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To Sun'n Fun and back in the STOL CH 701 and STOL CH 801
Sun'n Fun Fly-In 2008

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Mexico, MO to Lakeland, FL route Starting at the Zenith kit aircraft factory in Mexico, Missouri on Saturday morning (April 5, 2008) our trip took us to Sun'n Fun in Lakeland, Florida about 1,000 miles (or 1,600 km.) away.
Departure - April 5, 2008 Day One: Mexico, Missouri (KMYJ) to Sikeston, Missouri (KSIK) to Mussel Shoals, Alabama (KMSL) to Jasper, Alabama (KJFX).
Day Two: Jasper, Alabama (KJFX) to Bessemer, Alabama (KEKY) to Tuskegee, Alabama to (06A) to Eufaula, Alabama (KEUF).
Day Three: Eufaula, Alabama (KEUF) to Cross City, Florida (KCTY) to Lakeland, Florida (KLAL).
Flying the STOL CH 701 View from the STOL CH 701 cabin
Flying over the Missouri River
Missouri River The Missouri River covered by morning fog
Visibility View from the STOL CH 701.  The full clear bubble door provides great downward visibility.
View over the nose View over the nose, heading SE toward Sikeston, Missouri
Hands-free View of the basic instrument panel and center "Y" control stick - smooth air allows for hands-free flying...
Mississippi River Approaching the mighty Mississippi River with its shores overflowing
A bit of road...
stranded farm Stranded farm in the muddy waters of the Mississippi
formation flying View of the STOL from behind over the flooded Mississippi valley fields in southern Missouri
STOL CH 801 View of the STOL CH 801
STOL CH 801  
Flooded fields in the Mississippi River valley
The STOL CH 701 and STOL CH 801 in Sikeston, Missouri (KSIK), 200 miles into our trip.
More flooded fields Continuing on into Kentucky...
Flying over a dammed river
Day Two:  
First signs of poor weather:  Low ceiling with light rain
Refueling stop in Bessemer Alabama  (KEKY)
Brief landing in Tuskegee, Alabama, where we joined up with two Ercoupes enroute to Sun'n Fun.
Poor weather prevented us from getting into Florida and we spent the night in Eufaula, Alabama, the "deep south."
Nice view of the STOL CH 701 cabin
A view of the Gulf Coast in northern Florida
Flying the Lakeland approach into Sun'n Fun:  Following Interstate 4 westbound from Lake Parker.
Arrival on the Sun'n Fun grounds at Lakeland, Florida (KLAL), taxing by the row of F16 Thunderbirds
Sun'n Fun: April 8 - 13, 2008  
The Zenith display at Sun'n Fun
 
The AMD Zodiac XL (yellow) and Patriot aircraft in the LSA Mall at Sun'n Fun.

STOL CH 701 Construction Project In the sheet metal workshop at the Sun'n Fun fly-in, a STOL CH 701 kit was under construction during the six days of the fly-in.

The non-profit group Spirit of Hope, headed by Burl Nelson, plans to donate the completed STOL CH 701 aircraft to a missionary organization.
STOL CH 701 Construction Project Assembling the STOL CH 701 wing at the Sun'n Fun workshop (from standard kit parts)
Burl Nelson of Spirit of Hope, the sponsor of the kit.
Building the STOL CH 701 rudder tail section Building the STOL CH 701 rudder tail section
Hands-on experience Demonstrating the STOL CH 701 assembly.
Kit Assembly The wing nears completion...
Jim Hoak (left), a Zodiac CH 601 builder and longtime sheet-metal workshop volunteer, shares his skills on the horizontal tail section of the STOL CH 701 kit.
STOL CH 701 rear fuselage
The rear fuselage section of the STOL CH 701 (turned on its side).

(Special thanks to builder Ron Lendon for sharing many of the above six photos).

Inside the rear fuselage Inside the rear fuselage assembly of the STOL CH 701
Riveting the STOL CH 701 fuselage assembly Drilling and riveting the rear fuselage
STOL CH 701 rear fuselage and horizontal tail STOL CH 701 rear fuselage and horizontal tail frame, flat on the workbench
Blind riveting the STOL CH 701 fuselage sides together Blind riveting the STOL CH 701 rear fuselage assembly together.
STOL CH 701 workshop The STOL CH 701 workshop area at Sun'n Fun.

SNF 2006 Once again, the annual builders' BBQ he on April 10 was a great success, hosted by the www.ch601.org and www.ch701.com webmasters.

(file photo from previous year)
Smile!
Flight Crafters Bob and Russell of Flight Crafters with their STOL CH 701 project.
The Return Trip Home:  The first day we only made it one hour north:  From Lakeland (KLAL) to Dunellon, FL (X35)
Lakeland, FL to Mexico, MO route Monday, April 14:
The first day we only made it one hour north:  From Lakeland (KLAL) to Dunellon, FL (X35), but we made it the rest of the way to Mexico, Missouri on the second day (nearly 1,000 miles in one day in the STOL CH 701!)
The STOL CH 801's aging Lycoming O-360 engine needed a replacement starter.  Thanks to the folks at Superior Air Parts who were able to supply us with a new starter.
Zodiac CH 601 taxiing out, passing by an Aerocar flying car.
Leaving Sun'n Fun Taxiing out of Lakeland
Heading back home
On our way back we stopped in to visit Steve Saint and his excellent crew at I-TEC (Indigenous Peoples Technology and Education Center, Inc.) in Dunnellon, Florida, where we had the chance to try out their amazing prototype 4-wheeled powered parachute / all-terrain vehicle designed for use in the jungles of South America.  Due to high winds, we spent the rest of the day and night in Dunnellon.
Day Two:  Dunnellon, FL (X35) to Thomasville, GA (KTVI) to Eufaula, Alabama (KEUF) to Jasper, Alabama (KJFX) to Sikeston, Missouri (KSIK) and back home to Mexico, Missouri!
Morning departure Despite an early morning departure, we were facing headwinds...  Thankfully the headwinds diminished as we headed north into Georgia.
Following a meandering river in central Florida.
Flying the STOL CH 701:
Notice the fixed leading edge wing slat.
Flying over scenic Lake Martin in Alabama.
Lake Martin
 
flood Back to the flooded plains of southern Missouri.
Tail winds push us home past the Missouri River.
Home again On final on Runway 18 at Mexico Memorial Airport (KMYJ) just before sunset.

Sun'n Fun 2007 Click here to view photos of the 2007 Sun'n Fun fly-in
 
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