Hello to all and welcome to my 801. This has been a long and interesting journey and is nearing the end of phase one Construction. I did not intend to take this long in the construction of this airplane but as builders know stuff happens. Also I did not take into account the fact that I would not be able to work on the airplane six months out of the year, winters here are just too cold and I did not have access to heated hangar in which to work, so winters were time away from building. I have found it a very enjoyable trip and have learned a lot as I have gone along, it is truly an educational experience for anyone who wants a challenge.
In the posts and photos I have not included all that has been taken as the first photos were taken with a film camera and I have not scanned them into the computer, so sorry all I have posted are those photos taken with the digital camera. There will be more and I have tried to add information to each photo to help anyone who is building.

I would like to thank my fellow builders,Jim Frisby, & Ben, Hiako, and all who have helped my during the build, sharing the info and data has been one of the highlights of the project. For those of you who are building Zenith products be sure to come to AirVenture at Oshkosh and share in the Zenith Dinners on Thursday nights, the information and fellow builders are a real delight.

More later I hear a voice calling me.

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Comment by Phillip Owens on February 2, 2009 at 12:57pm
To those who may be interested the prototype cowl is now finished and in the hands of the final fabricator Rattray Aircraft. They specialize in fiberglass parts for Experimental Aircraft and have done so for many years,thier reputation is for very high quality workmanship and strength, so now we wait for the final layup to come out of the mold with the scoops included. We left the oil air intake closed for now and will add it later so that others who may want a copy of the cowl can make their own opening where it suits them best. Looks like we will be able to do the weight and balance very soon and then on to the FAA inspection.
Comment by Phillip Owens on January 18, 2009 at 3:17pm
Dear Robert, So far we have been able to run the engine about 4 times and it is extremely smooth almost no vibration more like a turbine than a piston engine. The custom prop made by Craig Catto of Catto props provide a real pull and it feels like a tiger ready to jump, I will be looking forward to the first flight. I will have to be exceptionally careful during taxi tests or I will be airborne I am sure so I will be very careful with the speed.
I saw the photos of your 801 and it looks great especially with the added pod which I am sure gives you a lot of carrying capacity. I will post more info later. Happy flying in Brazil!!!

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