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Fuselage update

My Cleco cans are filling back up as I rivet skins 

Added by Scott Gallant on May 20, 2019 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Cruzer-full flap landing practice & scenic flight

https://youtu.be/7iKZIRBEhdc
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 — No Comments

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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.…

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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…

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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. 

https://youtu.be/5VxnjwvlIMs



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

Latest is various…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Added by Jerry Griego on March 31, 2019 at 10:36pm — 2 Comments

John Heather Viking Powered Zenith Cruzer First Flight!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtJtXfx3urc&feature=youtu.be See it Fly!

Everyone please congratulate John Heather on his first flight with his Viking powered Zenith…

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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…

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Added by Ron Lendon on March 28, 2019 at 9:24am — 1 Comment

Flap tube friction between fuselage.

How much friction / how free should the main flap control tube be on a 750 when fitted I don’t want to rivet it just in case. I can turn it by hand without much effort but is not free like in a normal baring. thanks

Added by Darren Weston on March 26, 2019 at 5:24pm — 2 Comments

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