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Saturday, April 4, 2020 - Mexico, Missouri
Like everyone else, Zenith Aircraft Company has been impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. While the Zenith Aircraft kit factory is located in a fairly rural area and there have been no reported cases of the coronavirus in the immediate area, the response to this pandemic needs to be widespread and is affecting all of us. For the past few weeks…Continue
CH650B W&B Question. On the W&B calc sheet, a note puts the Datum line at Station 1790 mm. along the leading edge of the wings. To my knowledge, Station line 0 should be the aircraft centre line. Or should I measure this from the side of the fuse? Ideas?
About 3 weeks ago finished the rudder. Failed to take account lead time so have been reading Sky Ranch, and did short block Corvair assembly. I'm looking for some 95 or 110 HP heads if someone has some rebuildable cores, hit me up I'll take them off your hands ; )Continue
It is critical that I work on my airplane every day in order to make progress. I find that if I have more than 24 hours between sessions it is way too hard to remember where I left the tools ! :-)
I just want to encourage those that fly not only young eagles, but any younger generations to continue to do so. I can't begin to explain the joy this kiddo had when he took his first flight in the SD this last week. Something he will remember always and I know many of you are out there sparking that same joy and wanted to say thank you. Alissa…Continue
Approaching 600 hours. I have made substantial progress on the rear fuselage and have installed the rudder hinges with the help of a metal rod.
Added by Bradford Drown on March 13, 2020 at 7:30pm — No Comments
A well-known national aviation insurance company is working on a print advertising campaign, and they are looking for a specific photo showing an airplane being built in a home garage. See below sample (keeping in mind this is just a sample).
Are you currently building your Zenith in your garage, and is your project at a stage where it is well recognizable as an airplane? They want to arrange a photo shoot with you (or alternatively use a suitable file photo of your project in your…Continue
I have completed the debur on the center wing and moved on to the seat panel. Completed fabricating all the L angles, drilled and deburred including the rear bearing channel. Now starting on the rear fuselage.
Added by Bradford Drown on February 11, 2020 at 6:00pm — No Comments
I have 701 with 100 HP 912 with 3 blade warp drive, What prop pitch do you suggest for best Cruise. What RPM do you get at full power on the ground ?
I have not posted much in the last few years, preferring to lurk in the internet shadows and follow the adventures of others. I still answer questions quickly in PM sent through the web site. The 2005 CH601HD rests quietly in the hangar its systems "mothballed"..... ignored the past 2 years. Like an unfaithful boy friend my fancy had turned to another aircraft. A 1976 Citabria GCBC a friend with too many aircraft was generous enough to loan me. I learned to handle the evil "tail wheel" gear,…Continue
Congratulations to the Zenith STOL pilots for their top finishes at the New Zealand Bush Pilot Championships (officially named the "Healthy Bastards Bush Pilot Champs") in Omaka, New Zealand, on Saturday, February 1, 2020.
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Roger and I recently returned from central Florida where we held a hands-on kit aircraft building workshop and hosted a Zenith fly-in gathering together with Wheels and Wings. What a productive workshop and fun time meeting with new and existing Zenith builders and flyers!
Day One: Rudder workshop class and demo flights (Friday, January 24, 2020): Watch the…Continue
After a lot of prep work on my lifting sling, I finally was able to flip my wing upside down.
Overall I am happy with the results. I had complete control of the wing at all times.
After I get a chance to use it few times and fine tune my process, I plan to make video showing it in action.…Continue
I just received my generation 4 engine today. I also received the firewall forward kit provided by Arion aircraft the US Jabiru dealer. Everything looks great and it seems to be a very complete kit. I will post more details at a later date, but the Jabiru engine and FWF kit combined seem to be the cheapest combination after the Viking engine and certainly the cheapest for a new engine.
Top skins and nose skin is in place drilled to A5 with strips and plates in place as well as L angles rear of strips and connecting I/b gear box rib and adj. nose ribs. (I should shim these where they attach to the skins?) I cut out excess nose skin, will trim at some point in the future. Getting ready to tear down and debur. I am now struggling with the…Continue
Added by Bradford Drown on January 5, 2020 at 7:34pm — No Comments
My son and I completed the rudder workshop and flew to Cruzer. Great aircraft. Ordered my first kit which ships Jan 23rd. Cn't wait to start the process. Along awaited dream to build nad fly my own aircraft. I'm Jazzed