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Just finished my workshop table and inventory on the rudder kit, i need to order a few other parts so i can actually put the skins on but the build has officially begun!
I was in your position. I rent a c150 to stay current. I'm actually scheduled to fly it this evening. I was able to find a CH601XL project with a zero time Jabiru 3300 for $15K last summer. I am adding another $15K in avionics, etc but I will have a sweet panel with ADSB in/out, autopilot, etc. I should add that I have an unflown Kitfox in my barn that I will sell in the spring. I decided that I am not qualified to do the initial testing and, more importantly, the Kitfox doesn't fit my mission. This is an important point: what do you want to do with the plane once you are finished. I want to have the ability to travel and also to keep it outside if necessary. Good luck with your decisions. I think you are going about it thoughtfully.
Thanks, im renting 150s and 172s right now myself. The idea to buy a 150 is out the window for me at this point as well. With full tanks its basically a single seater, dont really need a merlin. Id like to have the ability to at least take one person up if they want to. Ive heard that you can basically hire the owner or one of the main people from zenith to do the first couple test flights for you. Not sure how true that is though.
The issue with the Kitfox is that I can't find a place to give me transition training for my model. There is at least one place in the US that offers transition training for the 601/650. I intend to get 10 hours with them when my project is ready to fly. Also, there is a CH601XLB on Barnstormers right not that needs a motor and avionics.
Just saw that one, the 601 is ok, but because of the ghost stories i think im going to stick to the 650 for a used or half complete build. I plan to schedule some training in Missouri my self when the time comes. Im still waiting for my 650 rudder to ship myself.
If you are referring to the wing failures, both the 601 and 650 were affected. They require the "B" mod, which I believe the barnstormer plane has. There is very little difference between the 601 and 650. The 650 has a larger canopy (which can be installed on a 601), a different rudder, and a slightly higher wing incidence which gives you slightly better over the nose visibility.
Was looking at the wrong ad, i see the xlb now for 23k, and i can fix the engine. About to get in contact with that guy thanks a million.