Jim Pantas
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Too busy to finish a 701 - SOLD!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Pantas May 16, 2016. 4 Replies

I bought it off of an estate a year ago, my business has picked back up and I just don't have time to finish it.I bought the 80hp Rotax from Ebay last fall and the seller said it has less than 80…Continue

If Zenith made a pusher...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim Garrett Apr 4, 2015. 3 Replies

I'd imagine it'd look like this - http://www.seekeraircraft.com/Great looking plane and view from the cockpit must be awesome!Continue

Engine Mount pictures?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Vance Simons Dec 7, 2015. 8 Replies

Howdy all,I am at the stage where I need to fabricate the engine mount for a Subaru on my 701.  Does anyone have pictures of how they arrived at their current engine mount configuration?  I am…Continue

801 Tail for sale

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Pantas Jan 19, 2015. 4 Replies

I bought an 801 Tail a few years ago but only completed the Rudder at the Rudder school.  The rest is still in the crate that it was shipped in.  I have recently bought a 701 kit that is closer to…Continue

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Aircraft Model
STOL CH 701, Other Zenith
Project Status
Nearly done
Building From
Partial kit
Engine installed (or plan to install)
Rotax 912
Building Experience
Have worked on airplanes before
Flying Experience
Private Pilot
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Professional Racecar Driving Instructor
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At 8:38pm on January 1, 2015, Normand Lambert said…
Hi Jim, the Subaru is plenty power for the CH701 dont you worry.
The beanie mod is replacing the flat top plexiglass over the cabin with a wing shaped top instead. Check my photos you'll see. I also have a discussion on this modification.
Better airflow over the elevator, better control on landings/takeoff.
At 9:59am on December 30, 2014, Normand Lambert said…

Hi Jim,

I would do the VGs underside elevator mod, then the Beanie mod and the VGs on the main wing PRIOR to the first flight. This way the 701 feels more like any other airplane (for low time pilots) but it is still a VERY STOL airplane in that configuration. Too STOL for most pilots needs.

I did my first flight and tought that it was n easy plane to fly, be careful not to chop power before being almost on the ground; STOL wings bleed speed real fast.



At 9:54am on December 30, 2014, Normand Lambert said…
  • hi Jim

  • I sure can still do STOL ops

  • why you ask ?

    • with the Vortex Generators the 701 is almost the same as with slats

    • in fact could not see much difference

    • only faster top speed and better landings

    • If I were to do it over I would not make the slats and brackets

    • but only put VGs on main wing and underside of elevator

At 9:13am on December 30, 2014, Normand Lambert said…
Hi Jim,
Thanks for your comments. It is a very good engine, lots of power,quiet and economic. Look at RAM Performance engine website, they do EA-81 like nobody else. If I had to do it over, I would buy their engine/conversion and drop it in my CH701.
They also sell parts and can do work on your engine...
Just a tought.
In any event, if you have questions, don't hesitate.
At 11:21pm on December 29, 2014, Normand Lambert said…
Hi Jim,
No I didnt, but I moved the battery as far back as I could.
Still balanced pretty good. Remember, any weight you add is behind the CG so no problem with balancing...
Pilot, copilot, luggage all are behind the CG so they all help balance out the engine and stuff...
At 9:22pm on December 29, 2014, Normand Lambert said…
Hi Jim,
This is a CH701 behind that EA-81 and associated plumbing.
Flies real nice with plenty of power...

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