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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

Slight delay

The way things work.....went to shut down the engine after the airshow and it didn't want to stop! Had to pull the throttle all the way closed and pull the choke.

Investigations shows a malfunctioning ignition switch, very intermittent, sometime it will ground out both mags and sometimes only the left mag leaving the right one active. Pulled the switch and made some adjustments, seems to work ok for now but have ordered a new one and will install it as soon as it…


Added by Phillip Owens on June 5, 2010 at 5:54pm — 2 Comments

Newsletter #178 (May-June) Mailing now!

The May-June Issue of the Zenair Newsletter with DVD is now shipping to subscribers throughout the world. In this issue you will find stories on: Revamping of an older CH701, An excerpt from Chris Heintz's new book: Flying on Your Own Wings", Free Decal program for upgraded CH601XL aircraft, CH701 elevator Cable modification, an engine oil chip detector system with color…


Added by Zenair News on June 5, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Young Aviator

Sorry Guys, I got so excited about finishing I forgot to tell you about the young man in the photos.

This young 4 year old is the son of a contractor who recently did some remodeling for my wife and I, his mom and dad brought him to AirFest 2010 because he is crazy about airplanes, and let me tell you he gets EXCITED!!!!

It has been a long time since I have seen a kid get so excited watching aerobatics and airplanes in general, while he was watching Skip Stewart flop…


Added by Phillip Owens on June 1, 2010 at 5:27pm — 2 Comments

Finished and on display at SW AirFest 2010

Finally finished the long projest on Friday June 28th 2010! Put the prop on and wired it for the last time before flight testing, Not able to do any testing as the Airshow started on Friday also but we will be on display all weekend. Granted I am not as fast as the US Air Force Thunderbirds or the Canadian Snowbirds, I can't flop around the sky like Skip Stewart or make the graceful moves of the Big Red…


Added by Phillip Owens on May 31, 2010 at 12:43pm — 1 Comment

"B" model designation for Zodiac CH601XL and CH650

With the advent of the upgrade package for the Zodiac CH 601 XL, owners

have asked for a way of easily identifying and marking an upgraded

aircraft, and a consensus quickly formed that a "B" model designation

was the preferred way of identifying an upgraded aircraft (applying to

upgraded Zodiac CH 601 XL and CH 650 aircraft models).

We've prepared quality cut-out decals for the aircraft: We encourage all affected builders who have… Continue

Added by Sebastien Heintz on May 27, 2010 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

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