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CH701 flight testing (67.2 hours since September 28th,2012)

Weeks of October 10th to October 24th.

My 701 started life in 1999 and went thru lots of mods but some of the stuff in there is 12-14 years old even if it didn't fly until 2 years ago. Such is the case for the bungee being used today. So, I became concerned that it could fail on landing. When I chose the propeller, I made sure that if the tire went flat,the propeller would never touch the ground BUT I never tought of the bungee giving way ??? So, when Jan at Viking…


Added by Normand Lambert on October 23, 2014 at 3:14pm — 8 Comments

Time to dig into spars

It's been a busy summer with kids sports, boating and working.  The boats are put away and the time has come to start drilling some holes.  I'm getting ready to start my spars and I have to admit that I'm not looking forward to these, don't know why, just dreading them.  My building buddy Timothy has his done already, so I will be leaning on him for much needed motivation.  Some times,...... ok most of the time I wish I had a pile of money to buy a kit but that's not going to happen. Well,…


Added by Jesse Hartman on October 20, 2014 at 5:54pm — 2 Comments

More Spar Work

This afternoon, I re-cut the spar web doublers for both wing spars and then drilled pilot holes along one side of one spar. Time and light did not permit me to finish the other side. I still need to mark rivet points for the ribs, L-angles, and the spar web doublers.

Added by David A. Judkins on October 19, 2014 at 9:38pm — No Comments

Installing the Top Cabin Window on CH750


I have just finished the installation of my windshield and top window on my CH750 project.   The version of canopy frame that I have - has a diagonal tube across the top of the frame, running from the front left to the rear right position.   Per the drawings and picture guides, I added the two…


Added by Tony Oliver on October 15, 2014 at 12:53am — 2 Comments

Final Push to Finish

I am in the final push to finishing.  I've procrastinated way too long through the hot summer.  The only airframe parts left to fabricate are the main wing root covers that will be done once the plane is reassembled at the airport.  I am looking forward to an engine start here at home, testing the radios and getting past the trailer trip to the airport.  Paint will have to wait until post Phase I and will probably be done by another owner.  I don't fly anymore since a 5-way bypass.  An…


Added by Cliff Stripling on October 14, 2014 at 9:56am — No Comments

Rudder CH 750

Well it took a few weeks to get the garage (shop) ready. But I was finally able to complete my Zenith CH750 rudder.

Added by Stephen M. Swab on October 14, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

A Little More Rudder Work

Managed a few hours this weekend to work on the rudder. Completed the skeleton and started fitting the leading and trailing edge skins. Yeah, I know I went overboard with the Cleco's, but nothing moved!…


Added by Todd Osborne on October 13, 2014 at 3:31pm — 1 Comment

dual sticks

Iam  going to do dual sticks on my 650 would anyone have a copy of the plans to build the sticks you can share thanks  Lance

Added by Lance Gobeil on October 9, 2014 at 10:39am — 2 Comments

Spar Caps - Initial

Trying to get more building time under my belt now that the weather has turned cooler. Today, I marked the drill points on the first wing spar and temporarily attached the spar caps. Great feeling! This week, I'll order a bunch of AN-470 rivets. Next weekend....lots of drilling and and some riveting.

Added by David A. Judkins on October 5, 2014 at 10:41pm — No Comments

Steel Bungee

This is the "Steel Bungee" prototype.

It was installed like this:

The prototype has…


Added by VIKING AIRCRAFT ENGINES on October 3, 2014 at 2:02pm — 7 Comments

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

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

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