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701 'special doors'

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Approval to commence research - HELP!

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STOL CH 701, STOL CH 750, STOL CH 801
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Jonathan, aka Capt. Yaw, is CFI/CE for WAASPS, and Senior Pilot for Medicine on the Move's Ghana/West Africa field operations - providing Humanitarian Aviation Logists services to health professionals in rural areas. Our 701 is busy already and we are about to enter into service a CH801, both built by WAASPS ( Operating initially in Ghana, spreading throughout the Region with a planned 5 aircraft operational in the next few years.

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One Week Wonder - Chapter Ten - Thunderbirds are GO! (but only after the One Week Wonder!)

Posted on August 25, 2014 at 11:30am 1 Comment

With the FAA paper finally in hand, the shout came out from Charlie 'Move that plane NOW!'. 


The Thunderbirds (you know the F16s that display really well), were ready to do their display to close the whole weeks events... but they couldn't.    The crowds were on the line, and the planes had their jet engines running, but they were not being given the 'GO!' until after the One Week Wonder did its first ever 'under its own power' taxi.   




One Week Wonder - Chapter Nine - The Day of the FAA

Posted on August 24, 2014 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Arriving on the Sunday morning, nobody felt 'not tired', but everybody felt 'totally exhilarated'.  The One Week Wonder sat out front, like a toddler about to go out in it's push chair for the first time, full of anticipation, ready for an adventure - but looking so innocent and unprepared.


It was 99% ready, and with just 50% left to go!  But that 50% was going to be a challenge... Then, they came with a black plastic bag and a remote control unit for the countdown clock.  It…


One Week Wonder - Chapter Eight - Day Six - Getting Wings...

Posted on August 23, 2014 at 6:00am 0 Comments

Saturday morning was a blur.  Nobody could remember their own names any more - let alone whether they were coming or going...  It was as if those 'patience pills' were affecting memory too!  Thankfully, between everybody, everything was being accounted for, but the team were visibly slowing down.  Caution was being applied, because everybody knew that it was better to miss the deadline than make a mistake that could jeopardise the long term benefits from…


One Week Wonder - Chapter Seven - Day Five - First Words...

Posted on August 23, 2014 at 4:00am 0 Comments

Friday... less than two days to go... 

everybody finally realized that somebody had been lying to the team - that clock was not right.  This was not anything like a seven day challenge.  Seven days would have given the team until 08:00 on Monday morning... BUT the organizers had this hidden agenda... the plane would be INSPECTED on the SUNDAY by the FAA... and needed full FAA certification before 15:00 on that very Sunday... so that a public taxi test could take…


One Week Wonder - Chapter Six - Day Four - The day of Cake.

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 6:00am 1 Comment

With all the 'smaller surfaces' completed, day four was a day of looking for jobs for the core team not involved in the fuselage or left wing - there was no shortage of tasks - event the clearing up and sorting out the tools that had managed to have a party and get muddled up! 

For those who had built Zenith Aircraft before, this seemed like an easy build - until they all realized that this was a CH750 Cruzer - so it was different.  With less than a handful of Cruzers flying…


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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

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