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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…Continue
My Cleco cans are filling back up as I rivet skins
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 Sanders on May 17, 2019 at 9:23pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by Damon Brantley on May 11, 2019 at 9:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Zenith Aero on May 10, 2019 at 3:30pm — No Comments
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…
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.
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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
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…Continue
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…Continue
Everyone please congratulate John Heather on his first flight with his Viking powered Zenith…Continue
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…