December 2011 Blog Posts (26)

Rudder Kit

Cracked open the rudder kit this afternoon for a quick inspection of parts. Will hopefully start building Sunday or Monday. Noticed that there were some pieces listed in the exploded parts breakout on the plans that were not on the packing list...75R2-1, 75R2-2, 75R2-8 and 75R2-9. Thinking I need to call Zenith on Tuesday to make sure these pieces are not supposed to be in the kit.

Added by David A. Judkins on December 31, 2011 at 11:53pm — 3 Comments

Moved Parts

Yesterday we moved all but the last few parts from the old site, ready to sell the family house (we call it the 'farm - 52 acres with its own runway)  to raise funds, to clear debts and hopefully contribute towards the purchase of floats for the 801... IF you know anybody interested in a unique property in Ghana, please contact me asap... 

Added by Jonathan Porter on December 30, 2011 at 4:17am — No Comments

Wing Strut Fairings


I just bought a wing strut fairing kit from Zenith and was wondering if anyone has any helpful tips for installation.

Thanks in advance

Added by Cliff Pilgrim on December 28, 2011 at 8:09pm — 1 Comment

CH 600 Checklist

I am resurecting a Zenair CH600 that was originally built from plans.  It was in pretty sad shape when I bought the parts, but, is nearly restored.  Does anyone out there have an Aircraft Condition Checklist that is specific to the CH600.  I would like to add anything that may require additional scruteny to the general EAA checklist.  If you have any information, please email me at  Thanks!

Added by Robert Dean Clement on December 28, 2011 at 12:02pm — No Comments

CH701 Plans

Merry Xmas All, well still waiting for customs to release my parcel containing the plans. Took 6 days to get here by Fedex and so far 14 days and counting to get it cleared . Seems our super efficent customs service here in zimbabwe has succumbed to xmas fever!!!!!!!!

Added by Raymond Paul on December 26, 2011 at 7:29am — 2 Comments

Engine for the STOL CH 801

I bought a Lycoming HIO-360 E1AD. It is turbocharged and will deliver 205 HP to 12,000 feet. It came from a helicopter and I am making the necessary mods for the airplane. I have also converted the single stick to dual controls. Wings are on-Tail will be on in a day or 2. Am looking for some suggestions regarding a constant speed prop.

I am making a cowling so I have the stock Zenair cowling for sale--cheap--also the all-in-one exhaust ,heat muff system



Added by karl hipp on December 21, 2011 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

My Nomination For Best Avionics Equipment Supplier - Dynon Avionics

Choosing an avionics supplier is a difficult decision due to some of the great options available to home builders as well as the significant investment in this part of our aircraft.

After extensive research and soul searching, I finally selected the Dynon Skyview system as the basis for my avionics package and am very pleased with the equipment and especially the fantastic customer service I have received from Dynon Avionics.

I wanted to give my kudos to Dynon for coming to my…


Added by Victor Menkal on December 20, 2011 at 7:30pm — 13 Comments


Yahooooooooooooo! Drove to Arcata today and piked up our CH750 kit from FedEx freight! We are so stoked! Couldn't wait to get it home and unpack it! Going thru the packing list tonight to make sure it is all there. What a great way to spend the week before Christmas!

     Oh yeah, we watched the first of the how to videos from "homebuilt" they mentioned the "aircraft standards " booklet. Does anyone know if this is something that was supose to come with the kit and if not where do you…


Added by Dave (Rocky) M Brown on December 19, 2011 at 8:53pm — 8 Comments

a few more detail pics

A few more detail pics for those interested


dorsal fin detail



 just some detail on the inside of the fin and stops and guides




Added by Tracy Buttles on December 19, 2011 at 7:02pm — 2 Comments


from; Warren L. Taylor(pete)    This is just a note to introduce myself and my brother  we are building three zenith zodiac aircraft from plans two sets of plans we have are the 601xl and one is the 650. we have been working at least three years on this project the normal time spent is 3 days a week 7.5 hours per day. luckily the wings werenot complete when the upgrade came along. this is our firstbuild of an all metal bird. there have been few problems that gave us trouble thanks to the…


Added by Warren L. Taylor on December 19, 2011 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Some pics of the control setup on a 750

I just  wanted to post a few pics of the control setup on a 750 , for anyone that had anyquestions and would like to get see pics . i know it always hepls me and i havent seen to may pic of the setup

As you can see just swagged to the clevis on the rudder perdals

and i knew they had to be crossed but i was hoping to do it in the tail section , but there isnt…


Added by Tracy Buttles on December 19, 2011 at 3:00pm — 9 Comments

Continental O200 baffles

I may be repeating what everyone else already knows, but just in case....

I've priced O200 baffles, and even the units built by other than Cessna were pricey, probably due to the FAA paperwork. The cheapest I found were around $800. That's a lot of money for a little aluminum, and a bit of seal.

Whilst browsing through my library, I happened to scan my copy of the late Tony Bingelis' "Firewall Forward." Inside, I found a scalable pattern for O-200…


Added by Jim B Belcher on December 19, 2011 at 1:42pm — 5 Comments

flying today

I flew to another airport for the first time today.  Managed to get enough courage to leave home airport (kmic) by myself.   Used gps from Microsoft flight simulator to get right heading.  It worked, I ended up about 3/4 mile north of Buffalo airport.  Seen alot of people out on lakes with very thin ice (looked black from the air).  Go to store and buy fish, or fall through thin ice and freeze to death?  Its a toss up.

Added by Jesse Hartman on December 18, 2011 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Make a Wind-shield Faring - 701, 750 or 801

Suzy Patey is responsible for the following challenges in Ghana.  Thank you Suzy...

You see, SHE pasted nice pictures of a windshield fairing on her 801.  Our girls told me that our 'silicon putty windshield seal looked ugly'.  So, I told them 'If you can do better - go do!'.... and they did.

When we teach the girls here in Ghana, they have to…


Added by Jonathan Porter on December 17, 2011 at 9:11am — 7 Comments

Santa provides logistical inspiration to 701...

In Ghana, Santa has been giving inspirations to the CH701 building ladies of WAASPS and Medicine on the Move.

Consideration was given to renaming the the aircraft as 'Metal Sleigh', for, afterall, both the Wooden Sleigh of the red-coated-white-bearded aviator (Reindeer powered, of course), have great similiarities....

1. STOL capabilities - both…


Added by Jonathan Porter on December 16, 2011 at 4:54am — No Comments

Sister Planes

I'm looking to stay in touch with builders who have Serial numbers 8500 and 8502 as I'm building 750-8501 are you building the sister plane to mine? If you are or know who is building these serial numbers could you let me know I would like to stay in touch with these individuals. Thanks Phil

Added by Philip James Weston on December 15, 2011 at 9:53am — 1 Comment

Trimming the canopy to fit

I need to trim my canopy to fit a Zodiac XLB. Does anyone have any advice that they can share in respect to the best tool to cut the canopy and how to approach the job.  Should I start trimming from the rear or front of the canopy and how do I determine my datum point on the canopy. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


Ray White


Added by Raymond White on December 14, 2011 at 5:04am — 3 Comments

CH650B Aileron trim L angle support

Does anyone know how long the L angles are supposed to be for the trim servo support?  ie, do they extend all the way under the leading edge of the aileron, or just up to the leading edge of the trim servo?

Added by Peter Keast on December 12, 2011 at 2:41pm — 1 Comment

Glare shield, instrument panel

Fellow builders:  do you have any photos/ suggestions on how to provide padding protection for the trailing edge of the glare shield on a CH701? The drawings refer to it as the front top skin, part # 7F14-4

Added by Don Herbel on December 12, 2011 at 11:22am — 4 Comments

Optional Fiberglass bubble door installation on the 701

The plans have no information to guide the installation of the optional fiberglass doors.

The builder resources on Zenith's website have an aged photo assembly guide that leaves out a key piece of info...The upper door sills must be trimmed 20 mm ( from 80 to 60mm in height). Otherwise the door hinges will not align with the door's upper flange, instead they will want to align on the plexiglass.

I confirmed my findings with another builder's experience here:…


Added by Steven Winn on December 11, 2011 at 10:18pm — 1 Comment

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