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First start - Viking 130

Our first start - Viking 130 - Zenith CH 750 STOL

We started our Viking 130 for the first time yesterday, Saturday, 28 May 2017.  It started and idled a little over 1200 rpm (1240-1258)…


Added by Jan Eggenfellner on May 28, 2017 at 9:27pm — No Comments

Seeking Demo Flight

Hello Cruzer owners:

I am a 701 pilot and owner who would like to get a demo flight in a Cruzer, and I am willing to pay.  I live in Tucson AZ, and will travel, since I can't find a flying Cruzer here.  Somewhere in the southwest US would be preferable.  Please contact me through this site if you can help me out on this, or give me a call at 520 907 6500.



Added by Philip Thomas on May 26, 2017 at 2:58pm — 4 Comments

Zenith Rudder Workshop gets you pointed in the right direction

[The following is a reprint of an article by John Winter published in the EAA Chapter 17 newsletter following participation at the April workshop at the Zenith Aircraft kit factory.]

Zenith Rudder Workshop keeps you pointed in the right direction, by John Winter

On April 20th I took a small step towards building my own airplane. After several years of trying to figure out what I would like to build, I…


Added by Zenith.Aero on May 25, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Boatyard Move

I got the beast out of my garage into a 30x20x12 area at a local boatyard. Hangar space in N. TX is virtually non existent ... 2-3 year waiting lists. This is one of the reasons I chose the 701 with the folding wing option.

I've just completed installing the wings, struts, and jury struts and am able to roll the beast in and out of the storage area. I constructed 3 adjustable wing-tip stands for the fold/un-fold operations. However is is still a trying exercise for one person…


Added by Kurt Satter on May 25, 2017 at 12:45pm — No Comments

4 Generations first 4 rivets

I've seen others post pictures of their first rivet but I had to show the first 4 rivets:

Starting with my Dad, Desmon Fisk, 90 yrs. old, then me, John, my son Brian, and my 1 1/2 yr old grandson, Henry.

May the adventure…


Added by John Fisk on May 23, 2017 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

Picked up Cruzer Tail Kit Today

I picked up the Cruzer tail kit today at the factory! The staff there are all great! Joyce was a pleasure to meet, Steve gave a great tour of the factory and answered all questions, Roger gave me and my son a great Demo ride! I didn't catch the gentleman's name that helped load my truck but he was great also. i was very pleased how the parts were either boxed or wrapped in paper. Inventory was complete! Now just need to star building.

Added by John Fisk on May 12, 2017 at 10:27pm — No Comments

Ben Haas

Saw Ben Haas 801 for sale on Barnstomers. The add said the late Ben Haas. Ben was a innovator with his V-8 conversion and other mods. Does anyone know any more about this?  Respectfully.

Added by Dan Sheard on May 11, 2017 at 6:57am — 2 Comments

Volcano Run!

I finally got the opportunity to do an adventure I had often thought of; a flight past the many volcanic mountain peaks on the west coast.

I had flown to Washington to visit my brother, who also owns a 601XLB. After a week in the rainy northwest it was time to return home to Santa Rosa,…


Added by Stephen R. Smith on May 10, 2017 at 11:30pm — 11 Comments

100 Hours and Counting

This past weekend the Hobbs turned 100 hours. First flight was last September. Plane is flying great though it seems there is always one more thing to do.…


Added by Gary Welch on May 9, 2017 at 9:03am — No Comments

Solidworks is great but...

Sometimes simple tools are better. I just wanted a quick template to play with instrument panel designs. Using the form block measurements I had this done in Sketchup in 2…


Added by Michael Doornbos on May 2, 2017 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Viking and YouTube


Added by Jan Eggenfellner on April 30, 2017 at 9:26pm — No Comments

Air Riveter???

will soon start a Cruzer, needing to buy some tools, Harbor Freight has two different Riveters 1/4" #61482 and 3/16"# 93458. what is the difference between them? Which one do i need?

Added by John Fisk on April 28, 2017 at 8:48pm — 4 Comments

BasicMed. Check!

My family practitioner signed my BasicMed form today. Good to go!

Added by Chris Boultinghouse on April 28, 2017 at 12:34pm — 4 Comments

ATTN: UK Zenith/Zenair folks - Popham 20th Anniversary event - 29/30 April 2017

 All Zenair aircraft (microlight and non-microlight) flying into Popham this weekend (29/30 April 2017) who come by the Zenair stand, will receive a cuppa and a gift!  (You can't miss it it is right in front of the main marquee, with the Metal Seagulls Caravan and a CH750 in build, etc).... If you are flying in to the Popham event with your Zenair this weekend, please do let us know in advance!  There will be a number of presentations on the stand over the weekend... and a competition!

Added by Jonathan Porter on April 27, 2017 at 3:29pm — No Comments

Flush Door/Weather Stripping question

Can someone send me a picture of the with the  Z channel that is attached to the cage for the flush door. My main question is the lower section. Also does the L channel go up the back side of the door sill?


Added by dschmaz on April 27, 2017 at 6:07am — No Comments

650 versus 750 Cruzer

Hi Everyone,

I have narrowed my search for a kitplane down to the Cruzer or perhaps a 650.  I can't seem to find any posts or articles comparing or explaining why one would choose one over the other.  My mission is primarily 150 to 250 mile hops, as well as pleasure flying.  I live in near San Antonio, TX and will fly to Houston, Austin, Big Bend and Corpus Christie.  I know the 650 is faster, but comfort is also a factor.  Any thoughts?

Added by Allan Gratia on April 25, 2017 at 4:31pm — 10 Comments

STOL Aircraft Magazine - Tres Amigos

Look what we found at the local Barnes and Noble magazine newsstand! STOL Flying Magazine cover and centerfold (Second Quarter 2017 edition).…


Added by Zenith.Aero on April 24, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Video of forming a 650 nose rib

I had to remake a few nose ribs and decided to use the opportunity to make a video demonstrating some of the techniques and tools I use for making ribs.

The video can be seen at

 A few items demonstrated include

1. Use of a beverly shear for cutting sheet metal

2. Center punch use

3. Use of dowel pins for aligning…


Added by Damon Brantley on April 16, 2017 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Sun'n Fun 2017: Tail winds both ways

Here's my report of the 2017 Sun'n Fun fly-in held last week (April 4 - 9) in Lakeland, Florida, with photos and videos of the trip to and from Lakeland from the Zenith Aircraft factory in Mexico, Missouri. Watch the videos for additional info (with narration) and check out some of our Facebook posts of the trip and the…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on April 14, 2017 at 4:30pm — 6 Comments

90% done, 90% to go

Looking at the completed box makes gives you a sense of progress.  Then I looked at the Home Built help videos and realized I was only working on disc 1 of 4 for the fuselage.  It always feels like you are almost there and you have just begun at the same time.  As they say 90% done and 90% to go.

Added by John Burns on April 13, 2017 at 6:51am — 6 Comments

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