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Kibidula Farm Institute Update

Operating on the beaches of Lake Malawi, Africa.
STOL CH 701 on the shores of Lake Malawi, Tanzania, East Africa

May 2007 Update:

In the 1990s we reported on Bill Norton who built and operated a STOL CH 701 aircraft for the Kibidula Farm Institute in Tanzania, East Africa.  Called the "Skyjeep" by locals, the popular kit aircraft earned its keep by transporting personnel and medical supplies to remote African villages.

Bill built the STOL CH 701 from the standard kit in a remote village in Tanzania, East Africa, using electric power tools recharged by solar panels and communicating via satellite.


Bill Norton (left) of the Kibidula Farm Institute in Tanzania

Jason Fournier now operates the STOL CH 701 at the Kibidula Farm Institute, and reports:
"We have been flying the STOL CH 701 doing mission work for many years here.  With our growing work, I have been watching the development of the [four-seat utility] STOL CH 801 with great interest and I am seeing quite a few out there with good reports."

Jason is now in the planning stages of acquiring a STOL CH 801 to supplement and to build on the work begun years ago with the STOL CH 701.

For additional details, contact:

Jason Fournier
Family Development International
Kibidula Farm, Box 17, Mafinga, Tazania (East Africa)
email: ja4nier@kibidula.org
Website:
http://www.kibidula.org


Following are photos from the Kibidula Farm Institute.  Visit their comprehensive website: www.kibidula.org

Jason Fournier, Kibidula Farm Institute. Jason Fournier now operates the STOL CH 701 at the Kibidula Farm Institute.
STOL CH 701 on the shores of Lake Malawi STOL CH 701 "Sky Jeep" on the shores of Lake Malawi, Tanzania, East Africa.
STOL CH 701 on the shores of Lake Malawi Landing on the sloped beach of Lake Malawi.
(Notice the dog in hot pursuit of the airplane).
Kibidula Farm Institute, Tanzania Bill Norton, who first operated the STOL CH 701 aircraft in Tanzania, explained: "A typical trip that takes three to four hours by jeep [when possible] takes me 10 to 15 minutes with the Sky Jeep. Talk about productive use of our limited resources."
Kibidula Farm Institute, Tanzania The Sky Jeep STOL CH 701 at the Kibidula Farm Institute hangar
Kibidula Farm Institute, Tanzania On site maintenance...
Kibidula Farm Institute, Tanzania Learning to fly and maintain the STOL CH 701 in Tanzania.
Kibidula Farm Institute, Tanzania Happy villagers.

STOL CH 701 on the beaches of Lake Malawi, Africa.
Operating on the beaches of Lake Malawi, Africa.  Notice the dog in hot pursuit of the airplane.


Sky Jeep STOL CH 701 in Tanzania, Africa
Bill Norton with his STOL CH 701 in Tanzania

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NOTE: Selected photos from kibidula.org.  This article represents the viewpoints of the author, and not necessarily those of Zenith Aircraft Company.

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