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At 1:03pm on July 28, 2015, ulis temos said…
Jonathan, your story is published in August Air & Space. Way to go it's not easy to get them to publish stories unless you go to the moon. Keep up the good work. I do not write much but do follow your stories. Thanks and keep them coming.
At 7:43pm on October 9, 2014, Tim Garrett said…

The CNN story of Patricia with you in it is magnificent! Congratulations to you two! Please pass my admiration to Patricia! Keep some for yourself, too! Well done!
At 3:34pm on February 19, 2012, Valerie Westedt said…

Hi Jonathan,

Let me know how I can help with the African fly girls.  I will not be at Oshkosh this year. We were there last year and do not go every year.


At 2:43pm on November 9, 2011, Normand Lambert said…

Hi Jonathan,

Thw newer Zenair amphib are easier to construct and setup. I think I would go for those. On the CH701 they are pretty heavy...So watch for this.


At 11:36am on November 8, 2011, Normand Lambert said…

Hi Jonathan,

Sorry it took so long to answer your comment about the Anti-skid tape found at Rona (construction store)! Went on EASY ! Very nice result and very cost effective. I don't think you could tell the difference between this stuff and what is sold by aircraft shops. Look at the pictures... Easy to cut and very STICKY! Can't pull it off afterwards.

At 8:10am on February 12, 2011, ulis temos said…


Thank you for the story in the news letter i enjoyed reading it.

At 7:46am on December 24, 2010, Joe Spencer said…


I've been looking at your pics. Interesting stuff...I was especially interested in your camera mounts as I am currently working on a vid mount for the baggage. shelf. I've been thru a couple and about have one done that I'm satisfied with...thx for the pics.

Joe Spencer

At 3:43pm on December 6, 2010, Elmer Webster said…
Just for fun...I'll post some cloudy days, I spend more time at or below 500 than above 500ft.
At 3:04pm on December 6, 2010, Elmer Webster said…
The wheels and tires are the same ones Zenith was testing on the CH750 last summer. It's a good upgrade if you do off airport stuff. Not as good as the Alaska Bushwheels, but not as expensive either. The Alaska Bushwheel tires run about $2000 USD. The total upgrade to what I'm using was about $1100 with shipping. Most of the cost is for the new 8" wheels, axles and brakes. The tires are only about $30 each. The stock Zenith stuff is great on beaches, grass and dirt. The bigger tires are needed for rocks and uneven ground. Some of the gravel bars I land on will really rattle your teeth with the stock equipment. When I put on tthe bigger tires (21 X 12 X 8) and drop them down to 6-7 psi (less if I'm very light), it's like landing on marshmellos. See the Zenith test video at ( I'll get you the details if your're interested.
At 5:23am on November 27, 2010, Andrew Conroy said…
Hi Jonathan
Sorry to hear about the malaria hope it does not slow you down too mutch. I have been enjoying your blogs. My 750 will hopefully be flying in January 2011. Mybe I should fly up and visit you.

Andrew Conroy
At 2:45am on November 23, 2010, Hank Optland said…
I hope and pray that you will soon make a recovery from malaria. I have enjoyed reading how you put those STOL Zeniths to good use!
At 2:14pm on November 22, 2010, Sebastien Heintz said…
Ouch!! Good luck with the malaria... (and you were wondering I haven't been by to visit!)
At 8:28am on November 21, 2010, Jim Belcher said…
Get well! It's easy to forget how common diseases like this area in some parts of the world. You'll be in our thoughts and prayers.
At 8:07pm on August 29, 2010, Bob Pustell said…

I enjoy your comments and suggestions in the chat group and respect what you are doing in your work there in Africa. I am honored to be "friended" by you.

At 7:46am on August 4, 2010, Amaechi Uzodinma Johnbull said…
Thanks jonathan,I will get you informed once I complete my STOL aircraft so as to put me through further
At 3:42pm on July 5, 2010, Ron D Leclerc said…
G'Day Jonathan
Good to hear from you and thank you for the compliment! I don't know if I can help here! I think I know what you are looking for... I have seen some pictures that one other 601 builder took of his method, but for some reason... I cannot find his web site. I think that he is a Zenith member [ ] and his name is Scott Laughlin - his web site was called ""... but its not working. He also had a link to it on the web site... but it's broken and does not work!
This fellow was also making/selling LRI probes on the Matrionics Zenith Forum, if i remember.... that was awhile back!
Is there anything else that i can be of help to you? My web site is there may be something there that you can use!

Again Jonathan, it was real good to hear from you and you take care now... BTH I find your blogs facinating and very very interesting to read!
At 1:38pm on June 10, 2010, Phillip Owens said…
Congratulations to Patricia! I hope she has a long and prosperous career, it is great to see Ghanaian's getting into the air to help their people. Great Job!
At 6:51pm on May 11, 2010, Don Herbel said…
Thanks for the invite and the compliment. Sometimes I'm too particular in my work which slows down my progress. I spend a lot of time talking with Zenith to clarify my interpretation of the drawings and assembly guides. Maybe when the project is completed such a trip would be possible.
At 9:17am on March 11, 2010, Thomas Howard Millington said…
On de-burring for the soul: I go so far as to inspect each drilled hole with a handheld magnify glass! I hope to have my plane ready for flying next summer (2011). I will be considering all opportunities to fly until this time. Thanks for the email. Tom
P.s. With this being my first project, I,m not likely to involve others in on it until I get comfortable with the process myself- I'm into absorbing all I can without distraction!
At 6:58pm on December 12, 2009, Jake Reyna said…
Thanks for the words of wisdom. Your "dig it" comment reminds me of the movie "Joe Dirt". His line was "Lifes's a garden, dig it"

As for my health, I was doing all the right things. The aneurysm was caused by a congenital heart defect, the bicuspid aortic valve. I had a set expiration date, good living wasn't going to help. It did take about a year to fully recover from the surgery, but I'm back to better than normal.

Life's a garden, dig it!

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