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Travels of N601WF

With two more big trips accomplished this year I compiled some simple statistics for my flights in my 601XLB.  Some numbers are approximate.

  • 8 years and 5 months of operation
  • 760 flights
  • 161,700 statue miles
  • 1,800 hours
  • 6,840 gallons of fuel
  • 23.6 statue miles per gallon (average)
  • 90 statue miles per hour (average)
  • 3 countries operated in
  • 19,800 max altitude reached

Its been a great…


Added by Stephen R. Smith on November 16, 2015 at 9:00am — 18 Comments

2015 Zenith Aircraft OPEN HANGAR DAY and BUILDER FLY-IN

Thanks to all who participated at the 24th annual Zenith Aircraft Open Hangar Day and Fly-In 2015. Great planes and awesome company! Check out the photos of the activities, including the STOL Competition, the Zenith Banquet and the Open Hangar Day!

(If you have photos and/or videos of the event, please share with…


Added by Zenith.Aero on August 21, 2015 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Builders Banquet Big Surprise!

So now it's time to announce the big surprise for the Zenith Builders Banquet for 2015.


Fellow builder Walt Snyder has announced that he will be giving away the major door prize this year.


Walt says "Dutch Cycles would like to express their appreciation to Zenith Aircraft and their recognition and inclusion of women in aviation by offering a chance to win a Dutch Cycle Ladies Vintage bicycle.

A chance to win your choice of Vintage Ladies Bicycle is made…


Added by Joe Scheibinger on July 17, 2015 at 2:56pm — No Comments

Zenith Aircraft at Oshkosh AirVenture 2015

We're planning for yet another Oshkosh AirVenture: July 20 - 26, 2015.  This year will be full of activities once again - we hope you can join us!

Here is a summary of the planned Zenith activities. Whether you're a current builder or owner, or just looking at starting on your own project, there's always something for…


Added by Zenith.Aero on June 25, 2015 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

STOL Competition Winners!

2015 Update

Congratulations to Chris AndersonJock Struthers, and to Deane Philip for taking first, second and third place in the third annual "…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on February 3, 2014 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

Flight from the Florida coast to Haiti

I have compiled the following photos and account of Jeff Badgero's recent flight from Florida to Haiti. 

Jeff and Carol Badgero are missionaries with H.O.P.E. Missions who have been working in the …


Added by Sebastien Heintz on January 28, 2015 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

Christopher Ward's Zenith CH 750 Cruzer project - Horizontal Tail

Earlier this month, we opened up our factory to Christopher Ward and members of EAA Chapter 429 of Jefferson City (MO) to give Chris and his helpers to get a chance on progressing on the construction of a Zenith CH 750 Cruzer.

Christopher attended our regular Zenith Workshop earlier in the year,…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on December 18, 2014 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Preview: 2014 Zenith Aircraft OPEN HANGAR DAY and BUILDER FLY-IN GATHERING

Following is a brief preview of our planned activities for the upcoming Open Hangar Day and Builder Fly-In Gathering on September 19 & 20, 2014 at the Zenith Aircraft factory in Mexico, Missouri.  View the Event Page for "official" details and to…


Added by Zenith.Aero on September 11, 2014 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

One Week Wonder - Prologue

It all started in a dark, damp, fuel and oil perfumed hangar.  The dim moonlight seeped through a crack in the hangar doors, picking out, with an eerie glimmer, a shiny spinner.  A large brown and black spider could be made out as it crawled along the strut towards the pitot tube of another unsuspecting aircraft, as they waited for they next flight.   That hangar held within it the 'Spirit Of Building Aircraft', also know as the SOBA.  That spirit, the very source of creativity and…


Added by Jonathan Porter on August 20, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Preview: 2014 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Fly-In: July 28 - August 3

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Added by Sebastien Heintz on July 21, 2014 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

From Ghana to Oshkosh 2014

It's confirmed! Oshkosh 2014 here we come! 

Patricia and I will be there! We will be spending our time at the One Week Wonder Event - and hope to see our fellow Zenith builders too!  We will be more than happy to answer face-to-face all those questions about building and flying in West…


Added by Jonathan Porter on July 8, 2014 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

2014 "Fly In to Summer" Open Hangar Day and Builder Fly-In Gathering

We had a great time at our 7th annual "Fly In to Summer" Open House and Zenith Builder Fly-In Gathering at the factory in Mexico, Missouri.  Following are photos of the day's events. 

Below, the Zenith CH 750 Cruzer, with a couple CH 601 XL arrivals in the background:…


Added by Zenith.Aero on June 21, 2014 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

STOL camping at the Lake of the Ozarks

Following are photos and four videos of our camping trip this past weekend to Mt. Eagle Escape.

Friday afternoon (after work), loading up for a two night camping trip. Lots of space!…


Added by Roger Dubbert on June 4, 2014 at 3:00pm — 12 Comments

Quality Sport Planes spring fly-in

The QSP spring flyi-n is now history - it was great!

We had a big group of Zenith flyers and builders attending this year.  Lori & I would like to thank all in attendance.

Sebastien could not be here so he sent Roger out again as the Zenith representative. As usual Roger gave 150% of his time and effort answering questions about the new Cruzer along with demo flying the QSP Zenith CH 750.

Kirk from Dynon was able to attend this year and had on display the …


Added by Doug Dugger on May 10, 2014 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Hints for Homebuilders video series from EAA

Roger and I recently completed a series of short how-to videos for the EAA Hints for Homebuilders channel, a builder resource available to EAA members.  Charlie Becker, EAA Director of Communities & Homebuilt Community Manager, and Jim Soyk, EAA Senior Videographer and Editor (pictured below) visited us at the…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on March 18, 2014 at 2:30pm — 15 Comments

Support the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act

U.S. Senate Introduces GA Pilot Protection Act, Companion to House Bill

EAA - March 11, 2014 - Three U.S. senators Tuesday introduced the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act as a companion bill to one unveiled in the House of Representatives in December, which includes a provision…


Added by Zenith.Aero on March 14, 2014 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Short Take-Off and Landing in the Pacific aboard the USS Carl Vinson

Last week I had the the privilege of visiting a working U.S. Navy carrier out at sea as part of an EAA group. Fifteen of us were given a first-hand look at life aboard an aircraft carrier and Navy life at sea.  This was truly a unique and unforgettable experience.…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on February 8, 2014 at 1:00pm — 24 Comments

Zenith STOL "on-road"

We often see "off-road" (or "off-airport") photos of the STOL CH 701, so here we share a few "on-road" photos:

Here on short final:

Now, on the road:…


Added by Zenith.Aero on October 25, 2013 at 4:05pm — 4 Comments

Zenith STOL on The Aviators TV

The Aviators TV show features the Zenith STOL CH 801 in the current season (Season 4), episode 2. Following are some screen shots and caption, on location in rural Quebec, Canada, earlier this year:


No runway? No problem! We challenge the limits faced in the world of bush flying in this amazing…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on October 21, 2013 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

New from Zenith:

Weather Maps

Custom Instrument Panels
for your Zenith

Custom instrument panels are now available directly from Zenith Aircraft Company exclusively for Zenith builders and owners. Pre-cut panel, power distribution panel, Approach Fast Stack harnesses, Dynon and Garmin avionics, and more.

New Zenith Tees from EAA:

Zenair Floats

Flying On Your Own Wings:
A Complete Guide to Understanding Light Airplane Design, by Chris Heintz.

Builder & Pilot Supplies:

Zenith transition training

and Sport Pilot:

Zenith stickers for your car

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