A journey that began in the middle of June ended yesterday when I received my ASEL endorsement on my LSA license.  I had been licensed for almost a year for PPC when I got the bug for fixed wing (always had the bug).  I began flight lessons in June, and purchased my Zenith CH701 in August. 

The lessons continued in the 701 with Mr. Ed Athey who was very patient with this "old guy".  He was encouraging at all times, even when I got discouraged.  Ed has over 30,000 hours of safe flying in everything from crop dusters to corporate jets.

The second CFI required to sign off the log book flew to our airfield (65TN) and gave me my proficiency check.  He complimented me on how I handled the 701.  It seemed like the "check ride" was over before it started.  We went up and had a lot of fun.  Thanks Danny Sorrell.

I want to thank everyone that has helped me get to this point.  David Jones (my Rotax guy), Tommy Hensley, and especially the folks at Zenith.  Joyce and Shirley have been true gems.  Roger thank you for talking with me on the phone several times when I had questions, and thanks for posting the videos of you flying the 701.  It helped me tremendously.

Next step, practicing the true STOL capabilities of this great aircraft. 



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Comment by Joe Byrd on January 13, 2013 at 5:23pm
Good advice Bob. Thank you. I do plan on building a lot more hours, and hopefully a trip to Mexico, Missouri to spend some time with Roger before I tackle the STOL ops.
Comment by Bob McDonald on January 13, 2013 at 12:18pm

Congrats on the accomplishment (mile stone). But a word of caution... Do not "practice the true STOL capabilities" of this aircraft until you have 50 - 100 hrs on type (depending or previous experience or currency level). This is how we get builders posting pictures of the front nose gear collasped or flipped up side down on the runway. The use of flaps should be avoided until the experience on type is well past the comfortable stage. Flaps increase the sink rate expotentially and while the stall speed is lowered..... and when your "letting it all hang out"   it falls from the sky like a cinder block. Just my 2 cents worth.

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