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Panel Hacksaw

A panel hacksaw is a special type of saw for making long cuts in pieces of sheet metal. By using a piece of spring steel sheet to support the blade allows the saw to make unrestricted cuts.

A demonstration is made of trimming down a wing skin.

Added by Damon Brantley on May 6, 2019 at 5:21pm — 2 Comments

First engine run

Added by Jim and Amelia Isaacs on May 5, 2019 at 6:33pm — 2 Comments

Awesome Cross Country in my 601XL

Flew my 601XL to Florida and back last week. What a great trip! The 601 and Corvair performed flawlessly. You can checkout the adventure on my blog: 2002 Mile Florida…


Added by Ken Pavlou on May 5, 2019 at 10:12am — 7 Comments

Another failed nose-gear bungee on my 701

Funny thing – the original bungee on my 701 lasted for years. But with about 5 years and 200 hours on the aircraft, I was persuaded to replace it. So, I ordered one from Zenith, also the bungee replacement tool which helped - only to find the bungee was too big for my plane. It was really loose and with the gear off the ground, I could push the bungee off the pegs on the nose gear leg.


A quick call to Zenith, and Roger kindly digs up a smaller one and sends it to me. It fits…


Added by Sebastian Dewhurst on April 29, 2019 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Trust your engine

First time poster, had a long road to airworthiness. Just wanted to let those of you with corvair engines know that the engine is very very hearty. This picture is from the first flight after I purchased the aircraft. The 2700 CC engine was overheated to the point where it melted the heads and gaskets. It landed pouring oil and smoking like a chimney. Running way too lean. It landed running though. Even with what is shown, the engine was chugging along. Now I have solved the issue, rebuilt…


Added by Kamin Royal Gilson on April 24, 2019 at 11:32pm — 3 Comments

need wing fold conversion

Hey fellow Zenith builders: I am selling my CH701 and a potential buyer from out of state needs the plane modified to the wing fold option.  I do not have the facilities nor time any more to accomplish the work.  Would appreciate any info on where I can get this job done, preferably close to Oklahoma.  Don Herbel, Collinsville, Okla.

Added by Donald R Herbel on April 24, 2019 at 10:52am — No Comments

Sun 'n Fun Fly-In 2019 and 2,000 miles of flying

Here's my report of the 2019 Sun 'n Fun fly-in earlier this month (April 2 -  7) in Lakeland, Florida, with photos and videos of the trip to and from Lakeland from the…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on April 17, 2019 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

Nearly done!

Added by Stefan carlsson on April 1, 2019 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Dual throttle Rotax 912ULS

I have a dual throttle setup on my 701 with a Rotax 912ULS This is the kit that zenith provides with two cables. There seems to be a lot of pressure pulling the two throttle arms on the carbs back to full. If I take my hand off the throttle it will advance the RPM greatly. I have to tighten the throttle lock down very hard to stop this action. Rotax says not to change the carb springs. I took the springs off to see if it was a cable issue , but no problem with the cables. I did reattach the…


Added by Jerry Griego on March 31, 2019 at 10:36pm — 2 Comments

John Heather Viking Powered Zenith Cruzer First Flight! See it Fly!

Everyone please congratulate John Heather on his first flight with his Viking powered Zenith…


Added by Jan Eggenfellner on March 28, 2019 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

N601LT For Sale in Florida _ Sun&Fun

Zenith 601XLB 2850cc Corviar powered Michigan to Florida in one day.

March 26, 2019 I flew from Michigan to Venice Florida KVNC and parked on the

ramp by Suncoast Air Center. Had good weather and tail winds till I got

in Florida, average speed 117mph or 102kts, not bad for a 601XLB. Stop by

and take a look, I’m trying to find it a new home.

I stopped off at Cook County and said hi…


Added by Ron Lendon on March 28, 2019 at 9:24am — 1 Comment

Flap tube friction between fuselage.

How much friction / how free should the main flap control tube be on a 750 when fitted I don’t want to rivet it just in case. I can turn it by hand without much effort but is not free like in a normal baring. thanks

Added by Darren Weston on March 26, 2019 at 5:24pm — 2 Comments

Waiting for order to arrive ...

Realizei o pedido do material através do representante no Brasil:

Estou aguardando o pedido chegar.

A última informação recebida foi que o pedido já foi despachado pela Zenith.

I made the request of the material through the representative in Brazil:

I'm waiting for the request to arrive.

The latest information received…


Added by Disney Martins de Melo on March 26, 2019 at 7:44am — No Comments

Airworthiness Inspection -COMPLETE!

Had Todd Davis from the Milwaukee FSDO come to do my airworthiness inspection this AM. Super nice and super helpful!Thank you both FAA and EAA for the great documentation and support. WOW! 

Added by Mark Baenen on March 19, 2019 at 8:31pm — 7 Comments

Corvair-powered STOL CH 750

Todd Davis from the Milwaukee FSDO come to do my airworthiness inspection this AM. Super nice and super helpful! Thank you both FAA and EAA for the great documentation and support. WOW!

Added by Mark Baenen on March 19, 2019 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Flying with hand controls this summer

Flying with hand controls this summer

Added by Jan Eggenfellner on March 8, 2019 at 9:00pm — No Comments


Things are finally coming together.20190307_165135.jpg

Added by jeff will on March 7, 2019 at 4:38pm — 1 Comment

EAA Amateur Built Certification Kit

For anyone just starting out or almost finished, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the EAA's Amateur Built Certification Kit. It has all the forms, all the steps and all the right language to make getting your paperwork done correctly very easy. It also has good recommendations on the timing to send the various forms in. SUPER helpful!

Added by Mark Baenen on March 6, 2019 at 2:47pm — No Comments

rubber seal for front of canopy

I am looking for a larger rubber seal for the front of my canopy.  Trim Lock DD1201 has been suggested, but a 25 foot piece sells for $80.   I was wondering if someone had a leftover 8 foot piece that they would be willing to sell.

Added by Alan Lansing on March 5, 2019 at 10:57am — 20 Comments

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