Online Community of Zenith Builders and Flyers
We had our first Builders/Pilots Chat last week and out turnout was a respectable 15 builders. The next chat is planned for June 28th at 8 PM EDT.
For those of you who missed the chat, the log is linked below. Enjoy!
Nice article on RAA Chapter 85's Zenith CH 750 Cruzer build project.
Added by Zenith.Aero on June 24, 2016 at 12:01pm — No Comments
Does anybody know the best way to cut the hole in the slat (of a 750 stol) for the landing light.
Thanks in advance for any ideas?
Say folks... wondering if there is anyone within reasonable distance in and around the Austin Texas area willing (and interested) in getting together to share ideas and builders support? I am well into my Ch701.. but.. the more technical aspects are challenging, i.e., bending aluminum skins to form elevator.. wings, etc... I would like to get things right the first time around..
After making lots of parts and remaking a few, I finally get to start drilling and clecoing the firewall together.
I mounted the firewall onto 80/20 stock with extra steel angle and magnets so I can work on it standing up.
The 80/20 is connected with hinges, so I can tilt the firewall back to allow continued loose fit up
to the rest of the fuselage.
The fuselage can be seen behind and is similarly supported with 80/20,steel angle and magnets. .…Continue
Added by Damon Brantley on June 12, 2016 at 11:06pm — No Comments
Drilled and cleco'd rear fuselage to cabin today. Center line and level and 74° angle side channels are great! Wondering why the next step is the instrument panel. A lot of work is still needed at bottom connection of rear fuselage and cabin. I known not to do anything at strut location yet. Will follow photo guide but I noticed there is a lot of self interpretation between photo guide and construction drawings.
Added by Jeff Ford on June 3, 2016 at 11:43pm — No Comments
Zenith Banquet for 2016
It's time once again to announce the Zenith Aircraft Builders Banquet for 2016! Our event will once again be held at the Oshkosh Elks Lodge, 175 West Fernau Ave, in Oshkosh, on Thursday, July 28. As always we have very comfortable seating, our own private bar, award winning food, and door prizes! The full bar will open at 5:30 PM for people that would like to come and relax early. Dinner starts at 7:30 PM. Tickets are available at the…Continue
Added by Joe Scheibinger on June 2, 2016 at 5:09pm — No Comments
NEW Four-Position Flaperon Control Lever for the STOL CH 701
Video: Zenith Aircraft's Roger Dubbert takes his Zenith STOL CH 701 flying with the new flaperon lever:
The new flaperon four-position control lever/handle with the adjustable positions is…
So, I just want to share the excitement in my voice for the taxi test.
If your stuck and need motivation, maybe this will help!
Ill get to fly soon!
Still have items to do but My plane has arrived!!
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…
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…Continue
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.
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 pointContinue
Added by Daryl Habit on May 15, 2016 at 10:07pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Damon Brantley on May 15, 2016 at 8:50pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Damon Brantley on May 6, 2016 at 10:37pm — No Comments
(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…Continue