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CH601 HD unboxing day

The crate arrived today after a couple of adventures.  Zenith shipped on May 24th and shortly thereafter the weather turned horrible.  I got a notice of a 'weather delay' on my crate and waited to hear if it went flying without me.  However, it arrived in NH on 06/01, and my house on 6/04.  The second worry was the forklift puncture at the water line of the crate.  (See photo).  The fork did travel into the crate however, the only damage was a destroyed corner of the packing list envelope…


Added by Bradford Drown on June 4, 2019 at 8:34pm — 2 Comments

Fuselage update

My Cleco cans are filling back up as I rivet skins 

Added by Scott Gallant on May 20, 2019 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Cruzer-full flap landing practice & scenic flight
Cruzer circuit practice with full flap landings, plus coastal scenery flight; Fleureiu Peninsula, South Australia, at 8x speed, no music - 8 min/fast video. Last landing with half flaps and side slipped. Camera beneath the plane. For fellow Builders - keep going - a very forgiving plane, not fast.

Added by John Heather on May 19, 2019 at 6:02pm — 2 Comments




Added by John Sanders on May 17, 2019 at 9:23pm — No Comments

Install an engine

Added by Jan Eggenfellner on May 16, 2019 at 5:38pm — No Comments

Keeping Parts Organized

One thing that has often been a problem is trying to keep parts from getting lost as they wait to be added to larger assemblies. While I am scatchbuilding, the problem is no doubt worse for someone building from a kit because they get all their parts at once.

Something that has recently been quite useful for me is to use mini-stretch wrap.…


Added by Damon Brantley on May 11, 2019 at 9:00pm — No Comments

STOL CH 701 AG (agricultural) evaluation for crop spraying

The April 2019 issue of AgAir Update, the monthly magazine for the agricultural aviation (crop spraying) industry, reprinted a flight evaluation article of the STOL CH 701 "Sky Jeep" light sport aircraft (first published twenty years…


Added by Zenith Aero on May 10, 2019 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Scenic Australian views from a new Cruzer

Hi All,  9 min YouTube - new kitbuilt 750 Cruzer with a Viking engine.

Scenic lap of Hindmarsh Island, South Australia - best on a big screen.

At 6 minutes you can jump fwd to the end, for the landing, if you wish. 

All clips sped up 200%, audio down to 20%, no music.

Now at 16 hours, all systems good, lots of power, leaps off the ground. 

Latest is various…


Added by John Heather on May 9, 2019 at 4:56pm — 3 Comments

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

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