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750 build thoughts

I have been helping a customer  build a 750

so far the fuse is almost complete , and it has been an enjoyable build , with all the new CNC parts and match drilling

I have had a few things that have come up and i thought i would share them

  I know that the kit is fairly new and there is bound to be…


Added by Tracy Buttles on February 15, 2011 at 7:14pm — 5 Comments

Kitplanes magazine Flight Reviews: "Zen Four A Day" March 2011

The March 2011 issue of Kitplanes magazine includes an editorial and six-page article on Zenith Aircraft by editor Marc Cook. Following are excerpts from the feature story:

"Chris Heintz…


Added by Zenith.Aero on February 15, 2011 at 8:45am — No Comments

N949TF "Foxy" First Flight

On Friday Morning February 11, 2011 at about 7:15 AM I took off for the first time in N949TF from St. Louis Downtown Airport (KCPS) using runway 12R.  My intent was to do a fast taxi, liftoff and touchdown and then go back for the actual takeoff.  Had a light tail/crosswind and when I lifted of I was uncomfortable with the drift and just firewalled it and climbed out.  Flew for between 45 min and an hour and the first landing was very nice.  I will post photos and the landing video.  Notice…


Added by Timothy Finley on February 14, 2011 at 10:04am — 7 Comments

First Flight

First Flight of N601RS on 7 Feb. from Chandler AZ (CHD).  Can't believe I actually got to this point! 

Added by Stephen C. Martin on February 13, 2011 at 4:41pm — 6 Comments

How many CH 750 are flying with the 912S

As mine and Robert Broadwells Rotax powered 750 project nears completion. I was wondering how many out there are flying with the 912S?

Thanks Bill

Added by Bill Alexander on February 13, 2011 at 3:47pm — 17 Comments

A tale of three airstrips

In West Africa light aviation is still massively under-utilised, yet in great need.  So, with the harmattan dust restricting our flight movements, and with Detective Erin Nolan from the NYPD on a visit, we took to the road to check out the airfields we hoped to 'stimulate' either back to use or to improve.  We scored 2/3 and get some very interesting tales to tell.…


Added by Jonathan Porter on February 13, 2011 at 12:49am — 1 Comment

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Added by Gustavo Padovezi Tenuta on February 9, 2011 at 11:47pm — 1 Comment

Tailless 601XL-B, Hit from behind...

A beautiful day to fly, and then...


On RWY36 at KBRL, 30yards from taxiway A2, a Cummingham Model 1 biplane struck the rear of my 601XL-B during landing and roll out.  The PIC of the biplane came straight in one hour before dark on a ferry flight.  The biplane was w/o radio and…


Added by Mark Ertz on February 9, 2011 at 7:23pm — 5 Comments

Call for entries: CH 650 Paint Scheme Design Competition


As we're completing our new CH 650 B demonstrator plane, we're…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on February 9, 2011 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

50 Hrs On My 601XLB

I have 50 hrs on my 601 since the upgrade. I like it more and more. Have done some short cross countries with my wife and she just loves flying and taking picutures. The lycoming 0235C1B is running great with the addition of the Rotex throttle body carb. coupled with the E-Mag electronic ignition the engine starts instantly.I keep pushing the envelope on manuvers and the 601 responds great. The attached photo was taken by my wife over the cranberry marshes at harvest time near Tomah Wi.… Continue

Added by Roger L Vavra on February 8, 2011 at 9:04am — 2 Comments

New Builder Assist Center Featured in Zenair Newsletter

American Light Sport Aircrafters, (AmLSA) will be featured in the next issue of the Zenair Newsletter.

AmLSA is the newest of the Zenith Builder Assist (or Assembly) Centers and is the only one that is located near to the Zenith Factory in Mexico, MO.

Ever wonder how this whole idea got started by someone who is building their own CH750?

Check out the next issue of the Newsletter and read the why and how.

Added by American Light Sport Aircrafters on February 6, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

701 Side Slips?

Still making progress on the slats for my 701.  These special STOL surfaces have got me thinking about short field techniques.  My past Maule and Champ were both great STOL performers.  The Maule used 50 degrees of flap to get in short fields, the Champ used side slips.  I preferred the side slip as it was easy to put in…


Added by David Abbott on February 6, 2011 at 5:58am — 2 Comments

Newsletter #182 (January/February) Mailing Now!

In this issue you will share in the experience of building wheel penetration skis currently under construction by Bob McDonald. Caleb at the Zenith factory discusses loads on the aircraft front wheel axle and a CH701 builder shows how he installed a communication speaker in the cavity below the passenger…


Added by Zenair News on February 5, 2011 at 9:42am — 2 Comments

Rudder Workshop and Demo Flight

After the January workshop I am now the proud parent of a bouncing baby rudder! It may not be cosmetically perfect, but I would be willing to fly with it.  I learned a lot at the workshop, and had a chance to fix some mistakes w/o it being a disaster.  The basic skills were easy to pickup, and it was helpful to have the Zenith folks nearby for questions. I pretty much feel like I can build a Zodiac 650B.  The biggest challenge is probably clearing & heating the garage and setting up a…


Added by Rebecca Anne Shipman on February 2, 2011 at 10:06am — 5 Comments

American Light Sport Aircrafters Officially Opens New Kit Assembly Center

Opening Day finally arrives.


Thursday, Jan 27, we officially opened the doors to our new Zenith Kit Assembly Center.


The photo at the left shows…


Added by American Light Sport Aircrafters on January 30, 2011 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Stabilizer skeleton complete

I borrowed some flanging dies from a fellow 701 builder here in Tassie (thanks James!)  5 minutes work with a car jack and the holes were done.

Assembled and riveted the skeleton. 

Added by Marty de la Motte on January 29, 2011 at 1:45pm — No Comments

Phoenix Flight

The story of the phoenix bird that loves fire came to mind today.

For the first time this year, we were able to fly - circuits and very local, but operational. Safety procedures are essential when you have been on the ground for an extended period, as has happened this year.

Our in house…


Added by Jonathan Porter on January 26, 2011 at 7:25am — 1 Comment

Flanging Dies

After calling numerous shops in my area, I finally found a place willing to make the 4 flanging dies needed for plans-building. The shop wants $1,000 for 4 dies. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this seems way too high! At that price, I'm better off buying sub-kits!

Added by Greg Harris on January 22, 2011 at 11:39am — 12 Comments

Ok, NOW the rudder is complete...?

Fabricated and installed the upper mounting points.  Also riveted the control horn/lower mounting point, and the upper & lower spar fairings.  

Stupidly I decided to hand rivet the upper mounting points... "It's hardly worth starting the compressor for 8 rivets..." yeah right, they're A5 and take a bit more force than A4's.  Wised up and air riveted the rest.

That should be it for the rudder apart from trimming the nose skin to clear the elevator.  I'll leave that until the…


Added by Marty de la Motte on January 22, 2011 at 5:16am — No Comments

ALSA Hosting luncheon for Zenith's January Rudder Workshop

I'm sure that everyone knows that the Zenith crew are attending the Sebring Show in Florida this week where they are displaying the Zenith Fleet of Kit Aircraft.

Meanwhile back here at American Light Sport Aircrafters (ALSA) Builder Assist Center in Mexico, MO., we are still hard at it preparing everything for our long anticipated opening. We have finally completed everything here, passed all of the inspections and have been issued all of the permits and licenses…


Added by American Light Sport Aircrafters on January 21, 2011 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

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