AIRCRAFT AT WORK AROUND THE WORLD
SKY JEEP BENEFITS
Kibidula Farm Institute Update
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
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.
additional details, contact:
Family Development International
Kibidula Farm, Box 17, Mafinga, Tazania (East Africa)
Following are photos from
the Kibidula Farm Institute. Visit their comprehensive website: www.kibidula.org
Fournier now operates the STOL CH 701 at the Kibidula Farm
STOL CH 701 "Sky
Jeep" on the shores of Lake
Landing on the sloped beach
(Notice the dog in hot pursuit of the airplane).
||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."
Jeep STOL CH 701 at the Kibidula Farm Institute hangar
to fly and maintain the STOL CH 701 in Tanzania.
Operating on the beaches
Malawi, Africa. Notice the dog in hot pursuit of the airplane.
Bill Norton with his
STOL CH 701 in Tanzania
photos from kibidula.org. This article represents the viewpoints of the author,
and not necessarily those of Zenith Aircraft Company.