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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

Day Off

I have been working on the 750 for 3 weeks now and it is time for a day off, What do I do on my day off? I work on the 701. This plane is close to flying, the motor is all prepped and with foaming the motor that has not run in 5 years I now have almost full compression on every cyl. As you can see I wanted to spend a little time on the panel. I was going to install a full efis system as I had planned on using the 701 on extended trips, now with having a 750 the 701 will be used as a demo plane… Continue

Added by Mark Townsend on March 5, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Ride prior to test flight

I live in PA, near Erie.

I am going to finish my 601XL in the next few weeks, and am looking for someone that has a flying 601XL that will give me a ride so I can get a little stick time before I take this thing for its first flight. I have over 1200 hours logged and am current. I have been flying a CUB for the last few years, but have flown many different airplanes, and am capable of flying a complex airplane.

If there is anyone out there that will let me go with them for an hour or… Continue

Added by William Campbell on March 5, 2009 at 9:38am — 1 Comment

Wiring / Tubes / brake lines / what did I forget!

With getting the inside ready for painting I need to run all lines I can think of, pitot, brake, wiring, coax, flap motor, fuel line, trim, ect,ect.

The nest of wires and tubes coming out from under the seat is unsightly, so I made this little cover, I don't want it to be big, just enough to hide the majority of the lines in plain view and still be able to route new ones if needed.

Not only do you… Continue

Added by Mark Townsend on March 4, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

XL canopy kit won't fit HDS

Ron Saarinen (that I bought my plane from) has looked at a 601 XL and told me that I'd have to modify the firewall and instrument panel to fit an XL canopy kit to a HDS. I've ordered a front opening canopy kit for the HDS from Sport Air

Added by Greg Wilson on March 3, 2009 at 5:20pm — 5 Comments

Prep for Paint

This is a small blog I have spent the last two days running wires from the Forward Fuselage to the rear fuselage, below you can see the outlet for some wires that come out under the passenger seat. I had to spend a day working up the wiring schematic to know what I needed to run.

Fuel lines connect behind the rear spar attachment, a very nice touch Zenith, now we can hide all lines from the cabin area.…

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Added by Mark Townsend on March 3, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

ROTAX 912 wiring for DUMMIES ( me )

Well its time I start toget at some wiring. My panel is done and in it goes tomorrow. All my gauges are steam type. My problem is electrical is like a different language to me, one I do not understand. I have the Rotax 912 installation diagram, aeroelectric's Z-16 diagram and Jon Croke's simple 912 engine wiring diagram and I am confused.

HELP-HELP-HELP-HELP-HELP-HELP-HELP-HELP-HELP-HELP-HELP-HELP-HELP-HELP-HELP-HELP-HELP........



Could… Continue

Added by Debra and Patrick Nesbitt on March 3, 2009 at 1:24am — 5 Comments

Blog - what is it, and how do I post one...

A blog (or weblog) is simply a web page for you to share information (on building and flying). Blogs are easily created and archived, which make them excellent for presenting a building log (or diary), or to report on a recent flight or trip. Blog entries are displayed in reverse-chronological order, and viewers can follow your progress by scrolling through your blog posts.



Blog posts are easily created, and can contain photos and web links (to other sites or photos, etc.) as a part… Continue

Added by Zenith.Aero on March 2, 2009 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

Installing Micro Vortex Generators (VG) on the STOL CH 701 Elevator

Over the past year we have been testing micro vortex generators (VG's) on the bottom of the STOL elevator. We've been using them on our factory demo planes and have sent out samples to experienced STOL pilots, including CH 701 owner and pilot Bob Jones (of Alaska).

We manufactured our own micro vortex generators out of .020 6061-T6 aluminum in our hydraulic press to match the curvature of the… Continue

Added by Sebastien Heintz on March 2, 2009 at 5:30pm — 20 Comments

June/July Container

Hey everyone...

We are planning a container in June or July 2009.

Please contact me with any orders for Parts, Component Kits, Canopies, Powerplants, FWF Kits etc.

I have a few interested in Canopies, and so far have 1 parts order and 2 FWF kits shipping...Lets try fill up the container asnd save money on shipping.

Liezel
Tel: (07) 5536 3622
Mobile: 0424043462
sales@sportair.com.au

Added by Zenith Australia on March 1, 2009 at 10:16pm — No Comments

On the the next challange

It has been four months to get all built but the fuselege. after our start today it looks like at least four months to do this next stage. The wings and tail feathers seemed simple. The fuselege has so many parts and they are so different from each other!! Well it is just one foot in front of the other and we will ge there.

Added by kenneth capenter on February 28, 2009 at 8:16pm — No Comments

Cowling Pre-Fit

This is just a pre-fit of the cowling, I want to judge if I need to install a spacer or not for the prop that is on order.



I have been asked on several occasions where to plane a taxi light on the STOL series, this is… Continue

Added by Mark Townsend on February 28, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Workshop Day 2



Most of us have been here, remember the fun of the day and the nerves of that first hole.



Another Fine STOL 750 Rudder, just a reminder, Rudders for the 750 made prior to Feb 25 should change out the rudder horn for the New thicker horn. Please contact Zenith or Can-Zac if you have an older Rudder horn on your 750… Continue

Added by Mark Townsend on February 27, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Rudder Workshop

Today is a personal Rudder Workshop, This fellow was only able to attend in a couple of particular days and I am more then happy to accommodate, as long as it fits into the shop schedule.

The controls are simpilar to the 801's but have one very major difference, these ones go in fast, with no problems, while the 801 requires quite a bit of time for alignment.…

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Added by Mark Townsend on February 26, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

engine out..

So far I've removed the engine, rudder pedals and front suspension. Bead blasted and undercoated all these steel parts. I'll spray them with 2 pack this weekend.

The next job is to remove the main undercarriage. Getting hold of the loos nuts hidden behind the bungees inside the gear will be interesting. Once I have them out I plan to insert a threaded plate or weld in captured nuts and use star washers and locktite on the bolts to stop the loosening.

Added by Greg Wilson on February 25, 2009 at 4:31am — 1 Comment

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