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601 XLB - top rudder hinge rivets loose.

601-XLB - 600 hrs - top rudder hinge rivets loose. Noticed a bit of play lately - barely noticeable by pushing up on the bottom of the rudder at the tip. I thought it was a bit of wear at the hinge bolt. It seemed much worse today. Just took a closer look and the rivets holding the top hinge to the rudder are loose - noticeable movement between the two.  Red X - Code 3 - Grounded.

So now the rudder needs to come off - I think.  Wondering if I can replace the rivets without…

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Added by Merrill Harriman on February 7, 2023 at 9:29am — 1 Comment

January 2023 - 50 Hour Challenge

At the start of January, David Tillema and his Zenith CH 750 Cruzer, powered by the Viking 130 engine, took to the air with a new challenge.

To those unfamiliar, Dave completed the "48 State Challenge" last year, departing from his home in southern Texas, and landing…

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Added by Jan Eggenfellner on February 2, 2023 at 10:00am — No Comments

Electric Zenith Flies! First flight of the all-electric Zenith CH 750 Cruzer

All-electric Zenith "Sky Jeep" completes first flight, with plans to transport doctors and medical supplies in remote areas of the world

A pioneering UK aviation project aimed at bringing healthcare to some of the most remote parts of the world is a step closer to take-off after its…

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Added by Zenith Aero on January 30, 2023 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Vertical fin complete

I suppose I should start posting some updates on my blog.

Last November I ordered the vertical fin.  I've been saving up for the tail kit, but I got a little impatient and wanted to practice my skills from the rudder workshop in September.  The fin is normally part of the fuselage kit, but there is no reason it can't be ordered and assembled after the rudder.…

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Added by Jonathon Payne on January 17, 2023 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Putin's pigs left

Russians left over 30 bullets in my hangar, before they pulled the door with BTR. It looks like they tried to start the airplane with prop covers on. Luckily they left it alone with no damage. They took lots of tools, ATV, car, tv and pillows from our cottage. But they showed no interest in aviation souvenirs to bring back to Siberia.      …

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Added by Sergii Ivanchuk on December 17, 2022 at 3:39pm — 2 Comments

First F-14 Flight - - - -

This is very funny.  Y'all need to be sitting down.  

ON A WING AND A PRAYER…

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Added by Joel L Thompson on December 14, 2022 at 3:26pm — 1 Comment

750 STOL scratch builder's aluminum takeoff spreadsheet

Hello folks,

I have found a supplier in Surrey, B.C. willing to help source the aluminum. Metal Mart in Port Kells may be a key ally in the hunt for sheet goods. For contact info, feel free to email me here.

I don't know if it has already been done before but I am compiling a spreadsheet takeoff of all the aluminum (and steel) required for the construction of the 750 STOL. I can't guarantee its accuracy other than to say I will be ordering from this.

I am also using a…

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Added by Daniel O'Hara on December 10, 2022 at 11:53pm — No Comments

Special Certificate of Airworthiness

Recieved the Flight Authority from Transport Canada today, Looking forward to the Phase 1 testing.…

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Added by Eric Tingey on December 5, 2022 at 12:04pm — 2 Comments

Variable pitch prop on a ch601 hds

Has anybody put a variable pitch prop on a ch601 hds, I am thinking of a Woodcomp SR3000, but I would like to know if anybody has already done it. What improvements were there ? How did it effect the C of G, anybody in the UK done it and passed it with the LAA. Any help appreciated.

Added by Terry Smith on November 24, 2022 at 9:17am — 2 Comments

Stepping in

Hello all,

So plans should arrive this week for a STOL 750. My son and I have made a family pact to build this aircraft over the next 5 or 6 years while he goes through air cadets. The finished craft will be his reward for getting his PPL.

We are both very excited to scratch build and kit build as the finances allow. I'm a shipwright and a journeyman carpenter with a lifetime experience in fabrication in composites, metals and wood. I'm hoping that some skills will benefit an…

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Added by Daniel O'Hara on November 14, 2022 at 12:50am — 8 Comments

New Builders

Just ordered a 750 SD kit.  Delivery May-June 23.  We have received the tail section to get started.  Looking for ideas on building a shop table, size, material, leveling, etc.  Any guidance you can give will be appreciated.  We are a father(Jimmy)/son(Ben) team with no building experience, however, Ben is an A&P and a former IA.  Looking forward to getting started.

Added by Jimmy & Ben Harris on October 25, 2022 at 3:17pm — 1 Comment

STOL CH 750 Super Duty Aircraft Review: Good Market Response and Fun to Fly, by Ed Wischmeyer

In Flight USA magazine, October 2022

  • Download article:…
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Added by Zenith Aero on October 10, 2022 at 9:30am — No Comments

Windshield Gap

I just purchase a Zenith CH 750 STOL and most everything the builder did was first class, except the gap at the corners of the windshield.  Is there a fitted seal available for this area?  See the attached photo.

Added by Michael A Housewert on September 27, 2022 at 8:24am — 12 Comments

Rudder complete and observations from the Zenith Homecoming

Part 1 of my Cruzer is complete:

Rudder Workshop

The kit and the instructions were straightforward.  However, there are two things to note if you are looking to build one of these.  If you live on the coast like me and want to use the Cortec corrosion inhibitor, it…

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Added by Jonathon Payne on September 23, 2022 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Ron Alexander Youth Aviation Program

Above photo: Zenith Aircraft delivers the first Zenith CH 750 Cruzer kit to the Ron Alexander Youth Aviation Program (RAYAP) program at Peach State Aerodrome (south of Atlanta) on the way to Sun 'n Fun 2022.

The…

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Added by Zenith Aero on August 31, 2022 at 4:21pm — No Comments

Notes on the instrument panel layout

I decided to create a mockup of the instrument panel.  I ended up needing to order the optional drawings to fabricate the center console mockup.  I would recommend getting these when you order the base plans as there are a few things in the optional plans that aren't quite so optional.

I set up the mockup with a center-mounted tiller control…

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Added by Jonathon Payne on August 29, 2022 at 7:42pm — No Comments

2022 Zenith Homecoming Open Hangar Days and Fly-In: September 16 & 17

Thank you to all who participated and helped to make this such a memorable event celebrating Zenith Aircraft's 30th anniversary!

Great planes, fantastic people, and good weather! What a wonderful two days at the 2022 Zenith Aircraft Homecoming / Open…

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Added by Zenith Aero on August 25, 2022 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Airventure 2022 Building a Zenith Cruzer in a 1 Car Garage

Hi All,

This is the link to my presentation given at Airventure 2022 "Building a Zenith Cruzer in a One Car Garage".

Thanks to Sebastien and Zenith for their support and also to those who attended the presentation. I hope to do it again next year.

John DiMattei

EAA2022%20Build%20a%20Zenith%20Cruzer_Garage.pdf

Added by John DiMattei on August 5, 2022 at 3:02pm — No Comments

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