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From Ghana to Oshkosh 2014

It's confirmed! Oshkosh 2014 here we come! 

Patricia and I will be there! We will be spending our time at the One Week Wonder Event - and hope to see our fellow Zenith builders too!  We will be more than happy to answer face-to-face all those questions about building and flying in West…


Added by Jonathan Porter on July 8, 2014 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Santa with a 701 Difference!

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!…


Added by Jonathan Porter on December 12, 2013 at 9:59am — 8 Comments

The nose job....

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.…


Added by Jonathan Porter on September 2, 2013 at 10:32am — No Comments

News From Ghana

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…


Added by Jonathan Porter on August 26, 2013 at 3:06am — No Comments

Flying with 912iS in a CH701

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... - 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…


Added by Jonathan Porter on June 24, 2013 at 2:31am — No Comments

Zenith 701 Humanitarian Pod

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!…


Added by Jonathan Porter on April 18, 2013 at 10:32am — No Comments

Zenith STOL CH 701 Air Drops help African communities grow...

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…


Added by Jonathan Porter on March 18, 2013 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Research and Results for Fuel Supply Solutions Rotax 912iS

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…


Added by Jonathan Porter on March 5, 2013 at 12:06am — 10 Comments

Header Tank

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…


Added by Jonathan Porter on January 24, 2013 at 7:34pm — 4 Comments

Building an airfield...

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.…


Added by Jonathan Porter on November 29, 2012 at 10:28pm — 7 Comments

Recovering from Oshkosh 2012

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 well as drive a tractor and a truck!  …


Added by Jonathan Porter on August 28, 2012 at 3:20am — 4 Comments

Zenith STOL Prevents Teen-Pregnancies

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…


Added by Jonathan Porter on May 2, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Learning to Fly with a broken wing...

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…


Added by Jonathan Porter on April 11, 2012 at 2:23pm — 8 Comments

127 Children flown at Kpong - over half flown in CH701's

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…


Added by Jonathan Porter on March 18, 2012 at 1:31pm — 1 Comment

Cleco's to Africa!

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…


Added by Jonathan Porter on February 12, 2012 at 2:12am — 5 Comments

Oshkosh 2012

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,…


Added by Jonathan Porter on February 1, 2012 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Moved Parts

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

Make a Wind-shield Faring - 701, 750 or 801

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.…


Added by Jonathan Porter on December 17, 2011 at 9:11am — 7 Comments

Santa provides logistical inspiration to 701...

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…


Added by Jonathan Porter on December 16, 2011 at 4:54am — No Comments

Some parts for training in Ghana...

Hi fellow builders... would you like to have a part in helping to train girls to build Zenith aircraft in West Africa?…


Added by Jonathan Porter on September 1, 2011 at 11:51am — 3 Comments

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