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This is "The Zen".
It is a 2005 kit built CH601HD that was built by Trevor Page, and sold to me & Ray Nash in 2007. At the time Ray & I had been flying Quad City Challengers on wheels / skis / amphibian floats. We wanted a faster go further adventure aircraft that was still in the Advanced Ultra Light Aircraft (AULA) category here in Canada. It was also the aircraft that introduced me to Zenair / Zenith kit planes, the Rotax 912 series of engines, and the hopeless addiction of aircraft building. This aircraft started my journey in the kit building world. It was also a hell of a lot of fun to fly. We flew to fly-in breakfasts, we flew to visit friends, we flew to watch the sunsets. We flew out of grass airports, paved airports, farmers corn fields.
But life changes. I was seduced by a CH750 build / flying, and then a 1450 float build, followed by a Citabria GCBC. My partner Ray went through a divorce, two kids in College, increasing business demands on his free time. The Zen as we affectionately called the CH601HD was placed in storage state in November 2018. She stopped flying. I lost the 2020 year to a heart attack and open heart surgery. Ray interests have changed, and demands on his free time have increased. We made the tough decision to sell The Zen rather than see her languish in a lonely hangar for another year.
After a close inspection, The Zen's Rotax 912A 80 HP (originally a 600 hr. TBO engine - with 1236 hrs) fired up without hesitation for the new owner Harry Walia. A few test circuits and all was in the green for launch. I could not stop grinning as I listened to the Rotax 912 humming contently on the taxiway, the Zen's wings shining in the sun, her fuselage rocking in the prop wash. The Zen was doing what she was built for "Going Flying".