June 2017 Blog Posts (10)

Things to do while waiting for paperwork

OK, getting frustrated waiting for i's to be dotted and t's to be crossed on various official forms so that my perfectly serviceable aircraft and I can go have fun. I know its a process but any suggestions gratefully received (funnier the better please - I need the laugh)

Added by Graham Kingaby on June 27, 2017 at 9:10am — No Comments

Zenith Workshop at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh -- Zenith Aircraft Company will demonstrate kit airplane assembly during EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI July 24-30 2017.

Zenith staff and volunteers will assemble the rear fuselage assembly of the new Zenith CH 750 kits daily from 8:45 - 12:45 in the AeroPlane…

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Added by Zenith.Aero on June 26, 2017 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

New Profile Picture

Scene from the film…

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Added by Phil Smith on June 20, 2017 at 6:35pm — No Comments

601xlb canopy latch retrofit

Has anyone out there upgraded their old canopy latch system with the newer 650 type system?  Pictures? Plans?

Added by Robert Carlson on June 16, 2017 at 8:46am — 4 Comments

Quality Sport Planes OPEN HOUSE and West Coast Zenith Fly-In 2017

I'm posting this a little late, but here's a video recap of the May 2017 Quality Sport Planes OPEN HOUSE and West Coast Zenith Fly-In, hosted by Doug Dugger at his facility at the Cloverdale Municipal Airport in Cloverdale, California (about an hour north of San Francisco).

Below, flying in Doug's newly completed Zenith CH 750 Cruzer powered by a…

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on June 13, 2017 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

ADS-B installed

Installed a Skyguard ADS-B in and out system with AHRS
Install took two days, first day brackets and antennas.
Second day power, data, switch, breaker, cables.
Not a hard install, being a Amatuer radio operator probably helped. Don at Skyguard has great customer support.
Got an FAA report, all ok.
There are some great new products coming out there for experimental aircraft. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about doing your own install.

Added by David Krakowsky on June 11, 2017 at 9:32pm — 3 Comments

Watch where you pull!!!

WHOOP WHOOP WARNING.

I installed the strut on the pilots door pictured aboove and soon after tried to pull it down from the front edge about a foot outboard like I always did with the suction cup...crack...split.  The door - original fiberglass and Plexiglas bubble door supplied by Zenith - broke at the fiberglass corner and radiated out down and aft in the Plexiglas.  Quite a bit of bending torque is applied to the corner...my bad. Stop drilled the crack, sealed it with "special…

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Added by Phil Smith on June 8, 2017 at 12:48pm — 1 Comment

Factory Workshop June 15-16 2017

We are scheduled to attend the factory workshop on June 15-16, 2017.  My wife (Sharlene) will be attending. We are excited about the event and are looking forward to the workshop!

Added by Kenneth Stapleton on June 5, 2017 at 10:39am — No Comments

Progress report

   So here we are, a journey that began in 2004 with a quest to become a private pilot and in 2005 begin building an airplane. While becoming a pilot I decided on the Zenith CH601XL as the airframe because it flew nice and could be made from plans. Deciding on the Corvair as the engine was also decided…

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Added by Ron Lendon on June 4, 2017 at 7:38am — No Comments

"Final" Stats

Updating all my documents for the inspection, it looks like I have

~ 6 years 10 months elapsed time (thanks to location and climate I can only work weekends, and not at all between August and October)

~650 hours of build time (60 of which was the vinyl wrapping)

~$63,000 of spend on parts (small to big)

~10 occasions where I gave up

~2 occurrences where I had to be restrained from torching the whole damn thing  (well, I was close to…

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Added by Paul Sanders on June 2, 2017 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

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