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CH601 Zodiac XL – B     FOR SALE                $ 52,500.00      

Aircraft has not been registered or inspected.

You are purchasing an uncompleted kit.

51% does not apply as the original kit owner purchased and built the entire airframe.  He had kept a log book of his construction.  The original kit owner also installed the engine and avionics.

All structural upgrades have been completed at Flight Crafters.

Some minor work needs to be completed and…


Added by Russell Lepre' on October 10, 2011 at 7:16am — No Comments

Flight Crafters took delivery of two more Zenith Kits.

One is a CH750 that will be complete using Flight Crafters

Builder Assistance Center.


The other a CH650 (as shown above) was delivered to Tom and Jo Neal.

They will assemble their airplane in their garage in Hernando Beach,…


Added by Russell Lepre' on September 21, 2011 at 2:19pm — No Comments

Zenith STOL aircraft for SALE

Flight Crafters has a CH750 and a CH701 for sale.  Both are finished and have not been registered.  Go to

for all the information.


Or call me at 813-779-1156 to discuss either of these excellent opportunities. 

Added by Russell Lepre' on August 11, 2011 at 10:18am — No Comments

Celebrate Chris Heintz Day (July 25th,2011) with a Tee shirt or Hat!

Purchase your Zeniths to Oshkosh Tee shirt or Hat before the event.


Go to TO…


Added by Russell Lepre' on July 8, 2011 at 8:51am — No Comments

Today at Flight Crafters or " The adventures of Hans and Willy "

Just an update on my friends from British Columbia.  They have made it to Atchison, KS by the end of day five of their trek from Zephyrhills, FL to British Columbia.  The CH701 is performing beautifully but the weather is not cooperating. 

You can follow their…


Added by Russell Lepre' on June 16, 2011 at 8:53am — No Comments

The Zenith Aircraft crew and myself would like to Thank everyone for their support

Thanks for all your support and best wishes.

Added by Russell Lepre' on April 2, 2011 at 5:10am — No Comments

Sun n Fun Day 2 April 1,2011

We arrived early with trailers and tools only to find all the damaged aircraft had been removed from the booth.  Finally found them and began the recovery process.  We disassembled the CH750 and moved it to FlightCrafters in Zephyrhills, FL.  From there we will do a more extensive survey of the damage.  Sebastien, Roger, and Caleb are working up a plane to repair and replace.  I am sure they will be back in the air ASAP.


Sun n Fun (not wanting to miss any revenue) opened at…


Added by Russell Lepre' on April 1, 2011 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

Sun n Fun Update 4/1/11

Sure wish I could just say April Fools! and the whole mess would go away.  

On the way back to Sun n Fun with trailers and tools.

Will send an update later this evening.


Russell Lepre

Added by Russell Lepre' on April 1, 2011 at 3:37am — No Comments

Sun n Fun damage

It will go down as one heck of a show!  Rain Monday. Rain Wednesday.  And Rain and tornado on Thursday.  Everyone on the stand saw the bad weather coming and ran for cover.  When we came back the tent was gone and airplanes were destroyed.  Bob McDowel's Lil Beaver survived without a scratch but the CH701 parked behind it was destroyed. Bob was seen buying a lottery ticket ( it must be his day of luck).  The new CH650 demonstrator also survived without a scratch.  Flightcrafters quick build…


Added by Russell Lepre' on March 31, 2011 at 9:36pm — 1 Comment

Soggy n Fun

Sun n Fun is wet. Rain most of the day. Show opens tomarrow

Added by Russell Lepre' on March 28, 2011 at 7:37pm — 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

Chuck Martin works on his CH750 Quick Build Kit at Flight Crafters

Chuck Martin is working on his CH750 Quick Build Kit at Flight Crafters.

Day One: Horizontal Stab completed

Day Two: Elevator completed. Fuselage in the background.…


Added by Russell Lepre' on October 4, 2010 at 3:38pm — 1 Comment

Bob Berube of Flight Crafters is working on his CH750

Bob Berube continues the assembly of his Ch750. He is making great progress while still helping many of the builders present at Flight Crafters. NOTE-the green epoxy chromate primer.

Added by Russell Lepre' on August 9, 2010 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Moving Brad's fuselage to his new hanger in Zephyrhills

Securing the fuselage to the trailer for the long trip from St. Pete Beach to Zephyrhills.

The Zodiac's new home in Zephyrhills. Brad has almost completed his upgrade. Soon the motor will be mounted.…


Added by Russell Lepre' on August 6, 2010 at 8:09am — No Comments

Construction starts on another CH750 Quick Build Kit

Bob Berube and Jim Nelson started construction on Bob's CH750 QBK at Flight Crafters.

We will be keeping track on their progress.…


Added by Russell Lepre' on August 3, 2010 at 3:59pm — No Comments

Food at Oshkosh

Just thought everyone might like to know the delectable cuisine that we eat during the week.

Our most important stop after a long day at the booth. Great store! Wish they had them in Florida.

I had to stand in for our chef "extraordinaire"…


Added by Russell Lepre' on August 1, 2010 at 8:02pm — 1 Comment

Oshkosh report from Flight Crafters

Just got home from a week at Oshkosh. Met many old friends and made many new ones.

Thanks to the Zenith gang for their hospitality and support.

Good show, guys!…


Added by Russell Lepre' on August 1, 2010 at 7:47pm — No Comments

Heading for Oshkosh

Flying commercial. Hope they have MKE open after the flooding.

See you there!


Added by Russell Lepre' on July 23, 2010 at 1:59pm — 2 Comments

Skip and Mary Perry at Flight Crafters

Skip and Mary Perry came by today to visit their airplane. They are having the airframe mods done at Flight Crafters by our technicians. You can see Stan working on their wing in the background.

They should be flying soon!


Added by Russell Lepre' on July 7, 2010 at 4:51pm — No Comments

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