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Flight to Oshkosh 7/25/2014

I had a very enjoyable flight to KOSH last Friday. This my 601's first time at Oshkosh. I'm happy with the plane's performance. I was able to bring everything I needed for camping and carried plenty of fuel for a maximum of 3 hour legs with reserves. The route was KGON KIPT KAKR KVPZ RIPON FISKE KOSH. I was given a choice of 27 or 18 at KOSH. I chose runway 18 being that last year I was assigned 27. A video of the approach and landing is forthcoming.



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Added by Ken Pavlou on July 27, 2014 at 7:45am — No Comments

Zenith Banquet / Builders Dinner Update - Oshkosh 2014

Zenith Banquet for 2014

 

One week to go! With the huge pre-sale response for the Zenith Banquet it looks like this will be a blockbuster! Just a quick recap. The Zenith Builders Banquet will be held on Friday, August 1st at the Oshkosh Elks Lodge. More information can be found on the attached brochure. If the brochure did not attach to this post, you can request one by sending an e-mail to backstagelive@gmail.com and I can E-mail you one.

 

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Added by Joe Scheibinger on July 24, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

More Pictures of Zenair's 40th Anniversary Fly-in

Last Saturday was Zenair's 40th Anniversary Fly-in and Open House, with special guest Chris Heintz, Zenair founder and designer of the CH series of kit aircraft. View photos and details on the event! …

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Added by Michael Heintz on July 22, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Preview: 2014 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Fly-In: July 28 - August 3

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on July 21, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

4 Years In

This week marked the 4th anniversary of that first snip into the metal of the rudder kit. I now have 340 hours into the project, only managed 53 last year thanks to 10 weeks of airport resurfacing that robbed me of hangar access during the best months of the year. But what I lacked in hours I made up for in dollars, lol - the purchase of the Rotax 912ULS added quite a bit to the rolling total. I think it will be worth it though.

It really is starting to look like I am near the…

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Added by Paul Sanders on July 21, 2014 at 3:11pm — 3 Comments

Rotex 100hp engine wanted

Hi all, does anyone know of a used Rotex 100hp engine for sale ???

I am keen to buy one. Contact me on shafid@khan.co.nz.

Added by Shafid Khan on July 16, 2014 at 11:01pm — 1 Comment

Monday evening July 7 a air burst or Line Squall flipped my 701 over,it was tied down

The line squall hit about 9:30pm  last Monday evening. It ripped the struts from the wings along with the brackets

riveted to the wings. the  plane landed on the cabin are breaking the windshield and bent the frame. The fusalage buckeled where it is attatched the cabin frame.The rudder is crushed and the brackets holding horz stab are bent..Funny thing the tailropes held withe eyebolt i replaced the 90'' alluminum..  The wings are crushed on the pass side and part of the skin on the…

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Added by Ron Cola on July 15, 2014 at 1:30pm — 13 Comments

Bob McDonald Is Alive & Well :>)

Thank you for your concern... I am alive and still kicking :>)
I kind of stepped away from all my normal activities (except work) last October when my father "Robert Bruce McDonald" was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gerhig's) disease.
At 85 yrs. the progression of this disease was very rapid. He was unable to walk after Jan.2014, and almost totally paralyzed and unable to speak by May 2014. He passed away June 07, 2014 aged 86 yrs.
His only request was to stay…
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Added by Bob McDonald on July 14, 2014 at 3:29pm — 16 Comments

CH701 flight testing - Flaperon travel with twin sticks (53.0 hours since September 28th,2012)

 

Saturday, July 12th,2014

 

Last year I was going to attend St-Andre Avelin AeroMeeting with the CH701 (first meet ever with the 701) but had

to use the Cherokee instead because of a faulty water pump (Glycol).

 

This year, I was going again but this time the CH701 would get me there and back.

 

Only problem, I had no top cowl...No problem, just put the old back even without paint and primer.

Did just that and flew away and back…

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Added by Normand Lambert on July 12, 2014 at 6:56pm — 8 Comments

GRT Fuel settings

Help needed!

I’m having trouble getting the my fuel to gages to read correctly.

My plane is a 601-B equipped with the 15 gallon tanks It has Grand Rapids Technologies EIS with the EFIS GRT Sport SX

I have entered my calculation for the settings several times, I have added and subtracted fuel from the tank and just can’t get correct information.

I’m looking for someone to share their settings IE offset numbers and etcetera.

Tom Rogan…

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Added by Thomas R. Rogan on July 8, 2014 at 1:51pm — No Comments

From Ghana to Oshkosh 2014

It's confirmed! Oshkosh 2014 here we come! 

Patricia and I will be there! We will be spending our time at the One Week Wonder Event - and hope to see our fellow Zenith builders too!  We will be more than happy to answer face-to-face all those questions about building and flying in West…

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Added by Jonathan Porter on July 8, 2014 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Engine

HI everyone , has anyone got any info on an alternate engine for the 701, the engine is a Suzuki 1ltr , 3 cylinder, turbo charge 90hp, fuel injected, I am looking to put my 701 on floats and was wondering if this engine would do the job  THANKS 

Added by derek power on July 6, 2014 at 7:29am — 4 Comments

On to the next step.

I finished my flaperons tonight.  I was not looking forward to these, but found them very easy to scratch build.  First one took the longest and it got faster after that.  I logged 6.5 hours from cutting the skin out to having the part finished.

Now its on to the spars...... hoping I only have to build 2.

Added by Jesse Hartman on June 28, 2014 at 10:14pm — 2 Comments

Fire Proof Steering Rod Boots

I posted some photos of my rubber steering rod boots a day or two ago, and it has drawn criticism for not being fire proof.. Good point.. I am trying to retain the rubber boots since they seem to seal well against carbon monoxide entry into the cabin, but I will have to see if I can come up with a way of keeping heat from a fire from getting to them. Or at least, retard the heat long enough to get the aircraft on the ground. I am going to start my further development by testing some scrap…

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Added by Robert N. Eli on June 27, 2014 at 6:23am — 11 Comments

750 Builders who have not flown in one...

Surely there are some successful builders who are flying their 750s now. Can we get a ride?

Added by Wayne Koski on June 21, 2014 at 11:56pm — No Comments

2014 "Fly In to Summer" Open Hangar Day and Builder Fly-In Gathering

We had a great time at our 7th annual "Fly In to Summer" Open House and Zenith Builder Fly-In Gathering at the factory in Mexico, Missouri.  Following are photos of the day's events. 

Below, the Zenith CH 750 Cruzer, with a couple CH 601 XL arrivals in the background:…

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Added by Zenith.Aero on June 21, 2014 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

FIRST YOUTUBE VIDEO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6G06RH3OXKM

TOUCH AND GO AT BRIAN RANCH AIRPORT IN MOJAVE DESERT.  I HAVE 5 HOURS NOW FLIGHT TESTING. ALL SEEMS GOOD. WOT GOES 100 MPH AT 7000 DENSITY ALTITUDE.  DEAD STICK LANDINGS WITH FLAPS AND NO FLAPS PRETTY MUCH LIKE CESSNA 150 AT 60 OR 54 MPH.  BOUNCES AROUND IN THERMALS A LITTLE.  THE RUDDER I'M STILL GETTING USED TO.  MIGHT TAKE THE NOSE GEAR V-BLOCK AND GET RID OF THE CENTERING…

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Added by christopher jon brown on June 21, 2014 at 4:03pm — 2 Comments

Changing tube on 601XL-B

I am having difficulty getting my new tube settled into the 2 Grove Rims. Does anyone have advice or better yet pics on proper methods to change the tube on my main tire?  My valve stem sticks out too far, and rubs on the wheel skirt brace. I wish there was a builders video or You Tube shot on doing…

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Added by Don Forwood on June 18, 2014 at 5:44pm — 19 Comments

Zenith Banquet at Oshkosh 2014

Hi Everyone!

 

Here is an update on the festivities for the “Zeniths to Oshkosh” builders banquet and aircraft parking for the 2014 Oshkosh EAA Convention.

 

The Banquet

 

The banquet will once again be held at the Elks Lodge in Oshkosh. This beautiful facility served us well last year and is expandable for our growing Zenith family. We have very comfortable seating for over 250 people, our own private bar, and award winning food. The banquet…

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Added by Joe Scheibinger on June 18, 2014 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Zodiac 601 XL

An evening flight over the Brecon Beacons National Parkin Wales, UK.

http://youtu.be/qAHKYVgpn_Q

Added by Huw Carey on June 14, 2014 at 6:05pm — No Comments

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