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At 11:24am on February 23, 2010, Sebastien Heintz said…
Good job Steve! I look forward to seeing pictures of your next cross-country adventures...
At 3:38am on February 23, 2010, Phill Barnes said…
Congratulations Steve
That was a pretty fast upgrade job. Well done.
Now for the big question. What was your empty weight before and after the upgrade.

Look forward to seeing some more videos and pics from you.

At 3:56am on February 19, 2010, Chris Sinfield said…
what type of lights did you install LED's???
At 6:30am on February 7, 2010, Jake Reyna said…
Steve, is you upgrade still scheduled for February?

At 11:22am on December 27, 2009, Jake Reyna said…
Steve, that was a good line "dam, I wish I had the upgrade kit installed" :-0

We are all Independent Manufacturers and this site should be used to share knowledge, there should be no secrets. So, I suggest that the site be renamed to Zenith Independent Manufacturers Association, ZIMA. But we need some catchy slogan to reflect the mission of advancing and building Zenith aircraft.

Say jello to Alan. I'm still waiting for more beer.

Live long and prosper!
At 10:42am on December 26, 2009, Jake Reyna said…
Steve, I saw your recent post, 450 miles. On one hand it's good to hear about a flying XL, on the other it's rubbing salt in the wound ;-)

I do believe that you are in an excellent position to watch as the Upgrade proceeds and you can pick and choose the best way to proceed. That is after you finally get around to doing the Upgrade.

Hope all is well! Happy Holidays!
At 6:19pm on November 21, 2009, John Cange said…
Will be real curious to see how much progress was made during the 3 day workshop. Any encouragement would be helpful.

At 4:03pm on November 9, 2009, Dr. Edward M. Moody II said…
Not gonna do it. I think the plane has an adequate margin for the way I fly and intend to continue flying it that way. It is almost starting over from scratch on the wings of a plane which has many many examples flying without incidents. Do you have particulars and perhaps a link to "the latest accident"? Has there been another since the infamous six crashes that got the ZBAGers so fired up?

At 2:34pm on November 9, 2009, Dr. Edward M. Moody II said…
Are you planning to tear your plane apart to do the Zenith SAIB mods?

At 11:14pm on November 7, 2009, Phill Barnes said…
Thanks Steve.

At 10:58pm on November 7, 2009, Phill Barnes said…
Do you have any pics and data on what you have done to your cooling ducts.

At 7:11pm on November 7, 2009, Gary Briggs said…
I wanted to thank you for the feedback you gave to me about the roll servo linkage/ geometry. I will make sure i optimize the servo force. Thanks,

At 4:13pm on October 17, 2009, Phill Barnes said…
Hi Steve
I just looked closer at the layout of the forums and you are right. I don't know how to transfer all of the info over without it having to be posted all over again but I will ask Admin if it is possible.

At 6:01am on October 12, 2009, Phill Barnes said…
I can relate to what you mean about having a fascination with another country as my Wife, Son and I love America and Canada. We would love to move over there but are unsure of infrastructure behind the public medical system for migrants.

I can't wait to get my plane up an flying which I hope won't be to far away. I will certainly have someone taking a video and pics for me.

At 3:01am on October 12, 2009, François Chapperon said…
I completely missed your kind message about photos and countryside !
Better late than not, thanks for this post !
I'll read all your blog to see the job you've done. quite huge i believe !

France is a very small country where you can fly fantastic different landscapes, in one or two days ! Sea, mountains smooth and hard ones, dust bowls, and rich green areas, forests and lakes..
All that on a short trip . ..
It's a mini "attraction park" compared to your huge country !

At 3:50pm on October 11, 2009, Tim Garrett said…
Have you tried any of the neat suction cup camera mount gizmos? I agree, shooting video while flying solo is tricky and not reccommended especially in some of the terrain you fly in.
At 5:38pm on October 4, 2009, Ralph Sanson said…
At 300 hrs I've now replaced the exhaust valves and done the mod to cylinder base nuts. This was partly an exploratory check and the existing valves were not burnt but had mild pitting on the contact ring, and a little more looseness than I'd been expecting. The rockers have allways had plenty of oil supply, valvelash in spec, EGT / carb jetting in spec. so the cause is not certain. Possibly I could have run more hours before the work, but leaving two leaking valves was not a good idea. Engine can sit idle at times up to 4 weeks so corrosion might have been able to occur, its flown as regularly as possible. The cylinder bores showed odd areas of patterning down near the bases, might be related to the base nut issue, will have to wait and see.

My impression is that it wont go on to TBO without further and deeper intervention, its just a matter of time and I will decide what form of upgrade to perform. Looking at the pictures, whats happened in your engine and your comments are the same as for mine, thanks for the updates.
At 10:32am on September 6, 2009, Brad DeMeo said…
Steve, the July Jaba Chat is out and has a lot of interesting info. The link is below.
At 12:51pm on September 5, 2009, Brad DeMeo said…
I hope everything went well last evening. Any remarkable differences?
At 3:44pm on September 4, 2009, Brad DeMeo said…
I'm leaving in 15 minutes. I'll stop by.

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