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CH701 helps to save C206

Do you remember training for engine failures - PFLs (Practice Forced Landings)? Well, a transit pilot flying over our territory had a real one - with smoke in the cockpit, losing oil pressure and a rough running engine that led him to choose to land on the edge of the Volta Lake, a LONG way from any nearby access roads - he was flying a C206 with a big ol' Continental 300Hp heart up front...and was lucky not to be ten minutes more into the gallery forest...… Continue

Added by Jonathan Porter on August 2, 2010 at 7:00pm — 6 Comments

Progress being made

Today I de-magnatized the down tubes of the cabin frame and the area immediatly in front of where the magnetic compass will sit, after checking the area I found I was successful in the de-magnetising process.

For information purposes to other builders I purchased a small hand held de-magnitizer unit from McMaster-Carr for $84.00 and it only took about 6 minutes to do the job. Word of caution I was careful to keep my distance from my Dynon D10A as it has an internal magnatometer that…


Added by Phillip Owens on August 2, 2010 at 6:51pm — No Comments

Sloshkosh 2010

I was told that this was the wettest July in well over 100 years for the Oshkosh, Wisconsin area. Fortunately almost none of it fell during the EAA Airventure 2010 event. Unfortunately, it drenched the grounds in the couple of weeks leading up to it. I heard reports and saw pictures of areas on the grounds that were under 2 feet of water just a day or two prior to opening day.…


Added by David Gallagher on August 2, 2010 at 2:30pm — 9 Comments

Wanted, Recommendation from anyone with experience in chrome moly tubing

I am in the process of setting up my shop to turn out a few engine mounts, along with the cabin main frames for my 701 & 750 build. I already have all the necessary welding and cutting equipement that is needed, along with a complete assortement of full length chrome moly tubing from 1/4" up to the 2" in size. What I am desperatly looking for, is information from anyone that has had experience in using any of the thin walled tubing notchers. I have seen almost all the notchers that are…


Added by Robert Pelland on August 2, 2010 at 8:33am — 7 Comments

Food at Oshkosh

Just thought everyone might like to know the delectable cuisine that we eat during the week.

Our most important stop after a long day at the booth. Great store! Wish they had them in Florida.

I had to stand in for our chef "extraordinaire"…


Added by Russell Lepre' on August 1, 2010 at 8:02pm — 1 Comment

Oshkosh report from Flight Crafters

Just got home from a week at Oshkosh. Met many old friends and made many new ones.

Thanks to the Zenith gang for their hospitality and support.

Good show, guys!…


Added by Russell Lepre' on August 1, 2010 at 7:47pm — No Comments

Paint Scheme

Everyone has been a great help in helping me decide on the best power plant and have given me good input on the different types of aluminum. I have a couple more questions I want to bring to the group.

1. Anyone have any good ideas on a homemade bending brake you could send me? I have checked with local shops and they do not have the 1/8 bending radius set up on their machines. Most have told me unless I am going to have them bend a large amount of aluminum, it isn't work their time to… Continue

Added by Casey Zechmann on July 31, 2010 at 6:27pm — 5 Comments

2024-T3 alcad aluminum vs 6061-T6

The plans show an optional material that can be used is the 2024-T3. Has anyone used this in place of the 6061? What are the benefits of it?


Added by Casey Zechmann on July 31, 2010 at 10:48am — 3 Comments

Congrats to Winners!

Congratulations to James Barbour, Middlesex, N.Y., the grand prize winner of the Clark Head Set, drawn from the current roster of Zenair News subscribers at the Zenith dinner in Oshkosh July 29.

Additional prizes awarded to those subscribers present at the dinner was new subscriber Ivan Reznor, Lebanon, Ohio, who won an embroidered Zenith jacket. Ivan subscribed the night of the drawing just before dinner...pretty lucky guy!

Five other Zenair News subscribers won archive… Continue

Added by Zenair News on July 30, 2010 at 9:38pm — No Comments

CH750 / CH701 Gas Caps

I have gas caps that leak when I go flying. This is evident by the fuel streaks down the top of wings from the filler necks after I land. I suspect this is from the position of the filler neck & fuel caps is steep turns. High wing tank leaks in a turn. I also noticed that the right fuel tank level was always higher than the left after going flying.

The tanks would start out level if left in the hangar over night. I went to dip the tanks after flying and heard a "whoosh" upon…


Added by Bob McDonald on July 28, 2010 at 8:17pm — 10 Comments

601 xl airworthiness cert.

On 7-26-2010 413GM, a 601xl with all the upgrades installed, was issued an airworthiness cert. Phase 1 flight testing to begin right after Oshkosh.

Added by Garlen Mikolichek on July 27, 2010 at 6:35pm — 5 Comments

New Builder

Ok, I just purchased the plans and I am debating on building from component kits or scratch building and buying the more complex parts. Any recommendations???? Also, what do you all think of the 1.3 Raven for a power plant?

Added by Casey Zechmann on July 27, 2010 at 8:24am — 6 Comments

Heading for Oshkosh

Flying commercial. Hope they have MKE open after the flooding.

See you there!


Added by Russell Lepre' on July 23, 2010 at 1:59pm — 3 Comments

Zenair makes an impression at Euro Fly-in (July 14-18).

Organizers of Euro Fly-in have big plans for this event in the future: Most EAAers will recognize the source of this inspiration - the control tower banner (below) is just one example……


Added by Michael Heintz on July 20, 2010 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Ferry Flight 701 Jab2200 topless (but strings/VG)

Hello everyone, 1st post-

Never flown one of these critters before, so all advice is welcome. Ferrying from Ft Pierce FL USA to Upstate NY Thursday 7/22. 19gals Fuel. What's the best RPM in a headwind??? Fixed-pitch (I dunnno mfg) wooden pilot-cooler. Do I flight plan with a post-it note or a calendar? Can you sleep in one of these in the rain? Should I bring a tarp? A cooler? Hibachi?

Oh, and how long before the ugly isn't perceptible anymore- the longer I look at these,… Continue

Added by Rob Craigmyle on July 17, 2010 at 6:09pm — 20 Comments

Informal campfire gathering at Oshkosh

This is an invitation to a campfire gathering at Oshkosh for Zenith builders, flyers and others. Dr. Ed Moody and I are going to attempt to set our camps up side by side in some yet to be determined location in Camp Scholler. IF we are successful, we are inviting anyone who is interested to join us (weather permitting) for an informal gathering… Continue

Added by Tim Juhl on July 17, 2010 at 10:28am — 2 Comments

Air cleaner air box

I have a 0-200 for my 601 and was wondering what type of air cleaner slash carbie heat box I should use I have a engine cowl thats nearly identical to what Zenith sell and I was wondering if the air box was what came out of a Cessna 150 or what it was or do zenith sell there own version hope some one can…


Added by Russell Bell on July 13, 2010 at 12:34am — No Comments

Another STOL801 in the Air

Many of you have read about the 4 750's now flying since October from Can-Zac, however few know that along with the 5 601's in the shop for upgrade and finishing we have also finished a STOL 801. This plane has a Lyc IO-360 Dynon D180 with full Autopilot, It has been a far bigger build than the 750's have been but it has also been a Joy to see such a big plane take to the Sky.…


Added by Mark Townsend on July 12, 2010 at 1:01pm — 2 Comments

1st Flight Zodiac CH650

This morning at 9:45am, July 10th, N5880Z, a Zodiac CH650, flew for the first time. All went well and our Corvair engine performed very well.

Added by Shayne McDaniel on July 10, 2010 at 2:52pm — 8 Comments

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