The Zenith of Creativity


Some people just cant leave a good kit airplane well enough alone. This Zenith 701 is parked in Homebuilt Camping and has more than a few custom modifications.

The control stick is all wood, a beautiful burl that a crafty Scotsman might have used as a driver in his bag of golf clubs. The panel is retro wood with beautiful round gauges – until of course, you drop the solid panel in front of the pilot to find a modern EFIS.

Zenith 701 custom windshieldThe seasoned Ford aficionado will no doubt note the flat panel windshield panels joined lovingly with structural strips. There are many more crafty details that will be revealed in a future article in Kitplanes Magazine.

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Paul Dye
Paul Dye, KITPLANES® Editor at Large, retired as a Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Space Flight program, with 40 years of aerospace experience on everything from Cubs to the Space Shuttle. An avid homebuilder, he began flying and working on airplanes as a teen and has experience with a wide range of construction techniques and materials. He flies an RV-8 and SubSonex jet that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra and an electric Xenos motorglider they completed. Currently, they are building an F1 Rocket. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 6000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, FAA DAR, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor; he was formerly a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.


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