Well... Yesterday I started into job on the CH601HD that is very much like force feeding a Porcupine to a Grizzly Bear ! I used an ATV jack to lift The Zen, there is no weight the wings... its a "Plan B" thing. Grantley Este & Bob "Mr. GoodWrench" Braden pitched in to get me started on the job I have been putting off for a year now. Changing the out of date main gear bungee (5 yr replacement cycle), so far it has taken 3 guys the better part of a day to jack up the aircraft and get the gear… Continue
Added by Bob McDonald on June 26, 2009 at 7:44pm —
For all that are interested, this is the final report from the ATSB regarding the loss of Gary Sweetnam, the Aussie Zenith agent and his 601xl demo plane.
Added by Phill Barnes on June 26, 2009 at 7:27am —
Added by Travis Corbin on June 25, 2009 at 8:43pm —
As the following two magazine excerpts show, builders are urged to share their project completions. This is a great way to show the aviation world what you have accomplished, while giving you an opportunity to publicly thank those who helped you along the way.
(Above is from Kitplanes magazine; below is EAA's Sport Pilot magazine, both June 2009 issues).
Both magazines invite you to send in… Continue
Added by Zenith.Aero on June 23, 2009 at 9:50am —
This Saturday is our second "Spring into Summer" Builder Fly-In Gathering and Open Hangar Day
As opposed to our annual fall Open Hangar Day with scheduled workshops and forums, this June event is very informal and unstructured.
Join us for breakfast on Saturday morning
Early Saturday morning, Glenn and Anita Riley are hosting their annual "Fly-In / Drive-In Breakfast… Continue
Added by Sebastien Heintz on June 22, 2009 at 10:19am —
The next two weeks have been dedicated to the 801 and the panel for the 750.
Added by Mark Townsend on June 21, 2009 at 8:00pm —
Here are a few video clips from last year's Zenith Aircraft Open Hangar Day. This year's spring event is on June 27, 2009
, and the fall 18th annual Zenith Aircraft Open Hangar Day is September 19, 2009
Video clip from the fall 2008 Open Hangar Day: Inside the Zenith Aircraft factory. Additional activities included workshops and forums, as… Continue
Added by Sebastien Heintz on June 20, 2009 at 7:00am —
I have a complete blog about this project (and my other projects) at my personal web site.
Added by Robert Haines on June 19, 2009 at 8:00am —
It has been awhile since I have spent time with my son so I have dedicated the rest of the week to a camping
trip on an Island in Georgian Bay.
i have been assigned to a cabin with nine 11 year old boys, now I keep asking myself why did I leave the… Continue
Added by Mark Townsend on June 16, 2009 at 8:00pm —
It's getting kinda late down here but I wanted to put a quick post up letting the Zenith community know that our 601XL flew for the first time today. As posted before it has a standard William Wynne corvair engine w/ a Dan Weseman 5th bearing, Dynon efis/ems, and Garmin avionics stack. Updates to follow… Continue
Added by Louis Kantor on June 16, 2009 at 12:30am —
Golden west flyin has come and gone as most things do. Lori and I at QSP were able to host a number of builders and flyers that brought their planes in. Christopher Desmond had his STOL 801 on display for friday and saturday next to him was Woody Harris with his corvair powered 601xl. Bob Hathaway came down from Chico CA with his pearl white 601xl powered by a jab 3300. From Santa Rosa came Bob Archibald with his 601xl painted in military colors and a 125 hp lycoming o235 up front. WE also were… Continue
Added by Doug Dugger on June 15, 2009 at 11:26pm —
I am working on my 601 wings presently and have placed the pitot as per Zenith plans and intend to install my AOA in a similar location on the opposite wing. I noticed that there was some blog activity noting some problems with airspeed indications. Does anyone have experience with pitot problems related to location? If so, what was your solution? Thanks
Added by Peter Shean on June 15, 2009 at 7:21pm —
Pulled out the airplane from the hanger to take a few baby pictures.
Added by Mark Townsend on June 15, 2009 at 7:30am —
I had set off for a day of pattern practice in the hopes of smoothing out my take-offs and landings in the Zenith. The events of the day proved I needed the practice and I learned something about the Zenith 601 XL in the process.
It was my second trip around the pattern at Warrenton-Fauquier airport (HWY) in rural Virginia. It is the airport where I earned my wings in 2000 and seemed like a good place to practice in my new airplane. On this particular landing, I touched down OK but… Continue
Added by JG Ginther on June 12, 2009 at 10:51am —
About three weeks ago I installed 30 vg's from Zenith Aircraft on the elevator of my 701,they were installed according to the information on a blog on Sebastien's page.They were installed with the front of the vg's on a line 120mm in front of the rivets in the elevator spar.They were installed with a 3M tape used to put emblems on vehicles,the backing is pulled off the tape and the vg is stuck to the tape.When you pull the vg up the adhesive stays on… Continue
Added by John M Brooker on June 12, 2009 at 8:25am —
The wings have returned and are now installed.
Added by Mark Townsend on June 11, 2009 at 7:30am —
After some months I now have my Zodiac failry close to the state it was in when I bought it but now with the defects resolved. That means I've:
Removed Subaru E81 engine
removed all undercarriage
removed rudder pedals and steering rods
removed engine mounting frame
bead blasted, undercoated and two pack painted engine mounting frame
refitted engine mounting frame
replaced all crimp links in wires with solder joints (yeah, I know some… Continue
Added by Greg Wilson on June 10, 2009 at 7:07am —
Here in Australia we celebrated the Queen’s birthday (we're still part of the colony) with a long weekend (6, 7, 8 June), and after experiencing 4 weeks of terrible weather, it was too good an opportunity to not go flying.
First order of the day, the trek to the airport, we are not as lucky as some, as our local airport is 1.5 hours drive from where we live, but the lure of flying is great enough to overcome that hurdle, so on most weekends my wife and I drive up to one of the most… Continue
Added by Eddie Seve on June 9, 2009 at 11:30pm —
I am considering installing side windows on my CH701 (project in progress). Has anyone out there done this? What shape/size looks and works the best? A former 701 builder friend stated he wished he had done that on his aircraft and offered some suggestions. The windows will be located above the rear baggage floor.
Added by Don Herbel on June 7, 2009 at 11:25am —
Am considering vortex generators for my 701 in lieu of slats. Am about to close the wings. Anybody know anything about the pros & cons and technical requirements of this?
Added by Ian Pritchard on June 6, 2009 at 10:37pm —