Flying for fun! Nice demonstration of the Zenith STOL CH 701's off-airport capability. This is a standard tricycle gear configuration, taking off and landing on a rocky river gravel bar. Engine is the 100-hp Rotax 912 ULS.

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Comment by Dr. Edward L. Olds III on March 7, 2014 at 11:50am

Very nice film of a fun day!  I'll bet the little one, throwing the rocks in the creek, loved it!

Comment by Deane Philip on February 24, 2014 at 8:28pm

hey Jock yes the smiley face has always been there I put it on there the day of its first flight in NZ those who see it generally get a smile out of it and I am allways smiling while im flying the JUG so very fitting

Comment by Jock Struthers on February 23, 2014 at 10:08pm

More than a sky jeep!!

I love the smiley face underneath - is that just recent or was it on your plane at Omaka for the competition?

The short strip on the edge of the boulder bank looks OK, but I guess you/ someone checked / picked the bolders before you did the crossing? 

Comment by Paul Sanders on February 19, 2014 at 12:49pm

Great video! I like that the child was practicing throwing rocks, getting ready for your next turn around the field :)

Comment by Deane Philip on February 18, 2014 at 6:24pm
Hi Ben yes it is Matt D
Comment by Shafid Khan on February 18, 2014 at 5:49pm

Excellent Dean, what river bed is it ??

Comment by Landon Goudreau on February 18, 2014 at 5:17pm

I use big lightweight ATV tires on mine and they work great!........less than $100.00 each........just cut the knobs off and use a skinny rim(I narrowed some light weight aluminum racing rims 3".......this makes the ATV tire tall and skinny).........works well on the river beds in our part of the country.

Great video!......

Comment by Ben Meyer on February 18, 2014 at 5:00pm

Nice video; I think I can hear Matt's voice in the back ground?

Comment by Deane Philip on February 18, 2014 at 4:46pm
Hi Jesse I am running 21" tires all round so I modified the front fork with a stainless steel extended fork for strength it has 4 hole positions so I can adjust nose height for terrain I am in the process of designing a lighter version with some of the main body lasered out to cut weight down and hope to run 26" on the mains but they cost $3500 NZD to get the AKbushwheel imported in New Zealand so trying to get to Oshkosh so bigger wheels have to wait
Comment by Patrick Saunders on February 18, 2014 at 4:42pm

Looks like fun!

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