July 2011 Blog Posts (23)

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         Please add me as your friend, I would be honored to be added to your list. Thanks, Pat & Peace


                        Mike Festa CC20

Added by Michael J. Festa Sr on July 31, 2011 at 11:52pm — No Comments

How dose the engine get cooling air with this type of cowling?

Hello every one,

I have this type of cowling http://www.zenith.aero/photo/dry-fit-cowling-8 and going to be installed to CH750 airframe, for Rotax 912S. The question is    dose the engine need in let openings for air cooling from the front of the cowling puting in consideration the high temp. in Saudi where it reaches 47c in summer time.? 

Thank you all members for sharing experience …


Added by Adel Alyahya on July 30, 2011 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Elevator skeleton riveted

After pulling my air riveter to bits and removing the 6 jammed rivet pins stuck in it, I riveted most of the skeleton together.  Didn't rivet the hinge pins, thought it might be easier to remove them to drill the holes for the split pins...

On to the rear skins next - can't wait.

Added by Marty de la Motte on July 30, 2011 at 6:15am — 2 Comments

Trim tab hinge sorted

A good evening in the shed tonight!


I'd been having difficulty sourcing a suitable piano hinge for the trim tab.  While the Zenith one is entirely reasonable at about $21, it would have cost $108 for postage to Australia.

Finally tracked one down locally today - it's stainless steel instead of aluminium, but because of the thickness (about 0.025") it's light enough for the purpose.  I intend to well and truly coat it with an anti-corrosive paint to avoid any corrosion…


Added by Marty de la Motte on July 29, 2011 at 8:28am — No Comments

zodiac 601 shock rings

time to replace our shock rings.  plan calls out 1080 for landing gear but doesn't show any # for nose wheel.




thank you

Added by roy ensminger on July 29, 2011 at 5:23am — 3 Comments

waiting for aluminum....

Waiting on my aluminum to arrive.. Ordered 10 May, from interstate supplier had a 10 week wait on one size... Due in to their warehouse 25th July... Shouldn't be long now.........

Added by keith bennett on July 25, 2011 at 10:32pm — No Comments

One Year Anniversary

Talking to a co-worker about the build project today I had to look up when I started and according to my blog I picked up my first rudder piece a year ago this week. 


I only get to build on weekends so I'm not sure if I am doing well or not (or even if I should care, just enjoy the ride) but I've spent roughly 80 hrs and have completed the rudder, the slats, the flaperons and the stabiliser; elevator is on the bench waiting to be deburred, and wings kit is in its crate at my…


Added by Paul Sanders on July 20, 2011 at 4:35pm — 2 Comments

Anyone want to go to OshKosh with us?

HI. I will be going to OshKosh on Wed the 27th or Thurs. the 28th.  We will be taking a motorhome and have room for one more person.  You will have your own bed, and we have a quiet generator for A/C. A little about us.  We are in our early 30s and like to drink beer and let a couple swear words out here and there.  We are not all night party people just like to have fun.  We camp as close to the ultralight strip as we can.  You should be ok with swearing and drinking and have a good sense…


Added by Jesse Hartman on July 20, 2011 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Finally! :)


2003 i bought the drawings with the intention to start building the STOL 701 but alot of work and travelling made me never start.


So the start will be now :)


I have ordered the wings kit and the rudder start kit so it will be delivered in 1,5 month. The workshop are prepared and the tools are on place so it will be alot of fun to start now.


Enjoy to follow this amazing project online :)


Take care!



Added by Tony ABrahamsson on July 20, 2011 at 9:07am — 1 Comment


Hi Everyone,

Here is a summary of the Zeniths to Oshkosh events:

The Banquet

The Zenith Builder’s Banquet to honor Chris Heintz will be held on Wednesday, July 27th with cocktails starting at 6:30 and dinner following at 7:30.  We have 155 people as of today that have pre-registered. Banquet tickets are still available. If you want to purchase your tickets by mail, please don’t send your money past Thursday, July 21. I can set…


Added by Joe Scheibinger on July 19, 2011 at 8:00am — 19 Comments

Zenith aircraft custom guitar to be auctioned at AirVenture

Here's a chance to own a piece of history! 

As part of the Zeniths to Oshkosh activities, this handcrafted custom guitar is being auctioned to support the…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on July 15, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments


My 750 has an O-200 engine and I NEVER see 1000 FPM climb or 100MPH cruise or the claimed range. I would love to hear what other folks have found.

Added by Peter Bennett on July 14, 2011 at 9:51am — 7 Comments

Elevator assembly

Finally got a chance to see my local sheet metal bloke, so got him to bend some pieces - the elevator spar, trim tab spar, and the trim tab itself.  He did a superb job on the trim tab - bent it up from one piece of 0.016" with 3 bends.  Note that the trim tab assembly on this 701 is based on the 750 style - full port elevator span, inset into the trailing edge.  (I believe the 701 tab is a flat plate hinged to the existing soft-riveted TE - correct me if I'm wrong!)  Anyway, as I've said on…


Added by Marty de la Motte on July 13, 2011 at 10:23pm — No Comments

Cowling Fasteners

I've been looking at the Aircraft Spruce catalog and trying to figure out what parts I need for fastening my cowling closed.  I've been looking mostly at DZUS fasteners.  I'm finding it hard to figure what parts are needed from the catalog and or website.  There especially seems to be missing information when looking at the flush type DZUS fasteners regarding required parts and sizes.


Does anyone have some suggestions on what to use.  I've done flush rivetting throughout the…


Added by Dan Dempsey on July 12, 2011 at 7:44pm — 5 Comments

Got Caught by the Shipping Process Again

When I ordered my slats/flaps and tail kit, I ordered it online, paid the deposit and sat back waiting for it to be shipped. The "confirmed" shipping date came and went so I called and was told they waiting for final payment which I thought was odd since they already had my credit card. And also how was I to know they were waiting for me to pay?


This time when I ordered the wings I made a note in the comments box online to please take final payment when ready (this was a…


Added by Paul Sanders on July 12, 2011 at 10:15am — 1 Comment


A friend and I are flying commercial to Oshkosh, well, we will be landing in Green Bay, GRB. Our flight is schedualed to land at 3:31 pm and we will take a shuttle to Airventure. If there is anyone willing to share a ride or give us a ride let me know, Other wise we will hire the shuttle and if anyone needs a ride they can hop on board.



Added by Robert Crawford on July 11, 2011 at 1:55pm — 3 Comments

Exploring NW Ontario in a CH-701

Last evening I had an amazing flight in my CH-701.  In the 1980s the provincial government had a program of applying herbicide to recently replanted conifer forests so that the young trees would not have to compete with faster growing native deciduous vegitation.  The side effect of this program was the creation of gravel runways in remote locations throughout the region.  Having found one of these abandoned strips more than…


Added by Doug MacDonald on July 10, 2011 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Flying with the doors off

 OK, its hot here in SC, so wen;t flying with no doors. The breeze felt good and the plane  handled well. the only adverse condition was a little wind noise being picked up by the head set mike. Now for the rest of the story, we, ( Robert my partner) and I were not planning this. It started because we were not happy with the 68" GSC wood prop in use. Although the tracking was spot on there was always a small vibration we did not like. So we ordered a new 71.5 " Kiev prop and installed. After…


Added by Bill Alexander on July 9, 2011 at 7:55pm — 6 Comments

Wagner HVLP Control Spray Plus Paint System


Here is my new Wagner HVLP Paint Spayer System.  Great Spray Gun - can be used with all kinds of paint such as Waterborne Epoxy Primers, and Waterborne Polyurethane etc.  There are some pretty expensive systems out there... but this was to good to pass up!   Paid $75US from Gleam Paints.  Runs off of 110V and feather light.   Princess Auto had one for $130 from China and it just could not compare to the Wagner.  I had a Wagner electric spray gun back in the 80's and it was one super…


Added by Ron D Leclerc on July 8, 2011 at 5:27pm — 5 Comments

Celebrate Chris Heintz Day (July 25th,2011) with a Tee shirt or Hat!

Purchase your Zeniths to Oshkosh Tee shirt or Hat before the event.


Go to http://www.flightcrafters.com/paypalorderinginfo.html TO…


Added by Russell Lepre' on July 8, 2011 at 8:51am — No Comments

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