So this evening, the rudder kit purchased on April of 2005 took its maiden flight. Of course there were a few more parts attached to it. The flight was uneventful even though I wound up with some electrical concerns. My COM stopped working.

A little elevator trim and then some Aileron trim.

The video attached is a short clip from my wife's phone, thus the rotation!! I'll get a first flight video shortly.

All one can say is you will never forget it!

Rich Simmons

N997DC - Flying

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Congrats -- looks like yer rudder-kit is doing a good job of pushing that other stuff right along...

Congratulations Richard!!


I envy you. My rudder is not yet ready to push an airplane through the sky, it is being very patient against the wall while it waits for the rest of the parts to assemble themselves.

I'm smiling thinking about it. Well done, congratulations.

Congratulations!! seeing you fly is the best incentive to continue to build.. near did bring a tear to my eye..:)


Congrats, Rich! I occasionally fly over to KMBT to visit my brother, so if you see another green Zenith, by all means say "hello!" Hope your face is not too sore - the first flight grin is a humdinger!  ;>)



I'm in L-11. I'm th mis south/westward hanger. Give me a yell if your coming if you wish!

Congratulations Richard. I suspect a few minor problems didn't erase the "after landing grin" on your face........

No sir ! I'm still grinning. I do have several problems. Nothing to stop me from flying but thinks I need to pay attention to. Tonight or tomorrow, I'll remove the clowning and look for leaks and other signs of concerns. Check cable tensions and go again!

Starting to get to the fun part!


Awesome! Congratulations.

Send a photo and we'll share it with the entire Zenith community!

Super Like!

One slick looking airplane. I am building my third Zenith kit and first flights are still very special.
Mike Wilson
Chiang Mai, Thailand


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