October 2016 Blog Posts (11)

Preparing the way

Patricia and I have been busy preparing the new workshop for our winter project... a CH750 STOL with Rotax 912iS at the pointy end. It will be our demo plane for the next year or so... but also something more..

Those who know us from the One Week Wonder and our previous work in West Africa, will know that we enjoy promoting aviation... and this build will be no different. 

Last year we relocated to the UK, and earlier this year set up our own business (…


Added by Jonathan Porter on October 29, 2016 at 3:24pm — 1 Comment

A good word well deserved

October 28, 2016.

   Now it can be told. On August 4, 2016, the $23,000 plywood crate containing my CH-750 kit arrived looking like this:

Crate on arrival.JPG Mis-weighed .jpg

   FedEx had “reweighed” the 877 pound crate as 415 pounds, and then loaded 450 pounds of freight on top of a box clearly marked FRAGILE in letters six inches high.  I didn’t take the end off this crate; this is…


Added by Rich M Ward on October 28, 2016 at 10:07pm — 6 Comments

Assembly and rigging incidences

Hello all, I am a UK builder having constructed and flown many aircraft. I recently purchased a almost finished 701 only requiring final assembly.The documentation package  and drawings  supplied don't  seem to show anything on either wing or tailplane incidences.  The only info I can find is dihedral to set and the airframe datum line/Level. If anyone  with this info could forward it to me that would be appreciated. Many thanks Eric. 

Added by Eric bentley on October 27, 2016 at 10:38am — 1 Comment

Bending Brake done!

Tonight marked the emergence of the first part from my version of the "Dave Clay" bending brake! Read more on my website:



Added by Chris Boultinghouse on October 26, 2016 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

Gary Simmons contributing to the Zenith community with engine tips




Added by Jan Eggenfellner on October 21, 2016 at 7:25pm — No Comments

25th annual Open Hangar Days & Fly-In: Beautiful planes, great people, many activities, and blue skies!

Here's a follow-up of the 2016 Zenith Aircraft Open Hangar Days & Fly-In, the 25th annual event, held on September 23 & 24 at the Zenith Aircraft kit factory in Mexico, Missouri:…


Added by Zenith.Aero on October 21, 2016 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Couple of test flights Vids!

Below are two test flights of N2701 (a Zenith CH 701). Each is about an hour long. One is a series of take offs and landings in the pattern and the other is a single flight testing performance of a shortened IVO prop. The Zenith is powered by a Rotax 582 with 20 gallon fuel capacity. Being so long, both vids are pretty boring, but clicking back and forth to interesting parts is worth the trouble.…


Added by Cliff Stripling on October 21, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Dealing with the anxiety of the flight test phase?

I am 6 hours into my flight test phase and am definitely struggling with the anxiety of everything that could go wrong.

For background - I have been flying for 25 years, have a little over 500 hours in Cessnas and have an instrument rating (though not current).

So far nothing really scary has happened with possible exception of finding a small engine compartment fuel leak AFTER a recent flight test. 

Yesterday I flew for about an hour - at…


Added by Gary Welch on October 20, 2016 at 2:41pm — 5 Comments

Mobility Cart Tug - and Keeping the Wife Involved

I bought a $40 non-working mobility cart at a yard sale. I got lucky and, although the wiring was all screwed up , the 24 volt motor still worked. 

When I bought it I told my wife this was HER aircraft tug. It was a way of getting her partially involved in the plane. Of course now the pressure was on me to actually make it work.

I ripped all of the wiring out and put a toggle switch on/off control on the mini-panel. I quickly learned that I would need a motor…


Added by Gary Welch on October 20, 2016 at 10:40am — 4 Comments

Matco Split Rims (MH6BD.75) manufactured BEFORE 2001 - BEWARE !!!

CH701sp Flight testing - 100.6 hours since September 28th,2012

Hi Everybody,

Thru their website, I wrote to Matco tech support about the FAILURE I had with one of their product (Split Rim MH6BD.75 rated at 660lbs/rim). I had found an article in the LightAircraft 'SafetySpot' of November 2015 where A similar incident was reported. The Murphy Rebel that suffered the failure was overweight for the rims but my CH701 was NOT.

They offered no compensation…


Added by Normand Lambert on October 14, 2016 at 5:46pm — 7 Comments

Photo Instructions for Cruzer

It would have been nice if ZAC instructors told us at the rudder course that the other photo instructions would miraculously appear after being approved for the builder's and flyers page, Zenith Aero.

Added by Terrence "Dr. Terry" Hall on October 10, 2016 at 10:01pm — No Comments

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