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On august 14th 2010 I made my first flight with my Zenith 601 xl-b. The flight lasted 45 minutes, remaining over the Winsted, Mn airport the entire time. After verifing the temps I continued a slow climb to 4300 feet, where I tested the slow flight abilities of the plane, (I found out the 601 xl can fly much slower than my chase planes). I was indicating 42 mph on the Enigma EFIS with no stall buffet being felt. the flight speeds were kept under 90 mph the entire time. The controls felt light with no tendancy to need any corrections, I thought it could fly hands off. The landing went perfectly stopping in about 800 feet and taxiing back to the hangar. I had no idea until I taxied by a friends hangar that I had an audience of 30 plus people who all said they wanted to be there for the first flight. Many wanted to see another flight, but I explained I was sticking to my plan which was one flight and into the hangar, let the excitement wear off, then check the plane the next day.