The Fastest (And possibly slowest) Zenith High-Wing in the world
Viking Zenit CruZer has a solid 130+ mph cruise speed. If you correct the indicated speed in the video below for about a 8,000 food DA you get a great number. 
Wheels off on the return flight from Mexico MO at 7:00 am local time.  (lost one hour going east)  Flying 938 miles southeast to Florida.
Climbed to 7,500 feet, leveled off and cruised at an average indicated airspeed of 115 mph.  This was a true airspeed of slightly over 130 mph. With a slight tailwind to start out, the ground-speed was around 140.   
Thinking of how to increase the speed 10 mph for next year.  A 140 mph high winged, all aluminum aircraft using 5 gph would be nice.
Back home in Florida. 
938 miles in 7 hours and 52 minutes, including 2 climbs to 7,500 feet and a 50 minute fuel stop, burning exactly 35 gallons of fuel.  Being airborne for 7 hours, this confirms the readout of 5 gph average fuel flow.  Also confirms a 130 mph average true airspeed and an average 5 mph tailwind.  (10 mph up north to nothing in the south)

We will report on the STOL competition soon.  Basically, the Viking powered airplane was #2 after the company test pilot flown CH-701.  The Viking CruZer beat the following:

  • O-200 powered CH-750 STOL 
  • Rotax IS powered CruZer 
  • UL-350 130 hp powered CH-750 CruZer 
  • 6 Cylinder Jabiru powered CH-750 STOL   

Not that it matters but I am a little upset at myself about not being #1.  The best takeoff turned out to double in length because I touch a wheel while turning into the wind, after liftoff.  No big deal, just wanted to beat Rodger in his 701 :) 


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Comment by Bob Wood on October 20, 2015 at 1:48pm

Impressive Jan! :)

Comment by Jan Eggenfellner on September 25, 2015 at 8:26pm
You low winged guys are usually more efficient. However, the airplane I flew up and back did real well.
Comment by Marvin W Miller on September 24, 2015 at 7:29pm
That was some serious flying. I get 3 1/2--4 gph flying at 100mph average. Just pokin along in my Viking Zodiac 650.
Comment by Jan Eggenfellner on September 22, 2015 at 6:20am

One of the best features of the airplane is the 30 minutes worth of fuel in the collector tank and its fuel gauge.  This give you real comfort on a trip when the wing tanks are down to 3 gallons each.

Comment by Jimmy Young on September 22, 2015 at 3:54am

Impressive cruise stats. I like the sight-glass fuel gauge in the wing root, & the way you have used the top channel to anchor your shoulder harness straps. 

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