Patrick Hoyt
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FREE - Large Wooden Crate for Zenith Kits

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FREE - Large Wooden Crate for Zenith Kits

Approximate interior dimensions: 14' long, 48" wide, 32" deep.  Solidly built, has steel hard-points for lifting, and large casters (easily removable) so it can be wheeled around easily.This crate was given to me for free, so I'm passing it along to the next builder for free.The crate is located in my hangar at Bourland Field (a residential airpark in Cresson, TX) which…See More
May 19
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"Moved the right wing into a wing rack. Starting on the left wing."
Aug 6, 2023
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Handed these out at a Zenith fly in that we hosted last weekend in Texas.
Mar 21, 2022
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Fort Worth Texas Area Zenith Fly-in at Bourland Field Airpark (50F)

March 19, 2022 all day
Save the date!  Zenith Texas Builders and Pilots fly-in / drive-in on Saturday, March 19th at Bourland Field (50F), approximately 20 miles southwest of Fort Worth, Texas.Patrick and Mary Hoyt are inviting Zenith builders, fliers and enthusiasts to come and enjoy food, drink and camaraderie at our residential airpark home at Bourland Field.The purpose of this event is to continue building the community of fellow Zenith owners in Texas, and to encourage sharing of information, ideas and esprit de…See More
Feb 15, 2022
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Is it possible for the person who authors a new topic on this board to delete irrelevant posts made by others underneath the original post...?For example, say I compose a new topic with a very specific question.  And then someone else makes a inappropriate or irrelevant post, or hijacks the question entirely.  Can I, as the original author of the thread, delete the offending post...?If so, how...?Thanks,- PatSee More
Apr 12, 2021
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Testing some Nav/Map solutions

Yesterday I tried three different nav/map solutions during the same flight: (1) iPad Pro 11" 2020 with ForeFlight; (2) a new iFlyGPS 740B; and (3) Avare on a dedicated cell phone.The iFlyGPS 740B is interesting.  It runs on its own dedicated hardware, has a bright screen, and runs off dedicated ship's power (with a backup battery).  It is probably what I will go with as my preferred solution - if I can figure out a suitable mount.  I use a yoke-mount for it in my other airplane, which works…See More
Oct 21, 2020
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"Wired in an iFlyGPS 740b. Will see how it works in the air....."
Oct 20, 2020
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BasicMed Helpful Info

AOPA has a link on their site to a tool called "Doctor Finder" that lists doctors in your area who are willing to do BasicMed physicals. entered my zip code into the Doctor Finder, and it gave me a list of doctors.  Picked the first one on the list, and got my physical.  When I got home I took the online course, and now I'm good!Previously, I'd found it utterly…See More
Sep 12, 2019

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CH 750 Cruzer, ZODIAC XL
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N63PZ appears on the cover of January 2015 issue of Experimenter, with story.

Was also the plane used in advertising for Falcon Insurance, and for EAA Lifetime Membership ads.

N63TZ is a 750 Cruzer that I am building from a kit.
Home Airport (ie. KMYJ)

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Video Cameras Used in Flight

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 4:45pm 7 Comments

Several people have asked about the video cameras that I've been using.  I've posted a few videos that include views from inside the cockpit (with audio), and views from outside the cockpit. 

I have an NFlightCam GPS+ (about 1 year old), and a GoPro Hero2 (about 5 months old), generally using both cameras at the same time on my test flights. 

These small video cameras have been a big help in my Phase 1 testing.  It's helpful to be able to "go back and review what…


Moving Day for the Zodiac Project

Posted on June 15, 2012 at 2:53pm 6 Comments

On Saturday, June 9th, several EAA Chapter 25 members gathered at my house to move the Zodiac project from it's humble birthplace in a Minnesota garage to a local airport.

The day began with one group meeting at the EAA chapter hanger for some early morning prep and cleanup operations, and another group meeting at my house to prepare the Zodiac for transport.  Several people displayed great stamina by participating in both operations during a hot, windy day and under a…


Cleaning the Canopy for the First Time

Posted on June 19, 2011 at 9:46pm 1 Comment

The canopy on my Zodiac was coated with engine oil which had been sprayed by the prop blast during initial run-up testing.  On top of this oil was several months of accumulated garage dust, grit, and debris.


I've noticed a rather disturbing tendency for visitors to rub the canopy in what I believe is simply an instinctive desire to make a clean spot.  Given that it's summer now, there are more people stopping over, and more people wanting to reach over and wipe off part of…


An Australian Adventure

Posted on May 1, 2011 at 10:30pm 7 Comments

Recently my wife (Mary) and I journeyed to Australia in celebration of her 50th birthday.  Being long-time EAA members and homebuilders, part of our vacation planning included establishing contact with Australian homebuilders who lived in the regions we were going to visit.


We've always enjoyed meeting fellow aviation enthusiasts.  Some of our most enjoyable times have been in the company of aviators who we've met at various places.  From small fly-ins at places like Brodhead…


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At 6:51am on June 18, 2021, Michael Mccarthy said…


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At 8:45am on October 6, 2018, Terrence "Dr. Terry" Hall said…


Thank you for the information about Viking 130 shutoff. The check list was also very useful. I will probably steal both from you but not without a thank you.

Could I pick your brain sometime about Phase I testing and preparation.

My email is

Dr. Terry Hall

At 10:34am on September 12, 2018, David Krakowsky said…

Hi Patrick

the fairings worked out well

way too time consuming to make them myself

purchased them from Jeff Garrett on the forum

needed to fill some pinholes and prime and paint them

pop riveted them in with washers under the head of the rivets

use a heat gun to get them to conform to your wing/flap area BEFORE


Quite satisfied


At 4:53pm on February 3, 2018, William C Cooper II said…

my brother and I built a CH 750 STOL with aViking 130 and a three bladed (68") Whirlwind prop and we are just 4.5 hours into our flights tests and wishing for better weather here in Maryland.

I saw the 19 Oct data that Jan posted from your static engine run and wondered what prop pitch was used...

I also saw that you are "playing with Viking's data logging tool." I am not familiar with that... Could you point me in the right direction?

Thanks, Bill Cooper

At 8:01am on October 29, 2017, Franz Scheck said…

Hello Patrick,


you are a good thing ahead of us regarding the Viking engine,
so I can ask you something maybe.


1) What is the distance from propeller shaft to the ground and
2) do you use a nose wheel spacer

3) what is your propeller diameter


Thank for your efforts in advance and maybe I can also throw a
stone in your garden (german saying)


Have a nice Sunday and best regards


At 11:12am on October 25, 2017, Franz Scheck said…

Hi Patrick,

maybe you remember my mail about our nearly same time maidenflight.

In this day I was looking the Viking engine  Forum and what did I found?
Patrick Hoyt is redesign the engine of his plane. I and my friend will visit
Viking next week, take a look to the engine and discuss technical issues
with Jan. I´m very sure that we will buy a Viking engine for our Zodiak 605 XLs.
I´m hoping firmly that we are both very satisfied with the engine and the
support  from Jan.

Have a good time and greeting from Germany

At 2:23pm on February 26, 2016, Jeremy w malecki said…
Hi Patrick. I'm Jeremy I just started building a 650 and was wondering about the corvair engine your running. How are they and what's the pros and cons about them? What's the fuel burn and such thanks.
At 10:34pm on April 24, 2015, Dan Dempsey said…

What's the altitude of the field you fly out of?  Maybe it's the guys near sea level that are having to make them richer.. Do you think it's a factor?

At 7:30pm on April 24, 2015, Dan Dempsey said…

Patrick, are you running a MA3-SPA carb?  Did you have any issue with it being too lean?

I open up the jet a couple thou and will be putting it back together tomorrow.


At 2:46pm on January 21, 2015, Gary Ray said…


Really nice article in Sport Aviation.  You hit so many of the points that I had during the building process.  I think the article goes a long way toward describing the experience.  Even the compulsion or long time knowledge from and unknown origin, that you would someday have to do this.  The only other thing this big in life is raising kids.


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