November 2014 Blog Posts (16)

The Latest As Of Nov. 28, 2014

Rec'd cylinder heads a few days ago, but from Azalea Aviation in Ga. Mine are still in Wisconsin. Heads look super good. Excellent work done on them, and it didn't take a year. Have the new engine mount installed and it is supporting the motor. Panel is cut and instruments are ready to be mounted. Got the new lower starter, too. I'll be able to finish the engine now and locate the wires and hoses as I go. Wife working on interior. She wants cup holders and glove compartment. (Sigh!) I'll…


Added by David Muse on November 29, 2014 at 2:55am — 3 Comments

Spar Web Doubler Pre-Mounting

Shifted focus back to the spar web doubler yesterday and today. Have pre-mounted to the spar and cut and pre-mounted the strut angle. Thanks to Timothy Aanerud for his advice on the strut angle cuts and photos of the entire assembly! I have to admit his strut angles look better than mine!

Added by David A. Judkins on November 26, 2014 at 7:14pm — 1 Comment

The first week......


Added by Frank A Pisz on November 24, 2014 at 9:23pm — 1 Comment

Latest on Viking "Steel Bungee"

The Viking Steel Bungee was developed from customer requests:

"I have a flying CH-701 at present and was always wondering how to improve the bungee on the nose wheel strut.  I have added a collar to the strut to keep it from total collapse but am leery…


Added by Jan Eggenfellner on November 22, 2014 at 7:30pm — 13 Comments

Rudder completed

Well, might not win any awards but the rudder is done. Turned out well and doesn't appear to have any twist. 10 hour day in a cold pole barn today...and loving it!

Added by Michael Chesney on November 20, 2014 at 6:48pm — 1 Comment

Video Link of a flight in the California Desert with a STOL 750

Flew with a 17 year old that I helped get his pilot license.  He has about 70 plus hours now and let him fly the 750.  He did extremely well with his first dirt road landing and take off from a soft field.  I think he did an excellent job on the video with music and the video editing. Enjoy!!!

Added by Christopher Jon Brown on November 19, 2014 at 11:38pm — 5 Comments

Wing Spar Photos

Could someone post front and rear views of their completed wing spars? I am particularly interested in close-ups where the Spar Web Doubler and Spar Root Doubler are mounted. Thanks in advance.

Added by David A. Judkins on November 17, 2014 at 9:14pm — 1 Comment

Spars done

spars.jpgI finished up my wing spars tonight, all in all it was an easy build.  My transmission went out on the Explorer and is gonna cost 1500.00 bucks to fix........ So that will delay my next and last aluminum order for a few months.  Time to make wing ribs and tidbits.

Added by Jesse Hartman on November 16, 2014 at 5:37pm — 5 Comments


I'm building a CH 750 on Zenith 1450A amphibious floats.  Completed so far are everything except the fuselage and fuselage-related components. (Why I built the floats before completing the plane is another story for another time....) At Oshkosh this summer…


Added by Frank A Pisz on November 16, 2014 at 4:02pm — 4 Comments

2012 Zodiac 601 XL-B N 601 DK SOLD!

 Now I am looking for a flying "N" numbered 801 so I can put it on Amphibs!

Added by Captain Dennis Kirk on November 15, 2014 at 5:47pm — 2 Comments

Trip to Barnwell, SC in my 601XL-B

This week I returned from an awesome trip down to Barnwell, SC to attend William Wynne's Corvair College.  Read about it in my blog here: Barnwell, SC…

Added by Ken Pavlou on November 13, 2014 at 8:48am — 3 Comments

Less Goldner on a 3,300 mile Viking CH-701 Flight with friends

Less Goldner on a 3,300 mile Viking CH-701 Flight with friends

My 55 hour, 3300 mile flight in my Viking HF110 powered Zenith CH701 STOL plane last month.

To summarize, three of us followed rivers and river canyons from the San Francisco area to Yellowstone NP, Canyonlands NP, and the Grand Canyon. We flew between from 50’ AGL to 11,000 feet altitudes, mostly in river canyons, camped out, and had a great time. The Viking engine performed very well during the entire…


Added by Jan Eggenfellner on November 7, 2014 at 4:42pm — 5 Comments

First flight

I had been waiting for the wind to go down for two weeks. I finally had an evening where I felt it was low enough to do the test ride. It flew out with plenty of climb. It ran a little too cool and the left wing felt a little heavy. The trim worked. I got up to 120KTS while in the pattern, so I slowed it down and did some pattern work after I got higher.
I nailed the landing. She is a good flier.

Added by William Campbell on November 7, 2014 at 1:08pm — 3 Comments

Attended October Rudder builder workshop

Took the plunge and went to the October Rudder builder workshop in Mexico Missouri. We had a great time and learned way more than I thought we would. Zenith really puts on an excellent program to get new builders started and comfortable with building and headed in the right direction. I can't recommend it enough if anybody hasn't been. We bought the Cruzer plans while we were down there and brought them home along with our completed rudder. Now just in the process of getting the workshop…


Added by David Back on November 5, 2014 at 8:37pm — 1 Comment

Spar Root Doubler Mounting

Yesterday, I shifted attention to one end of the spar. I drilled out and temporarily mounted the spar root doubler assembly that I had made some time back but had put aside.

Added by David A. Judkins on November 3, 2014 at 8:51am — No Comments

Acquired wing kit

Picked up my wing kit about 3 weeks ago, and just finishing up the elevator and trip tab. I have a new work schedule that should help accelerate the construction. I will post pictures soon of the tail feathers.

Added by Curtis Moyer on November 2, 2014 at 3:47pm — No Comments

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