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Comment by Sheldon Ray Burt on May 14, 2013 at 5:09pm

Is anyone using the Aiviasport oil pressure gauge that comes with the standard 701 instrument package, coupled to the Rotax 912?   If so, have you had any trouble getting it to work properly?

Comment by Scott Tyler Bragg on March 21, 2013 at 11:59am
So I'm starting to look at wingtip lights. I found these Aveo lights on Aircraft Spruce, and they look great! Can I just get some thoughts? Are they good? Are they worth the money? Anyone know anywhere I could get them cheaper?

Everything helps!!
Comment by Eugene Meintjes on March 3, 2013 at 8:18am

CH 750 Shift to new Hanger , next to House and last PARTS fitted ...need a good Spray Painter to come and stay with me ....

Comment by Harold Dean Hankins on February 10, 2013 at 3:08pm

By the way if you want to answer my last post at my personal email it is

Thanks again

Comment by Harold Dean Hankins on February 10, 2013 at 3:05pm

I'm going to copy an email I recently sent to Zenith.  Since they don't always answer my emails I thought someone here might be able to help with my question. By the way am I the only one who has emails unanswered?  Really, I bath frequently-------

Email copy-

"The nose steering on my 601XL is extremely stiff, to the point that it takes a huge leg muscle effort to turn it on the ground (not sure about in the air since it hasn't flown yet).  I realize there is a reason for all design aspects of an aircraft but I'm having trouble understanding why there is the centering block on this design.  The nose wheel has direct links to the rudder pedals and therefore to the rudder so if you center the rudder the nose wheel will automatically be centered.  The block with the angle and center slot seems unnecessary in this case.  This section was built by the original builder but I've measured it per the plans and it seems to be built correctly.  I've also taken it loose and lubricated the area, all without making it any easier to turn.  If I grab the tire with both hands it takes most of my strength to turn it stop to stop.
  Can you tell me if this centering block is needed, if so can I make it smaller, or if there is some other way to make it work more smoothly and with less effort?
Thanks for your time,
dean hankins
kit #5530"

With no answer from the factory I'd appreciate any comments or suggestions anyone out there has,


Comment by Jeffery R Millburg on August 16, 2012 at 6:27pm

Parts for Zenith 750 for sale:  2nd Edition canopy (powder coated), windshield/top window, door sill, windshield side trim. top window channel cover, top window channel, top window drip, black rubber molding for the windshield.  All new - never installed.  Contact me to work out an offer.

Comment by Glen on August 14, 2012 at 2:57pm

I have a Zenith ch200...  trying to locate a set of wheel fairings...anyone know where I can get these?  many thanks





Comment by Raymond White on June 24, 2012 at 7:15am

Just mounted a Honda Viking onto a 601XLB. Does anyone have ideas on placement of the fuel injection pumps other than inside the cockpit.  I am thinking the left firewall with a protective shield.


Comment by Geoff Storey on June 8, 2012 at 5:43am

Hi does any one know the dimensions of the aluminum wing struts for 750 ,l have just purchased an old 701 and l want to put the airofoil type wing struts on.

cheers Geoff..

Comment by Frank Savignac on February 29, 2012 at 8:12pm


 Does anyone know of someone that gives Instruction with the CH 701 in the Florida area. I'm looking for conversion training from my current aircraft (Challenger II). Frank

Comment by Chris Hoare on February 27, 2012 at 8:05am

Can any one tell me how to thin cortec primer or is it not to be thined before aplication.

Dose not give directions on the  can and the web site is not much help.

Thanks Chris

Comment by Jeremy Behm on February 16, 2012 at 8:22pm
Are there any Zenith builders in eastern ND western MN alo.g the Red River Valley? I'm starting on my CH750 soon!
Comment by Idahar on November 17, 2011 at 2:44pm

Hi Guys:

Does any one know of any areas around Cincinnati where I can practice off airport landings and takeoffs in my 801. What I mean is flat grounds with no population around......Thanks.....irfan

Comment by James Peach on October 14, 2011 at 10:11pm
That's a spell check mistake
Thanks apple
Comment by James Peach on October 14, 2011 at 10:09pm
Hey guys thanks for the input on the tail heavy now to add a little water to the mix
Plane flies nose up got a fast airspeed bleed off when ya pull back on the throttle not a typical glide
Down elevator to fly level
Any one think I got negative pitch on the stab
I didn't build this one just tryin to work out the bugs
Being sedative on the elevator says tail heavy but the scales say NO
Comment by Chad Jensen on September 30, 2011 at 8:59am
Many of you probably saw the announcement from EAA in the various e-newsletters, but now that I am officially on-site at EAA, I wanted to post a quick intro to the Zenith Forums...

Chad Jensen, EAA #755575, and I have built, flown, and now sold my Van's RV-7. This summer I started work on a new project, a Wittman Tailwind! I also owned part of a Thatcher CX-4 project for a short while. My online focus for several years was the Van's community through several online forums that catered to the type. In my new role at EAA, I will be expanding my presence to as many type forums as I can, and is the reason I am now here!

I have several friends building Zenith airplanes (a 640 just completed, and a couple of 701's), and I look forward to meeting as many builders as I can!

Also, if you haven't already done so, check out our EAA Homebuilders Headquarters page on Facebook!

Homebuilders HQ

I am here to serve the needs of the Homebuilders Community, and I look forward to hearing from you! Drop me a line here or via email at
Chad Jensen
Comment by Martin Bothma on September 29, 2011 at 3:31am

I have a CH600 and need an idea of the size of shock cords I need to replace the currently installed ones.Can anyone assist in this? I would like to order new ones before they need to be replaced.




Comment by Jock Anderson on June 7, 2011 at 10:46pm
I have lost my plans for a CH300 over the years.. My CH 300 is still flting after 27 years.  I still have the book of mods for the CH300.  I should have the plans for the CH200 to keep the thing complete.
Comment by Thomas Jackson on May 6, 2011 at 6:53pm

John, I would not put any oil on the aluminum until I had finished the plane. Reason: If you plan on painting the plane the oil will have a way of finding it's way to the outer surface which will create a big problem. After your finished totally with the plane including painting you might spray 'Corrision X' in the inner panels. The way most builders deal with the corrosion problem is the use a self etching primer available at  NAPA and other auto supply stores. Good Luck!


Comment by John E. Smith on March 28, 2011 at 9:39pm

I am building a CH750.  For corrosion protection I am considering oil spraying.  I would be interested in any comments.


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