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recently acquired zenith Acro ch 150

have no info or  can't. get any advice on this aircraft. the build is 85%. minus engine I know they stop making them back in the 80's. please help!

Added by David Plumley on April 15, 2018 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Canopy gas cylinders

New to aircraft.

The gas cylinders on my aircraft 601XLB are listed at 40 lbs.

They hold the canopy up but if I step on the wing walk to get in the canopy falls.

Is that the best the cylinders should work? Seems poor to me.

Are they not working correctly?

Can or should I get higher pressures cylinders?

Thanks for your reply.

Added by Dick Miles on April 7, 2018 at 11:09am — 3 Comments

Rudder Vibration on take off

i am experiencing rudder shimmy through right pedal just after lift off.

My 601 is 6yo, 350 hrs Jabiru 3300.  My hrs 800.

i have checked cable tensions, all ok.  It settles after about 5 seconds of applying rt and or left rudder.

ball is in centre

i have removed wheel pants, no change.

any suggestions?

Bob Emery, Perth W Aus

Added by Robert Emery on April 6, 2018 at 4:10pm — 5 Comments

Thaw in the way

45 baby chickens showed up yesterday, and its above 30 for the first time. Thaw is here and will be making a mess for the next two weeks. I have to pause on the plane for a few days while we get ready for spring. After 7 weeks of hard building I am ready for a break for a few. And my hands definitely need a few days to heal.

Added by Joshua smith on April 6, 2018 at 10:35am — No Comments

Riveting firewall

riveting the firewall today. To facilitate getting the fuse on gear and off the table. Exciting times!

Added by Joshua smith on April 1, 2018 at 12:23pm — No Comments

Preparations for joining main spar to center spar

The joining of the main spar to the center spar is something that I have thought often about over the time that I have been working on this project.I am finally to that point. There is also very little information describing how others have tackled this important step.

In the video below I describe some of the preparations and setup I am doing for maximizing the chances of getting this important step correct. Hopefully the information presented will be useful

There will…


Added by Damon Brantley on April 1, 2018 at 9:23am — No Comments

DAR inspection

i have finished my Zenith 750 and am looking for a DAR.  I am in southwest Iowa.  Any recommendations?

Added by Mitchell Hargin on March 28, 2018 at 5:58pm — 2 Comments

Able Flight - Inspiration At Its Best!

One of my favorite aviation organizations is Able Flight, a charity whose mission is "to offer people with disabilities a unique way to challenge themselves through flight and aviation career training, and by doing so, to gain greater self-confidence and…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on March 28, 2018 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

A Zenith Builder in Ghana

Interesting clip regarding a couple of people mentioned within our forum previously...inspiring!

Added by David J. Beaulieu on March 24, 2018 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Flaperons ailerons

I am having trouble getting the flaperons and ailerons set correctly.  Is there easy to follow instructions or videos out there? Thanks, 

Mitch.  750 99.9% done.

Added by Mitchell Hargin on March 22, 2018 at 8:03am — No Comments

One month in, 160 hrs

so, it's been a month since I picked up the kit. About 160 hrs in.

  The rear fuse is in deburring stage.

the wings are mocked up with tanks in, but still working on the nose skin,root ends, tips, etc..

   the horizon stab, elevator and rudder are done...but need to redo elevator as previous builder had mocked it up badly and so is not perfect.

  Landing gear is assembled and holding air.

  The firewall is at deburring stage.

    It's going well, it…


Added by Joshua smith on March 16, 2018 at 9:11am — No Comments

The Zodiac 601XL-B battery removale and replacemenmt

I am buying this aircraft from an estate.

The two ways I see to change out the battery is remove the horizontal stabilizer or get a very very small person to climb into the tailcone.

Is this correct?

Added by Dick Miles on March 15, 2018 at 4:37pm — 9 Comments

Gap in Knowledge & Disconcerting Gap on CruZer Vertical Stabilizer Spar

Hey Cruzer Builders,

I Found a 'Gap' while fitting the Vertical Stabilizer (VS) to trim it (many times) for the elevator deflection... I am not sure i have it built correctly.  If it is correct, then i'll need a 'FIX' to continue.

The piece cleco's in well, but there is a sizable Gap where the side skin has to be pulled away to extend over the VS Spar; thereafter not allowing the skin to stay 'nested' in the recesses of the longerons.

My Kit was…


Added by geo. keyes, jr. on March 10, 2018 at 11:48am — 3 Comments

Builder Insurance: Kit Builder’s Protection Plan

Gregg Ellsworth from Aircraft Insurance Resources (AIR) asked us to share this brochure with Zenith kit builders, about an insurance policy designed specifically for builders to protect their kit project during the building stage.…


Added by Zenith Aero on March 5, 2018 at 11:53am — No Comments

Wing assembly My CH 750

Hi all,any newer pics on rib assemble to main spar required,mine show old 750,just a bit misleading or do I just battle on and do it the way it shows,allso spar is slightly different in areas,ok thanks Tony

Added by Anthony Morris on February 24, 2018 at 2:49pm — 1 Comment

2018 West Coast Gathering?

I am considering putting together another gathering during the Arlington Fly In.

Would anyone be interested?

This would be at KAWO (Arlington, WA) during July 6, 7, and 8.

Activities could include a Zenith Fly Out. We will also have access to a runway for flight activities during the fly in.

Added by John Marzulli on February 16, 2018 at 12:46pm — 2 Comments

601 wanted

Looking for ready to go 601, not thrilled about car engines,{ had 3 engine failures in my life,not sure i have another left in me] also have nice PA 28 180, trade would be nice but not necessary. would like someone within reasonable distance of south west Va. to give me a ride. fill free to call 276 266 4526, thanks

Added by Howard Barrett on February 6, 2018 at 11:31am — No Comments

Zenith STOL Champion!

Congratulations to Deane Philip for taking first place in his Zenith STOL aircraft at the New Zealand Bush Pilot Championships in Omaka, New Zealand, on Saturday, February 3,…


Added by Zenith Aero on February 5, 2018 at 2:30pm — 8 Comments

750 edition 4

Does anybody know the difference between the editions 3 and 4 of the 750 STOL?

Added by jeff will on February 1, 2018 at 5:33pm — 3 Comments

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