May 2013 Blog Posts (18)

Cleaning the inside of the fuel tanks

After cutting the 59 mm hole for the fuel sender, I needed to get some chips out of the tank.

It worked well to get a small 110 VAC floodlight bulb and socket that would fit into the fuel cap hole to light the inside. To remove chips, taping a painters tack cloth to a long stick made it really easy to pick out random chips and make the tank inside clean and ready to seal the sender.

Larry Zepp - Zodiac 650B builder

Added by Larry Zepp on May 29, 2013 at 10:28am — 2 Comments

Fly In To Summer Builder Fly-In Gathering: Saturday, June 22, 2013

You're invited to join us for our "Fly In To Summer" Builder Fly-In Gathering at the Zenith Aircraft Factory.…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on May 23, 2013 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Aircraft Builder 2.0 iPad app released

Released a significant update to the build log application today.

Follow the below link to see the new screen shots.


-Significantly improved the Build log generation. You can now select various aircraft components to include or exclude from the log.

-Improved the… Continue

Added by Basil Buwalda on May 19, 2013 at 2:25pm — No Comments

Prop for Continental 0200A on CH 750

 Hello, Im a new guy on the block, looking for any advice on a prop for a continental 0200A on my 750.  Any recommendations? Was told Warp Drive props were'nt too good......Thank you........Scott

Added by Scott Mascher on May 17, 2013 at 11:04am — 9 Comments

Acquired 750 project.

Well I'll try again since I submitted about 6 hours ago and all that went thru were the photos.  A liability of growing up on vacuum tubes and trying to master the computer age.  I acquired Ken Ryan's 750 project and yesterday brought the wings home here to the Wasilla area from Ken's place in Anchorage.  A lot of you have interacted with Ken over the last few years and I will have to say he did a fine job of building.  This won't be the first airplane I've built or rebuilt over the years…


Added by Norm Neuls on May 16, 2013 at 9:57pm — 2 Comments

Small step

I just completed my 750's rudder skeleton. Yesterday it was inspected and approved by a very experienced builder - happy day :-)
This is only my first post, greetings to everyone from Ireland. This is only a start of a big adventure for me.

Added by Krzysztof Kacprzak on May 16, 2013 at 1:24am — 1 Comment

Aileron Stops

I didn't see anything in the plans about aileron controls stops. Any comments on what to do there?

Added by Bruce Cobo on May 15, 2013 at 6:47am — 3 Comments

My uber small shop space

I like it when I can use the word "uber". It just sounds cool. Anyhow, the photo below shows my garage for the next year. It's small, I mean like real small. Breaks down like this.....

I once had a really cool house with a really nice sized garage, that was 6 months ago. The plan was to buy a new home so the house went for sale. It had an offer 5 days…


Added by Mike Johnson on May 13, 2013 at 9:09pm — 7 Comments

CH 701 start date 5-13-13 (Sheet metal brake)

Well, it's as good a time as any to start. The plans are still a blur but I should be able to get through the rudder. I'm scratch building but I can see where buying parts is a real advantage so I'm sure I'll be buying parts. Zenith prices are pretty cheap, all things considered. 

Building the sheet metal brake

Anyhow, I need to build a brake. I'm a self employed plumber so I made some time today…


Added by Mike Johnson on May 13, 2013 at 2:50pm — 3 Comments

Fired up panel!

I completed most of the wiring in the panel before firing up the Dynon. All went well, recognized all systems. This was the first time I rolled it out into the backyard since I started the build 3 1/2 years ago.

Added by Blaine Schwartz on May 9, 2013 at 4:38pm — No Comments

Zenith 601 XL canopy opened during the flight

Has anyone had the canopy of 601 XL open during the flight ??

My canopy opened in flight at 1500' at 100 kts early this month (May 2013). The aircraft dived towards the land and was hard to control. The canopy stayed up in the air and I could not pull it down. I slowed down to 60 kts and droped down to 500' just in case I had to land on the beach. All the items got sucked out from the back including my head phones. I turned back to the airport, about 2 miles. I  could not communicate…


Added by Shafid Khan on May 8, 2013 at 3:33am — 12 Comments

Aircraft Builder Build Log IPad free for the next 4 days

In exchange for your feedback, I have made the application free until to 12 May 2013.

The new version releases soon, so grab a copy while you can.

A bit about the application

Aircraft Builder helps you capture your progress using your iPad, and generate a build log when you are done.

-The dashboard gives you a quick overview of the project and instant access to the tasks that are in progress.

-The application allows you to capture…


Added by Basil Buwalda on May 8, 2013 at 3:30am — 4 Comments

STOL CH 750 builder Guy Savoie

2018 UPDATE: See the follow up photos and videos in the comments below this original story.

Zenith builders and pilots are made up of a very interesting group of individuals, and continue to be a source of inspiration.  Here's a brief story of one of them that was recently featured in the news:…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on May 7, 2013 at 2:30pm — 7 Comments

Tracing Blocks

Friday I felt like I needed to do something that could be construed as actual work toward creating the plane. To preface this I will try to explain my parts fabrication ideas. Sorry about the long-windedness.

I have seen here and other places that while builders are making parts they have damaged them in some way or have had to remake the part for some reason. In thinking about this I decided that I need some way to be able to remake the part without having to spend any more time than…


Added by Earnest Fontenot on May 6, 2013 at 2:57pm — 3 Comments

Charging Issue

More questions from the rookie.


Still playing with heat issues, but a new opportunity has surfaced. While taxiing to the active, my battery charge indication shoed low voltage, fluctuating into yellow. On run-up, the bar still showed slightly more than 12 volts. It usually reads 13.2 or so. I went back to tie down, and quit for day. Later, the battery would not turn engine. On charger all night.


Does the Jabiru have a voltage regulator that may be bad? If so,…


Added by Don Forwood on May 5, 2013 at 8:52am — 6 Comments

New 701 Takes Flight

Hi All,

I have just completed a 701 and have 5hours air time everything is awesome with the exception that the plane wants to roll to the left.  What is the recommended roll trim fix?


Added by Claude Melbourne on May 3, 2013 at 6:44am — 6 Comments

For Sale: CH-750/CH-601/CH-650 Jabiru cowl and engine mount

I acquired a 750 project from another builder.  I am going to be hanging an O-235 on it, so I have no need for the Jabiru 3300 cowl and mount.

$795 plus shipping for both.  That's 50% of the cost of purchasing new. 

Added by James Cameron on May 2, 2013 at 7:32pm — 2 Comments

Corvair Short Block


fast weekend trip- BWI to JAX - rental car to WW for my 2850cc and

Dan's new crank w/5th bearing - nice visit w/WW but too short- fast drive home

Fred Schutt

Added by Frederick Schutt on May 1, 2013 at 9:29pm — No Comments

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