Robert N. Eli
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N701D is complete and ready for airworthiness inspection

N701D has all the Zenith 701 upgrades, including bubble doors, streamline struts, nosewheel fork, and 4-position flap lever. It is powered by the Viking 110 Honda engine with a Warp Drive propeller.
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Fire Proof Steering Rod Boots

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 6:23am 11 Comments

I posted some photos of my rubber steering rod boots a day or two ago, and it has drawn criticism for not being fire proof.. Good point.. I am trying to retain the rubber boots since they seem to seal well against carbon monoxide entry into the cabin, but I will have to see if I can come up with a way of keeping heat from a fire from getting to them. Or at least, retard the heat long enough to get the aircraft on the ground. I am going to start my further development by testing some scrap…


Help with Final installation of Horizontal Stabilizer and Elevator, CH701?

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 7:36am 1 Comment

The photo assembly guide shows quite a bit of detail on installation of the rudder, but no information on installing the stabilizer. I also have John Croke's dvd's...but no info there either.. Does anyone know of a source of information on this subject? 

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At 6:16am on June 18, 2021, Michael Mccarthy said…


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At 3:42pm on October 8, 2015, Bryan Ekholm said…
I saw in a reply of your's to another builder that you have a 701 cowl for say to fit the old style rotax mount. What price would you be asking for it.
Bryan Ekholm
At 6:20pm on June 21, 2014, Terry Hagel said…

The major thing I did to get things lined up was cutting the shaft on the Matco brake cylinder.  As I recall, there is way more threaded shaft than needed for the adjusting u piece that goes on the end.  The shaft was to long and kept me from lining things up.  I just put a nut on the threads, clamped the end of the threads in the vice and trimmed a piece off.  The treads cleaned up fine with the nut.  Hope this helps.


At 1:33am on June 18, 2014, Terry Hagel said…


I never did find much info on the install of the H Stab.  What I did is level up the fuselage and then install the stabilizer.  I was careful not to put any stress on the mounting tabs from the fuselage since I have read about stress cracks in them as they age (I had to put some small spacers into achieve a no stress condition).  The stabilizer was also placed straight to the fuselage by measuring between the cabin frame and the tips of the stabilizer.  Besides levels on the fuselage I also placed them on the stabilizer at each tip.  Take your time and look it over good before you drill holes.  I did black clecos to the tabs first, then checked everything again before the final drilling for the bolts.


At 1:26pm on January 18, 2009, Richard Benson said…
I appreciate the info Bob. I'll go over to Lowes tomorrow to see if they have the same product down here.

At 9:07am on January 18, 2009, Richard Benson said…

What are those metal supports that your horizontal stabilizer is resting on? I've tried wood and metal 2X4 studs without much success.


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