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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

I am currently finishing up with the wing mod on a friends 601XL and have a 601 partial build waiting in storage.  I have   built a RV-8 which I sold and had a Cassutt for a few years.  I worked for …

I am currently finishing up with the wing mod on a friends 601XL and have a 601 partial build waiting in storage.  I have  

built a RV-8 which I sold and had a Cassutt for a few years.  I worked for the Oklahoma Air National Guard for forty years and retired from Air Force with 43 years, 8 months and 23 days service.  I was always in aircraft maintenance and flew for 

13 years as flight engineer on C-97 =C-124 aircraft.  All my other time was on fighters F-51, F=80, F=86D,…


Added by arthur l saunders on March 4, 2019 at 7:46pm — No Comments

Cowling done and inspection date set!

My nose bowl finally arrived and I spent the weekend fitting the cowling panels - very nice fitting setup from the Weseman's. After that, I finished up my paperwork and sent it off to the FAA. Got a call last week and set the date for the Airworthiness Inspection! - March 19th!…


Added by Mark Baenen on March 4, 2019 at 2:33pm — 2 Comments

Zenith SD cowling completed

Added by Jan Eggenfellner on March 3, 2019 at 8:01pm — No Comments



Added by jeff will on February 24, 2019 at 10:17am — No Comments

Vacuum Lifting Frame for Wing Skin

From what I have seen, moving a wing skin tends to be a two person operation. The video

below is a demonstration of a vacuum lifting frame I constructed to allow one person to

easily moving a wing skin between a worktable and the wing skeleton.

Added by Damon Brantley on February 24, 2019 at 9:05am — 2 Comments

Becker ar 4201 and Becker atc 4401

For sale due to upgrade in the uk £1000 plus postage

Added by Matthew brumby on February 21, 2019 at 4:34am — No Comments

Using Jira to help manage my aircraft build

Several months back I had posted that I was experimenting with using a project management software package called Jira to help manage tasks in my scratch build. After about 6 months of use I think I can say it has been very helpful for tracking what I have done, what I am currently doing and what still remains.

While I am building my aircraft from plans, I think Jira would also be helpful for kit builders as well.

The video below is a demonstration of how Jira…


Added by Damon Brantley on February 13, 2019 at 10:01pm — No Comments


First and foremost, as many of you know it is not a small undertaking to start building your own aircraft and we are always excited to watch our customers, after all the work and time they dedicated to their aircraft get its wings in the air. It makes us happy to know that they chose a Viking engine to help them get there.

One of our…


Added by Jan Eggenfellner on February 13, 2019 at 8:00pm — No Comments

AOPA builds an aircraft rudder

AOPA Live recently ran a story of staffer Paul Harrop building a Zenith rudder at the Zenith Aircraft factory:…


Added by Zenith Aero on February 5, 2019 at 11:14am — No Comments

Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2019

Here's a brief follow-up report of the 2019 Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, where we hosted, once again, the hands-on workshops during the four-day Expo. Watch the video:

As you can see in the above…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on January 30, 2019 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Flexible Friction Arm Workholding

A few weeks ago in a prior blog post I had posted a picture of using a modified camera friction arm as a flexible workholder. I have added a youtube video showing some examples of its use.

Added by Damon Brantley on January 23, 2019 at 10:43am — No Comments

First Flight - N579SA

The weather in Michigan finally cooperated and I was able to make my first flight on 1/6/19.

Steve Aupperle


Added by Stephen Aupperle on January 8, 2019 at 5:02pm — 4 Comments

The Traffic Pattern Blog

Check out the latest episode of The Traffic Pattern blog as I discuss Zenith Aircraft and kit airplane building and flying. The new episode premieres tonight and is hosted by air traffic controller …


Added by Sebastien Heintz on January 7, 2019 at 6:01pm — No Comments

CH750 Matco Master Cylinders

The Zenith Builders Resources page seems to show the MA-5 cylinders on the right side of the fuselage which would infer that the MA-4 cylinders go on the left. Is this correct? Are there one way valves that will still allow one side to work if there is a master or line failure?

Added by Steven J Sergenti on December 23, 2018 at 2:20pm — 2 Comments

Starting wing skins and a few tips

It was back in June that I finally finished the wing spar. However there were numerous little details I found myself having to work through before I was able to finally start laying out the wing skins. While I wanted to  have both wings setup together, even with the size of shop I have there just was not quite enough space to have both wings plus an additional table to work on the skins. The first wing I will work on is the left side.

One issue I had to figure out was how was I going…


Added by Damon Brantley on December 21, 2018 at 2:32pm — No Comments

My 701 status report.

To begin with I haven't been working on my plane lately due to a medical problem which I hope to clear up soon, hopefully in Jan 2019. It's nothing serious. I can get around, 

but it's too cold in the garage to work right now. 

Anyway when I started this project in July 2005. I now realize that scratch building was not the best…


Added by Robert Sceppa on December 15, 2018 at 9:49am — No Comments

Zenith at Sebring Sport Aviation Expo 2019


UPDATE: Read the follow-up report from the 2019 Sport Aviation Expo


Following up on the success the past couple of years with Zenith hands-on workshops at the …


Added by Zenith Aero on December 11, 2018 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Let us know what do you want to wear? Zenith apparel from EAA

For the past several years we've had EAA (the Experimental Aircraft Association) supply Zenith Aircraft branded shirts, hats, and other accessories through their retail outlets at AirVenture Oshkosh and on their website. This arrangement was to make Zenith branded apparel more readily available to Zenith builders and pilots, while also providing a regular…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on December 7, 2018 at 2:30pm — 40 Comments

Set The Wings!!!!

Thank you to the Kratochwill boys! Tom and Tyler from Merrimac came down this last weekend and helped me set my wings. Great help! With everything set, I powdercoated all the steel fittings and my dad and I did the install on Monday. Filled up the gas tanks and taxied that afternoon. A little anticlimactic that afternoon as we were beat. BEAT! The…


Added by Mark Baenen on December 4, 2018 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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