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Low Cost Steering Boot solution for Zenith 601

I've been looking for rubber boots to use on the Zenith 601 steering arms. It has been difficult to find an off-the-shelf product due to the narrow profile. I finally found something that is a near perfect fit on my HDS. It can be purchased from JB-Custom Fabrication on E-bay. This particular boot is used on certain Jeep models for the twin shifters. It costs around $22.00 plus shipping. Good news is you only need to buy one and carefully cut it in half. The following steps describe…


Added by Chuck Long on October 3, 2011 at 2:47pm — 3 Comments

XL Jabiru CHT's

On my flight from Idaho to Prineville, my #3 CHT was running high. I had modified the system for diverting air, the left side was running well, so I went back to my original system on the right side. Still need to do some tweaking, but I'm happy with the numbers. The original diverters were made of fiberglass…


Added by Jake Reyna on October 2, 2011 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Taildragger CG

I'm building a CH650 with the taildragger option.  Can I expect the empty CG to be more forward, aft or the same compared to a comparable equipped nosewheel CH601/650?

I can probably calculate the difference if I had accurate weight numbers for the nosewheel assembly.  I would assume the same weight for the mains, just a different moment arm.

Any info will be greatly appreciated!



(wings and empennage done, working on fuselage)

Added by Dale Medendorp on October 1, 2011 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Zenith 750 Xplane on iPad

Has anyone run this on XPlane for iPad ?   If so, how does the download work ?  Thanks.

Added by Gordon Arbeitman on September 30, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Sheet metal supplier

I have been turnd onto a company called Metal Superstore.  They are local so no shipping is good, and they came up way cheaper than aircraft spruce.  For 10 sheets of .020 and 3 sheet of .025 they wanted 843.00 after tax. Aircraft spruce wants 1210.85 plus shipping. Thats 367.00 plus shipping cheaper. How ever they cant get .016. Check em out they have locations all over the US.


Added by Jesse Hartman on September 29, 2011 at 3:31pm — 2 Comments

Residual Fuel - 701 - with Downward Pitch

I am about to have my 701 finally inspected - next week I hope and have been calibrating fuel tanks, fuel flow etc and am a bit worried about the amount of residual fuel left in my tanks when simulating a downward pitch.

I have built a Czech Kit with the supplied fuel tanks - a bit larger than the American ones being longer at the "thin" trailing wing edge end. They hold 45 litres full and have the fuel outlet at the back inboard corner as with the "normal"…


Added by Jock Struthers on September 28, 2011 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

Formation Flying in the Zodie Rocket

My friend Mike Mossman and I have been flying our Zodie Rockets for about 6 years now.  His plane is equipped with the Rotax 912S, mine with the Jabiru 3300.  Both are fitted with HDS wings.  The Zodies are a hoot to fly.


We have flown together to many flyin's over the years and it is one of life's…


Added by Chuck Long on September 27, 2011 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

Do I have the right part numbers?

Could someone check these part numbers with aircraft spruce?  They are for a4 and a5 rivits.  I just want to make sure that Im ordering the right rivets.  A4 part #1604-0412  @7000 pcs.  A5 part # 1604-0514 @3000 pcs.

I just want to make sure before I order 400.00 worth of rivets.  Thanks for your time.

Added by Jesse Hartman on September 26, 2011 at 6:12pm — 2 Comments


Bob McDonald in Northern Ontario was generous to give up a day of his time and transition me to the 701-750 from Cessna's that I fly. Bob is a great host, teacher, and technical advisor. He is busy with Zenith floats at the present time. Thanks Bob and thanks to others ( like Ron) who volunteered to help with this important safety issue.

Added by Thomas Jackson on September 23, 2011 at 2:22pm — 3 Comments

STOL Banner Towing

Here's a nice series of photos showing a unique banner towing arrangement from this STOL CH 701 light sport utility plane in Guadeloupe in the Caribbean:

#1:  Take-off from water:

#2: The folded banner is on the floating platform, with the towline hanging between the pick up gates on the…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on September 23, 2011 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Quality Sport Planes Oct 8th flyin

Lori and I would like to let you know that Sebastien and Roger will be attending our Oct 8th flyin this year so if you were not able to attend the 20th hanger day at the factory this year you can still meet with them in Cloverdale CA. Will look forward to seeing you there. Check our web site at for more info.

Added by Doug Dugger on September 21, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Flight Crafters took delivery of two more Zenith Kits.

One is a CH750 that will be complete using Flight Crafters

Builder Assistance Center.


The other a CH650 (as shown above) was delivered to Tom and Jo Neal.

They will assemble their airplane in their garage in Hernando Beach,…


Added by Russell Lepre' on September 21, 2011 at 2:19pm — No Comments

Follow up report: 20th annual Zenith Aircraft OPEN HANGAR DAY (September 17, 2011)

Here's my follow-up report from our 20th annual Open Hangar Day and Builder Fly-In Gathering from this past weekend.  Despite some rain and cool weather that kept some visitors away we had a fantastic time and a great turnout, proving once again that it's about the people and the planes, and not the…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on September 19, 2011 at 1:00pm — 13 Comments

Elevator VGs

I just installed elevator VGs on my 750 IAW Zenith instructions with good results.

Added by Peter Bennett on September 7, 2011 at 12:40pm — 1 Comment

Started wings

With the tail feathers completed it's time to crack on with the next item (in order of increasing difficulty) - the wings.

Started by cutting out the rear rib blanks.  I tried the router method described in the Homebuilt Help dvd - unfortunately only got half way around when the bit stopped cutting and jammed.  Not a total loss though, the plywood templates are still useful - now I drill and screw the template through the aluminium onto the workbench, and cut around it with an Olfa…


Added by Marty de la Motte on September 3, 2011 at 6:43am — No Comments

Some parts for training in Ghana...

Hi fellow builders... would you like to have a part in helping to train girls to build Zenith aircraft in West Africa?…


Added by Jonathan Porter on September 1, 2011 at 11:51am — 3 Comments

Missouri governor visits Zenith Aircraft Company

The following is reprinted from General Aviation News (8/31/2011):

Job creation is closely tied to export growth,…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on September 1, 2011 at 8:45am — 5 Comments

Rudder Build

Got the rudder kit from Allan at Zenair australia 2 weeks ago. Just finished drilling the skins. The instruction manual is spot on.

I've just ordered the plans set, so will be into major build mode soon.

Added by jon parnaby on August 27, 2011 at 10:47pm — No Comments

Jabiru 3300A Controls

I am in the process of odering a plug n play instrument panel.  I cannot decide whether to put engine controls in a quadrant attached to fuselage or the more standard push-pull controls in the panel.  I don't even know right now how many controls are needed.  Throttle for sure but I would assume no mixture since it has an altitude compensated carb.  How about choke?  Is carb heat needed on the Jabiru 3300A?  Any suggestions or lessons learned sure will be appreciated. I hope to have two of each… Continue

Added by Joe Hopwood on August 26, 2011 at 9:29am — 8 Comments

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