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Fwd Stabilizer spar drilled

I've started assembling the fwd horizontal stabilizer parts. Got the spar, doublers, attach brackets, and ribs drilled. Time to debur and rivet! :)…

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Added by Chris Boultinghouse on February 23, 2017 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Steel beams for building

Hello all,

 I'm getting ready to build my 650 wings and thought maybe I'd get some steel beams as shown in the guides. 

 Are you all using them? Where did you get them?

 If you aren't using them, what are you using?

  I just used 2x4's for the rudder, stab and elevator.

Thanks!

Added by Jim Davis on February 23, 2017 at 11:58am — 6 Comments

A few simple tools

Below are a few simple tools I have made that others may find useful.

1. Wooden "gage" blocks- I have all sorts of bits of left over 2x4's. It has been useful to cut those into lengths such as 1",3/4", etc. If I need to elevate part above the table a little bit, I have a good selection of "calibrated" heights to work from. And as can be seen from the holes, they make good backer blocks for drilling. And for those last little bits of tweaking, door shims work quite…

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Added by Damon Brantley on February 20, 2017 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

SkyJeep Flywheel Replacement Viking Honda

Found two cracks in my aluminum flywheel.

The new parts require the reduction gearbox to move forward 1/4 inch. This causes the radiator to move forward, and interfere with the cowl.

I decided to try modifying the drive coupling by machining 1/8 inch off each side, thereby recovering the 1/4 inch.

I plan to do a few high power ground runs before flying, and will update this post with the results.…

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Added by Steven Winn on February 19, 2017 at 10:28pm — 2 Comments

Inspection of the Horizontal Stabilizer tail attachment brackets: Mandatory Action

We're sharing the following safety alert, that has been published on the Zenith Aircraft website builder and owner resources, to better circulate it with the Zenith flying community.…

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Added by Zenith.Aero on February 10, 2017 at 4:51pm — No Comments

Prop choice

I am building a 650 with a 0200 engine what prop do you guys suggest? thanks

Added by Lance Gobeil on February 10, 2017 at 11:12am — 3 Comments

STOL Champions!

Congratulations to Deane Philip and Chris Anderson for taking first and second place in the fifth annual "Healthy Bastards STOL competition" in New Zealand on Saturday, February 4,…

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Added by Zenith.Aero on February 9, 2017 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Deane Philip Winning the 2017 Healthy Bastards STOL competition powered with Viking Engine

Deane Philip Winning the 2017 Healthy Bastards STOL  competition powered with Viking Engine

Added by Jan Eggenfellner on February 5, 2017 at 6:54pm — No Comments

Deane Philip Winning the 2014 Healthy Bastards STOL competition powered with Rotax engine

Deane Philip Winning the 2014 Healthy Bastards STOL  competition powered with Rotax engine

Added by Jan Eggenfellner on February 5, 2017 at 6:52pm — No Comments

6,600 mile trip to Central America proves to be big adventure

"That which does not kill us makes us stronger." - Friedrich Nietzsche

Since I started flying my 601 back in 2007 I have found it to be a fantastic machine for exploring and adventure. I have enjoyed expanding my view of the world by flying over the country side, looking out at the great sights below and taking pictures from time to time; actually thousands of them.



In the past few years I have had in mind to fly all the way to the tip of South America. I…

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Added by Stephen R. Smith on February 4, 2017 at 12:24am — 17 Comments

Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2017

Following is my report on the 2017 Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, held last week in Sebring (central Florida), with photos and videos of the trip to and from Sebring from the Zenith Aircraft factory in Mexico, Missouri.  Watch the video (below), "Recap of the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2017," for a further summary of the 2017 event.…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on February 1, 2017 at 3:00pm — 8 Comments

Cruzer owners with Viking 130 or 150 engines and successful installations?

I am very near pulling the trigger about an engine purchase. THE QB fuse is now starting to be finished. All of the other components are almost finished. I am having an anxiety attack. ?(should I ground myself)

I was initially planning on UL 350 IS but now I am contemplating a Viking 130 or 150. Is there anyone out there that could help me. I would appreciate your insight.

Added by Terrence "Dr. Terry" Hall on January 30, 2017 at 8:19pm — 3 Comments

Unpacking

Took top off the crate on Tuesday and started the unpacking process.

Added by Mike Armstrong on January 26, 2017 at 10:59am — No Comments

Fin riveted!

I have another riveted assembly to check off the list for my Cruzer. :)

http://justplanechris.com/fin/…

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Added by Chris Boultinghouse on January 23, 2017 at 10:32pm — No Comments

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 — 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

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