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Banquet Results - Largest one Ever!

Fellow Builders,

Thanks so much to everyone that attended the Zenith Builders Banquet during the Oshkosh EAA convention. The event was held at the Elks Lodge in Oshkosh. With 162 Zenith builders attending, this was the largest Zenith banquet to date for the Elks Lodge. Profits from the event go to the many charities that the Elks Lodge support including education and Veterans groups.

And once again the door prizes were outstanding. Patricia Porter was the grand…


Added by Joe Scheibinger on August 8, 2018 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

2018 Zenith Aircraft OPEN HANGAR DAYS and Builder Fly-In

Thanks to all who visited and participated at the 2018 Zenith Homecoming! We had a great event!

Video clip of the eventCheck out the…


Added by Zenith Aero on August 6, 2018 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Free BuildLog software is now available

I just released a new (free) software application named BuildLog that makes it easy to track time worked while building an experimental aircraft. Please feel free to download it and let me know what you think. I created it for myself to use while building my Zenith CH650 kitplane and am hoping it may be useful to other homebuilders. The web site is

Added by Todd Osborne on August 2, 2018 at 4:31pm — 3 Comments

Unboxing & Getting Started

Hi Everyone!

Its been two weeks since we brought home the massive crate with all the parts we'd need to build up to the firewall forward portion of our plane.  As we set up the shop to build we found the crate could be a giant crafting table for construction  with the addition of a few sets of wheels and structural supports.  So, after inventorying all the parts we turned it into a very mobile work surface.

I have to say I felt a little intimidated as I…


Added by Jeff on July 15, 2018 at 8:02am — No Comments

Transporting 601 xlb fuselage

Hi all, 

My family and I are moving 31 miles.  I need to transport my 601xlb.  The fuselage is on the gear.  I seem to remember seeing a picture of someone transporting a 601 on a uHaul trailer.  Looking at the trailers they have, I conclude that it must have been a wheels up car hauler I saw used.  As the main is over 7ft wide, none of the other trailers are wide enought.  

Any ideas?  Picture would be great.


Ernest Jessee

Added by Ernest Jessee on July 14, 2018 at 6:34pm — 9 Comments

Dynon GPS-251 antenna

Looking to buy a Dynon GPS-251 for my Dynon EFIS-D100

Added by Richard Jones on July 11, 2018 at 10:14pm — 2 Comments

Banquet just a few weeks away, and do I have a surprise for you!

Hello Fellow Builders!

We have just a few weeks to go for the Zenith Banquet celebration of builders and enthusiasts. We are looking forward to a great night of comradery, celebration, and door prizes! Just to name a few, David Clark has sent us a beautiful set of headsets that will be given away to one lucky winner. Sporty's Pilot Shop has donated an Air Scanner Interrupt Radio for you hanger. You can listen to AM and FM Stereo and 10 of your favorite air bands will break in…


Added by Joe Scheibinger on July 10, 2018 at 5:26pm — No Comments

CH-601 with Viking 130 engine

18MO – C17 – 18MO

CH-601xlb with Viking 130 engine trip to Marion, Iowa (C17)

On 6 July 2018 was able to fly my CH-601 to Marion, Iowa (C17) and back. Got to visit with my younger brother and wife. It was as always a special visit. I’m so lucky to be able do this on a day when his health is good. That is why I enjoy my CH-601 equipped with the Viking 130 engine.

My original engine failed me twice on trying to make this journey.

Have about 91 hours on the Viking 130…


Added by Richard Jones on July 10, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments

My New Project

This will be fun.  I picked up a 601XL built from 2005 to 2009. It was flown a little over 40 hours and signed off as airworthy.  But rather than going into service, it was parked, awaiting "B upgrade kit."  A qualified mechanic pulled the wings to start the upgrade and was stunned at what he found. The mounting holes in both the wing spars and center spar were terribly buggered and elongated.  Upon further examination, it was found that both wing spars were installed upside down, requiring…


Added by Dan Keys on July 7, 2018 at 9:27pm — 9 Comments

Ch-640 Items

Posting some pictures of recent work done on the plane

Rudder ribs and formers for the wings, flaps, ailerons and elevator

Added by Michael T. on July 6, 2018 at 9:30pm — No Comments

First Cross Country - 2W6 to KFFA and back - Door failure

Having completed Phase I, my brother Frank and I flew our Zenith CH 750 STOL to First Flight airport , KFFA, for our first real cross country on Friday, June 8th.

I flew most of the way down, we had a nice visit and Frank flew back.  Departing Kitty Hawk ,KFFA, we stopped for gas at Currituck, KONX.  We then departed Currituck for the 95 minute flight home.  Minutes into that flight, my door…


Added by William C Cooper II on July 3, 2018 at 11:55am — 5 Comments

My External Blog

I am keeping my blog on an external wordpress website.

You can visit it here

Added by Jonathan Fay on June 29, 2018 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Main and Center Spar Layout, Alignment and Drilling

I finally drill out the holes to final size for attaching the main and center spars together.

The video below describes the process I went through. Hopefully other scratch builders

will find a few useful tidbits of information when they get to a similar point.

On to assembling some airplane sized parts!

Added by Damon Brantley on June 25, 2018 at 6:17am — No Comments

Adding legroom to the 701

Has anyone tried shifting back the cabin seats, and/or relocating the rudder pedals forward on a 701 to make a bit more legroom for the pilot and pax? Or is there another way to accomplish that I haven't considered? Besides buying a 750...


Added by Gary Nelson on June 22, 2018 at 3:36pm — 3 Comments

Reversed Main Landing Gear

As purchased, the main landing gear was reversed to put the gear 4 inches forward (see photos) to help the builder better hold off the nose gear when landing.  I plan to put it back to its intended (correct) position.  The engine is an O-235.

What is the best method to support the airframe when removing the main gear and reattaching it?

I plan to support the wings under a rib on each side using sailplane wing supports and the fuselage under the width of a bulkhead with the nose…


Added by Dick Miles on June 12, 2018 at 11:46am — 4 Comments

First engine run of my UL350iS installed on my CH750 STOL

Thanks to the combined effort of my good friends James Yeh, retired air force mechanic, Righard Chen, avionics engineer of CTLS, on the memorable afternoon of May 24th 2018, again through combined effort, I started my 350iS for the first time, fuel fed via a makeshift fuel tank on the ground (due to limited workshop space, wings and empennage will be attached in the field), getting rid of the vapor lock took some doing; after pumping for a few times, and religiously waiting > 5 minutes after… Continue

Added by James NS Dao on June 11, 2018 at 2:23am — 2 Comments

Ch 750 wing root skin.

hi all trying to fit my wing root skins could do with some better build pics,and how to do it imfo thanks Tony.

Added by Anthony Morris on June 9, 2018 at 9:58am — 4 Comments

Moving on

Fuselage & cabin & cabin frame secure. Looking forward to getting firewall secure.

Added by Jeff Ford on June 6, 2018 at 8:31pm — No Comments

Facebook SUper Duty post

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Added by Jan Eggenfellner on June 6, 2018 at 8:25pm — No Comments

Zenith Banquet for 2018

Fellow Zenith Builders,

It's time once again to announce the Zenith Aircraft Builders Banquet for 2018! Our event will once again be held at the Oshkosh Elks Lodge, 175 West Fernau Ave, in Oshkosh, on Thursday, July 26. As always we have very comfortable seating, our own private bar, award winning food, and door prizes! The full bar will open at 5:30 PM for people that would like to come and relax early. Dinner starts at 7:00 PM. Tickets are once again available at the door…


Added by Joe Scheibinger on June 4, 2018 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

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