January 2012 Blog Posts (18)

Sebring 2012: It was all about the trip!

Even though the 2012 Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo (January 19 -22, 2012) event ended over a week ago, I only just made it back home from the trip this past Friday (and I didn't spend the week on the beach).  Following is a brief summary of the trip as well as some commentary on the planes and cross-country flying:…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on January 31, 2012 at 3:30pm — 14 Comments

Tail kit arrives!

Added by Jim Evely on January 31, 2012 at 11:45am — No Comments

Nose gear shock cord on CH600

Can anyone tell me the part number for the shock cord for the nose gear on a CH600 Zodiac?? Any tips on how to change the shock cord? Do I need to remove the nose gear leg to accomplish this? Any help would be appreciated!! Please email me at bdavis1@shaw.ca. Thanks!

Added by Barry Davis on January 30, 2012 at 11:24pm — 3 Comments


Rough construction of wing and center spars complete and drilled to size. Will drill close to size of wing attach bolt holes then pull all 3 spars apart, sand, deburr, polish prime and rivet. Will drill wing attach holes to final size and ream after riveting.

Added by Tim Smart on January 28, 2012 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

UL260i Engine for 701

Hi folks, I want to replace my engine from Jabiru 2200 to UL260i. Can some one point me to the right direction where to buy one and the cost please.


Added by Shafid Khan on January 26, 2012 at 4:17pm — 7 Comments

MGL Enigma

Any folks out there using the MGL Enigma?
Tell me about your experiences if you don't mind.

I'm soon to start wiring and any experience you can share would be helpful.


Added by Richard Simmons on January 23, 2012 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Control Stick details

I added a few pics of the control stick and the flaperon stops installed

I have seen a few pics of the pitch rod /yoke detail  , a few guys have cut large holes in the passenger seat side panel , i didnt like that and thought there has to be somthing  a little better .…


Added by Tracy Buttles on January 20, 2012 at 9:36am — 4 Comments

Installing Camera

Because most people I know don't have any idea of what flying is all about esp in the Extreme STOL arena such as the 701. I decieded to install a video camera.  I purchased a Drift Stealth 170HD and have been playing around trying to establish the "perfect" position to video the plane's performance. The first position I am gojng to try is from the cockpit mounted on the cross structure just behind, above and to the right of the pilot.  This shoud give a good shot of the instrument panel and…


Added by Phil Smith on January 13, 2012 at 11:41am — 4 Comments

Left wing spar

All pieces cut and fit, drilled to pilot size. Good thing I already know how to drink or I'ld have to learn after working on center and win spars...

Added by Tim Smart on January 9, 2012 at 2:05pm — 2 Comments

What are the pros and cons of props

Im years from this part of my build, but I have always wanted to know the pros and cons of different props?  Two blade , three blades,wood ,metal carbon fiber.  I would like to have more of a STOL prop so what would I look for in a prop?

Added by Jesse Hartman on January 8, 2012 at 9:54pm — No Comments

Rudder Assembly

Warmer temps today permitted me to go out and begin rudder construction. Drilled and clecoed ribs to spar and horn to spar. Now I have to disassemble, debur, apply solvent and rivet. Just ordered solvent from Aircraft Spruce. A very good day!

Added by David A. Judkins on January 7, 2012 at 3:24pm — No Comments

Added by David A. Judkins on January 8, 2012 at 7:25pm — No Comments

Rudder Kit

Cracked open the rudder kit this afternoon for a quick inspection of parts. Will hopefully start building Sunday or Monday. Noticed that there were some pieces listed in the exploded parts breakout on the plans that were not on the packing list...75R2-1, 75R2-2, 75R2-8 and 75R2-9. Thinking I need to call Zenith on Tuesday to make sure these pieces are not supposed to be in the kit.

Added by David A. Judkins on December 31, 2011 at 11:53pm — 3 Comments

Added by David A. Judkins on January 8, 2012 at 7:23pm — No Comments

need help with landing gear rubber pads

Hi all, after 6 landings, I found that the rubber pads between the landing gear and fuse, have crushed, to the extend that they snapped, in looking at forums I have found nothing on the subject, when I googled, I found something, they talked about using tyre rubber for new pads, wWould apreciate to know if anyone has had the problem, and a fix for it....

regards Jim.

Added by jim on January 8, 2012 at 6:02pm — 2 Comments

Rudder assembly

Warmer temps today permitted me to go out and begin rudder construction. Drilled and clecoed ribs to spar and horn to spar. Now I have to disassemble, debur, apply solvent and rivet. Just ordered solvent from Aircraft Spruce. A very good day!

Added by David A. Judkins on January 7, 2012 at 3:24pm — No Comments

elevator cable tension setting in pounds ??

cant find the proper poundage setting for the elevator cables  any  help ?

Added by Larry Webber on January 6, 2012 at 8:19pm — 2 Comments

taylor bros

         jan 3 12 fitted and attached flaps on 2nd airframe( trimmed to fit)

Added by Warren L. Taylor on January 3, 2012 at 7:56pm — No Comments

Project Update - XL in flight test.

After 6 years my XL was certified in July, 2011. As of today (Jan 2012) it is over half way through phase I flight test.  I expect to complete flight test and enter phase II in the Spring.

I had a number of small problems in flight test.  Most of them have been resolved.  The primary issue was engine cooling (Jab 3300).  Other problems included the engine cutting out from a loose carburetor and a flat nose wheel from underinflation and damage to the tube when the tire rotated and…


Added by Paul Mulwitz on January 3, 2012 at 12:10pm — 3 Comments

Builders Log

What are people using for Builders Log these days?  I searched this site for it; there was mention of KitLog Pro about a year ago. Is that still relevant? What about making your own blog or website? ( thru Google for example ) How about good old fashioned paper note book and pictures?

Do the inspectors electronic records or do they want paper?

Added by Chris Craver on January 1, 2012 at 11:23am — 12 Comments

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