I finally ran out of things that needed done before first flight of my 601 XL B. The next thing to do was fly it.

Engine is a 2700 cc Aeromax Corvair

Engine installation is my own design except motor mount.

Rotec carb, homebrew intake and exhaust system.

Dual Ford EDIS-6 ignition using single Ford 6 cyl coil pack.

Warp drive 68" prop

Cowling is modified fiberglass Aeromax

No problems or difficulty on the first flight other than the often reported left wing heavy condition.

YouTube video clip of the take-off

Getting ready for the take off

First landing

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Comment by Stephen M. Eastham on March 31, 2023 at 11:24am

Hi Louis, I've been sent to pasture by both A z a l e a and the BIG W builder after buying an unused 3.1L S p y d e r engine (it was in parts) in Nevada that I had inspected by C l a p p in 2022, but he screwed me on my oil cooler, carb plus my intake exhaust so I will need to make my own intake and exhaust for my 601 HDS for my Rotec carb. I don't have a jig/fixture for TIG welding my own 304 pipes or having them custom welded. Any ideas or recommendations?

Comment by Jason B on February 22, 2013 at 1:07pm

Congrats! I'm building out a 601 xlb as well; looks like I found yet another inspirational piece.

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Comment by Captain Dennis Kirk on January 17, 2013 at 7:30pm

Congratulations!!! Nice looking plane!

Comment by Mack P. Kreizenbeck on January 17, 2013 at 1:24pm

Congrats from Idaho

Nice looking bird! Next time you're in the neighborhood, how about a little polishing help?

Blue skys ahead,


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Comment by Bob McDonald on January 13, 2013 at 9:42pm

Congrats on first flight. Great pictures.... keep flying & smiling.

Comment by Tim Garrett on January 13, 2013 at 8:38pm
Well done! Welcome to the flying side of the hobby!
Comment by Patrick Hoyt on January 13, 2013 at 2:41pm
Louis, big time congrats! You have a beautiful airplane to be proud of. Well done.

- Pat
Comment by Tim Smart on January 13, 2013 at 12:36am
Congratulations on your first flight, enjoy!

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