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2009 ZENITH ZODIAC 601XLB  For Sale

2009 ZENITH ZODIAC 601XLB • $42,500 • LIGHT-SPORT AIRCRAFT FOR SALE! • 2009 Zenith Zodiac 601XLB less than 111 Hrs TT Airframe/Engine 2700/100HP Corvair, Weseman 5th Bearing, Sensenich wood prop, ICOM 200, Mode C KT76A Transponder,…

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Added by Marvin Penepent on January 22, 2017 at 5:53pm — No Comments

Universal Bevel Protractor

This is a tool that is often seen in a machine shop to measure angles. I have known about them for a while, but only recently acquired one.

Things I found useful about the protractor that will make it a regularly used tool for me.

1. The protractor can be locked down to a give angle.

2. There is a broad face on the arms to make it easier place against surfaces I am measuring..

3. It was very easy to see any gaps between the surfaces and the protractor…

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Added by Damon Brantley on January 21, 2017 at 6:56pm — No Comments

CH750 STOL or Cruzer with Viking 130 Engine Install

This blog was created to help my fellow 750 builders who have chosen or considering the Viking 110/130 Engine. Share your ideas and experience here. Thanks for participating when you can.

Added by John M Greiner on January 19, 2017 at 10:37am — 2 Comments

Leak testing using Air instead of gas for tank

I was able to leak test the installed pilot gas tank with air saving a great deal of grief.

I capped vent tube with rubber cap and clamp, pressure gauge in fuel line and air hose in fuel return line.

The gas cap was sealed with double sheet of saran wrap.

The pressure was 2-3 PSI and the tank was installed and gas tank skin was clecoed closed.

It was much easier than disassembly and bench testing with gas. 

The tank needed to be installed for this…

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Added by Terrence "Dr. Terry" Hall on January 18, 2017 at 7:25am — No Comments

Flight to watch SpaceX rocket launch

Here's a video link to the SpaceX rocket launch from 4000 ft just outside the launch area over Lompoc airport.

https://youtu.be/p5xRnh0CqNI

Added by Christopher Jon Brown on January 15, 2017 at 1:36pm — 3 Comments

Building a CH750 and making modifications along the way !!!

January 12th,2017

Hi again,

Time to report back on my CH750 build. What has been done so far :

1) CH750 : stabilitor is finished but not closed. It is full symmetrical to match the symmetrical elevator.

2) CH750 : wing are done - not closed and inspecting them right now...

3) CH750 : ordered some control parts (aileron mixer) to finish the setup. Got the rudder pedals and brakes/reservoirs

4) CH750 : aileron + flap skeltons are being…

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Added by Normand Lambert on January 12, 2017 at 11:32am — 4 Comments

End of year, first assembly

The last day of 2016 saw the first completed section of my 750 Cruzer!

http://justplanechris.com/end-of-year-start-of-assembly/…

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Added by Chris Boultinghouse on January 5, 2017 at 1:46pm — 1 Comment

Electrical Issue Rotax 912 ULS

I have the standard Rotax 912ULS setup with Ducati regulator/rectifier and 22,000uF capacitor. I’m having some issues with a small amount of smoke in the engine bay that briefly enters the cabin and then clears. More often is an electrical smell, very sporadically during flight. I have noticed it more often with higher RPMs during takeoff but also at intermittent times throughout flight. I've had several people look over the plane with no definitive diagnosis. Concerned that it might be the…

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Added by Art Locklear on January 2, 2017 at 9:29pm — 5 Comments

Viking Aircraft Engines Supports AV84all...AGAIN!

Viking Aircraft Engines has once again proven itself to be a committed partner with AV84all. Viking recently donated an upgrade steel bungee for the nose wheel of the Zenith 750.

This upgrade to the standard rubber bungee will not wear out, and will make rudder operation smoother. This is crucial in an aircraft that will have a handle to control rudder deflection.

From Viking:

The Viking, steel bungee upgrade, “works in reverse of the original rubber bungee, yet the…

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Added by AV84all on December 29, 2016 at 2:01pm — No Comments

Donna retires after 18 years at Zenith Aircraft

After 18 years, Donna Zimmerman will be retiring from Zenith Aircraft Company at the end of this year.

Donna was responsible for shipping and receiving, making sure the many parts that make up the kits were carefully packaged and crated.  Here, Donna works on one of her last shipments, helping Glen (of…

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Added by Zenith.Aero on December 28, 2016 at 10:00am — 32 Comments

Video of Rib Flange Pressing

A demonstration of cutting and pressing a flange into a wing rib.

Added by Damon Brantley on December 27, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Zenith Helps AV84all

The Zenith 750 Cruzer build began Sept 2016 in Salisbury, NC.

Pulling the first rivet.…

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Added by AV84all on December 26, 2016 at 11:40am — No Comments

Rudder nose skin

I am a brand new 750 builder. Working on the rudder. Question. Is it critical how much is cut off the top of the rudder nose skin? I don't really see it in the plans. Is the bottom of the nose skin trimmed any? Thanks

Added by Mitchell Hargin on December 24, 2016 at 4:57pm — No Comments

Cradle plans for Two wings?

Does anyone have plans for a cradle for two wings while I finish the fuselage? I am a kit builder since I do not have the capability of independent building or construction.

Added by Terrence "Dr. Terry" Hall on December 21, 2016 at 9:21pm — 7 Comments

Zenith Helps AV84all

Zenith helps disabled pilots achieve the dream of flight! With Zenith's help, AV84all will foster a community of disabled aviators and disabled aviation enthusiasts that will participate in the mainstream world of general aviation through education, hands-on training, and inclusion, to overcome the many obstacles…

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Added by AV84all on December 18, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

What's Missing? Product, Service, Options. Ideas? Help!

Short and sweet. I love this community. I'm passionate about building and the people who like to as well. I love the idea of taking flat sheet metal and turning it into functional engineered art work that can take you places. I want to be involved in this full time. But I need to be able to support a family (my growing family) too. What product, service or option is missing in your build process or flying adventures that would be really nice to have and doesn't currently exist, or isnt…

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Added by Bryan Walstrom on December 15, 2016 at 9:31pm — 2 Comments

Zenith Workshop at the Sebring Sport Aviation Expo

For the first time ever, Zenith Aircraft Company is bringing its famous two-day hands-on kit aircraft building workshop to the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo (in Sebring, Florida, January 25- 28, 2017).

The Zenith workshops are aimed at…

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Added by Zenith.Aero on December 14, 2016 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

First Rivets Pulled!

It's starting to come together, finally. :)

http://justplanechris.com/a-riveting-experience/…

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Added by Chris Boultinghouse on December 13, 2016 at 10:40am — No Comments

Cruzer CH-750 factory assembled wing spar.

I started the right passenger wing skeleton, it seems the factory assembled wing spar has multiple rivets in locations which will need to be drilled out to install nose ribs and rear ribs. Maybe I am missing something or have the wrong spar?
Is this a common occurrence or am I just unlucky?

Added by Terrence "Dr. Terry" Hall on December 10, 2016 at 11:23pm — 18 Comments

Video of fabricating a simple angle bracket

While working on my wing spars I realized I had put a nose rib angle in backwards and needed to make another one. I decided to use this as an opportunity to demonstrate the method I use for for laying out, bending and checking parts that I fabricate.

Added by Damon Brantley on December 10, 2016 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

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