Hobby takes flight: Local friends building plane in garage

The following was the lead story on AOPA's AVIATION eBRIEF (February 5, 2013) 

Friends build plane in barn, airstrip in backyard 

Patrick Tippmann and Patrick Borton are making progress on the Zenith STOL CH 750 kit plane sitting in pieces in Tippmann's Fort Wayne, Ind., barn. Tippmann plans to fly the plane out of his backyard after laying a 1,700-foot grass airstrip on the edge of his property. The two men met while training for their pilot's licenses in 2011; Tippmann said, "Two years ago if you said, 'Do you think you're ever gonna build an airplane and fly it out of the backyard?' I'd say, 'Heck, no.' " 

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Comment by Patrick Tippmann on February 12, 2013 at 6:23pm
Thanks for your support guys. We will begin work on the strip in the spring. We are now just finishing up with the installation BRS parachute. Patrick Borton will post some pics for all to see.
Comment by Dr. Edward L. Olds III on February 7, 2013 at 3:35pm

Good luck guys.  I had a great time building mine and it flies just as expected.  Remember that the "trip" is as much fun as the destination!

Comment by Mike Armstrong on February 7, 2013 at 11:14am
You'll love every minute flying it. My strip is a little over 1000 feet at 6300 ft elevation so you should have an extra 1500 feet of runway you don't need for the cattle to enjoy grazing on. Have fun with your project. Mike Armstrong CH 750 Serial # 8000
Comment by Eugene Meintjes on February 6, 2013 at 10:27am

Good inspiration,/

Comment by Wendell Ridenour on February 6, 2013 at 6:36am
way to go guys when I get back from Florda ( Snow birding ) il fly in to see the plane , is the strip readdy to land on , then fly u in my 601HDS Ray

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