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At 5:46am on June 18, 2021, Michael Mccarthy said…


My name is Mr. Michael Mccarthy, I have contacted you before without any response from you. Please replied if you receive this message. I have something very important to discuss with you, I have a vital information to give you. Could you please get back to me on ( ) for full details.

Michael Mccarthy.

At 2:54pm on December 30, 2018, Joshua smith said…

Sorry, Ken.

  Didn’t realize you have a Viking engine. Nothing personal or bashing intended.

i just haven’t seen any conversations on the reliability at such sustained power levels in all of the forums invented read on Viking and aeromomentum engines. But, I almost feel bombarded by all the adds saying how wonderful they are.

  Nice to meet you, and again, wasn’t meaning to bash or be personal. I would like to folllow your build and progress. 

  Glad to hear you made it through the quake.

josh, North Pole, ak.

At 12:10am on July 30, 2016, Keith Crawford said…
My name is keith. I am building a 750 cruzer in kenai. I am seeing how many Alaskens would be interested in having a zenith builder/flyers get together. If your are interested I would like to get your input on time and location.
Thanks for your time.
Kenai AK
At 9:51pm on August 18, 2013, Michael Heit said…

FYI my new cell phone number is 907-371-0195 .... 

At 9:51pm on August 18, 2013, Michael Heit said…


I am getting set up as a DAR out of the Fairbanks / Anchorage FSDO and hope to get to building  by end of October. I'm selling my home in Washington and the shop too along with an Excalibur project to finance the CH750  .... can hardly wait to get one in the air. I'll keep in touch with you and look forward to meeting you someday.


At 10:14pm on July 28, 2013, Michael Heit said…

Thank you, are you still in Anchorage? My number is 907-888-6822 cell; 907-385-0658 home.

At 4:47pm on July 28, 2013, Michael Heit said…

Thanks for your reply Ken, maybe we'll still get to meet.

Mike Heit A&P IA / DAR 

At 8:29am on January 29, 2013, Scott Ehni said…

We have them . What is your asking price? Why the sell?

At 1:08pm on June 23, 2011, Victor Menkal said…

Transponder - havnt bought a transponder yet but left space on top of L extrusions as well as 21/4" cutout on panel.   Whitehorse International is the only major airport in Canada without radar - we are completely surrounded by mountains so not much use.


Im holding off as long as possible and hoping to get a unit with both ADS-B in and out which interfaces with the skyview unit.   Will need before heading over to Valdez for the extreme STOL comp next year.    

At 1:03pm on June 23, 2011, Victor Menkal said…
Hi Ken.   Yes I enlarged the existing wing root bolt access holes and made covers out of 0.060 scrap secured with tinnerman anchors.     I think that I could have done connections without this mod but think it will make life easier.     Have installed a number of maintenance access hatches at key locations.    I think that this is one area where the kit could be improved a bit.
At 8:47pm on June 20, 2011, Victor Menkal said…
Yeah, the safeair1 stuff is pretty cool.

I thought it was top of the cabin frame, which would be pretty close to the top longerons directly behind the cabin frame.    The system powered up and it looks like Im pretty close to the factory calibration.


Static port location based on input from other builders and the EAA flight testing book - has some good info on installation and testing of flight instruments.  Not sure if there is a "perfect" spot - I noticed later that a number of aircraft have the static port built in with the pitot.
I went with the Dynon heated AOA - pitot so wasnt really an option
At 2:21am on June 20, 2011, Victor Menkal said…

Hi Ken.   Sorry dont have any dimensions.   Just built from a piece of scrap 6061.   The idea of the bracket is to get the flight computer level with fuselage reference level, which Im hoping will also be level in flight.


Just powered Skyview system up.   Absolutely awesome display.

At 11:41am on June 13, 2011, Carl Ritter said…


I don't do facebook either but would be glad to share what I know with email.  Mine is       The fuel system was not even shown in the plans I have so I didn't deviate, I just figured it out as I went.


Carl Ritter

At 7:09pm on June 5, 2011, Bill Yahner said…

Ken, Email address is I don't do facebook and would rather not talk on an open form. Very willing to share what I think I know or am discovering daily. Looking forward to talking.


Bill Yahner

At 6:58pm on February 9, 2011, Bob McDonald said…


I guess it really depends on the size of the gravel? I know they install that grade of UHMW on grader blades and inside the box of dump trucks. Its tough stuff but even chewed up after several seasons your only looking at $30 / ski to replace with new.... or you could put a 3" wide wear skin of stainless across the very rear of the ski bottom, then replace it as needed.

At 6:10pm on December 13, 2010, Buzz Air Flight Academy said…

We instruct in 750's when we have them. This one has a deposit on it, so we can not fly it unless he backs out. Do you need to get checked out?

At 12:40pm on December 2, 2010, Ron Belknap said…
Ken, regarding Lycoming IO233. Contact Jeffrey Schans he will send all info. inc price. My engine is due to ship end of Feb. Either fuel inj. or Carb. different prices.
At 7:41pm on November 30, 2010, Tim Delf said…
The 701 plans are vague regarding the routing of fuel lines. I understand the concern regarding starvation in a nose down attitude. I copied what Carl Ritter did for fuel lines on his plane. He has been flying without issue since 2004. Additionally, I have a large gascollator from a Cessna 150.
At 5:08pm on November 30, 2010, Tim Delf said…
Regarding the fuel system on my CH 701. I built the tanks per plans and the outlet is aft of the middle of the tank. I routed the fuel lines through the wing rib and into the cabin area and through the door header. I did not test a nose down attitude when testing flow.
Best Regards,
Tim Delf
At 8:23pm on November 29, 2010, Joe Harrington said…
Hi Ken, I am plans building, so I looked at the plans and think that I will be putting about a 10 to 12 litre tank ( about 2.5 gallons) under the seat. There is a rib under the seat so I am not sure if I am going to move it over or incorporate some sort of stiffener into the tank in order to support the seat bottom. My volume amount is based on a half hour fuel reserve that we are required to flight plan for here in Canada. In other words I will be within regs if I have a planned 4 hour flight ahead with 4 hours of fuel in the main (wing) tanks. One other item that I am going to incorporate is a simple float sending unit that will illuminate a warning light if the header tank is not completely full. Cheers, Joe

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