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Matco Rims!

After spending a very frustrating week trying to mount my tubeless  tires on the Matco rims provided I  have given up. The O-rings they supply for sealing the two halves of the rims together absolutely will not fit. Matco say to roll the O-ring over the rim to the flat at the edge of the rim, assemble  the two halves and roll the O-ring back  to the center of the rim and lubricate the O-ring  and you should be good to go. Well this is absolute impossible. the O-rings are to…

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Added by Van Cole on August 25, 2019 at 3:53pm — 1 Comment

Hardware Boards

I unpacked the finishing kit this weekend and had to add two more hardware boards to keep it all organized.

Added by John Burns on August 25, 2019 at 3:36pm — 1 Comment

Elevator completed

Today closed up and riveted the top skin and horns.  Rechecked the electric trim with a 9v battery, Not happy with the provided cotter pin attachment to the clevis rod as it appears to me to be hazard should it catch on something so I spent extra time laying it down.  I notice a lot of openings in this design which is an invitation to insects, mud wasp and what have you.  Anyone have ideas in how to fill those openings?…

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Added by Bradford Drown on August 18, 2019 at 5:27pm — 2 Comments

Arlington Fly-In

The Arlington Fly-In started today in Washington. If you have the opportunity two Zenith/Viking powered…

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Added by Jan Eggenfellner on August 16, 2019 at 2:22pm — No Comments

2019 Zenith Aircraft OPEN HANGAR DAYS and Builder Fly-In

2019 Zenith Homecoming!

Plan now to join us at the annual Zenith Aircraft OPEN HANGAR DAYS and Builder Fly-In at the Zenith kit factory in Mexico, Missouri. Friday and Saturday, September 20 & 21, 2019.

This will be our 28th annual "Zenith Homecoming"…

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Added by Zenith Aero on August 14, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments

Elevator trim tab horn issue

I have been stuck working on the elevator trim tab.  I needed to fabricate the horn and install it in order to adjust the servo push rod and ran into a problem with the drawing of the horn.  It does not fit the clevis of the RCS-7 Clevis kit supplied with the CH601 kit.  I worked to modify the horn to fit the clevis, positioned it and drilled ready for rivets…

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Added by Bradford Drown on August 13, 2019 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Zodiac 601xl New Nose Wheel Oleo Strut

Hi, I recently replaced my bungee cord system with the new Oleo Strut. I like it but.... flying it for the first time today, the airplane did not fly well. The ball did not stay in the center. I had to give it constant left rudder. The plane was skidding to the left. (felt like it was out of rigging) I will adjust the rudder pedal cables. Has anyone experienced this? Any solution? Thanks in advance. N602ZA Robert

Added by Robert Schneck on August 12, 2019 at 11:32pm — 3 Comments

Super Duty Build

Hi guys and gals, just thought I'd drop a quick post about my 750 Super Duty build. Rudder and tail section nearly complete, I opted for the quick build fuselage from Zenith as I didn't like the idea of attempting that on my own. Let me know if anyone else out there is building the Super Duty, keen to share experiences and support each other through this fun and exciting adventure.…

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Added by Jono Lind on August 12, 2019 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Complete Left Wing Skin Drilling

Drilling of the left wing skin is completed. Video shows final holes being drilled and description of jig to secure the ribs to improve alignment and prevent shifting.

Added by Damon Brantley on August 11, 2019 at 7:47pm — No Comments

Oshkosh 2019 Follow-Up Report (Part Two)

Zenith Aircraft Company had another great year at EAA Oshkosh AirVenture 2019.

First things first: Thanks to all who flew in to the EAA Oshkosh 50th anniversary fly-in! And…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on August 8, 2019 at 7:00pm — 7 Comments

601XL-B For Sale

Hello, i am selling my 601XL-B with Jabiru 3300. Please let me know if anybody is interested in purchasing this nice plane.

Plane had 260 hrs on it.

Need a new interior, runs great, but needs tuning.

I fly it and i enjoy it, but life has become to busy for this hobby at this time.

Please send me your best offer.

thanks …

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Added by Tim Wiebe on August 8, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments

Oshkosh 2019 - Part One

I was starting to write my Oshkosh 2019 follow-up report, but the highlight of this year's Oshkosh experience for me actually happened after flying home from the event, when I received the following email letter:

"Mr Heintz, from the time I was a boy I loved airplanes. Life, as it does many times, prevented me from becoming a pilot until I was 40 years…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on August 6, 2019 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Turbulence damage on flight back from OSH to WA

I’m back from OSH, but had a few seconds of severe turbulence that damaged the plane.  I was flying Zenith 650 about 32 miles south of Big Timber airport (approaching Springtime, MT) in moderate winds and very light turbulence.  Certainly very common in any type flying.  Nothing that bounced me out of the seat.  I was hand flying instead of auto-pilot as the…

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Added by Jim McGauhey on August 1, 2019 at 1:29pm — 10 Comments

Start Drilling Left Wing Skin to Ribs / IV Video Camera Stand

After two or three months of weekends of checking and adjusting, I am finally ready to start drilling the top wingskin to the ribs.

A couple of concerns I have is holes not appearing where I expect to them and also the ribs shifting while drilling. To help catch any problems early, I have setup a video camera that I can place under the skin to watch the rib and hole.

A short video below demontrates the video setup and the drilling of my first hole into the left wing…

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Added by Damon Brantley on July 28, 2019 at 12:00am — No Comments

Stabilizer complete

Finished the stabilizer today by adding the plastic ribs.  Probably took longer then it should, however, I found an error with the rear spar attachment plate and needed to order a new part, rebuild it.  Beyond that getting the skeleton and top skin to cooperate took practically a whole day until I was satisfied.  Replacement parts for the elevator are in so I will return to that part of the project.…

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Added by Bradford Drown on July 25, 2019 at 7:40pm — No Comments

Elevator and Stabilizer

The elevator is on hold waiting for replacement parts.  Tried to salvage it but it was beyond me.

I moved on to the stabilizer and finished the skeleton tonight.  Skills are getting better.  Had trouble with the hand rivet gun from Zenith.  It stopped working.  Took it apart and removed all the aluminum dust, oiled it up, and it is working again.  Otherwise, no issues so far with the stabilizer.…

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Added by Bradford Drown on July 12, 2019 at 8:04pm — 1 Comment

Zenith Banquet - Parking - Forums

Hello Everyone,

It's time to get out the banquet and forum information to you all. We are late with this because much of the grounds at EAA are being changed and remodeled. In fact as we speak EAA volunteers and construction workers are putting the final touch on the new EAA 50th anniversary grounds.

Our event will be held at the Oshkosh Elks Lodge, 175 West Fernau Ave, in Oshkosh, on Thursday, July 25th. We have very comfortable seating for over 250 people, our own private…

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Added by Joe Scheibinger on July 12, 2019 at 8:47am — No Comments

Gear Leg Nut Torque

Can someone tell me what torque value the 4 landing gear leg bolts should be.

When I bought this aircraft (601XLB) one of the 4 nuts was only finger tight.

Thanks.

Added by Dick Miles on July 10, 2019 at 4:40pm — 2 Comments

Glacial paced progress

I recently travelled to PNW to finish testing mod to our fuel system.  We added shut off valves for tanks left & right.  Tested successfully for leaks.  Then put the plugs in and started it up.  First time in several years.  Seems so small but it sure felt good. 

Added by Randy Brooks on July 7, 2019 at 7:36pm — No Comments

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