On Friday Morning February 11, 2011 at about 7:15 AM I took off for the first time in N949TF from St. Louis Downtown Airport (KCPS) using runway 12R.  My intent was to do a fast taxi, liftoff and touchdown and then go back for the actual takeoff.  Had a light tail/crosswind and when I lifted of I was uncomfortable with the drift and just firewalled it and climbed out.  Flew for between 45 min and an hour and the first landing was very nice.  I will post photos and the landing video.  Notice the gateway arch in the background on landing rollout.  Flew for a second hour on the 13th and did touch & go's.  Got real comfortable with it then. Tim Finley



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Comment by David Long on November 17, 2012 at 11:55am

Hi Timothy, 

Your landing looked great.  (Not to mention, you A/C looks real nice.  Will have to update my pics soon.  Thanks for the confidence booster about A/C handling.

Comment by Tim Garrett on February 15, 2011 at 5:13pm

YEAH! Another Tim flying a 601 in the St Louis area. Congratulations! I flew Sunday Feb 13 as well. I can see a formation flight of two 601's for an Arch flyby. We could get John Cange with his plane for a flight of three!


I second the point of flying with Roger before first flight if you can.

Comment by Timothy Finley on February 14, 2011 at 6:37pm
By the way for all of you 601 builders out there, I spent some time with Roger in the factory 601 a while back to get familiar with the aircraft before my flight.  I have to say my take off or landing would never have been as comfortable as they were had it not been for my time in the aircraft.  Thanx to Zenith and Thanx to Roger for all the help!!
Comment by Jerry Latimer on February 14, 2011 at 6:25pm


Nice landing


Comment by Sebastien Heintz on February 14, 2011 at 4:10pm
Well done! Congratulations Tim.
Comment by Zenith.Aero on February 14, 2011 at 12:14pm
Congratulations!  You have a beautiful plane!
Comment by Paul Sanders on February 14, 2011 at 12:10pm

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