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I guess that we are a bit like a 'sensible Santa' in our part of the world... we fly over the African Bush and look for communities that need some health education and then drop them a package! (no chimney, no reindeer, no toys)... our Rotax 912iS powered 701 works really hard... and today we dropped over 100 packages to rural communities - some which have never had even a motorcycle to them!…Continue
As we work ever creatively towards using the Zenith STOL aircraft in practical applications, in the heat of the tropics, we are currently working towards a concept for improved cooling. It has taken us a long time, but we are close to test flying the 'nose job' on the 701 with a Rotax 912iS up front.…Continue
Added by Jonathan Porter on September 2, 2013 at 10:32am — No Comments
For those who have been wondering what is happening in Ghana - well, we have a few challenges! You can read our latest newsletter in the PDF below...
We are also working on a radiator gantry for the 701/750 for the Rotax 912iS (and the other Rotax installation, but we are working on improved cooling for the iS at the moment) and a really simple cowling modification that goes with it. We expect to carry out flight tests next week, and, if all goes well, will share…Continue
Added by Jonathan Porter on August 26, 2013 at 3:06am — No Comments
One of our pilots from Brazil is transitioning to the CH701 with the 912iS. He put a GoPro on the mount and then created with You Tube video... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ijgyJhgUic - although it is speeded up, it shows a lot of interesting hand movements in the cockpit... watch carefully as you see me in the right seat moving my hands around a lot! Also check out the full and free movement prior to take off - as well as enjoy…Continue
Added by Jonathan Porter on June 24, 2013 at 2:31am — No Comments
Our drop tests went 100% to plan. We now start working on how to get our new project to reach the tougher parts of West Africa with the 750 platform (more load, more range!). Thank you Zenith and Rotax for making it possible!…Continue
Added by Jonathan Porter on April 18, 2013 at 10:32am — No Comments
Those who know what we do will remember that we are authorised to drop health education materials to rural communities using our specially modified, Rotax 912iS powered, STOL CH 701 aircraft. As part of this we made the first ever aerial supply drops into the Afram…Continue
Finally we have reached the point where we consider that we have expressed how we have established our fuel system for the 912iS in our test bed CH701. No, it does not contain all that we wanted to, but we feel that it conveys the points about what we have done, why we have done it and what we would prefer to do.
We LOVE LOVE LOVE the engine and the airframe combination. It is a great airframe and a great engine. A marriage of heavenly proportions, for us and what we use…Continue
In our line of operations we often experience a lot of turbulence at low level (we are approved to operate below 500' for aerial dispersal and supply drops). We also get some long, at times fast, descents. With this combination of events we have decided that we really want a header tank for a variety of reasons... We have simulated 'uncovered ports' in ground tests, and do not like the VERY unlikely possibility that it could cause. By taking the 'Tee'ing of tanks to a low point 'air…Continue
Building Zenith aircraft is a pleasure we all enjoy. Being a little more than 'naive' my team got to build the aircraft, the hangars and the airfield - as well as work on the regulations and approvals process for Ghana! Today, we administer the training and assessment, as well as licence issue for the National Licence (LSA equivalent) on behalf of the Authorities. It has been a long journey, and we have further to go.…Continue
It is hard to believe that it is nearly one month since the annual pilgrimage of the faithful came to an end. We are all back in Ghana, and busy getting ready to start 4 more girls from the bushlands on a 4 year programme of learning to fly, build and maintain aircraft, run an airfield and use a computer...as well as drive a tractor and a truck! …Continue
Incredible as it may sound, that is the fact of today.
At the request of a teacher in a rural African community we were asked to extend our drop run to fly around a remote school so that the teachers could tell the girls 'that is a plane built by Ghanaian girls and flown by them' - and…Continue
Added by Jonathan Porter on May 2, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Lydia is already known to many of you, she has undergone a lot of challenges in her little life.... yet, through the amazing healing power of Zenith Aircraft, she is getting above her problems...
As we beat out the circuits with the occassional 12kt gust that made her work harder, we started to…Continue
Despite being cut short due to bad weather, we flew 127 children on Saturday, as part of our annual fly-me day at Kpong. It is all part of a complex health education programme and the children are from rural communities - and it is a great life changing motivator. Many of the children have never experienced electricity in their homes, let alone tap water, some may never have slept inside a building with windows... these are the same youngsters that we be in our sights as future aircraft…Continue
Our heartfelt thanks go to Randy and Tim for kindly sending their 'left-over' cleco's, wiring, instruments, clamps, breakers and other goodies to us in Ghana. Randy and Tim both built Zenith aircraft, and at the end had some parts that had some good deeds left in…Continue
Ghana will be back at Oshkosh this year - and we are camping!
Not only will Patricia Mawuli be back but we hope to also bring the only disabled student pilot in Ghana too, Lydia (she is 16). If you are likely to be at Oshkosh, and particularly camping, and would like to share some stories of building and flying in Ghana, West Africa,…Continue
Yesterday we moved all but the last few parts from the old site, ready to sell the family house (we call it the 'farm - 52 acres with its own runway) to raise funds, to clear debts and hopefully contribute towards the purchase of floats for the 801... IF you know anybody interested in a unique property in Ghana, please contact me asap...
Added by Jonathan Porter on December 30, 2011 at 4:17am — No Comments
Suzy Patey is responsible for the following challenges in Ghana. Thank you Suzy...
You see, SHE pasted nice pictures of a windshield fairing on her 801. Our girls told me that our 'silicon putty windshield seal looked ugly'. So, I told them 'If you can do better - go do!'.... and they did.…Continue
In Ghana, Santa has been giving inspirations to the CH701 building ladies of WAASPS and Medicine on the Move.
Consideration was given to renaming the the aircraft as 'Metal Sleigh', for, afterall, both the Wooden Sleigh of the red-coated-white-bearded aviator (Reindeer powered, of course), have great…Continue
Added by Jonathan Porter on December 16, 2011 at 4:54am — No Comments
Hi fellow builders... would you like to have a part in helping to train girls to build Zenith aircraft in West Africa?…Continue
Thank you Zenith for making the growth of light aviation possible in Ghana, West Africa and for giving so many young people new hope. The ability to produce parts from scratch build, and to have kit parts coupled with excellent manuals and plans and outstanding support from the factory and Zenith community is what has made it possible for WAASPS, Medicine on the Move and the AvTech Academy to succeed in changing lives, one flight at a time.
The changes to these girls lives…Continue
Added by Jonathan Porter on August 20, 2011 at 3:16am — No Comments