne on September 21, 2014 at 11:49pm — 2 Comments

Weight & Balance

Does anyone have a weight & balance I can refer to on my CH 701. Somehow, I have misplaced mine.

Added by Rick Roberts on September 20, 2014 at 4:53pm — 3 Comments

Zenith Open Hangar Day

To all those lucky people attending the Zenith open day this weekend have a great time and enjoy the experience. I hope to attend one of the open days soon and to all those keen aviators who will be entering Zeniths first friendly STOL comp at the weekend good luck most importantly fly safe and in the words of Deano and those of you who have met me will know and understand what I mean.


Fly it like you STOL it!



Added by Deane Philip on September 17, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Jabiru Air baffle.

These are the last picturtes of the cooling baffle that were taken today, Sept 16th, 2014.  There is just one more item to add to the system to be finished.  I will take that tomorrow and add it to my photos

Added by Sam Birchill on September 16, 2014 at 9:05pm — No Comments

Zenair Rivets Now Available from Aircraft Spruce & Specialty

Zenith Aircraft now supplies its proprietary rivets and riveting system through Aircraft Spruce and Specialty:

The 1/8-inch (A4) and 5/32-inch (A5) blind rivets are available through Aircraft Spruce in batches of 100 each.  The riveter tools, supplied…


Added by Zenith.Aero on September 12, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Preview: 2014 Zenith Aircraft OPEN HANGAR DAY and BUILDER FLY-IN GATHERING

Following is a brief preview of our planned activities for the upcoming Open Hangar Day and Builder Fly-In Gathering on September 19 & 20, 2014 at the Zenith Aircraft factory in Mexico, Missouri.  View the Event Page for "official" details and to…


Added by Zenith.Aero on September 11, 2014 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Jabiru Cooling

I am just completing a cooling baffle for my 601.  This design is by Bob Gutteridge.  He is an EAA Tech Advisor who built a Jabiru aircraft with the 3300 engine.  He had continuing problems with cylinder head heating problems and designed this baffling system.  I copied his desing and adapted for the Zodiac.  I should have this finished this week and will report on my temps.  On my first flight I had cylinder head temps right near 400 degrees with the older Jabiru fiberglass system.  

Added by Sam Birchill on September 10, 2014 at 3:44pm — 2 Comments

iPad mount for 601 XL?

I am after some advice if anyone has found a suitable iPad mount for a full size iPad when you have a 'busy panel'? I have tried a couple of different suction mounts on the canopy but they all fall off in the end (the iPad is so heavy!!).





Picture of panel attached.…


Added by Huw Carey on September 9, 2014 at 5:00am — 4 Comments

Viking Zenith Weekly Review

Several Vikings having their one year birthdays

It's been 1 year and 80 hrs. since my first flight in my Viking…


Added by VIKING AIRCRAFT ENGINES on August 31, 2014 at 5:35pm — No Comments

Second Wing

Finally finished with second wing except the wing tip that I hope to get to this week.  Wanted to get done before July 4th but screwed up top rear skin.  Ordered new sheet of aluminum (still thinking could get done in my time line) and the sheet was damaged in shipping.  Re-ordered and got it a few days later.  Now shock and horror I start to think about match drilling all of the holes, weird myself out, so I put it off until after the forth so I don't have to rush.  Now (as we know how this…


Added by Tim Smart on August 31, 2014 at 2:34am — 1 Comment

4 Vikings at Zenith fly-in registered so far

Viking is inviting anyone with a Viking powered Zenith to join at the 23rd Zenith fly-in in September.

  • Flying aircraft - fly it in
  • Fuselage with engine mounted - trailer it in
  • Have an engine - bring it for show and tell

This was 3 years ago - come see what Viking is doing now…


Added by VIKING AIRCRAFT ENGINES on August 26, 2014 at 6:32am — 2 Comments

One Week Wonder - Chapter Ten - Thunderbirds are GO! (but only after the One Week Wonder!)

With the FAA paper finally in hand, the shout came out from Charlie 'Move that plane NOW!'. 


The Thunderbirds (you know the F16s that display really well), were ready to do their display to close the whole weeks events... but they couldn't.    The crowds were on the line, and the planes had their jet engines running, but they were not being given the 'GO!' until after the One Week Wonder did its first ever 'under its own power' taxi.   




Added by Jonathan Porter on August 25, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

750 Cruzer build photos

I am waiting for the wings to be shipped Aug. 28.

 For those of you who couldn't attend the one week wonder build I took 178 pictures mostly relating to a successful 750 cruzer build. If you request them I'll be glad to send them. I also have 55 of my own 750 build as far as rudder, stabilizer and fuselage build you may also have if requested. The reason I don't upload these is because I can send to you with one click, This is much easier and faster for me. Thanks.



Added by Lyndon Robert Leining on August 24, 2014 at 10:57am — 1 Comment

One Week Wonder - Chapter Nine - The Day of the FAA

Arriving on the Sunday morning, nobody felt 'not tired', but everybody felt 'totally exhilarated'.  The One Week Wonder sat out front, like a toddler about to go out in it's push chair for the first time, full of anticipation, ready for an adventure - but looking so innocent and unprepared.


It was 99% ready, and with just 50% left to go!  But that 50% was going to be a challenge... Then, they came with a black plastic bag and a remote control unit for the countdown clock.  It…


Added by Jonathan Porter on August 24, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

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