Sorry about the late get back to you. I think 2009 slipped away and I was not there. I have reduced my 601 to a non aircraft. I feel like I am building a new zenith. I flew the 801 4 times las week. We are happy to be able to fly with the 601 down. Cold weather in Florida, not to usual.
My 801 has a new factory build lyc o-360. It is a great engine and has performed wonderfully.
-flew four people a week ago, 801 performed great
-typically just me and my wife
-people and fuel about 1000lbs
-fix pitch 0-360
-use 1500 rpm on landings to help flare (use new elevator)
-at half tanks and me, I accel to 30 mph and pull back-great fun
-kit info on the 801 was much better than the 601
-typical cruise speed 92-96. never 106 mph
-801 has massive parasite drag, more throttle more gas--cruise rpm around 2250-2300 for best gph
-i have a 601 and 801. Building both was great and fun-I am thinking of putting one up for sale, can't decide which one, if you or anyone you know is interested have them call me 435-635-5433.
-I call the 601 my sports car and the 801 the SUV.
-both of these planes are just plane fun to fly. If any more question or info you need, let me know.
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