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Hey guys anyone find a good way to get better airflow inside the older 601hd's without to much fuss was the first hot day I have been in that bubble, and it was pretty hot with just the little vents in the Canopy..



Added by James Peach on June 19, 2011 at 9:42pm — 1 Comment

Repairman Certificate Amateur Built

Finally got around to applying for my Repairman Certificate. My XL is an EAB, Experimental Amateur Built. I applied last year when I received my Airworthiness, but it was kicked back by the Salt Lake City FSDO. You are required to apply in person, Boise and Portland have the same requirement.

I had been using my plans as my building log, writing the date on the pages that section was completed. There were many pictures stored on my laptop. And I sent the link to my Blog page here at…


Added by Jake Reyna on June 18, 2011 at 8:02am — 5 Comments

Zenair News...

The latest issue of Zenair News arrived yesterday. Jon did a good job, as always! There's something about seeing video of someone else having completed their aircraft that's always encouraging.

Added by Jim Belcher on June 16, 2011 at 11:16am — 1 Comment

Today at Flight Crafters or " The adventures of Hans and Willy "

Just an update on my friends from British Columbia.  They have made it to Atchison, KS by the end of day five of their trek from Zephyrhills, FL to British…


Added by Russell Lepre' on June 16, 2011 at 8:53am — No Comments

Wing Repairs - Flap Surgery

Some of you remember Lydia, the young lady we found in a market last year with an arm contracture.  Well, a year on she has been busy building and maintaining aircraft and today is undergoing flap surgery to start the repairs to her right wing.

Before going to surgery our team of West African girls sent to the…


Added by Jonathan Porter on June 16, 2011 at 1:57am — 10 Comments

Rudder Finished

Hello everybody!




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Sorry for my blog in…


Added by Gustavo Padovezi Tenuta on June 15, 2011 at 7:13pm — 3 Comments


Hey guys thanks for the ideas.I think the fuel tanks in the wings is the best option but cleaning up under the dash helped and sealing at the top of the tank might make it better.

Next thing looking for a sticky backed material that looks like the wonderful finish you get on those dashes, Ya know the one Black bit bumpy to the touch just to make her look good till fall and the new SKYVEIW system can be installed

And Bob thank for letting me know about the front steering arm one…


Added by James Peach on June 15, 2011 at 8:03am — 1 Comment


My old 601 has the tank up under the dash and the plane always has that smell of fuel now there hasn't ever been aleak however keeping the canopy closed for a couple of weeks makes it pretty bad. Any one got a fix I know how to get rid of the smell but is there a way to seal up the tank area on the old ones so it won't come back

also anyone converted the older plane to wing tank

Added by James Peach on June 13, 2011 at 9:42pm — 3 Comments


i fabbed up the lower strut  attachment bracket ( i havent done the upper or rigged it yet ) and noticed somthing different from the plans and the photo assemble guide and it has me a little worried

 in the photto you will see the  the lower bolt goes through the u shaped fitting, to slide over the fuse attachment…


Added by Tracy Buttles on June 10, 2011 at 10:00am — 2 Comments




I recently found and purchased a 601HDA that was in storage. despite a lack of paper work and NO ID plane I took on the project. After several weeks of searching I found the original owner. Mr Art Mitchell the original zenair Canada builder. I followed several leads and soon came up with the serial ID plate that had been removed many years ago after the plane was…


Added by James Peach on June 6, 2011 at 10:25pm — 4 Comments

Elevator parts

Just spent a pleasant couple of hours down in the shed, making the elevator rear ribs (including a modified one for the side with the trim tab), and elevator rear channel.

Very glad I've got a wood heater in the shed - when I came back to the house I noticed the cars were iced over and the grass was considerably more crunchy than usual underfoot!

Didn't take the camera with me but will take some pics soon.  I'll take the elevator spar to a sheet metal worker up the road to have…


Added by Marty de la Motte on June 6, 2011 at 8:10am — 3 Comments


I am not feeling comfortable doing power-off full-flap landings in the "Z" Bird. I look forward to hearing from those who have perfected the technique.  Approach speed? Over the numbers? Wind correction? Tips? Please, share your experience!

Added by Peter Bennett on June 5, 2011 at 9:43pm — 21 Comments

Shipping issues

My fuselage and finishing kits arrived yesterday by truck in a large crate.  I talked to the shipping company that morning and asked if I needed anything at my end to offload the crate.  They said the driver would have everything that's needed.  Wrong!


The driver's first question when he arrived was "do you have a forklift?".  Because the crate was 10+ feet long, his pallet jack would only lift one end and he didn't think he'd be able to turn it to get it on the power lift on…


Added by Dale Medendorp on June 4, 2011 at 3:33pm — 5 Comments

Live Construction of 750 on UStream

To give my distant grandchildren something to watch (I'm no threat to Big Bird) my shop/hangar is now visible on  Just do a search for Zenith 750 to find my channel.  BTW, I turn the audio off when not specifically broadcasting to my kids......Steve

Added by Steve Johnson on May 28, 2011 at 11:42am — 2 Comments

WANTED: Oil Recovery System for Cont. O-200

. . . along with installation help.

Added by Peter Bennett on May 23, 2011 at 3:20pm — 14 Comments

Young Eagles day at Santa Ynez airport

We flew 92 foster kids as Young Eagles! Got my picture in the paper..........Fred Sanford

Volunteer pilot Fred Sanford of Santa Barbara takes off with Katreena Steadman on Saturday during Take a Friend Flying Day on Saturday at Santa Ynez…

Added by FRed Sanford on May 22, 2011 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Liquid cooled Heads for Jabiru engines. I just heard about them. Does anyone have any info of this new cooling system?

Liquid cooled Heads for Jabiru engines. I just heard about them. Does anyone have any info of this new cooling system? Continue

Added by Jerry Griego on May 21, 2011 at 2:32pm — 9 Comments

Back from Tailless, N200BE

As I reported last January, N200BE was struck from the rear by a biplane during rollout after landing.  As you can see the tail of the Zodiac was chewed off by the biplane's prop.  You can read all about the accident on the FAA's accident website (01/29/2011).  What I wish to report is that as of 16 May, the little silver 601XL-B is airworthy again.   Thanks to Hampton Aviation in Mena, Arkanas, the tail of N200BE has been repaired.…


Added by Mark Ertz on May 19, 2011 at 11:38pm — 3 Comments

CH-750 Fuel Issue

I recently bought a CH-750 in Oklahome and did all my local flying there, resulting in flight durations of two hours or less. Finally it was time for an "extended" cross-country from Cushing OK (CUH) to my home,Rockport TX (RKP). During the flight I found that I had essentially no fuel flow from the right-hand tank. The engine also quit a couple of times. I have reversed fuel tank caps to see if the problem reversed. With only half-full tanks it appeared the problem just went away. However,…


Added by Peter Bennett on May 18, 2011 at 1:20pm — 20 Comments

Dealer From Brazil and friends



Hello builders and flyers!


In this picture, from left to right, is Jean (Zenith dealer from Brasil), Amadeu, friend and builder (CH 750), and I, waiting to receive my tail kit.


Behind us, Jean's Stol CH…


Added by Gustavo Padovezi Tenuta on May 18, 2011 at 9:50am — No Comments

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