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Warning: Buckle your seatbelts and hold on tight, because this is a fast-paced competition circuit that is very close to the ground with numerous obstacles. (Supply your own motion sick bag)
It features some of my favorite footage with the Super701 racing at ArkanSTOL 2020 (there are also a few fun bonus clips at the end)!
This Super701 was never intended to be used for racing purposes. It is a relatively heavy, stock Zenith 701 that was built for user comfort. It also has a completely stock ULPower 350iS production engine.
The ground adjustable prop is set to a course cruise setting and was not re-adjusted for this event.
This combination put the Super701 at roughly 50hp less than any of the competitors who placed higher in this event, even though it was only a few seconds behind them.
With takeoffs and landings from 4 different runways in 2min 50sec (4th place), the Zenith Super701 has proven to be a very capable aircraft in STOL-based competitions. It is also a great performer in real-world cross-country trips, and local flying around the farm and the Southern Appalachian mountains in East TN.
The pilot has less than 500hrs logged.
Both the pilot and the plane were pushing near their limits during this spectacular run at ArkanSTOL.
This was an excellent experience and planning is already underway for the 2021 ArkanSTOL event. I hope to see you all there!
There were 2 cameras mounted on the Super701:
A GoPro inside the cockpit, and an Insta360 One-X on a strut-mounted boom for the 360 footage.
Follow the red plane on the animated map to keep up with where I am during the circuit. Here is the link to the full-screen animated map video to get a better idea of what it looks like in a map view:
Thanks to all my new friends who contributed the additional footage in this video. Here is a list of the contributors:
Erik Johnston www.erikjohnstonphotography.com
Tracy Smith Daniel Fison
Jestice Family Brent Humphreys
Merl Potter John Cote
Jerry Carroll Greg Robbins
Troy Witte Gary Daniels
(Please let me know if I missed anyone with footage in this video so I can acknowledge you here!)
Also, thanks to all the wonderful staff, officials, and owners at Byrds Adventure Center for putting in the hard work to make this event come to life in 2020.
A very special thanks to the STOL Bandits, the best flying buddies anyone could ever hope to hang out with!
Another special thanks to my amazing family and close friends who help make these journeys a reality!
Don't forget to check out the Super701 page:
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