First flight of my scratch-built Zenith STOL CH 701.

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Comment by Curt Thompson on September 11, 2015 at 8:01am

I made the flap handle by emulating one you use to be able to get from somewhere in California.  Don't know if they are still making them.  I have about 2.5 hours on the plane now.  I have not touched the flaps yet.  I started with high CHTs that were caused by air in the coolant system.  I run Evans Waterless.  Air gone now.  Temps good.  Left wing is a little heavy.  I'm going to try it tomorrow without the strut fairings. 

Comment by George Bell on September 11, 2015 at 3:43am

Well done, Curt!   The grin on your face at 7:15 says it all!   I must get back to my project soon...

Many happy landings, George 

Comment by Buzz Harvey on September 11, 2015 at 3:09am

Great stuff Curt.   Will be very satisfying for you.   A great looking aeroplane and looks really well built.   Enjoyed the video and especially liked the yellow post-it notes on the door!   I also like the look of your flap handle.   Did you make it yourself or are they available somewhere?



Comment by Steven Winn on September 10, 2015 at 8:44pm

Nice Job!

Now you're SkyJeep'in

Steven Winn

Comment by Jonathan Kreilich on September 10, 2015 at 6:39pm

Awesome.  Very nice looking plane and really nice landing.  Hope it is funner to fly than it was to build.

Comment by Rusty Johnson on September 10, 2015 at 4:51pm
Congratulations Curt, on the successful completion of the building and first flight of your great looking plane! It is truly an inspiration to me as I just received the Plans and Rudder kit for my CH701 just a couple days ago. I would really like to meet you and see your plane and listen to any advise you might have to offer. I'm listed on the CH701 Builders Group now. My phone number is 425-766-0739. I saw that you were flying out of the Arlington airport. I live down in Cumberland WA near Enumclaw just about an hour from there. Again, great job. Hope to hear from you sometime soon. Thanks, Rusty Johnson
Comment by Doug Dugger on September 10, 2015 at 3:34pm
Curt looking very good and that landing looked spot on. Blue sky above and tailwinds at all times [except when landing]
Comment by Dean Smith on September 10, 2015 at 3:34pm
Great job, looks like every thing went smooth.Good job with the cameras also.
Comment by Edward (and Kimberly) Brennan on September 10, 2015 at 3:05pm

Congratulations on a job well done. Thank you for the motivation!

Comment by Gary Forehand on September 10, 2015 at 1:53pm
Beautiful aircraft, and thanks for the wonderful ride on your first flight!

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