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    Aero News Network Video - Terrible Raptor 1st Flight Review

    Just watched the newest video above. Can someone confirm/clarify the following: 1 - In regards to the takeoff comparison, The Cirrus SR20 run is over 1000' higher in elevation, and we don't know OAT/DA either...given these variables it would seem that you can't make a fair comparison, correct...
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    I'd rather assemble than build

    Very cool. I love the GlaStar. However the Symphony was a different company that bought the design rights and then proceeded to change many of the plane's parts for part 23 cert, so they weren't a kit company making a certified plane. Interesting coincidence though, it was built in Germany and...
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    I'd rather assemble than build

    Perhaps, but that comment seems unfairly conclusive. How do you know that with all of their newly upgraded manufacturing equipment and ongoing refinements to their plans and designs, that there still exists 'quirks' in all designs they offer? I'd argue then, that every kit maker has at least a...
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    I'd rather assemble than build

    Also Check out Zenith Aircraft, for your mission the 750 Cruzer and the CH650 sound like the the best candidates. Both have quick build options where they assemble the fuselage for you, the kits are all match hole drilled, and you can put almost any engine in them: 912, o-200, o-233/235, jabiru...
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    Low-powered, four-seat homebuilts?

    The two 4-seaters I've had my eye on that fit your criteria are the Zenith CH 640 and the Sling 4: http://www.zenair640.info/ https://www.airplanefactory.com/aircraft/sling-4-kit/ I really like the 640 because it's based on the Part 23 certified design, the CH2000 (basically a stretched...
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    Rotax 912 Performance upgrades (Turbo, Big Bore, Etc)

    Good point, and yes, mine has the standard 12 GAL tanks (x2)
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    Rotax 912 Performance upgrades (Turbo, Big Bore, Etc)

    I agree, if I were to turbocharge a 912 I'd want one that's VERY recently overhauled, or I'd put a fresh top end on it.
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    Rotax 912 Performance upgrades (Turbo, Big Bore, Etc)

    The Zenith 601 XL-B is the "modified wing" version of the 601 XL. It has a beefed up spar, aileron/bellcrank mods, beefed up attach points, etc. Per the manufacturer the recommended power range for the plane is 80-140 hp. Plenty of models fly with 130hp vikings and don't fly near Vne - mostly...
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    Rotax 912 Performance upgrades (Turbo, Big Bore, Etc)

    When it comes to the 912 80hp, I am definitely interested in finding out more about this: https://www.912turbokit.com/fly-120hp It's made for the 912UL 80hp, and they appear to have a decently tested and reliable turbo kit, but I'd of course like to talk to some owners for confirmation. They...
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    Rotax 912 Performance upgrades (Turbo, Big Bore, Etc)

    To answer your questions, the Zenith 601/650 was designed to work with any of these engines, with complete firewall forward installations available...And I don't have an engine yet (however I do have a Continental mount) In regards to the engines you mentioned That is some serious power to...
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    Rotax 912 Performance upgrades (Turbo, Big Bore, Etc)

    I have a Zenith 601XL-B that's getting close to needing an engine, and since I'm out west in Southern California with family in CO, I'm thinking I need something with some high altitude performance and reliability behind it since I'll be flying over mountains - and of course I'm on a budget...
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    Re-Drive, 95+ HP VW Engines?

    Yes, Aeromomentum has FWF kits for the 601/650, and the 750. I emailed them a while back since I'm building a 601 xlb and am interested in the engine.
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    Raptor Composite Aircraft

    Did anyone else see Peter's reply to an A&P on his last YouTube video? A&P: "The A&P me is very worried about the lack of lock wire on those allen bolts on the rubber coupler..." Peter: "Fair point but as I've commented on other comments I'm ok with what I've done and how durable it is." Now...
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    Ok to build from previously purchased/used plans?

    Thanks everyone, good points. I’ll see if the plane was built, and maybe just put a call into Zenith as well, I’m not interested in trying to get out of paying for builder support etc., I’d much rather be able to call if I get stuck!
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    Ok to build from previously purchased/used plans?

    Hi everybody, looking for thoughts on this... I was recently gifted a set of Zenith 601 XL plans. The owner had passed away and I’m not sure if he ever finished the plane or not (I received them from a friend of his). If I were to build that plane from these plans, would that be considered...
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