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Rudder complete and observations from the Zenith Homecoming

Part 1 of my Cruzer is complete:

Rudder Workshop

The kit and the instructions were straightforward.  However, there are two things to note if you are looking to build one of these.  If you live on the coast like me and want to use the Cortec corrosion inhibitor, it…


Added by Jonathon Payne on September 23, 2022 at 3:07pm — No Comments

Ron Alexander Youth Aviation Program

Above photo: Zenith Aircraft delivers the first Zenith CH 750 Cruzer kit to the Ron Alexander Youth Aviation Program (RAYAP) program at Peach State Aerodrome (south of Atlanta) on the way to Sun 'n Fun 2022.



Added by Zenith Aero on August 31, 2022 at 4:21pm — No Comments

Notes on the instrument panel layout

I decided to create a mockup of the instrument panel.  I ended up needing to order the optional drawings to fabricate the center console mockup.  I would recommend getting these when you order the base plans as there are a few things in the optional plans that aren't quite so optional.

I set up the mockup with a center-mounted tiller control…


Added by Jonathon Payne on August 29, 2022 at 7:42pm — No Comments

2022 Zenith Homecoming Open Hangar Days and Fly-In: September 16 & 17

Thank you to all who participated and helped to make this such a memorable event celebrating Zenith Aircraft's 30th anniversary!

Great planes, fantastic people, and good weather! What a wonderful two days at the 2022 Zenith Aircraft Homecoming / Open…


Added by Zenith Aero on August 25, 2022 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Airventure 2022 Building a Zenith Cruzer in a 1 Car Garage

Hi All,

This is the link to my presentation given at Airventure 2022 "Building a Zenith Cruzer in a One Car Garage".

Thanks to Sebastien and Zenith for their support and also to those who attended the presentation. I hope to do it again next year.

John DiMattei


Added by John DiMattei on August 5, 2022 at 3:02pm — No Comments

EAA Oshkosh AirVenture 2022 Preview

We look forward to seeing many of you at the annual EAA Oshkosh AirVenture fly-in convention (July 25 - 31, 2022)! Whether you're a current builder or owner, or just looking at starting on your own project, there is…

Added by Zenith Aero on June 30, 2022 at 1:56pm — No Comments

eaa airventure zenith kit construction

hi zenith,

     at eaa airventure this year what will you be assembling at the daily

homebuilders workshop? 

zenith cruzer wings would be awesome!

see you there!

Added by Michael radtke on June 24, 2022 at 1:55pm — No Comments

FAA medical

FAA Medical


This is my story:


Five years ago I had the Mitro valve in my heart repaired (not replaced, repaired).

According to the FAA regulation this is not an issue that would exclude you from receiving a third class medical clearance BUT.


This is the series of events that have taken place that I have had to deal with!


26 months ago I started flight school, and filled out the required forms for a third class medical. I…


Added by Van Cole on June 9, 2022 at 10:27am — 5 Comments



Read this feature cover story from EAA Sport Aviation magazine, June 2022 issue, pages 46 - 54. Story by Christina…


Added by Zenith Aero on June 6, 2022 at 9:37am — No Comments

Installing Fairings

Here is a link to my Zenith Cruzer Fairing installation blog post.…


Added by Jonathan Fay on June 1, 2022 at 8:10am — No Comments

Leading Edge Skin for Left Wing Drilled

I finally managed to get the leadig edge skin drilled for my Zenith 650. I would say this is the most difficult challenge I have faced in this project so far.

I think the biggest feature of what was done was to figure out a way to hold the ribs steady so I can take measurements to transfer from the ribs to skin and also make sure the ribs do not move when trying to fit the skin and for drilling as well.  Some of this can be seen in the thumbnail for the video below.  The jig will…


Added by Damon Brantley on May 25, 2022 at 11:20pm — No Comments

Bob Is Back Flying

After a "heart incident" Dec. 2019 I received two stents and in Feb. 2020 my Aortic valve was replaced (to correct a birth defect) at the Ottawa Heart Institute. My Private Pilot Medical was suspended. I resigned myself to not being able to fly again. Feb. 2021 I felt so good I that I passed my pilot medical which Transport Canada placed "Under Review" because of the replacement surgery. Yesterday I received my medical "Unrestricted Class 3" from Transport Canada. It was a long tedious trip…


Added by Bob McDonald on May 24, 2022 at 7:17am — 9 Comments

Its Alive!!!!

Run up and break in. Its coming along. ;

Added by Nathan Gamble on May 7, 2022 at 2:13pm — 2 Comments

Bungee "Installation Tool"

To change the front bungee CH601HD, CH701, CH750 or and Zenith with bungee cord front suspension. Simply hook bungee around the rear mount tube, slide up the nose strut, then slide loose end of bungee over the end of a 1/2 inch drive ratchet handle which has the 1/2 inch drive inserted in the open end of the front bungee mount tube. Lifting up on the ratchet handle will stretch the bungee easy. Once over center the bungee slides down the ratchet handle onto the front bungee mount tube. KISS…


Added by Bob McDonald on May 3, 2022 at 9:23am — 2 Comments

Travis's nifty installation tool for nose gear bungee cord

Just replaced the nose gear bungee cord of my 601HDS. This used to be a tough process that I handled with ad hoc arrangements. But this time I had Travis's bungee cord installation tool available. It was a cinch to pull up the bungee cord and have it snap in place. What a clever design! Proves once more that factory support is super.

Added by Klaus Truemper on May 2, 2022 at 8:39pm — No Comments

27 years flying 601HDS

Joined today when I became aware of the site. Two comments:

1. Today Roger of the Zenith Company proved once more how terrific their service really is. He helped out with a significant problem, and the solution parts will arrive here tomorrow. Five star service.

2. Since 2005 we have maintained a blog about the 601HDS and, in particular, its Rotax 912 UL engine. If you also use a Rotax engine, you may want to look at posts covering various problems and solutions at…


Added by Klaus Truemper on April 28, 2022 at 2:37pm — 3 Comments

lycoming engine mount isolators

hi all,

any one with a lycoming O235 or O320

what rubber isolators are u using for dynafocal 

mfgr and stock #

called zenith , they only sell cowling and mounts for lycoming, no accessories.

roger reccomend pacific molded tech vip-5040-2-5

but their phones are disconnected and website down. 

seems like the rubbers are 2 3/4 or 3 1/8

Added by Michael radtke on April 20, 2022 at 3:53pm — 6 Comments

Selling planes

My father law has passed recently and has
Left experimental planes behind. We are having issues on selling them as we don’t know where to start. I think he was almost finished with them but who know. Does anyone know where I need to start? I figured they probably should be inspected? I live in Jacksonville FL does anyone have any recommendations? Thanks in advance.

Added by Gary Nelson on April 20, 2022 at 7:38am — 5 Comments

airventure 2022 housing

hi all,

i have 2 beds avbl at uwo dorms. suite unit, kitchen, living dining areas.

insuite bathroom. 4 beds. 23 jul - 1aug. 9 nites. 

$850. per person. pls advise if interested, weekly guest prefered, but partial

week considered.

michael radtke

Added by Michael radtke on April 12, 2022 at 11:55pm — No Comments


I just finished building a hanger in west Waterford Ireland where I hope to finish the building of my 701.

Added by Ralph Llewellyn on April 5, 2022 at 11:37am — 1 Comment

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