Bob Jones
  • Big Lake, AK
  • United States
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701 items for sale

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take off performance

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"Now flying N 7446B, hauled N669RJ to daughter in Mich.reassembled and flew from Lake Isabella airport,trailered 5k miles NO PROBLEM"
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"Bob Black Bear went through my 4 ft X 8 ft kitchen window of my Northern Quebec camp last week. I'm still looking for the bear. A Timber Wolf was coming around my camp 2 - 3 times a day... close a 30 yards, 3 warning shots the 4th a kill.…"
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"My Blue, Alaska Plane to Robin and Bill in Michigan ! Rigging for the road trip, Alaska , with stop in Oregon and then to Michigan"
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Site for Our "Yurt" Cabin

At top of hill marking where Helicopter will place Our Pre-built Cabin.& Supplies, I prebuilt Our Yurt, put together all with screws, took apart, bundled up and then it will be set here to it's Home. Look close can see my plane down by the…
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auto, heavy eqpt. industrial pump and turbine mechanic. flying ski's, floats from L95 Jones landing seaplane base, Alaska
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L95 in AK. supplement

Flying In Alaska... On floats and skis

Big Lake is 65 miles toward Mount McKinley (Denali National Park) from Anchorage and Johnson Creek is about 80 miles closer to Mt. McKinley. 

My plane was built from a kit purchased from the Zenith Aircraft factory in Mexico, Missouri.
From start to finish it took me over 1,000 hours, but I spent a lot of extra time on the construction of skis, a custom baggage door, a survival gear box under dash, ejectable top hinged bowed doors, and more. I also installed larger wing tanks (which are now standard in the kit) and built both wings with one broken arm (and some additional help). This is a "EAA Centennial Homebuilt" and after a 1-1/2 hour FAA Inspection, it passed without a change. 
I'm flying every chance I get and now have more than 100 hours on the plane in 10 months. It's on Zenair 1150 floats in the summer and skis in the winter.
I custom-built the skis from plans with UHMW bottoms, reinforcements and heavier axles and rigging. 
Part of the construction time was from working with ROTAX Austria to get approval to slightly modify the tuned air intake, to fit on the 701, and I believe it was the first 100-hp. Rotax 912S to use it. 

The plane flies unbelievably well. The shortest take off on skis, with no wind, pilot only, was 25 feet. The slowest landing I've made on floats was 28 miles per hour, the shortest landing and take off (at gross) on floats, was 400 feet. The plane will land itself, skis, floats, wheels, it doesn't make any difference. 
Anyone wanting to know more can contact me. 
Bob Jones
Tel. (907) 892-7369
bobnpat @ mtaonline . net

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At 6:20pm on October 6, 2017, Bob McDonald said…


Black Bear went through my 4 ft X 8 ft kitchen window of my Northern Quebec camp last week. I'm still looking for the bear. A Timber Wolf was coming around my camp 2 - 3 times a day... close a 30 yards, 3 warning shots the 4th a kill. I'm carrying a rifle around the camp these days also. Never had a bear problem in 35 yrs, this year a bear & wolf.

At 11:40pm on May 12, 2017, Walt Cannon said…

Hey Bob....thanks for those strut lengths.

I will update my progress as I get everything rigged over the summer

At 3:21pm on April 16, 2017, jamie mason said…

 I need wing tanks for my project .let me know if you still have them

At 12:28am on July 30, 2016, Keith Crawford said…
My name is keith. I am building a 750 cruzer in kenai. I am seeing how many Alaskens would be interested in having a zenith builder/flyers get together. If your are interested I would like to get your input on time and location.
Thanks for your time.
Kenai AK
At 6:26am on June 14, 2016, ulis temos said…
Hi Bob, I was at Zenith last week and requested a drawing to attach two strap seat belts to a 701. They asked me to contact you. Last year a friend crashed his 750 and slid out the standard belt setup causing him severe damage which could have been avoided with a two belt system.
Thanks Temos
At 4:12pm on March 27, 2015, Jack Schnurr said…
I will bring my plane to Anchorage the end of April. We can get together then. Let me know of any requirement that I may need to follow.
At 9:35pm on December 21, 2014, Normand Lambert said…
Hi Bob,
Thanks for clarifying for me... I know and love the 701 performances just wondering why another 701...
Have fun.
At 2:14pm on December 21, 2014, Normand Lambert said…
HI Bob,
Why a 701 again??? Why not a 750???? Same engine same design just more room!
Merry Christmas.
At 10:17pm on June 27, 2013, Kevin McCune said…


Good to hear your comments... a few year late about the cowl tank and 5.5 gal wing tanks. This is what I have been thinking about. No sender units, simple fill for normal flights and extra capacity if you need it.


At 7:23am on May 2, 2013, Walter Miller O'Neal III said…

Hey Bob, Thanks you brother, I do have the VG's on the stabelizer, good to get these kinds of tips from experienced 701 pilots, Thanks again


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