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CH-701 Cabin Frame Jigging

Re: Jigging 701 Cabin Frame

Following the procedures in the plans and manual for levelling fuselage, Hz tubes on cabin frame and engine mount, I jigged drilled and cleco'd the cabin frame to the AC. I supported the assembly at the

bottom of the firewall to get everything level (Fwd fuse is rivetted to rear fuse). When all was done I pulled the support from under the firewall, and of course everything sagged a bit leaving

the side tubes with a slight decline angle from level…


Added by Perry delano on May 29, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Fly In To Summer Builder Fly-In Gathering: Saturday, June 18, 2016

You're invited to join us for our "Fly In To Summer" Builder Fly-In Gathering at the Zenith Aircraft Factory.

This will be our ninth annual "Fly in to…


Added by Zenith.Aero on May 26, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments


Found a boat storage facility that will allow me to store/work on the 701 project  (folding-wing option).  Hangars & build-space non-existent in North Dallas area.  New generator arrives today; likely spend the next few days electrifying the shop.  Finished plumbing & wiring the Viking 110 yesterday, Hope to get the project moved soon.

Added by Kurt Satter on May 24, 2016 at 1:58pm — 1 Comment

Let the dream begin!

Just received my 701 plans and manual.
Due to funds, and the fact that my wife's horses eat most of them, my plan is to scratch build as much as possible.
So, if anyone has any leftovers like rivets, clecos or anything for a 701 that they can sell please let me know. I'll either be in the shop looking at plans and scratching my head, or, in the barn shoveling horse byproducts.
Bob in Frazeysburg Oh

Added by Robert Boyd on May 22, 2016 at 6:34am — No Comments

DID A WEIGHT & BLANCE LAST WEEK CAME OUT JUST RIGHT WITH OUT MOVEING A THING.  Next   FAA .  Its only taken me 15 long years to get to this point

DID A WEIGHT & BLANCE LAST WEEK CAME OUT JUST RIGHT WITH OUT MOVEING A THING.  Next   FAA .  Its only taken me 15 long years to get to this point


Added by Roger wilson on May 17, 2016 at 6:09pm — 2 Comments

CC #38

One week back from CC #38 and Zenith fly-in and I am still stoked. An amazing amount of experience in attendance and camaraderie throughout the weekend. Nothing but good things to say...came away feeling rejuvenated on the plane build as well as excited about the engine start. Thanks to Doug for hosting and WW for coming out west. Already looking forward to another college.

Added by Daryl Habit on May 15, 2016 at 10:07pm — No Comments

Nosebar for brake

After a couple of weekends of work I have finished making a 1/4" radius nosebar for my brake. Since there are very few pieces that need a 1/4" radius bend I originally tried to make a nose bar out of plywood to use on my 4 foot brake. However it was just not up to the task of bending the .063 pieces of aluminum needed for the firewall.

I fabricated a similar 1/8" radius nosebar four or five years ago. This is not the first time I have made a nosebar. The stands I made, mentioned in…


Added by Damon Brantley on May 15, 2016 at 8:50pm — No Comments

Acme thread material stand

While ordering 4130 tubing for making various steel parts of my project I noticed that the 1-1/8" with .058 inch wall tubing has an inner diameter of just over an inch. I happen to have some 1" acme rod and nuts that would fit quite nicely  inside that tube. After scavenging pieces from a few other stands I was able to put together the following…


Added by Damon Brantley on May 6, 2016 at 10:37pm — No Comments

First Rivet

We all have to start somewhere.  Here is my first rivet. Only a Bazillion to go.

Added by Gary Reed on May 5, 2016 at 7:55pm — 5 Comments

What's The Difference Between Zenith's Builder Resources Link and the Online Community of Zenith Builders and Flyers?

(Zenith is Smiling with Lynn Beckhorn in Washington)

We have noticed when talking with our Zenith Aircraft potential builders and existing builders and flyers that there…


Added by Rebecca Riley on May 5, 2016 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

601 xl-b has made last flight

Sad to say that on Easter Day my 601 xl-b took a direct hit on both wings and prop from high wind blown in hanger doors.
As I try as hard as I can to locate wings ,prop and save my 25 hour tt engine it is becoming painfully obvious that my 601 xl-b has made it last flight.
Such a total joy to have flown.
Can't say where I go from here but not into the sky with N2257.

Added by Brice S. Beaman on April 14, 2016 at 8:39pm — 5 Comments

Training On Grass: For Fun And Safety

It has become old hat to complain about the decline of General Aviation. We can rant about the costs, how airports have been fenced off, or any number of ailments.

This tract is a little about one of those symptoms, a little about how to make flying more fun, and about making flying safer.

There is a vicious circle, a fully developed spin that we must recover from. Something that used to be ordinary, but is now feared.

Something that is fun, but potentially…


Added by John Marzulli on April 14, 2016 at 2:55pm — 18 Comments

Two Years and Counting...

Sunday,  April 10 2016 marked the second year anniversary of the first flight of my 601.  The celebratory flight on Sunday ticked the Hobbs to 400.6 hours. In two years, from my home base in the northeast,  I've had my 601 as far west as Oshkosh and as far south as South Carolina.  I still have a big grin on my face after every flight! 

The airframe and engine have performed well and I couldn't be happier.  To those of you in the building process I say keep at it and do…


Added by Ken Pavlou on April 13, 2016 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

First Flight

Special Thanks to Doug Dugger for performing the First Flight on my 701 this last Friday.  He and Steve Smith flew down to my cow pasture runway to perform the first flight.  All Went perfectly.  What a joy to see five years of work go…


Added by Roger Wibbels on April 4, 2016 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Rivet Spacing Utility

While doing layouts for the fuselage side skins earlier today, I decided to throw together this little bit of javascript

to help me calculate rivet spacing's. Not everything is a nice multiple of 20 or 40 millimeters.

I have a web server on my home network so I can bring this up in my IPad while I am in the shop.

Enter the distance and the desired rivet spacing. The page will print out the hole locations at or under

the desired rivet…


Added by Damon Brantley on March 27, 2016 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

It's a start!

I just moved to a new house and my workshop and tools are still packed in boxes, so the best I could do to keep myself sane and say "I'm doing something" is get to Kinko's and have a working copy of the plans made. I also had both sets spiral bound with a clear front cover and plastic back cover. 

It's not much, but it's a start! :)…


Added by Chris Boultinghouse on March 26, 2016 at 5:16pm — 2 Comments

Time to Start building

Just received the Tail Kit today.  Will start building this weekend.  pictures to come.

Added by Robert Davis on March 24, 2016 at 5:59pm — No Comments

Second g3x screen

Got a great price on my second screen from stein air.

Added by david shrader on March 23, 2016 at 8:23pm — No Comments

my cam100 engine

A couple of pics of my engine choice

Found it on barnstormers

Had been looking for a cam100 and found this one with 250 hours on…


Added by peter vetter on March 22, 2016 at 4:22pm — No Comments

horizontal stab

  1. Back at it after a two years away form the project

    Skinned the horiz stab.

    plans building, so I oversized the skin to start

    Will trim and clean up skin once removed for deburring and priming of mating surfaces

Had a bit of runout on the forward spar…


Added by peter vetter on March 21, 2016 at 7:51pm — 1 Comment

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