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ULM EVENT (France) - September 4-5, 2010

This event is the largest annual ultralight gathering of the year in France. With well over 100 exhibitors and close to one thousand ultralights in attendance, it is one of Europe's finest. Great weather helped make this year's show another great success; Zenairs were flown in from as far away as the UK, Austria and Italy.…


Added by Michael Heintz on September 11, 2010 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

N 413 GM Zenith 601 XL makes first flight

On august 14th 2010 I made my first flight with my Zenith 601 xl-b. The flight lasted 45 minutes, remaining over the Winsted, Mn airport the entire time. After verifing the temps I continued a slow climb to 4300 feet, where I tested the slow flight abilities of the plane, (I found out the 601 xl can fly much slower than my chase planes). I was indicating 42 mph on the Enigma EFIS with no stall buffet being felt. the flight speeds were kept under 90 mph the entire time. The controls felt…


Added by Garlen Mikolichek on September 9, 2010 at 10:53pm — 7 Comments

FAA Final Inspection

DAR inspected plane this morning. All A-OK. First flight this Sunday morning, weather permitting.

Added by Mike Webster on September 9, 2010 at 7:17pm — 3 Comments

750 with Jabiru 3300A

I am ready to fit my cowling to the airframe. The engine is offset 3 as is. The installation manual call for 1-2 degrees. How many folks shimed the mount to correct this before fitting the cowl> Should I leave well enough alone?

Bob Allen

Added by Robert Allen on September 6, 2010 at 10:17am — 1 Comment

601XL Stabilizer

I have an existing 601XL stabilizer skeleton however I am starting a 650 project and just finished the rudder. I also have an existing 601 XL completed elevator. First question is can I use the new 650 skin for the existing 601XL stabilizer skeleton? Or can I complete the 601XL stabilizer skeleton with a new 601XL skin and use both the 601XL elevator and stabilizer along with the new 650 rudder for my new 650 project? Thanks.

Added by Larry Ward on September 5, 2010 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Aluminum Sheet

Where is the best place to buy Aluminum Sheet? Thanks


Added by Casey Zechmann on September 3, 2010 at 10:09pm — 6 Comments

Zenith Zip Fly-in Schedule

Zenith Zip 2010 Brampton Airport Ontario



Added by Mark Townsend on September 2, 2010 at 7:12pm — No Comments

Just Started 650

Just finished rudder. Starting on rest of tail kit. Looking forward to building process and many tips and assistance from experienced builders on this site. Don't be fooled by picture. I am now retired from USAFR and working as electrical engineer. Finally have time to get project underway.

Added by Larry Ward on September 2, 2010 at 6:50pm — 2 Comments

Avatar in a CH701

After my recent mention of Angelina Joli, now I can tell you about my other life, being a pilot in a real life Avatar movie... Zoe Saldana is not, however, present in our part of the planet 'Pandora' - but the Home Trees certainly are.

Today I flew into the newest aerodrome in Ghana, at Mim. It is nestled in a Cashew Plantation between belts of rain forest. The area is very beautiful, surrounded by endless Cashew trees with their unique hues. Flying in to 'officially' be…

Added by Jonathan Porter on September 2, 2010 at 4:30pm — 6 Comments

The Culmination of an Amazing Journey

The following article by builder Bob McDonald is published in the current is of COPA Flight, the magazine of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association. Bob, thanks for sharing your story!…


Added by Zenith.Aero on September 2, 2010 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

EAA president Rod Hightower in Mexico, MO

The Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) new president, Rod Hightower, was in Mexico, Missouri, this past weekend for the "Mexico AirFest Salute to Veterans Air Show." Rod flew in for the weekend (with his daughter Hillary) in his Stearman, pictured below.…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on August 30, 2010 at 2:15pm — No Comments

New Builder

Just ordered my rudder kit for a 701. Spent the last 2 weeks scouring our small town for tools and ordering those I couldn't find. My plan at this time is to install a VW based engine from Great Plains w/ redrive. Would be interested in hearing from anyone who has installed this engine.

Mike Smith

Dufur, Oregon

Added by Michael K. Smith on August 29, 2010 at 8:41pm — 1 Comment

Moddy in Waddy


Added by JG Ginther on August 28, 2010 at 9:00pm — 6 Comments

How many sanitary towels can you fit in a 701?

This is a very pertinent question. Those who have seen SALT will know that Angelina Joli also uses sanitary towels for gunshot wounds - but these ones are for the more traditional use.… Continue

Added by Jonathan Porter on August 28, 2010 at 1:30am — 6 Comments

Hirth F-30--Nose Bowl and Cowling for 701--Help

Anyone have any suggestions for a nose bowl and cowling for 701 without building from scratch? I have already inquired with RPE without succss.

Added by Richard Deglman on August 26, 2010 at 11:41am — No Comments


This is not a good way to land but it could have been a lot worse. I am over my diapiontment now so I will share it with everyone on the 20th Febuary 2010 I had an engine failure due to fuel starvation and a forced lading on a forestry track in a place called Duck Marsh Tasmania I was on a 3 mile final for The Vale a private air strip at the base of Mt Roland North West Tasmania Australia I was 700ft AGL approx and no other choise for a lading spot unfortunatley the track was only 12ft to…


Added by Kevin Rudd on August 24, 2010 at 8:57pm — 8 Comments

Door handles from eastern europe

Hi Guys, I have a CH701 as I understand was built in Czechoslovakia, during the various changes of ownership the keys to the locks have gone missing, does anyone know where I can obtain replacement keys or complete door latch sets. I want to replace with the originally installed equipment so I dont have to mangle the door trying to put in the lock sets now offered by Zenith.

Tom Genereux

Added by Tom Genereux on August 24, 2010 at 7:23am — 2 Comments

Zenith rivet order - HOW?

I need to order additional rivets for my 701 kit and can not find how to do so on the Zenith web site. Can anyone tell me how to order rivets on the site?

Added by David Abbott on August 23, 2010 at 7:10pm — 8 Comments

Intrested in helping me with a book?

Picture of my first CH701 flight.

Since retiring I have been looking for a worthwhile project to pass the long winter nights here in Canada.

The pictures and stories you have posted have inspired me. With your help I would like to begin writing a book relating the adventures of flying…


Added by John Ellis on August 21, 2010 at 5:41pm — 2 Comments

The beginning

I went to the rudder workshop one week ago. I LOVED the experience and ordered the tail section last Friday. I just got back from Fed Ex with a large box that contains my rudder and the tail section. I can't wait to open the box and get started. Any guidance you have will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Diane Bancroft

Added by Diane Bancroft on August 20, 2010 at 5:43pm — 3 Comments

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