July 2010 Blog Posts (21)

Paint Scheme

Everyone has been a great help in helping me decide on the best power plant and have given me good input on the different types of aluminum. I have a couple more questions I want to bring to the group.

1. Anyone have any good ideas on a homemade bending brake you could send me? I have checked with local shops and they do not have the 1/8 bending radius set up on their machines. Most have told me unless I am going to have them bend a large amount of aluminum, it isn't work their time to… Continue

Added by Casey Zechmann on July 31, 2010 at 6:27pm — 5 Comments

2024-T3 alcad aluminum vs 6061-T6

The plans show an optional material that can be used is the 2024-T3. Has anyone used this in place of the 6061? What are the benefits of it?


Added by Casey Zechmann on July 31, 2010 at 10:48am — 3 Comments

Congrats to Winners!

Congratulations to James Barbour, Middlesex, N.Y., the grand prize winner of the Clark Head Set, drawn from the current roster of Zenair News subscribers at the Zenith dinner in Oshkosh July 29.

Additional prizes awarded to those subscribers present at the dinner was new subscriber Ivan Reznor, Lebanon, Ohio, who won an embroidered Zenith jacket. Ivan subscribed the night of the drawing just before dinner...pretty lucky guy!

Five other Zenair News subscribers won archive… Continue

Added by Zenair News on July 30, 2010 at 9:38pm — No Comments

CH750 / CH701 Gas Caps

I have gas caps that leak when I go flying. This is evident by the fuel streaks down the top of wings from the filler necks after I land. I suspect this is from the position of the filler neck & fuel caps is steep turns. High wing tank leaks in a turn. I also noticed that the right fuel tank level was always higher than the left after going flying.

The tanks would start out level if left in the hangar over night. I went to dip the tanks after flying and heard a "whoosh" upon…


Added by Bob McDonald on July 28, 2010 at 8:17pm — 10 Comments

601 xl airworthiness cert.

On 7-26-2010 413GM, a 601xl with all the upgrades installed, was issued an airworthiness cert. Phase 1 flight testing to begin right after Oshkosh.

Added by Garlen Mikolichek on July 27, 2010 at 6:35pm — 5 Comments

New Builder

Ok, I just purchased the plans and I am debating on building from component kits or scratch building and buying the more complex parts. Any recommendations???? Also, what do you all think of the 1.3 Raven for a power plant?

Added by Casey Zechmann on July 27, 2010 at 8:24am — 6 Comments

Heading for Oshkosh

Flying commercial. Hope they have MKE open after the flooding.

See you there!


Added by Russell Lepre' on July 23, 2010 at 1:59pm — 2 Comments

Zenair makes an impression at Euro Fly-in (July 14-18).

Organizers of Euro Fly-in have big plans for this event in the future: Most EAAers will recognize the source of this inspiration - the control tower banner (below) is just one example……


Added by Michael Heintz on July 20, 2010 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Ferry Flight 701 Jab2200 topless (but strings/VG)

Hello everyone, 1st post-

Never flown one of these critters before, so all advice is welcome. Ferrying from Ft Pierce FL USA to Upstate NY Thursday 7/22. 19gals Fuel. What's the best RPM in a headwind??? Fixed-pitch (I dunnno mfg) wooden pilot-cooler. Do I flight plan with a post-it note or a calendar? Can you sleep in one of these in the rain? Should I bring a tarp? A cooler? Hibachi?

Oh, and how long before the ugly isn't perceptible anymore- the longer I look at these,… Continue

Added by Rob Craigmyle on July 17, 2010 at 6:09pm — 20 Comments

Informal campfire gathering at Oshkosh

This is an invitation to a campfire gathering at Oshkosh for Zenith builders, flyers and others. Dr. Ed Moody and I are going to attempt to set our camps up side by side in some yet to be determined location in Camp Scholler. IF we are successful, we are inviting anyone who is interested to join us (weather permitting) for an informal gathering… Continue

Added by Tim Juhl on July 17, 2010 at 10:28am — 2 Comments

Air cleaner air box

I have a 0-200 for my 601 and was wondering what type of air cleaner slash carbie heat box I should use I have a engine cowl thats nearly identical to what Zenith sell and I was wondering if the air box was what came out of a Cessna 150 or what it was or do zenith sell there own version hope some one can…


Added by Russell Bell on July 13, 2010 at 12:34am — No Comments

Another STOL801 in the Air

Many of you have read about the 4 750's now flying since October from Can-Zac, however few know that along with the 5 601's in the shop for upgrade and finishing we have also finished a STOL 801. This plane has a Lyc IO-360 Dynon D180 with full Autopilot, It has been a far bigger build than the 750's have been but it has also been a Joy to see such a big plane take to the Sky.…


Added by Mark Townsend on July 12, 2010 at 1:01pm — 2 Comments

1st Flight Zodiac CH650

This morning at 9:45am, July 10th, N5880Z, a Zodiac CH650, flew for the first time. All went well and our Corvair engine performed very well.

Added by Shayne McDaniel on July 10, 2010 at 2:52pm — 8 Comments

Skip and Mary Perry at Flight Crafters

Skip and Mary Perry came by today to visit their airplane. They are having the airframe mods done at Flight Crafters by our technicians. You can see Stan working on their wing in the background.

They should be flying soon!


Added by Russell Lepre' on July 7, 2010 at 4:51pm — No Comments

Zodiac CH601XL-B Flight Test Report

We recently had the chance to give Steve Flattum the opportunity to test fly our factory demonstrator Zodiac CH 601 XL B (upgraded model). Steve flies for one of the major US airlines and has logged more than 20,000 hours. More importantly though, he has a passion for light aircraft, and he has flown more than 100 types of aircraft (from ultralight to supersonic) and performed more than 20 first flights. He holds a professional pilot degree and is a… Continue

Added by Sebastien Heintz on July 7, 2010 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

This week at Flight Crafters

We welcomed Brad Cohen with his Zodiac XL mods. Brad is looking for some help while he does the mod.

Russell Lepre'

Added by Russell Lepre' on July 5, 2010 at 4:14pm — 1 Comment

A little Angel with a Crumpled Wing...

I have often been asked what is so special about flying in West Africa and, 'If I could have a cent for every time I was asked that I would be a millionaire'. Well, I may be far from a monetary millionaire (as all of those I owe money to know I am not), but I am very rich in my life and its experiences.

One of those experiences is Lydia, a young girl with a deformity caused by the lack of education and a absence of tube of antiseptic cream. When Lydia was three years old…

Added by Jonathan Porter on July 4, 2010 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

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