Ken Ryan
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Engine Failure

Started this discussion. Last reply by William Fahey Apr 18, 2022. 9 Replies

Significance of Zenith Model Numbers

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Engine Failure

Kevin Perreau suffered an engine failure recently (AM-15). Fortunately, he is fine and the airplane is repairable.I hope both Kevin and Mark will comment here on the cause, and what can be done to prevent this from happening to anyone else.See More
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Significance of Zenith Model Numbers

Does anyone know the significance of Zenith model numbers? Surely 601, 701 etc. were not chosen out of thin air.See More
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Shared parts, 750 models

Which parts (or assemblies) are shared by the 750STOL and the 750HD?See More
Jul 4, 2019

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CH 750 Cruzer
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I have built a CH-750 STOL, a Just Aircraft SuperSTOL and am currently building a Cruzer.

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Alaska Crash and Rescue

Posted on January 10, 2011 at 10:00am 1 Comment

Most of you probably heard about the crash that claimed the life of Senator Ted Stevens, along with four others. But few have heard of the scene that was playing out at the same time on the Knik Glacier, about forty miles northeast of Anchorage.


The story below highlights some of the challenges of flying in the Last Frontier, and portrays the courage of the "PJs" -- Air Force personnel charged with the duty of rescuing downed flyers behind enemy lines. As you will read, even…


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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

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