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From Michael B. of Moorook, Queensland, Australia (September 2002):

I'm an engineer with a twin brother who is a construction manager. A few years prior to starting the project we were on the lead up to turning 30. So for our 30th birthday we decided to build a couple of planes and fly them around Australia. The kits arrived in a box on the 14th of August, 2000. Both airframes were completed within 9 months of the box arriving. It then took another 5 months to get them painted and all those other things organized. Then the motors were ordered and the firewall-forwards were put together. The engine we selected was Rotax 912. My plane first flew on June 5, 2002, and my brother's machine (the one with the yellow stripes) first flew yesterday.

The machines fly as expected: 4 to 5 second take offs and high angle of attack climbouts are what they do... she climbs like a homesick angel and handles like a dream.

 

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Brother Matthew B. sent in these photos and wrote us (November 2003):

"I just returned from a trip where I flew my little bird 1600 n.m. inside 25 hours from Brisbane to Cairns and back. I did some serious flying on this trip, landed at a couple of bush strips. I am sure that some guys have flown 701's in pretty heavy conditions but let me tell you that the 701 can handle 40 knot 90 degree crosswind landings when the temperature is 35 deg C. Don't ask me how I know but I found out the hard way. And some pretty serious thermals as well, like 1800 ft/min sink rates for 30 seconds and then the same later on in a climb (I got stuck in a NASTY leeside rotor on a hot day).  Pass on my gratitude to yourself and your company for making one hell of a bush plane."
(Click here for written details and photos of the trip)

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  • Click here for written details and photos of the trip

The twin planes; One with blue trim, the other with yellow trim:

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Moorook (Brisbane), Australia

Following are some construction photos:

12-foot long crate The two kits arrived in a single 12-foot long crate on the 14th of August, 2000. Both airframes were completed within 9 months of the box arriving.
The rudder assembly clecoed together...
The twins.
A pair of wing skeletons.
Different skeleton assemblies...
Two months into the projects...
"Special thanks to Cory Girl the Rivet queen without who I would have gone crazy."

Note: Many of these images show customer-built aircraft, some of which have been modified without the designer's specific approval. Modifications will affect the specifications and performance of the aircraft.


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