July 2012 Blog Posts (22)

OSH 2012

Flew from Brodhead Sunday to OSH. Left C37 in light rain with wet tent, take off roll was a little longer but up she went and we were out of the rain in minutes and clear sailing to OSH.

Landed and parked with 54 flight hours since June 30th. Everything is going to plan. Flew 6500' yesterday from home to Poplar Grove and averaged 4.3 gph burning 93 octane auto fuel.

Added by Ron Lendon on July 23, 2012 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

SkyJeep Wings Fitted

Got the wings/struts fitted and drilled up to final size.Probably remeasured everything 100+ times while stepping up…


Added by Steven Winn on July 22, 2012 at 8:29pm — No Comments

601 XLB amphib???

I am putting together a 601 XL-B and I am just about ready for test flight. I want an amphib. Does anyone on this site have a 601 on amphibs?( I would prefer a 750 but this should be unique). Dennis

Added by Captain Dennis Kirk on July 22, 2012 at 8:12pm — 4 Comments

Cubs 75th Anniversary

I clicked on the EAA link to the Cubs 75th Anniversary and what do I see in the banner, but a Zenith 601XL.  Way to go Zenith for making the front page headlines!!!!

Added by Michael J. Aichele on July 22, 2012 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Really useful battery plug for 701

I think I have a real fix that you might want to incorporate into your 701.

 With the battery behind the seat, and the cowl closed, it is a little hard to get a high amperage connection to the battery for a jump start or for charging.  This plug is the perfect solution.

The 75 amp plug is bolted between two aluminum angles, riveted to the side of the fuselage, and covered with tape. To make a high amperage…


Added by FRed Sanford on July 19, 2012 at 11:28pm — 1 Comment

Zenith ‘Engine Day’ at Oshkosh: Thursday, July 26, 2012

The following was first published on General Aviation News on July 18, 2012

Zenith Aircraft Co. will host its first-ever “Engine Day” next Thursday, July 26, at the company’s exhibit at AirVenture in Oshkosh. The company will have a number of Zenith aircraft with different powerplants on display, as well as representatives from a…


Added by Zenith.Aero on July 19, 2012 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Rear HT Frame Doesn't fit for 601 HDS

The short video demostrates the problem I am having.  All suggestions are welcome.




Added by Marcel S. Mikulec on July 17, 2012 at 7:43pm — 3 Comments

Two Year Anniversary Today

Today is the second anniversary of picking up a drill and making my first hole in the rudder. I now have 167 hours invested into the project which is interesting because I did 80 in the first year too. I am going to need to pick up the pace if this thing is going to be finished while fossil fuels are still available!

I really thought I'd be well into the fuselage by now but the list of completed parts stands…


Added by Paul Sanders on July 17, 2012 at 3:36pm — 1 Comment

PREVIEW: 2012 EAA AirVenture "Oshkosh" Fly-In Convention: July 23 - 29

We're ready for our next big adventure at "AirVenture!  - Here is a summary of some of the planned Zenith activitiesWe hope you can join us!

I'll be updating this page as I receive new information.…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on July 16, 2012 at 8:00pm — 6 Comments

1,368 mile round trip from KSTS to KSHN and back.

I spent the last week in Shelton WA, visiting my brother and his wife and helping with the re-assembly of their Jabiru motor. (Early top-end because of stuck piston rings with only about 300 hours on the Hobbs.  My engine had the same problem but I did not understand what was going on soon enough so the cylinders…


Added by Stephen R. Smith on July 12, 2012 at 12:00pm — 11 Comments

Planning your Zodiac wing for a fuel injected engine –

By Larry Zepp, Zodiac 650B builder


When you are building your wing skeleton, you need to plan for a fuel return line to each wing tank if you are planning to use a fuel injected engine. I am planning to use the Viking HF-110 engine. This engine needs a 3/8” ID fuel inlet line from the tank and a ¼” return line back to the top outboard corner of the wing tank. The UL Power engine recommends a ½” ID inlet line and a 3/8” ID return line. For both engines, it is very important to…


Added by Larry Zepp on July 11, 2012 at 8:53pm — 8 Comments

Oshkosh Parking

Are you flying into Oshkosh?
EAA Homebuilt Parking is reserving the same parking spaces as we had last year for us, just north of the Homebuilders Headquarters and north of the Cannon Camera viewing stand. Again, we are near the Zenith factory display.
Follow the NOTAMS for the signage needed to park your plane. Please print another sign with the word ZENITH on it. The volunteers parking the planes will guide you to the reserved Zenith…

Added by Joe Scheibinger on July 10, 2012 at 3:47pm — 3 Comments

Travels in the Four Corners Area

I'm not going to make it to Oshkosh this year, but I just finished a phenomenal 6-day trip across the Canyon and Indian country in the Four Corners area (AZ, UT, CO and NM) in my 3.1L Corvair-powered Zodiac 601XLb. 


Departing from Falcon Field (FFZ) in Mesa, AZ, the first leg on Sunday, July 1st, was to Cliff Dwellers Lodge (AZ03), one of the very few places you can land within the Grand Canyon Special Flight Rules Area.  Cliff Dwellers Lodge airstrip is actually owned by…


Added by Andy Elliott on July 10, 2012 at 10:56am — 7 Comments

"Teens to build plane at Oshkosh"

The following was published by GeneralAviationNews.com on July 9, 2012, by Janice Wood

File photo…


Added by Zenith.Aero on July 10, 2012 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Zenair News #190

Download the full issue of the Newsletter (12 pages): ZenairNews190.pdf (May - June 2012)

It is Time for a little…


Added by Zenair News on July 10, 2012 at 9:44am — 2 Comments

Installing Landing light in 750

I’m currently building the slats for my CH 750. Does anyone have insight on how these are installed and maybe some photo’s? When running these wires where is the connection made? Will I be able to remove the slats for painting? I’m defiantly open to any guidance or information that I can get!

Added by Peter Siegle on July 9, 2012 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Flight Report


Today finished with 26 flight hours since last Saturday mornings first flight.  Everything is going well, I have my own prop on it, much and many thanks to Roy S. for loaning me his so I could keep moving forward.  Expanding the flight envelope now and chasing clouds and following rivers to help determine the airplanes capabilities.

Speeds are improving as I adjust the feathers and reduce the drag.  Having done a little redesign work with the metal nose bowl and a… Continue

Added by Ron Lendon on July 9, 2012 at 8:16am — 1 Comment

Reassembling the rib cage

Spent some time today reassembling the rib cage for the horizontal stabilizer. Previously, I damaged three of rear nose ribs when drilling the skin. I tried to do some repair work by adding a piece of L angle to the damaged areas, but I'm not happy with the results and I don't want to do any more damage. Therefore, I have ordered replacement ribs and now I have a better idea as to how I want to drill the wing ribs when the time comes.

Added by David A. Judkins on July 8, 2012 at 12:54pm — No Comments

601 upholstery

I wanted to do a good job on the seats for my 601, so I built a form to the same size and shape as the seat bucket. I bought several upholstery books and found a big sewing machine at Harbor Freight.

I started with a very thin sheet of plywood, and cut and glued on the foam and shaped it with an electric knife and  used a sanding disc to smooth the foam.

I sewed the fabric, sewing in webs and rod pockets to tie to later.

I mounted the fabric to the foam and laced it…


Added by FRed Sanford on July 5, 2012 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

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