Zenith 701 SPX is complete and has successfully received its Airworthiness Certification. Test flights coming soon.

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Comment by Kevin Beriault on March 30, 2021 at 3:22pm

Congradulations clearly a lot of hard work paid off ... I am very curious about the performance , when you get a chance if you can share the numbers it would be great



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Comment by Chris Boultinghouse on February 23, 2021 at 2:22pm

Congrats! Beautiful bird. You answered the questions that popped into my head when I saw the photo on Facebook. A 701 Cruzer. Awesome. :)

Comment by Shawn Magin on February 22, 2021 at 11:14pm

Thats awesome vance! I hope to see you at arlington this year ( if they allow it)! 


Comment by Vance Simons on February 22, 2021 at 10:00pm

Thank you for all the great comments.  Yes this is not your stock 701 build. First let me say that Zenith makes an outstanding aircraft and one would be smart to build it per the plans. I have built 4 planes and this 701 is an experiment of some early ideas myself and a few other builder on this site had back in the days just as the 750 was starting to evolve. Call this a 701 cruiser. I've been asked about the SPX donation. When the 701 went to 1100 pounds GW the modifications needed to bring it to the new higher GW was called the SP mods. I call mine the SPX because of the few modifications I've done past a standard build. I've added one additional bay to each wing, added a droop nose rib, removed the slats, installed a symmetrical horizontal tail and divorced the elevator control from the aileron control tube. It is definitely a one off build. I hope to have my first flight sometime later this month. Wish me luck and keep building.


Comment by Bernard Reginald Clayton on February 22, 2021 at 9:23pm


Comment by Jim and Amelia Isaacs on February 22, 2021 at 6:03pm

Congratulations, a lot of work comes to fruition.  Custom wings and hard to tell but looks like a modified stabilizer setup too?

Comment by David R Anderson on February 22, 2021 at 5:51pm

Major milestone in your life! Congratulations!

Comment by Jeff Beachy on February 22, 2021 at 5:01pm

Congratulations! Looks great! The 701 is a blast to fly!

Comment by Roland Ashby on February 22, 2021 at 4:16pm

Nice looking plane, congrats!  I am also interested in what SPX means......

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