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Skip and Mary Perry at Flight Crafters

Skip and Mary Perry came by today to visit their airplane. They are having the airframe mods done at Flight Crafters by our technicians. You can see Stan working on their wing in the background.

They should be flying soon!


Added by Russell Lepre' on July 7, 2010 at 4:51pm — No Comments

Zodiac CH601XL-B Flight Test Report

We recently had the chance to give Steve Flattum the opportunity to test fly our factory demonstrator Zodiac CH 601 XL B (upgraded model). Steve flies for one of the major US airlines and has logged more than 20,000 hours. More importantly though, he has a passion for light aircraft, and he has flown more than 100 types of aircraft (from ultralight to supersonic) and performed more than 20 first flights. He holds a professional pilot degree and is a… Continue

Added by Sebastien Heintz on July 7, 2010 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

This week at Flight Crafters

We welcomed Brad Cohen with his Zodiac XL mods. Brad is looking for some help while he does the mod.

Russell Lepre'

Added by Russell Lepre' on July 5, 2010 at 4:14pm — 1 Comment

A little Angel with a Crumpled Wing...

I have often been asked what is so special about flying in West Africa and, 'If I could have a cent for every time I was asked that I would be a millionaire'. Well, I may be far from a monetary millionaire (as all of those I owe money to know I am not), but I am very rich in my life and its experiences.

One of those experiences is Lydia, a young girl with a deformity caused by the lack of education and a absence of tube of antiseptic cream. When Lydia was three years old…

Added by Jonathan Porter on July 4, 2010 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

Airworthiness Certificate Issued

On June 30, 2010, we received our Airworthiness Certificate for Zodiac CH650, N5880Z!

Added by Shayne McDaniel on July 2, 2010 at 4:06pm — No Comments

Flight around NT Australia 50 hrs, 5000 nm and 14 days of fun

Hi Everyone

The above map is of a flight by 2 601 XLB.s completed in the the first 2 weeks of June 2010

Some facts about Australia,

Population Aust 22 mil USA 309 mil…


Added by Allan / Zenair Australia on June 30, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

TUNED EXHAUST for a ROTAX 912 80 hp

Now a days there seems to be Tuned Exhaust for all types of motorized people movers. They all claim to give your engine more horsepower, better fuel milage etc, etc.

Which has got me to wondering, why not a tuned exhaust for the Rotax 912, namely the 80 hp version? On looking at the exhaust on my 701 I think improvements can be made. Wouldn't it be great if a tune exhaust could give you 5-10 hp improvement maybe more?

Maybe there is all ready a…

Added by Debra and Patrick Nesbitt on June 29, 2010 at 4:49am — 3 Comments

Amphi floats, a beautiful dream, or your worst nightmare

The following article recently appeared in the July issue of COPA " Canadian Owners & Pilots Association " and with the recent availability of the excellent floats from Zenith, I sincerely believe that this article, is for any prospective float plane pilot, is an absolute " MUST READ "

It describes the Pro's and Con's of " Amphibs " amphibious floats, and goes into detail regarding the various pitfalls a prespective float plane pilot should expect. I have spoken to the…


Added by Robert Pelland on June 28, 2010 at 2:09pm — 3 Comments

"Fly into Summer " Open Hanger Day 2010

Had a great time at the Fly in.

Got to see lots of old friends and make some new friends.

See you at Oshkosh.


Added by Russell Lepre' on June 28, 2010 at 1:05pm — No Comments

The next Zodiac XL in for mods

The next Zodiac XL beginning the modification. Skins removed and new main spar reinforcements in the process of installation.

Here is the…


Added by Russell Lepre' on June 21, 2010 at 9:29am — No Comments

Monday June 21st at Flight Crafters

Another Quick Build CH750. Prepping the steel parts for powder coat.

Added by Russell Lepre' on June 21, 2010 at 9:26am — 1 Comment

ZENAIR EVENT REPORT: June 19-20, 2010

A Father’s Day get-together in France:

A significant number of Zenair owners had planned to attend this event, unfortunately the weather remained marginal all weekend, with low ceilings and scattered… Continue

Added by Michael Heintz on June 21, 2010 at 4:00am — 8 Comments

subaru converting to Lycoming

After 6 years of flying with a EA 81 Subaru engine I am tired of expermiting with trying to correct a cooling problem.

I am giving up on the subie and am in the process of buying a used lycoming 0235 C2C 108 hp engine. After I get the lyc inspecteed and ready to install i am going to remove the subie complete with motor mount, prop, radiators, oil coolers and all other items attached to engine and weight it to give a camparasion with the lyc. I feel I can install the Lyc at the same…


Added by David New on June 17, 2010 at 3:42pm — 11 Comments

A "Zenair" week-end in Italy!

A number of Zenith Fly-ins have been scheduled across Europe this summer by some of the more active Zenair representatives in this part of the world. You can sign-in to the European Group for more pictures and details from… Continue

Added by Michael Heintz on June 14, 2010 at 10:12am — 1 Comment

Zodiac 601XL First flight - reg 19-7075

Hi all – Mirko here from Melbourne. Finally - completed all of the required upgrades on the 601XL and have also successfully completed its first flight on Sunday. Could not wait any longer to tell all my friends, Zodiac members/builders/pilots/new comers and who ever is reading this, that this will be a memorable occasion. Man o…


Added by Mirko on June 13, 2010 at 3:06pm — 12 Comments

Flying in the Caribbean: Guadeloupe

My brother Matt and I recently visited the island of Guadeloupe in the French West Indies part of the Caribbean. Like many of you, I've enjoyed watching Zenith STOL float flying videos on YouTube: There are dozens of great video clips from Greek islands, the Alaskan back…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on June 11, 2010 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

Rebuilding N7489Z

Does anyone know any information about N7489Z? It's the old stype 601HD with the straight landing gear. I just bought this aircraft and will attempt to put it back together and would like to write up a historical trail of how it got to me. There is reference to Allen Hahn on and I bought it from Roger Hemp in Washington State.

Added by Thomas Shaw on June 11, 2010 at 10:46am — No Comments

Patricia Trains for Bush Strips

This week, 21 year old Ghanaian pilot, Patricia Mawuli Nyekodzi, who builds and maintains the Zenith aircraft for Medicine on the Move, is training ready to start flying doctors and nurses into the remote bush strips as they get approvals in Ghana.

In the picture above she sets up 9G-ZAF for finals to Kpong Airfield - we start work on the 500m strip, then work on the cross-wind runway at 300m, then we have our own 200m strip at the Rocky Farm site a couple of…

Added by Jonathan Porter on June 9, 2010 at 3:32am — 6 Comments

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