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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

Sun n Fun Day 2 April 1,2011

We arrived early with trailers and tools only to find all the damaged aircraft had been removed from the booth.  Finally found them and began the recovery process.  We disassembled the CH750 and moved it to FlightCrafters in Zephyrhills, FL.  From there we will do a more extensive survey of the damage.  Sebastien, Roger, and Caleb are working up a plane to repair and replace.  I am sure they will be back in the air ASAP.


Sun n Fun (not wanting to miss any revenue) opened at…


Added by Russell Lepre' on April 1, 2011 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

Sun n Fun Update 4/1/11

Sure wish I could just say April Fools! and the whole mess would go away.  

On the way back to Sun n Fun with trailers and tools.

Will send an update later this evening.


Russell Lepre

Added by Russell Lepre' on April 1, 2011 at 3:37am — No Comments

Sun n Fun damage

It will go down as one heck of a show!  Rain Monday. Rain Wednesday.  And Rain and tornado on Thursday.  Everyone on the stand saw the bad weather coming and ran for cover.  When we came back the tent was gone and airplanes were destroyed.  Bob McDowel's Lil Beaver survived without a scratch but the CH701 parked behind it was destroyed. Bob was seen buying a lottery ticket ( it must be his day of luck).  The new CH650 demonstrator also survived without a scratch.  Flightcrafters quick build…


Added by Russell Lepre' on March 31, 2011 at 9:36pm — 1 Comment

Sun&Fun damege to Zenith aircraft

Hi all just talked to the factory and yes there is damage to some of our aircraft but the good news is no zenith  people were hurt. I'm sure  Sebastion  will make a more indepth report later.

Added by Doug Dugger on March 31, 2011 at 12:51pm — 3 Comments

Zenith factory 750

I just saw the Zenith 750 demo plane on channel 13 news flipped up-side-down at Sun N Fun after bad storm with winds went through.  There were also other planes at the Zenith booth tossed around also.

Added by Thomas Longo on March 31, 2011 at 12:02pm — 4 Comments

From Afghanistan to Zenith's Rudder Build Weekend

Although I am still in Afghanistan, I ordered my rudder kit and reserved my rudder workshop space for the June session. A few months ago I order the rudder DVD from and have watched it numerous times at my base when I was off duty.  I am eager to return to the United States, meet other Zenith owners, build my rudder at Zenith in June, spend a few more days at American Light Sport Aircrafters down the road from Zenith (maybe building the stabilizer or anything else), then…


Added by David DeAvila on March 30, 2011 at 12:30pm — 9 Comments


Went to hangar yesterday and was greeted with two flat tires on my 701. Nose wheel and right front main. Right front main had a tube put in about 2 months ago and nose wheel has been fine for over a year now. anybody out there having issues with the Matco combos. Left main and nose wheel are still tubeless. 20 hours in and these are the only issues.

Added by Thomas Richardson on March 29, 2011 at 3:24pm — 1 Comment

We want to buy a used 601 XL canopy

Does anyone out there have a used canopy for a 601XL in good condition that they would like to sell?

Wes & Lurlene Bressler

Laramie, Wyoming


Added by Wes & Lurlene Bressler on March 29, 2011 at 1:19pm — 1 Comment

Soggy n Fun

Sun n Fun is wet. Rain most of the day. Show opens tomarrow

Added by Russell Lepre' on March 28, 2011 at 7:37pm — No Comments

Can anybody help me

Can anybody help me? I plan to order a blueprint for Stol 750 to put together by summer's end. In the mean time, I thought I'd buy some of the materials I would need. I'm interested to know what I will be needing in terms of materials and what dimensions. Aluminum sheet, aluminum Angle, AN Rivet, aluminum pipe, 4130 pipe

Added by Bojan Bozic on March 27, 2011 at 4:20pm — 4 Comments


does anyone have an list of materials required  to build the CH701 ??thanks

Added by nelson D on March 23, 2011 at 8:32pm — 2 Comments

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