N601A First flight in my Zenith CH 601 HDS with a Corvair 2700 engine

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Comment by Doug Eaton on March 2, 2014 at 2:47pm

Hi Steve,

Just watched your first flight video. Great Job! Most that try memorializing this special moment have not pulled it off in the same great fashion that you accomplished! You rocked it!

Steve, I have a Corvair engine I am building to 3.0 Liters with WW and Dan Weseman. Recently I found a 601HD that is about 50% complete. Was started by an aircraft fabricator so the quality is high. Was curious about any info you have obtained from your early test flights in phase1. Cruise speed? Stall power off and on. What is your empty weight? 

Congrats again!

Doug Eaton

Comment by Chris Barker on January 11, 2014 at 10:02pm

Great Job Steve.I have keeped your video on my laptop to help me keep on track. I am building the CH650B. Rudder is buildt, wings and tail should be in Aus end of Jan 14. Look forward to my first flight, in about 3years. thanks for letting us share your first flight.

Comment by Terry Latino on January 11, 2014 at 1:01pm

Great job Steve.  I know the feeling.

Comment by Steve Sims on January 8, 2014 at 9:55pm

Thanks everyone for the comments.  I started building the engine and plane 5 years ago and enjoyed every day of it.  I still need to install the wheel pants and paint it but for now I look forward to flying it more.  I originally made the video for my family but seen I could upload it to this site and thought others might enjoy it as well. 

@William Wynne, thanks for all of your work in the world of Corvair flight engines, I look forward to flying it to some Colleges in the future. P.S. please add me to your list of flying Corvairs : )

Comment by Dave Gardea on January 8, 2014 at 6:42pm
Congrats to you Steve .. great accomplishment! I enjoyed the video.
Comment by Jerry Latimer on January 8, 2014 at 6:38pm

Congratulations Steve.  I hope you enjoy your HDS as much as I have over the last 250 hours of flight time.

Nice looking plane.

Comment by Jerry "Sonny" Webster on January 8, 2014 at 6:36pm

Congratulations on your accomplishment Steve.  It's an inspiration to remind all of us builders that we to can one day fly our own creations.  See you at Airventure 2020 in my CH650!

Comment by Brad Boon on January 8, 2014 at 6:31pm
Great job and nice looking aircraft! My HDS with Corvair will be flying this summer hopefully. See you at Oshkosh!
Comment by James Brigman on January 8, 2014 at 1:54pm

Magnificent, magnificent. One more 601HDS behind you Steve waiting to fly....

Comment by martin acton on January 8, 2014 at 11:44am

Inspirational stuff, thanks and I liked your music too.

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