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We're finalizing plans for our Open
Hangar Day coming up next month. Starting on Friday (September
21) we have some great new seminars and workshops scheduled, and we'll be
Aircraft Company's 20th anniversary on Friday evening at the Zenith
banquet dinner. We're thrilled to have Rod Hightower, EAA's
president and CEO, as our special guest, and we have some fantastic
door prizes to give away. Plan now to join us for our Open
Hangar Day celebrations!
website is the online community for and about Zenith builders, owners, and
flyers. There are more than 3,170
members (from around the world), with active discussions
and blog posts
about building and flying Zenith airplanes! Here's an unusual
request from earlier this week on the free "for
sale / wanted" forum (that could prove to be an interesting
opportunity for a fellow Zenith owner): Dan
Robinson is wanting to sell or trade his STOL
CH 701 to buy or trade for a Zodiac
CH 601 / 650. Why? "I bought the 701 to commute to
my cabin in Northern Michigan on weekends. Now I'm buying a place in
Florida so I need speed and endurance."
builder and pilot Earl
Downs reports that he's just recently received a FAA Letter
of Deviation Authority (LODA) to provide commercial training in
the Zenith that he built himself: Earl is a CFI and a sport
pilot designated flight test examiner who built a Zenith Zodiac CH 601
XL-B, and he is now approved for the following training in his Zenith:
Transition training, preparation for first flight testing of this type of
aircraft, and training on the operation of the Jabiru 3300 engine and
Grand Rapids Technology (GRT) Engine Information System (EIS). We're
thrilled that Earl is now approved to provide this training to the Zenith
community. For more information Earl can be reached in the evening
(central time) at 918-840-2200 or email.
He is based out of Cushing, Oklahoma.
||New updated Flight
Simulator files for both the Zenith CH 650 and the STOL CH 750.
We've recently released all-new flight
simulator aircraft files for X-Plane
10 to allow you to fly your favorite planes from your armchair.
X-Plane 10 is the leading flight simulator program and boast's that it's "not
a game, but an engineering tool that can be used to predict the flying
qualities... with incredible accuracy" and the software comes
with the scenery of the entire Earth. View screenshots of the planes
in action: Zenith
CH 650 and the STOL
Smith of Santa Rosa, California, continues to amaze us as he flies his
Zenith around the country, documenting his trip with awesome photos!
Here are his reports from his two most recent trips this past month:
mountain and river flying trip through California, Nevada, Oregon and
Idaho" (with a Zenith STOL) and "1,403
mile trip to Solvang with return via the Sierra Nevada Mountains under Godís
leaky parasol" (View the video
previously, "Aviators By Design"
was busy working on a STOL
CH 750 in the EAA
during AirVenture. AOPA
Live reports on this worthwhile project. Watch a "time
lapse" video clip of the build project, and listen an AvWeb
podcast about the project involving teens learning to build and fly
out the new T-shirts and hats available to commemorate Zenith Aircraft
Company's first 20
Aircraft on Facebook
Updates and new photos are added nearly daily on Zenith Aircraft's popular
Facebook page. Be sure to "Like"
the Zenith page to receive updates automatically.
Completions: Check out the new
photos added daily on Zenith.Aero
There are now more than seventeen thousand photos from Zenith builders,
owners and pilots, including photos of new completions, including Les
Bolen's new Zenith
CH 650 with the new UL
Power firewall-forward installation.
|Here are some
additional great new photos and material on Zenith.Aero: