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Earl Downs is a Zenith builder who is known to many others builders because he furnishes pre-test flight preparation training in his 601 XL-B. Because he holds an FAA Letter of Deviation Authorization (LODA), Earl is allowed to provide this and transition training for both the 601 and the 650. You may also have met Earl as a forum presenter at a previous Zenith Aircraft open house events.…Continue
Added by Zenith Aero on September 11, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments
Scratch construction of the ailerons and flaps has been started. I decided to try to document as much of the construction of these as possible as this should be my last major set of parts to bend. There will be two or three parts to this. In the first part, I document the construction of test sections to verify my CAD drawings are correct.…Continue
Added by Damon Brantley on September 9, 2019 at 7:18am — No Comments
Added by Bradford Drown on September 6, 2019 at 4:45pm — No Comments
No easy task. After a lot of study of the drawings, I totally screwed up the first two gear channel parts and ordered new ones. I believe I have the left one done; drilled, clecoed and ready to rivet. I will to wait on the spar riveting, I see some challenges there with the second row of rivets in the rib channels. …Continue
Added by Bradford Drown on August 30, 2019 at 4:00pm — No Comments
After spending a very frustrating week trying to mount my tubeless tires on the Matco rims provided I have given up. The O-rings they supply for sealing the two halves of the rims together absolutely will not fit. Matco say to roll the O-ring over the rim to the flat at the edge of the rim, assemble the two halves and roll the O-ring back to the center of the rim and lubricate the O-ring and you should be good to go. Well this is absolute impossible. the O-rings are to…Continue
I unpacked the finishing kit this weekend and had to add two more hardware boards to keep it all organized.
Today closed up and riveted the top skin and horns. Rechecked the electric trim with a 9v battery, Not happy with the provided cotter pin attachment to the clevis rod as it appears to me to be hazard should it catch on something so I spent extra time laying it down. I notice a lot of openings in this design which is an invitation to insects, mud wasp and what have you. Anyone have ideas in how to fill those openings?…Continue
The Arlington Fly-In started today in Washington. If you have the opportunity two Zenith/Viking powered…Continue
Added by Jan Eggenfellner on August 16, 2019 at 2:22pm — No Comments
I have been stuck working on the elevator trim tab. I needed to fabricate the horn and install it in order to adjust the servo push rod and ran into a problem with the drawing of the horn. It does not fit the clevis of the RCS-7 Clevis kit supplied with the CH601 kit. I worked to modify the horn to fit the clevis, positioned it and drilled ready for rivets…Continue
Hi guys and gals, just thought I'd drop a quick post about my 750 Super Duty build. Rudder and tail section nearly complete, I opted for the quick build fuselage from Zenith as I didn't like the idea of attempting that on my own. Let me know if anyone else out there is building the Super Duty, keen to share experiences and support each other through this fun and exciting adventure.…Continue
Drilling of the left wing skin is completed. Video shows final holes being drilled and description of jig to secure the ribs to improve alignment and prevent shifting.
Added by Damon Brantley on August 11, 2019 at 7:47pm — No Comments
Zenith Aircraft Company had another great year at EAA Oshkosh AirVenture 2019.
First things first: Thanks to all who flew in to the EAA Oshkosh 50th anniversary fly-in! And…Continue
Hello, i am selling my 601XL-B with Jabiru 3300. Please let me know if anybody is interested in purchasing this nice plane.
Plane had 260 hrs on it.
Need a new interior, runs great, but needs tuning.
I fly it and i enjoy it, but life has become to busy for this hobby at this time.
Please send me your best offer.
Added by Tim Wiebe on August 8, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments
I was starting to write my Oshkosh 2019 follow-up report, but the highlight of this year's Oshkosh experience for me actually happened after flying home from the event, when I received the following email letter:
"Mr Heintz, from the time I was a boy I loved airplanes. Life, as it does many times, prevented me from becoming a pilot until I was 40 years…Continue
I’m back from OSH, but had a few seconds of severe turbulence that damaged the plane. I was flying Zenith 650 about 32 miles south of Big Timber airport (approaching Springtime, MT) in moderate winds and very light turbulence. Certainly very common in any type flying. Nothing that bounced me out of the seat. I was hand flying instead of auto-pilot as the…Continue