December 2010 Blog Posts (16)

2010 at Kpong Airfield....

Kpong Airfield, Ghana, West Africa December 2010
Our year at Kpong Airfield….

Another year has sped by,…

Added by Jonathan Porter on December 29, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

American Light Sport Aircrafters to Open Near the Zenith Factory

Well I just wanted to keep everyone updated with all that has been happening here since we have announced that we are opening our new Builder Assist Center near the Zenith Factory in Mexico, MO.

As with building aircraft, there are a number of steps that must be…


Added by Bill Carter on December 29, 2010 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments


Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to all Zenith builders and pilots.

Added by Dwayne Roos on December 24, 2010 at 6:34pm — No Comments

Merry Christmas from everyone at Flight Crafters!

All the guys at Flight Crafters wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Thank you to all our clients you brought their airplanes to us this year.


This year we assisted with the structural modifications to seven Zodiac XL's and we had seven builders take advantage of the CH750 Quick Build Program.  In addition, other makes of aircraft participated in our builder assistance program.  We will keep you posted on their progress.




Added by Russell Lepre' on December 22, 2010 at 2:24pm — No Comments

New Zenith Builder Assist Center to open near the factory in Mexico, MO.

Hey Everyone,


We spoke with so many of you both at the Zenith Workshops and at their Annual Open Hangar Day this year that I wanted to update you with what’s happening with our New Builder Assist Center.


It’s been unusually cold here in Missouri, home of Zenith Aircraft. The temperature this past weekend was 1 with the high of 12. Not exactly the best weather to be out in the garage building on your project.


Until now the only choices for…


Added by Bill Carter on December 20, 2010 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

New Builder

Just getting started on this Ch750 project. Have the rudder kit and have built a few wing spar parts.  Looking forward to talking with others about their project

Terry in Huber Heights Ohio


Added by Terry Lambert on December 20, 2010 at 5:18pm — 2 Comments

STOL Flying In Brazil

I've just returned from a short trip to Brazil to visit the Zenith Aircraft dealer AVIAÇÃO Brasileira Ltda.

One of the highlights of my trip was the opportunity to fly Waldomiro's recently completed …


Added by Sebastien Heintz on December 16, 2010 at 1:30pm — 8 Comments

Tail Kit and Slats/Flaperons Kit Arrives

Phase 2 of the build began this weekend with the arrival of the next two kits: the Horizontal Tail kit, and the Slats and Flaperons kit. Even though I knew how big the parts were I hadn't really been prepared for the size of the crate; that thing was huge! I can't begin to immagine the wings or fuselage crates.

I pushed the crate into the dog run for storage and it wasn't until a…


Added by Paul Sanders on December 15, 2010 at 10:20pm — 3 Comments

Received cowling and MM

I received my cowling and motor mount for my Corvair powered 601XL-B. I bought them from Aeromax. I liked the shape of the cowling and decided to get this one. The shape is similar to the Jabiru cowling. It is made from lightweight glass over a honeycomb core. No excess resin. It weighs 12 lbs and that without the cutout for the prop hub. The motor mount fits perfectly and the welds look good. It came with all the mounting hardware for the cowling, piano hinge for the top/bottom half, nut…


Added by Louis W. Ott on December 10, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

A little preventitive Maintenance on my plane

One of the fun things about owning and building a plane is that it is an on going maintence project. Some planes are famous for the amount of ground hour to flight hours. For example the F15 eagle and other fighters had a 4 to5 to 1 ratio! Meaning 4 to 5 hours of maintenance to 1 hour of combat flight time. With our trusty Zodiacs, I find it to be the inverse 4 to 10 hours of flight hours to 1 hour of ground required maintenance. Now that is value! Now ground…


Added by Juan Vega on December 10, 2010 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments


Dear friends and fellow builders,

The summer flying is over, the lawn mowing is done, the garden veggies are in the freezer and the leaves are raked and hauled away. Winter is setting in once more in Pennsylvania so its time to tuck my 701 safely away.

Its been two years since…


Added by ulis temos on December 9, 2010 at 9:00am — 9 Comments

Started on the stabilizer

Cut out the 0.025 stab rear spar & the elevator spar (the Olfa knife certainly makes it easier!)

I then came across a problem - my home made bending brake is only about 1300mm long, and the spar is 2220. However, by taking it slowly and bending a few degrees at a time along the length, I got both edges done.

Looking forward to forming the stabilizer ribs and putting it all together.

Oh, received my riveter heads…

Added by Marty de la Motte on December 9, 2010 at 4:45am — No Comments

New On-line Parts Catalogs

In Europe where most owners of a Zenair design acquired their aircraft "ready-to-fly", pilots and mechanics seldom have access to the original drawings for maintenance and repairs. Not having exact part-numbers can often cause confusion and frustrations when attempting to order replacement parts.…


Added by Michael Heintz on December 7, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Holiday Down Time

Tried to pace my 701 to have some "free time" around birthday and Christmas. Evidently I overdid it. Here is my latest build. The jig for my slats which are on order, but won't ship till the 13th ;-(

Not good at waiting, but bet I am not the only one who folded to family pressure and reduced 701 activity for…

Added by David Abbott on December 6, 2010 at 6:17pm — 1 Comment

Lycoming IO233

Have ordered an IO233 for $23K due in 60 days. Is anyone out there also going with this engine? Would like to share in the design of this installation.

Added by Ron Belknap on December 1, 2010 at 10:19pm — 18 Comments

Fuel tank Installation

It appears the fuel tank is sitting on the lower skin, cushioned only by cork strips. Am I missing something here??? Thanks for any replies.

Added by Reggie Seaman on December 1, 2010 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

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