March 2012 Blog Posts (20)

Installing the new nose gear on the 750

It was decide to install the new nose gera on the 750 im working on  and i wanted to tell how easy it is.

 Removal on the old style gear already installed was quite easy and sent that out to Zenith for modifing .

They did a fast turnaround and in a few days it was back to me . I had to prime and paint it  and install was easy

 Putting the bunge back on was easy but I do have the Rotax 912 installed and i have a lot or room to work , might be more dificult on other engine…


Added by Tracy Buttles on March 29, 2012 at 5:39pm — 3 Comments

New STOL CH 750 features introduced at Sun'n Fun

Bigger and Better Zenith STOL:

We've made the popular Zenith STOL CH 750 light sport utility kit aircraft even bigger and better!

The STOL CH 750 cabin, which by all measures is already very roomy for a light aircraft, has been increased in size by raising the cabin height…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on March 28, 2012 at 6:00am — 33 Comments


My situation has changed and just don't have the time to complete my stol 750, four kids and a new job.  I have the complete kit edition 1 bought July 2010 and the edition 2 upgrade kit, my edition 1 kit came with the bigger diameter cabin frame. It includes the long range fuel tanks, led strobe/wingtip lights, led landing light kit, tail vg's,  complete tool kit with 200 extra clecos, cortec primer, steel tubes to keep everything flat and aligned, workbench, packing crate, possibly all…


Added by Christopher Jon Brown on March 25, 2012 at 11:58am — 2 Comments

XL seat bottom modification

I've wanted to change the seat bottom 6B18-6 from a curved piece to an angle so my two piece seat cushions would fit better. It would also allow for the use of a booster cushion under the seats if necessary.

Thought about using a hinge after cutting the seat bottom in two pieces, but the solution was much easier. On my XL the distance to the top of the rear gear channel is 147mm. After removing the seat bottom, I noticed the the midpoint on the curve was 140mm. The co-pilot seat…


Added by Jake Reyna on March 19, 2012 at 7:00pm — 6 Comments

127 Children flown at Kpong - over half flown in CH701's

Despite being cut short due to bad weather, we flew 127 children on Saturday, as part of our annual fly-me day at Kpong.  It is all part of a complex health education programme and the children are from rural communities - and it is a great life changing motivator.  Many of the children have never experienced electricity in their homes, let alone tap water, some may never have slept inside a building with windows... these are the same youngsters that we be in our sights as future aircraft…


Added by Jonathan Porter on March 18, 2012 at 1:31pm — 1 Comment

Finally Started the Build

My wife and I took the 11hr car ride from Michigan to Mexico to attend the rudder building workshop and pick up the tail kit and also a tool kit. I have to say it was a great experience. The entire group from Zenith was more than helpful. Except maybe that engine guy :) (just a joke) great people and a great experience. We gained a lot of confidence in the build of the project after finishing our rudder. Now the wife and I are in the process of converting 1/2 of our family room into a…


Added by Doug Schmalzel on March 13, 2012 at 2:03pm — 6 Comments

Oil Cooler Installation

The Oil cooler is a snug fit. It's going to take some creative routing to get the hoses connected. I made sure that it doesn't rub the…


Added by Steven Winn on March 12, 2012 at 9:17pm — No Comments

Viking Honda Reinstalled

The mount was sent back to Viking to have the angle corrected. Mount received back and reinstalled. Engine now angles down .25 degrees.Perfect! This is my friend Martin holding the cowling for a "look see".

Should be receiving my reduction box and ECU…


Added by Steven Winn on March 12, 2012 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Rudder Completion

Took advantage of a beautiful March Saturday to complete my 750 rudder. Today, I drilled and cleco'd the nose skin, trimmed the excess aluminum, disassembled everything, primed the contact areas, re-cleco'd and riveted the whole thing together. Now I need to save a few pennies and purchase the tail kit. But that can't happen until after I pay my taxes!!

Added by David A. Judkins on March 10, 2012 at 6:24pm — No Comments

Family Project Wraps-up at the Factory - Day 5

This is a continuation (See the previous post for Day Four)


Day #5: Zenair’s “Wing-Building Program” provides builders an opportunity to…


Added by Michael Heintz on March 9, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Rotax 912 going fuel injected

I saw an article on AOPA that said Rotax was starting production of the 912iS model which is fuel injected.  I looked around on the web for additional information but found nothing.  Anyone got any information as far as specifications and pricing?

Added by Mike Hammond on March 9, 2012 at 9:25am — 11 Comments

Family Project Continues at the Factory - Day 4

This is a continuation (See the previous post for Day Three)


Day #4: Picking up from the previous day’s work, Barry continued with the fuel tank installation. First he cut strips of cork and then he stuck them wherever needed all around the tank. The purpose of the cork is to secure the tank snugly in its place, ensuring it cannot come into contact…


Added by Michael Heintz on March 8, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Family Project Continues at the Factory - Day 3

This is a continuation (See the first post for Day One and Two)

Day #3: First job on Wednesday morning was drilling through all the pilot holes on the main wing. Generous use of clecos ensured…


Added by Michael Heintz on March 7, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

A Family Project Starts Right at the Factory - Day 1 & 2

Yesterday morning (Monday), Lon Boehme, his brother Val and his son Barry pulled in at the Zenair factory in Midland with their 12 ft. trailer in tow. They had just spent the weekend driving in from Alberta (34 hours!) for a promising week: a Wing-building program, a rudder workshop, and a trip home six days later with a partially assembled STOL CH 750 airframe kit in the back! Here is a short running summary of the experience...…


Added by Michael Heintz on March 6, 2012 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

progress on CH-750 at Cloverdale

I am two weeks into working on a quick build kit at Quality Sport Planes in Cloverdale CA.  I continue to be very pleased with the help I receive and with availabilty of special tools and knowledge of Doug.  Every day I get more done and am getting closer to the point where I can move  the project to Alaska to install the engine.  I recommend this company to anyone who may want to keep things moving along on their project.

Added by Jack Schnurr on March 6, 2012 at 9:22am — 3 Comments

Rudder Skin

Drilled and ceco'd the rear rudder skin today. Also slipped on the nose skin but ran out of time before I could do anything but tape it down.

Added by David A. Judkins on March 4, 2012 at 5:53pm — No Comments

Great visit with Charles Leonard

Very informative visit with Charles about his Corvair powered 601XL.

Added by Richard Jones on March 4, 2012 at 9:50am — No Comments

Emerg Fuel Shutoff

Added by Steven Winn on March 3, 2012 at 10:52pm — No Comments

Fuel Pump Installation

Fuel Pumps mounted on divorced elev bellcrank bracket. Decided to use Zenith supplied low point drain between header tank and pumps. Fittings on order to make final connections.

Added by Steven Winn on March 3, 2012 at 10:44pm — No Comments

Article Reprint: Safety Is No Accident: Zenith’s aircraft are high-utility contenders. So how’s their record?

The following article was published a few years ago in Kitplanes magazine.  While all of us may not agree with all of the author's observations, it's shared here to help Zenith builders, owners and pilots increase their awareness of safety issues in operating their homebuilt kit plane.  We invite you to share your comments below.

Kitplanes magazine, November 2010 Issue…


Added by Zenith.Aero on March 1, 2012 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

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