Mike Chekal (of Brighton, MI) with the Airworthiness Certificate for his Zenith CH 601XL-B: "6/29/15... exactly three years to the day from when I picked up the kit (and my birthday) N601MM received it's airworthiness certificate!"

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Comment by Mark LaPierre on July 21, 2015 at 6:14pm

One sweet airplane Mike.  Make sure you get current and get some transition training before you start test flying.  It would be a shame to bend up such a beautiful airplane because your flying skills had withered while you were busy building.  Check out the add http://www.flybuzzair.com/ just to the right of this page.

Comment by Anthony Polster on July 3, 2015 at 9:55pm

The fruit of your labor payoff, congratulations! and happy birthday to both.

Fly smart and have fun. PS It's a looker.

Comment by Mike Chekal on July 3, 2015 at 8:51am

Thanks all! Now it's time to transition from being a builder, consumed by concentrating on the next steps in the build process, back to being a pilot.  :-) 

Comment by Efe Cem Elci on July 3, 2015 at 4:50am

I love it! I'm further convinced that going old school (limited paint, maximum shine) is the way to go...

Comment by Chris Barker on July 3, 2015 at 2:19am

Congrats, a job well done. Enjoy flying off the test hours.


Comment by David Orr on July 2, 2015 at 11:26pm

Congrats Mike! Nice Shine on those skins.

Comment by Mack P. Kreizenbeck on July 2, 2015 at 9:09pm


Man, that is one good looking aircraft!

Can I entice you into helping me polish my bird?


Comment by Ron Lendon on July 2, 2015 at 8:29pm
Let's go flying! congratulations!
Comment by John Clark on July 2, 2015 at 8:12pm
Oh, and its shiny, too! Still gota finish my polishing, but I don't notice it at 3000 feet!
Comment by Roger Venables on July 2, 2015 at 7:51pm

Good looking plane, congratulations on your great achievement!

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