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JERONIMO!

I'M SCRATCH BUILDING AND I JUST BOUGHT MY ALUMINUM SHEET!

(that was my JERONIMO scream as I jump off the cliff.)

Added by Robert Haines on March 27, 2009 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

Inspection Deadline Looms

Thursday March 26th I finally get started on the wings, at 2pm I have so far unpacked the crate and removed it from the Hanger. The wings will be built on rails and the spar is ready to start on. MAin problem is that my pre-cover inspection is on Tuesday ! Just 5 days away, where is the coffee!



End of Thursday, WOW I had expected the wings to go fast but… Continue

Added by Mark Townsend on March 26, 2009 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

"Don't Fly Real Fast"

An Australian builder sent the weblink to the following online article published by Recreational Aviation Australia: "Don't Fly Real Fast."

Using plain English and writing about "sport pilot" class airplanes and pilots, the writer explains the perils of overspeeding your light aircraft.

This article is just one in a series of online articles titled "Decreasing… Continue

Added by Sebastien Heintz on March 25, 2009 at 11:38am — 4 Comments

Good day!

This was one of those days that gives you hope and keeps you coming back. After major trimming on the inboard flaperon it is reinstalled on the pivot pin and is perfect ( no rubbing on the fuselage).and then got the passenger side done followed by top glass, windscreen, both root skins trimmed to the top glass and on, as well as the seats in and riveted....... I felt like the energizer bunny today.... of course I had major help and support from my best friend in the world.... My wife. It makes… Continue

Added by Thomas Richardson on March 23, 2009 at 6:41pm — No Comments

Windows Anyone

The roof is installed, I extended the length over the doors to allow for the water to run off in the wings and not into the cabin.



We have windsheild installation, pretty straight forward, I use the plastic drill bits from Aircraft Spruce.



I have layed on my back on every Zenith model to work behind the panel, the 750 is by far the best and… Continue

Added by Mark Townsend on March 21, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Another 1,288 statue miles added to the log book

My mother turned 91 last week which provided the excuse to fly to Southern California and back.



The trip down on 3-7-9 was 444 miles non-stop which I flew in a beeline on auto pilot at 9,500 feet because there was a nice tail wind up there. My average speed was 126 statue miles per hour and the plane got a solid 33 miles per gallon. Try to beat that performance in a car! Flights like this provide lots of looking-out-the-window time and you can literally see half of the state’s width… Continue

Added by Stephen R. Smith on March 18, 2009 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Stab Skeleton Rivited

Boy did it feel good to start pulling some rivits. It made me feel like I'm getting somewhere. Now turn the page in the assembly guide and keep going. Yes I print them out. The computer has all the research for my wife's EED dissertation on here, I don't think I can take it to the hanger and live to tell about it.

Added by Richard Rost on March 15, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Sample Video from soon to be released March/April Newsletter DVD !

Watch the sample video taken from the DVD that is included with the current Zenair Newsletter to be mailed to subscribers in just a couple weeks. There are some really great testimonies from builders and pilots - as well as clips from the latest Sebring airshow! Click here to watch: Newsletter VIdeo



While there are 2 issues left in the current subscription period, subscribing now will get you the back… Continue

Added by Zenair News on March 14, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Motive Power Bolted On.

Today William Wynne brought by our Corvair engine and we had it bolted up in short order. I am calling the Corvair 750 combination a "Savage 750." The Savage has nearly all the necessary components to complete the installation of the engine. Only a few bits differ from the standard 601/650 Zenvair installation. The Weseman 5th bearing doesn't change the location of the prop flange and we are using a cowl… Continue

Added by Gus Warren on March 12, 2009 at 4:55pm — 1 Comment

Issue #171 has been sent to the printer...



We have just wrapped up the next issue of the Newsletter and it is off to the printer. The bonus DVD for this issue has been sent to the duplicator for reproduction - so expect the DVD and newsletter in about 2-3 weeks.



This photo is from the front page story. Jim Smith from Oklahoma is probably the very first CH750 kit builder to finish this aircraft. His story and photos are an inspiration for all builders that are preparing for the… Continue

Added by Zenair News on March 11, 2009 at 11:58pm — 1 Comment

A Treat of Treads

Our 750 is now up on it's wheels. It is coming together quickly now. The engine will be back from William Wynne's tomorrow with a Weseman 5th bearing on it and a mount for the 750. Jon is nearly completed with the stabilizer and one wing is about half way there. It will be a busy next couple… Continue

Added by Gus Warren on March 11, 2009 at 5:53pm — 1 Comment

Flying to Swellendam 28th March 2009

Had a great fight to Swellendam on Saturday, Sean and I had NO passengers, for a change, so we went in Sean's Cherokee.

Cam back at about 4pm, great flight, with not a gurgle in the sky till we landed at Grootfontein - 40Mph Wind on the ground!

Added by Jonathan Starke on March 11, 2009 at 8:18am — No Comments

Zulu changed my mind

My Zodiac and I are featured on Lightspeed's new Zulu page. Check it out.

Added by Jay Maynard on March 10, 2009 at 8:03am — 2 Comments

suzuki power

I am considering the Suzuki 1300 cc turbo auto engine for my XL.
Is there anyone who has experience with a similar installation and flying time behind this engine?

Added by John Funk on March 8, 2009 at 8:48pm — 3 Comments

Have bottom and both sides done.

work is going well. The kit is well laid out. It helps if you have room to get parts out of the boxes and on a shelf where you can find them easily. The pictures Zenith posted are helpful at this stage. Each time I go over them I understand something better. I think we are a bit ahead of the manual but Roger has been courteous and helpful when we call. The controls and cockpit area are complicated looking but when we get to it, we will probably find that the rule of "do the holes line up?" will… Continue

Added by kenneth capenter on March 8, 2009 at 8:29pm — 1 Comment

Painting a STOL 750

Getting a fuselage ready for paint takes far longer then actually shooting it, in fact cleaning up the two guns after painting takes longer then it does to paint.





After a couple of days of scrubbing and prepping we have a painted interior. I use a two part epoxy in a custom colour called Can-Zac Grey, it has a bit of a matted finish, but after a week of curing it is almost… Continue

Added by Mark Townsend on March 8, 2009 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

fly again

Today have been a beautifull fly day

Added by Antonio Gil on March 8, 2009 at 11:48am — No Comments

Fuel caps CH-701

I am using the fuel caps provided by Zenith but allways see fuel stains from fuel leaking obviously while in flight. I have seen pictures of fuel caps with an elevated gooseneck breather. Do these prevent the loss of fuel that I am seeing? Are they available from any commercial source? Thanks in advance, Ray

Added by Raymond A. Miller on March 8, 2009 at 9:46am — 2 Comments

priming mobil

No paint booth so I got inventive with a spool of bailing wire and some pastic drop clothes.

Added by Richard Rost on March 7, 2009 at 9:52pm — No Comments

STOL CH 801 Amphibian in the Bahamas

Jeff Fortune sent us these great photos of his amphibious STOL CH 801 in the Abaco Islands (the Bahamas).



Jeff reports: "The plane is flying great. Quickest liftoff from salt water is about 12 seconds... lands at ~38… Continue

Added by Sebastien Heintz on March 5, 2009 at 5:04pm — No Comments

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