Normand Lambert
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CH701sp - Another 1 hour round trip !

Went to Joliette, Mascouche and Mars RC Club.Inspected new Mascouche airport construction.Reinstalled passenger tire (leaking air).
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""April 17th. Went to the hangar, carried out annual inspection and Mandatory stabilizer inspection. Oil + filter change. Started engine.""
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Aircraft Model
STOL CH 701, STOL CH 750
Project Status
Flying
Building From
Plans-only
Engine installed (or plan to install)
Subaru
Building Experience
Have worked on airplanes before
Flying Experience
Private Pilot
Building and Flying Info / Your Profession / Other Background Info
Private Pilot - VFR Day/Night
34 years building/flying RadioControl models
CH701sp flying, CH701SP under construction and CH750 under construction.
Home Airport (ie. KMYJ)
CSA2 - Lac Agile Mascouche Quebec Canada

Hi All,

My CH701sp has now flown its 100th hour ! Not a new bird anymore but still not an old girl. It has been flying almost problem free since day one and it still performs right where it should - no hassle...

In the course of those 100 hours (3 years), what did I change/correct:

- Changed glycol radiator (too small);

- Added Vortex generators to elevator;

- Changed cabin rooftop to wing shape instead of flat surface;

- Added movement to aileron control (twin sticks instead of central stick)

- Installed new water pump (leaking);

- Installed Viking spring loaded nosegear bearing;

- Installed metal nosegear stop ring to prevent prop strike(flat tire/suspension problem);

- Installed new water sender (intermittent problem);

- Modified brake hoses (leaking);

- Removed SLATS and installed main wing VGs; 

- Installed larger main tires;

All in all, nothing major only normal maintenance. The Subaru engine package is still performing like a star. Just change oil and filter, check/replace plugs and watch glycol level. Nothing out of ordinary maintenance.

The CH701 plane is a tough cookie : get banged and tossed by wind bursts but keeps on going like nothing is happening. Sometime, I think I PREVENT her from flying when weather is so-so. She wouldn't mind the challenging weather conditions but I do !

Would I do all of this over again ... YOU BET in a heart beat - No questions asked.

I look forward to many more 100th hour birthdays together ...

For those of you that still construct their dream ... Keep at it, don't despair.

What a JOY RIDE !

NormTheStorm

The CRAZY Canuck

CH701sp C-GFEU

CH701SP + CH750

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Hi all,

The 701 is finally flying. After 12 years of building (3 years hiatus) it took to the air with assurance with 2 onboard. My flight instructor and I got the CH701 up for a 45 minutes spin and found it airworthy with no surprises. Lots of people around me were relieved that it flew ! Who'd think I could build, let alone fly, my own creation ?

Well, with a lot of support from various people coming from diverse backgrounds, It finally flew...and well !

There we're minimal corrections done to the 701 to make it fly better but in general the final product stayed mostly the same as when it first got out into the sun.

I will continue to make small improvements as they become available, test them and report back my findings. The heart of any plane is its engine package and I can say that the Subaru/redrive/AeroInjector and Warpdrive propeller all came together to provide a very trusty system! 

All in all, the 701 is a fun plane to fly and a sturdy friend.

I loke my SkyJeep.  

Fly high, fly safe !

Norm

C-GFEU

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At 11:24am on March 1, 2017, Timothy Aanerud said…

I building to third edition.  However, I'm using a custom STOL nose rib.  The nose rib I'm using droops down about 1 inch and it's length is about the same as the regular nose rib plus the slat.  (~14 inches) There's 4 or 5 builders using this nose rib.  There's one CH-701 that flying with it.  The shape was modeled and a section of it was strapped on to the wing of this CH-701 and yarn tested.  This shape yields most of the STOL and a lot less drag across most angles of attack and airspeed.

At 6:47am on February 27, 2017, Rob Archibald said…

Hi Norm,

Yeah I definitely need to post some more pictures. 

I'm still waiting on a handful or back-ordered parts from Zenith before I can continue with the tail. Very nice there are some closer people.

Good luck with your build!

At 10:58am on January 5, 2017, Wayne Woloshin said…
Hi Norman, Good luck with your new building project. Do you have all the planes you have listed? I want to get a faster plane later this year that is faster something that will do at least 115-120 mph for cross country, don't find the need for STOL performance landing in 500ft fields.Has to be high wing float capable, anyway hope we can meet up some time. Tks Wayne
At 8:10am on July 13, 2016, David Warr said…

Hi Normand :  Thanks for the comment.   I feel Zenair has forgotten the original 200/250/300 series that gave them their start.  Good luck with your projects !!  Dave Warr.

At 12:47pm on November 15, 2015, carl bertrand said…

Hi Norm.

Welcome to the 701 frat, hope we meet sometime.

Carl

At 1:16pm on August 24, 2015, Alain Dufresne said…

Hi Normand,

Agreed - I was lucky only the tail was complete. Not too much work at the end. I can just imagine having to drill the rivets on 2 wings...... ouch. Thanks for the feedback.

Alain

At 7:37am on July 10, 2015, derek power said…

HI Normand, do you have a annual inspection check list to follow for a amature built 701 or do you know where I can get one  THANKS 

At 4:28pm on May 8, 2015, Larry Villafane said…

Thanks

At 10:01pm on April 7, 2015, Brian Fitzpatrick said…

Hi Norm:

I have no idea how to post pictures but I guess it is time I learned. So I'll call Zenith tomorrow. Been really enjoying the build and the advice I get from others including yourself. Torqued the HStab down today.  Within 3 mm of square. I may just settle for this.

Put rubber pads on elevator stops. I hate the clunking of metal to metal. Never a good thing.    Brian

At 10:29pm on March 30, 2015, Brian Fitzpatrick said…

Hi Normand:

just checking your photos.  I am really impressed with your free thinking of directing the engine exhaust into the external instrument venturi.  Absolutely brilliant solution to the high angle and slow flying of the 701 which can badly affect vacuum stability for instruments and no chance of getting plugged with snow or ice. Elegant!!

Cheers,Brian

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Building a CH750 and making modifications along the way !!!

Posted on January 12, 2017 at 11:32am 4 Comments

January 12th,2017

Hi again,

Time to report back on my CH750 build. What has been done so far :

1) CH750 : stabilitor is finished but not closed. It is full symmetrical to match the symmetrical elevator.

2) CH750 : wing are done - not closed and inspecting them right now...

3) CH750 : ordered some control parts (aileron mixer) to finish the setup. Got the rudder pedals and brakes/reservoirs

4) CH750 : aileron + flap skeltons are being…

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Matco Split Rims (MH6BD.75) manufactured BEFORE 2001 - BEWARE !!!

Posted on October 14, 2016 at 5:46pm 7 Comments

CH701sp Flight testing - 100.6 hours since September 28th,2012

Hi Everybody,

Thru their website, I wrote to Matco tech support about the FAILURE I had with one of their product (Split Rim MH6BD.75 rated at 660lbs/rim). I had found an article in the LightAircraft 'SafetySpot' of November 2015 where A similar incident was reported. The Murphy Rebel that suffered the failure was overweight for the rims but my CH701 was NOT.

They offered no compensation…

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Installing Hall Brothers Vortex Generator Kit (WING VGs) to the CH701 wing

Posted on September 29, 2013 at 10:40pm 3 Comments

 

Friday, September 27th,

 

Hi again,

After a 2 hour test flight checking the performance of the 701 wing with VGs/without Slats, I got some interesting data.

First thing I checked was the takeoff run... After a few runs, I can say that the nosewheel comes off/on at 38 mph indicated. I can pull the nosewheel off as soon as the speedo gets to 38mph which is almost the same as before with the Slats. The takeoff run seems to run the same lenght but the speed…

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Yet another CH701 Beanie Modification !!!!

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 10:08pm 2 Comments

 

Friday March 29th,  2013 to Monday April 1st,2013

 

I got the 701 out again and flew around for touch and goes... Much better elevator response at all speeds but more noticeable on landings. I also like the added headroom ... I got 3.1 hours before going back in and got the Beanie pilot window installed. Requires patience but not that difficult. Don't forget to weatherproof all rivets and joints otherwise you'll love your new installed shower !!!

 

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