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Ride prior to test flight

I live in PA, near Erie.

I am going to finish my 601XL in the next few weeks, and am looking for someone that has a flying 601XL that will give me a ride so I can get a little stick time before I take this thing for its first flight. I have over 1200 hours logged and am current. I have been flying a CUB for the last few years, but have flown many different airplanes, and am capable of flying a complex airplane.

If there is anyone out there that will let me go with them for an hour or… Continue

Added by William Campbell on March 5, 2009 at 9:38am — 1 Comment

Wiring / Tubes / brake lines / what did I forget!

With getting the inside ready for painting I need to run all lines I can think of, pitot, brake, wiring, coax, flap motor, fuel line, trim, ect,ect.

The nest of wires and tubes coming out from under the seat is unsightly, so I made this little cover, I don't want it to be big, just enough to hide the majority of the lines in plain view and still be able to route new ones if needed.

Not only do you… Continue

Added by Mark Townsend on March 4, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

XL canopy kit won't fit HDS

Ron Saarinen (that I bought my plane from) has looked at a 601 XL and told me that I'd have to modify the firewall and instrument panel to fit an XL canopy kit to a HDS. I've ordered a front opening canopy kit for the HDS from Sport Air

Added by Greg Wilson on March 3, 2009 at 5:20pm — 5 Comments

Prep for Paint

This is a small blog I have spent the last two days running wires from the Forward Fuselage to the rear fuselage, below you can see the outlet for some wires that come out under the passenger seat. I had to spend a day working up the wiring schematic to know what I needed to run.

Fuel lines connect behind the rear spar attachment, a very nice touch Zenith, now we can hide all lines from the cabin area.…


Added by Mark Townsend on March 3, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

ROTAX 912 wiring for DUMMIES ( me )

Well its time I start toget at some wiring. My panel is done and in it goes tomorrow. All my gauges are steam type. My problem is electrical is like a different language to me, one I do not understand. I have the Rotax 912 installation diagram, aeroelectric's Z-16 diagram and Jon Croke's simple 912 engine wiring diagram and I am confused.


Could… Continue

Added by Debra and Patrick Nesbitt on March 3, 2009 at 1:24am — 5 Comments

Blog - what is it, and how do I post one...

A blog (or weblog) is simply a web page for you to share information (on building and flying). Blogs are easily created and archived, which make them excellent for presenting a building log (or diary), or to report on a recent flight or trip. Blog entries are displayed in reverse-chronological order, and viewers can follow your progress by scrolling through your blog posts.

Blog posts are easily created, and can contain photos and web links (to other sites or photos, etc.) as a part… Continue

Added by Zenith.Aero on March 2, 2009 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

Installing Micro Vortex Generators (VG) on the STOL CH 701 Elevator

Over the past year we have been testing micro vortex generators (VG's) on the bottom of the STOL elevator. We've been using them on our factory demo planes and have sent out samples to experienced STOL pilots, including CH 701 owner and pilot Bob Jones (of Alaska).

We manufactured our own micro vortex generators out of .020 6061-T6 aluminum in our hydraulic press to match the curvature of the… Continue

Added by Sebastien Heintz on March 2, 2009 at 5:30pm — 20 Comments

June/July Container

Hey everyone...

We are planning a container in June or July 2009.

Please contact me with any orders for Parts, Component Kits, Canopies, Powerplants, FWF Kits etc.

I have a few interested in Canopies, and so far have 1 parts order and 2 FWF kits shipping...Lets try fill up the container asnd save money on shipping.

Tel: (07) 5536 3622
Mobile: 0424043462

Added by Zenith Australia on March 1, 2009 at 10:16pm — No Comments

On the the next challange

It has been four months to get all built but the fuselege. after our start today it looks like at least four months to do this next stage. The wings and tail feathers seemed simple. The fuselege has so many parts and they are so different from each other!! Well it is just one foot in front of the other and we will ge there.

Added by kenneth capenter on February 28, 2009 at 8:16pm — No Comments

Cowling Pre-Fit

This is just a pre-fit of the cowling, I want to judge if I need to install a spacer or not for the prop that is on order.

I have been asked on several occasions where to plane a taxi light on the STOL series, this is… Continue

Added by Mark Townsend on February 28, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Workshop Day 2

Most of us have been here, remember the fun of the day and the nerves of that first hole.

Another Fine STOL 750 Rudder, just a reminder, Rudders for the 750 made prior to Feb 25 should change out the rudder horn for the New thicker horn. Please contact Zenith or Can-Zac if you have an older Rudder horn on your 750… Continue

Added by Mark Townsend on February 27, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Rudder Workshop

Today is a personal Rudder Workshop, This fellow was only able to attend in a couple of particular days and I am more then happy to accommodate, as long as it fits into the shop schedule.

The controls are simpilar to the 801's but have one very major difference, these ones go in fast, with no problems, while the 801 requires quite a bit of time for alignment.…


Added by Mark Townsend on February 26, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

engine out..

So far I've removed the engine, rudder pedals and front suspension. Bead blasted and undercoated all these steel parts. I'll spray them with 2 pack this weekend.

The next job is to remove the main undercarriage. Getting hold of the loos nuts hidden behind the bungees inside the gear will be interesting. Once I have them out I plan to insert a threaded plate or weld in captured nuts and use star washers and locktite on the bolts to stop the loosening.

Added by Greg Wilson on February 25, 2009 at 4:31am — 1 Comment

100 th aniversary of powered flight in Canada

I went for a short flight yesterday (feb 23) which is the 100th aniversary of powered flight in Canada, just to honor it and think how far flight has come. The 701 as usual makes you forget the worlds problems as you cruise around

Added by Barney Creech on February 24, 2009 at 8:50am — No Comments

Sheet Metal Shop Practices (US Army publication TM 1-1500-204-23-10)

TM 1-1500-204-23-10 (31 Jul 1992) Change 3.pdf

I just wanted to share this document with the rest of the community. It is a must-read for anyone about to venture into the world of metal working.

Added by James Cameron on February 24, 2009 at 5:56am — 2 Comments

750 Rotax 912

Started on the firewall with the installation of the mount and the oil reservoir .

Taa Daa !! We have installation of a Rotax 912ULS on the nose of a STOL 750, I have more pictures of the early part of this install and will include them in my photo album when I have a little time at the hanger.

Installation of the engine is quite simple so far, the muffler was a bear to get in, but they all are… Continue

Added by Mark Townsend on February 22, 2009 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

ARF pictures

I just posted several pictures from a couple of ARF flights. ARF is Animal Rescue Flights, a group that helps get animals from shelters where they'll likely be killed to new shelters or new owners that will take care of them. If you're looking for something to do with your airplane, give them a look.

Added by Jay Maynard on February 22, 2009 at 9:32am — 4 Comments

Attaching the wings

Over the past two weeks I have been getting the wings on the fuselage. That is finally finished, flaps on and wired except for the trim. For any one interested, I suggest that the flaps and ailerons not be drilled until the wings is trimmed and bolted on. It was very hard to get the flaps on past the already riveted ailerons and getting every thing adjusted. The other issue is the flap torque tube. I drilled my bolts on the tube as per the manual and it would be much better to drill the left… Continue

Added by Glenn Johnson on February 22, 2009 at 6:18am — No Comments

02-21-2009 Today's Adventure


With just over 400 hours on my plane, today it was time for yet another oil change. While I was at it I installed an oil drain valve on my Jabiru 3300 engine. In the future this will allow me to change the oil without removing the bottom cowling.

After the oil change I went for a 130 mile flight. There was an overcast at 3,000 today so this was a low and slow flight over the coastal mountains and out over the… Continue

Added by Stephen R. Smith on February 21, 2009 at 11:30pm — 4 Comments

The hangar Gods.........

After two years and starting off at number 92, the planets have aligned and I just signed the lease on my T-Hangar that I take possesion of on March 1st. This is really good on alot of fronts. I am just getting ready to paint (not in the Hangar), and will begin final assembly which is pretty much impossible in my garage. My wife is finally losing patience with decor de aviation. We have wings in the living room, slat and flaps in the office,instrument panel in the dining room, and her car hasnt… Continue

Added by Thomas Richardson on February 21, 2009 at 7:49am — No Comments

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