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CH701 slat jig and Homebuilt Help DVDs

I will be at the Zenith Fly-In to Spring event on June 25.  If anyone is interested in my 701 slat jig, I ask for the cost of the wood.  My Homebuilt Help videos have been sold.

Blue Skies

Don Herbel

Added by Don Herbel on April 18, 2011 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Oil cooler failure and off field landing: Epilogue

A week ago my Zodiac had an oil cooler failure which caused me to do an off-field landing. I wrote about the event in this blog post.  That mishap turned out well enough with a bit of skill, luck and significant help from friends.


It has taken a week but I now know what went wrong and feel compelled to share the information.  The short story is “builder error”.  The longer story…


Added by Stephen R. Smith on April 17, 2011 at 11:24am — 6 Comments

Builders Log

Link to my builder's log:

Added by Aaron May on April 16, 2011 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Quality Sport Planes spring open hanger day

Time has a way of moving very fast and at QSP it is flying by, spring is here and our open hanger event is almost upon us. We are preparing for the first of our summer events on May 7th.  Lori & I would like to invite all Zenith pilots and builders and of course all potential builders to come and enjoy visiting with other builders. Zenith representatives will also be here to meet with you so come eat visit tell tall flying tales and have a great spring flying event. Of course this will… Continue

Added by Doug Dugger on April 16, 2011 at 9:55am — 1 Comment

Zenair Newsletter & DVD #183 (March April) now shipping!



Added by Zenair News on April 15, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Zenair News...

The latest copy of the Zenair News just arrived. I'll have to watch the DVD, as soon as I can beat the rest of the family off the TV. Boy, that DVD is a really great idea for those of us who can't read!

Added by Jim Belcher on April 15, 2011 at 4:55pm — No Comments

Rotax 912 Honeywell Oil Pressure Sender

My CH750 is powered by the Rotax 912S engine. To date I have 90 trouble free hours on the engine with no adjustments required other than tightening a radiator hose clamp. While flying the other day the engine oil pressure started to fluctuate and go full scale both directions on the D180. This really gets your attention! I selected a field for a forced landing, but after flying the approach with Rotax humming along happily (all oil temps & cylinder temps normal) I reasoned I was risking…


Added by Bob McDonald on April 13, 2011 at 7:43am — 13 Comments

zodiac wing upgrade




need zodiac wing upgrade help in tracy ca. expenses paid plus $.









ed help with the zodic wing upgrade. im in central ca. tracy airport.

Added by daniel l pinks on April 11, 2011 at 5:20pm — No Comments

New Positech oil cooler & Mew Manifold pressure guage insalled

Today we managed to finish the installation of the new Positech Oil cooler and the new manifold pressure guage as well as re fit the cowl. engine has been tested and no leaks were found. Washed down the engine and fuselage with mineral spirits to remove any residual oil from the previous leak.

During the ground run the manifold pressure guage indicated 12" @ 1000 RPMS and 15" @ 1600 RPMS it will be interesting to see what the indications are at the next takeoff. Aircraft has a fixed…


Added by Phillip Owens on April 11, 2011 at 3:05pm — No Comments

Oil cooler failure and off field landing in my Zodiac XL

Saturday I decided to fly to Quincy via the Feather River canyon.  I had just dropped into the start of the canyon above an arm of Lake Oroville when I smelled hot oil which was soon followed by smoke in the cockpit.  I was 500 AGL over water and below the ridgelines, miles from landable terrain.


I knew I was losing oil and had limited time.  I did a quick U-turn back toward landable terrain and started a full throttle climb out of the canyon while monitoring oil pressure.…


Added by Stephen R. Smith on April 11, 2011 at 11:35am — 12 Comments

Suggestions for New Workshops to be held?

As most of you know, American Light Sport Aircrafters have been holding a Tail Section Workshop which runs in conjunction with the Zenith Rudder Worksop each month here at our facility in Mexico, MO.

Each month I am asked if we have considered doing others so it became clear that there are literally hundreds of…


Added by Bill Carter on April 10, 2011 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Finally arrived in Ecuador


it finally arrived in ecuador(actually been stuck in customs for a month!!!)


few details but its there  , what a differance in climate  from when it left  Wisconsin  !!!









Added by Tracy Buttles on April 8, 2011 at 3:39pm — 4 Comments



I have finished my 701 and am getting ready for the DAR. I am now hoping to find someone that is flying a 701 that is willing to do some transition work with me. I have been flying since the early 60's, got my private in J-3s, owned a Yankee American for about 10 years, since then I have been flying Cessna's ususally the 150-152s but in the past was checked out in 172s.

My 701 has a Rotax 912s, Dynon 180, X-Com, Becker TP, and is backed up with a VSI, ALT, SI, TACH which are…


Added by Thomas Jackson on April 8, 2011 at 11:17am — 3 Comments

West coast Zenith Open Hanger Day

http://qualitysportplanes.comOur spring open hanger day is coming up very fast. This year it will be on May 7th at Quality Sport Planes in Cloverdale Calif. Please see our event posting on this sight or go to our web page for more info.

Added by Doug Dugger on April 8, 2011 at 10:04am — No Comments

Rick Lach's kern valley fly-in

Hi all   we will be at Rick's event with our ch750 STOL we hope to have about 5 aircraft flying down from northern calif for this first STOL gathering all Zenith are welcome. Tlhose of you that have not been able to see a flying CH750 are welcome to drive to the event or to fly-in.

Added by Doug Dugger on April 8, 2011 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Turbine Zenith 701 flew over 1200 miles

The Turbine Zenith 701 (742DE) flew over 1200 miles at 300’ over Lake Livingston last week in an attempt to locate a lost fisherman. We unfortunately did not save a life this time but I was sure impressed with the utility of the 701 to perform this type of search. It was gratifying to be able to help and I would recommend that all of you that have 701/750 consider letting local law enforcement know if you have time to volunteer.

Scott Ehni

Added by Scott Ehni on April 7, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Sun'n Fun 2011 Follow Up Report

Following is a brief summary of our eventful week at Sun'n Fun which ended this past Sunday.  The following post was sent out as part of a Zenith Aircraft E-mail Updates sent out earlier today to Zenith builders and enthusiasts. …


Added by Sebastien Heintz on April 6, 2011 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Zeniths in Action in Ghana

A documentary is underway about what we do in West Africa, much of it with Zenith aircraft... Many people ask to see a video of what we do, but our internet is 'inter-mittent-net'....


Happily, here is a link to the preview to the documentary.... , donated by Rex and Melissa Pemberton, watch out especially for the Zenith across the setting sun and rising sun pictures.... we had a great time shooting this, but…


Added by Jonathan Porter on April 5, 2011 at 3:46pm — 3 Comments

prop polish

what is everyone using to clean and polish wooden props


Added by Paul Hammond on April 3, 2011 at 8:55pm — 1 Comment

The Zenith Aircraft crew and myself would like to Thank everyone for their support

Thanks for all your support and best wishes.

Added by Russell Lepre' on April 2, 2011 at 5:10am — No Comments

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