Tracy Buttles
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Whats on the back of your car???

Started this discussion. Last reply by Marty de la Motte Mar 21, 2013. 2 Replies

750 avionics kit

Started Jun 13, 2011 0 Replies

601xl CoG

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim Treat Oct 5, 2011. 13 Replies


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Open house

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 8:38am 0 Comments

Hope everybody had a safe return trip home from the open house , flying or driving . I had a great time and I think everybody got to see how well the one week wonder performed and how greta the Cruzer is . What a blast doing the STOL competition and proved what a affordable , good performace option the o-200 is for the 750 line

I can not thank the EAA and Charlie Becker enough for letting me be involved in both programs , the staff build and the one week wonder and for Zenith and their… Continue

Lift hooks

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 8:00pm 1 Comment

I wanted everyone to see the lift hooks I installed on a 750

Not made from any plans ,and I didn't do any engineering on the material thickness , I just knew I wanted I thinker than the material in the upper spar carry though . I figure if it was thicker than that I would be more than enough

You wouldn't need then that often , but they would be handy

I just bent up some 1/8 4130 around the with of the front spar attachment point on the fuse and bought a forged eyelet from a… Continue

Rivet Removal

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 10:40am 5 Comments

I recently have had to do some repair /replace work and I have had to do a lot of rivet removal.

I thought I would share a little info on this subject


 Most  of the rivets on Zenith Aircraft are the Avex blind rivets .  A4 or A5 in size

I have found that the A5 are a little easier to remove that the A4s.

 You just want to remove the head and not try to dill it all the way out . Most of the time when you remove the head the reat of the rivet will easilly…


Root fairing stiffner

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 4:54pm 2 Comments

I just got done installing a root fairing on a 750  . I had noticed  some weakness in the sheet metal along the curve on it and also on others 750s and 701s , I have also seen some root fairings with lots of dimples and waves  . A few have developed small cracks from the oil canning of this area.  Thought I would show what I had done on this 750 and can easily be done on other 750s or 701s

I just marked a line down the center of the fairing panel and started about 10mm from the spar .…


801 rear spar attachment

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 5:22pm 0 Comments


Here are a few pics of the 801 spar atachment  nd the 750

the 801 I have in my hand you can see the size differance(A5 on the 801 A6 on the 750) and on the other pics you can see the rivet size,spacing and use of an-3 bolts on the 750

we are talking a usefull load of 1050 in the 801 versus 580 (I know it can be registered above light sport) 750

I might at least put…


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At 4:02pm on July 13, 2015, Jeff McNabb said…


I see you are listed as a builder's assist program for the zenith 750. Are you still doing this? I tried the email they have on the Zenith site but it isn't deliverable. My wife and I have been building the 750 and would like a professional to help us once we finish all of the metal main parts. Let me know if you are in the business and how it works. Thanks Jeff McNabb

At 2:35pm on January 22, 2015, Bryan Walstrom said…

Yes please.  A few things. What are the true performance numbers of that plane using the 100HP(or less) Continental? And I was curious about the need for a fuel pump at high angles of attack. I didn't think I would need a fuel pump with a carb on a high wing. And it looks as though that was determined when tying down the tail and taking a measurement with a level?

At 12:26am on January 2, 2014, Scott Hunter said…

Yes, will do Tracy,  & per time zone will not call late. I know the starboard wing aileron push-pull tube was rubbing. Will find out what the other tweaks are- 3300 CHT's, EGT's, etc., as I had even discussed the potentiality to convert over to Aero Vee carb vs. Bing. The Bing is also notorious for cold weather starting. The FC-10 fuel  sender + guage needed to be installed.  In the Winter does your grass strip get cleared enough for Matt, Popeye or you to fly? If I don't call you Thurs. eve per too late, it may be a few days as I have to leave on a business trip Fri. for a week + would then call  you Sun. or Mon. Regards.

At 8:24am on April 21, 2012, James R Depfer Sr. said…


Forgot to answer one of your questions...I don't have any landing light. I was considering adding just one 3" circular  LCD assy. just above the nose wheel, but I didn't follow through on that yet. I'm a VFR Sport Pilot, so I'm not sure what a landing light will do for me, other than maybe helping  others see me coming!


At 9:04am on December 19, 2011, Frederick said…

Dave Roloff said you have experience flying the CH 650 or 601XL. I’m looking for information on short field take off from sod runway. What have you gotten for the amount of takeoff distance?

Thanks Fred

At 5:07pm on February 27, 2011, Bob McDonald said…


Thanks for Pegazair I.D.

For the life of me I could not remember the name of the aircraft.

At 7:25pm on February 20, 2011, joseph aloof said…
hi tracy the sender is very acsseable with that plate on you can get both hands inside the plate a must the plane sent to ecuador is that one you sold or built for someone  hows your plane flying  joe
At 12:35pm on January 21, 2011, Carlos Sa said…

There used to be such a map. I think it was on Frappr, but it's gone now.

If it's not something that's very visible (e.g., front page of, it will be forgotten and become obsolete real quick.





At 11:16am on January 21, 2011, Paul Sanders said…
Hi Tracy, I was thinking a few weeks ago about doing a google map of Zenith builders but I wasn't sure anyone would want to submit their information. The Sonex one looks good so maybe I will build it and see if anyone will come? Unless we find out that Zenith has one planned... Paul
At 7:39pm on July 27, 2009, Keith Ashcraft said…
Thanks Tracy,

My contact email is:

Wanting stats on any 701-914 combo.

Keith Ashcraft
N 38.9940
W 105.1305
Alt. 9,100'

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