August 2010 Blog Posts (45)

EAA president Rod Hightower in Mexico, MO

The Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) new president, Rod Hightower, was in Mexico, Missouri, this past weekend for the "Mexico AirFest Salute to Veterans Air Show." Rod flew in for the weekend (with his daughter Hillary) in his Stearman, pictured below.…


Added by Sebastien Heintz on August 30, 2010 at 2:15pm — No Comments

New Builder

Just ordered my rudder kit for a 701. Spent the last 2 weeks scouring our small town for tools and ordering those I couldn't find. My plan at this time is to install a VW based engine from Great Plains w/ redrive. Would be interested in hearing from anyone who has installed this engine.

Mike Smith

Dufur, Oregon

Added by Michael K. Smith on August 29, 2010 at 8:41pm — 1 Comment

Moddy in Waddy


Added by JG Ginther on August 28, 2010 at 9:00pm — 6 Comments

How many sanitary towels can you fit in a 701?

This is a very pertinent question. Those who have seen SALT will know that Angelina Joli also uses sanitary towels for gunshot wounds - but these ones are for the more traditional use.… Continue

Added by Jonathan Porter on August 28, 2010 at 1:30am — 6 Comments

Hirth F-30--Nose Bowl and Cowling for 701--Help

Anyone have any suggestions for a nose bowl and cowling for 701 without building from scratch? I have already inquired with RPE without succss.

Added by Richard Deglman on August 26, 2010 at 11:41am — No Comments


This is not a good way to land but it could have been a lot worse. I am over my diapiontment now so I will share it with everyone on the 20th Febuary 2010 I had an engine failure due to fuel starvation and a forced lading on a forestry track in a place called Duck Marsh Tasmania I was on a 3 mile final for The Vale a private air strip at the base of Mt Roland North West Tasmania Australia I was 700ft AGL approx and no other choise for a lading spot unfortunatley the track was only 12ft to…


Added by Kevin Rudd on August 24, 2010 at 8:57pm — 8 Comments

Door handles from eastern europe

Hi Guys, I have a CH701 as I understand was built in Czechoslovakia, during the various changes of ownership the keys to the locks have gone missing, does anyone know where I can obtain replacement keys or complete door latch sets. I want to replace with the originally installed equipment so I dont have to mangle the door trying to put in the lock sets now offered by Zenith.

Tom Genereux

Added by Tom Genereux on August 24, 2010 at 7:23am — 2 Comments

Zenith rivet order - HOW?

I need to order additional rivets for my 701 kit and can not find how to do so on the Zenith web site. Can anyone tell me how to order rivets on the site?

Added by David Abbott on August 23, 2010 at 7:10pm — 8 Comments

Intrested in helping me with a book?

Picture of my first CH701 flight.

Since retiring I have been looking for a worthwhile project to pass the long winter nights here in Canada.

The pictures and stories you have posted have inspired me. With your help I would like to begin writing a book relating the adventures of flying…


Added by John Ellis on August 21, 2010 at 5:41pm — 2 Comments

1st, 2nd, & 3d Flights Today

Today was the day, not the best of days hot and blustry but clear. Rolled down the runway and lifted off for the 1st time, have to admit I was a bit nervous and pretty shakey but into the air we went turblance and all, managed to get it straightened around and rounded the pattern for the 1st landing, kept the speed up as was suggested by the facory pilot and came in about 80, rolled out and caught my breath and talked over the 1st flight with my A&P, Rolled out for the second flight and… Continue

Added by Phillip Owens on August 20, 2010 at 3:27pm — 7 Comments

Corvair Engine - Upper to Cylinder Head Studs (long studs).

Been informed that Clark's Corvair new cylinder, upper to cylinder head studs, expand about 30-40 thousanths more than the original GM studs.

Clark's Corvair has informed me that it will not affect the engine.

Does anyone have actual experience with these new studs compared to GM's originals which are no longer available as "new original stock?

Any adverse problems?

Added by Gene Kujawa on August 20, 2010 at 11:13am — 1 Comment

Metal signs

Anyone know of a source for a metal sign for Zenith aircraft, with picture of 701, or 750?

Added by David Abbott on August 19, 2010 at 6:02pm — No Comments

2010 Zenith Aircraft Open Hangar Day... One Month Away

Our 19th annual Zenith Aircraft Company "Open Hangar Day and Builder Fly-In" is just one month away!

This year's events is scheduled for Saturday, September 18, 2010, at the factory located at Mexico Memorial Airport in Mexico, Missouri. All aviation enthusiasts, but especially builders and owners… Continue

Added by Sebastien Heintz on August 18, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Corvair Engine

Fellow Corvair Engine Owners: I have been trying to install the correct spark plugs in my Corvair Engine. We are in the process of flying off the 40 hours in our newly completed 650. William Wynne says that the correct plugs should be R44C's. We have been unable to find a source for this plug model number. So my question to the group is: Are you flying with R44C's, and, if not, what plug model number are you using and where did you find them? The present plugs in the engine are Champion L92YC.… Continue

Added by Shayne McDaniel on August 18, 2010 at 8:14pm — 3 Comments

Cad Drawings

I am scratch building my zenith 701. I am looking for the best method in drawing the parts on the computer and printing them on paper. What software has builders used and can you send me the link for the download? Thanks for your help.

Added by Casey Zechmann on August 18, 2010 at 6:21pm — 4 Comments

Dynon Autopilot Servo Installation for 601XL with single stick

Does anyone have some photos or drawings or what have you of a successful pitch and roll servo installation. I am near the point of starting that and would love to have some really good ideas to consider and possibly steal. I hate re-inventing the wheel. Takes away too much time for real inventions. :-)

Added by Joe Hopwood on August 18, 2010 at 10:48am — 6 Comments

Need help for an engine mount

I am looking for help from an A&P or an experienced builder for my motor mount. I made a jig from an original factory 0200 engine mount, but with the coming of the new 750-2, I am now considering a slighty more powerful engine. I am looking into a Contintal or Lycoming engine between 100 to 150 horse power, and was wondering if anyone knows if there is any simularity with these mounts in as much as the bolt patterns concerned, or if each and every… Continue

Added by Robert Pelland on August 17, 2010 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

BOG !!!!!!!

I start to strip this panel with paint stripper to re use the part (there was nothing wrong with it) and lawe and behold !!!!!!!!!! BOG !!!!!!!!!!! WTF ?

Added by Adrian Lewer on August 17, 2010 at 5:58am — 3 Comments

My First Mistake

I haven't even skinned a rudder yet and have made a mistake, I'm so mad!! After riveting the skeleton I could not get the tip rib to line up with the holes, my skeleton was too short.

No amount of turning and moving would fix it so I turned to fellow builder Mike Daniels on this site for advice and after some helpful suggestions I worked out what was wrong. I had riveted the…


Added by Paul Sanders on August 16, 2010 at 8:00pm — 8 Comments

Bob Hoovers Passing... Friday August 13

On Friday Aug 13,2010... the Aviation world lost a great man and the guru of VW engines. Bob had cancer which he had been fighting for awhile and he finally lost his battle! There are no words at this time to express my feelings... huge loss! Bob was a favorite on the Yahoo AirVW forum where he was always there to assist or critique anything to do with the VW engine. Some of the huge contributions that he made for the VW engine... were the HVX mods(oil system) and Fat Fin…


Added by Ron D Leclerc on August 16, 2010 at 11:29am — 3 Comments

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