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Flying in Alaska... on skis
Bush Plane Flying In Alaska with Bob Jones - on Skis and Floats

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STOL CH 701 builder and bush pilot Bob Jones of Big Lake, Alaska sent the following report:

These pictures were taken as Ken Barnes & I were flying our planes from Big Lake, Alaska to Johnson Creek. 

Big Lake is 65 miles toward Mount McKinley (Denali National Park) from Anchorage and Johnson Creek is about 80 miles closer to Mt. McKinley. Skwentna, Alaska

The Mountain in the background from my plane is Mt. Susitna (Sleeping Lady). On this day, we also landed on Hewitt Lake, which is North of the river village of Skwentna, Alaska. 

There was approx. six feet of snow on the lake, but it had settled some and ice glazed, so it made an excellent landing area to just get out and stretch.

My plane was built from a kit purchased from the Zenith Aircraft factory in Mexico, Missouri.

From start to finish it took me over 1,000 hours, but I spent a lot of extra time on the construction of skis, a custom baggage door, a survival gear box under dash, ejectable top hinged bowed doors, and more. I also installed larger wing tanks (which are now standard in the kit) and built both wings with one broken arm (and some additional help). This is a "EAA Centennial Homebuilt" and after a 1-1/2 hour FAA Inspection, it passed without a change. 

I'm flying every chance I get and now have more than 100 hours on the plane in 10 months. It's on Zenair 1150 floats in the summer and skis in the winter.

I custom-built the skis from plans with UHMW bottoms, reinforcements and heavier axles and rigging. 

Part of the construction time was from working with ROTAX Austria to get approval to slightly modify the tuned air intake, to fit on the 701, and I believe it was the first 100-hp. Rotax 912S to use it. 

The plane flies unbelievably well. The shortest take off on skis, with no wind, pilot only, was 25 feet. The slowest landing I've made on floats was 28 miles per hour, the shortest landing and take off (at gross) on floats, was 400 feet. The plane will land itself, skis, floats, wheels, it doesn't make any difference. 

Anyone wanting to know more can contact me. 

Bob Jones
Tel. (907) 892-7369
bobnpat @ mtaonline . net

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Bob with the snow shows on.
snow shows stowed away
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Bob Jone - Pike fishing


March 2008:

Bob Jones poses with his STOL CH 701 (on skis) and with "a few pike" (we count 77).  He wrote us:

Pick Fishing in Alasaka


STOL CH 701 - Pick fishing in Alasaka "The 701 is the best winter pike fishing machine. Where this plane will land you have no other company, save for a snow machines and riders that took two days to get there, or maybe a real good Cub driver that can afford a helicopter to get back out. Thanks again for the super kit, and awesome airplane.  Chris Heintz really knew what he was doing when he designed this."

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"Here are some pics of our trip to Paradise Lake, Alaska:

"I made about 20 landings to pack the runway before pulling the power to stop. The planes performed very well. We logged about 4 hours and burned about 17 gals. of fuel."

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...the cabin with the deep snow on the roof

"We shoveled snow off the cabin roof: the snow was approx. 10 foot - which settled down to 6 feet."

Mt. McKinley in the background...

"The mountain photos are of Ken's and my planes with Mt. McKinley in the background."

Mt. McKinley in the background...
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 Photos from March 2005:

"Here are the latest pictures taken on a trip to Skwentna, Alaska."
"Ken, Paul, Pat  and I  went for the famous "$100 burger" - it's about 200 miles round trip."
"It was one of those beautiful days - when you are glad to be a pilot and to own a 701"

 

Chasing shadows along the Susitna River
(a slower way to travel)

Some earlier photos from Bob:

bjones1.jpg (44166 bytes) Bob Jones and his STOL CH 701 on skis (Big Lake, Alaska).

"Thanks again for the great airplane and the unbelievable support you have always offered me."

bob-jones-dash.jpg (62015 bytes) "My plane has all standard instrumentation and a dash mounted AV MAP, EKP-IV GPS you can see in the photo.  The display is very bright on this unit - it far surpasses all other units with screen pixels."
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New photos on floats: 9/2007
Getting ready for summer: Bob Jones installs the floats to his STOL CH 701 for summer operation (this Alaska airplane only uses skis or floats, and never wheels).
Bob Jones and Ken fishing for Pike in Alaska Bob Jones and Ken fishing for Pike in Alaska with their STOL CH 701 light sport utility floatplanes.
extension ladder Transporting a 16-foot extension ladder (strapped to the float) to the fly-in moose lodge.
Bob Jones at his fly-in Moose Camp. Bob Jones at his fly-in Moose Camp.
Alaska Parked by the fly-in Moose Camp in Alaska.
Mt Susitna (Sleeping Lady), Alaska Awesome views of Mt Susitna (Sleeping Lady).
The setting sun at the fly-in Moose Camp in Alaska The setting sun at the fly-in Moose Camp in Alaska...
Parked by the fly-in Moose Camp in Alaska. Parked by the fly-in Moose Camp in Alaska.
Bob Jones at his fly-in Moose Camp. Bob Jones at his fly-in Moose Camp in Alaska, with Mt Susitna (Sleeping Lady) in the background.
Alaska float flying The setting sun at the fly-in Moose Camp in Alaska...
Summertime: Bob's STOL CH 701 on floats:
"The floats are great, I have about 60 hrs on them now, I have them set at 4.5degrees, they get off my short lake with room to spare, and at 5,200 rpm. show 80mph+"
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STOL CH 701: Alaska Flying the STOL CH 701 in Alaska
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Flying from Skis in Alaska

New Video Clip from Zenith.Aero

Bob Jones of Alaska demonstrates his STOL CH 701 "Sky Jeep" on snow skis.

Flying from Skis Video ClipZenith STOL on Skis in Alaska with Bob Jones

(See the same airplane flying on floats in Alaska)

Float flying is Alaska with Bob Jones. Bob Jones's great float flying video clips from Big Lake, Alaska 
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Float flying in Alaska Extreme STOL Demo (click image to view video)
Bob Jones sent us some great float flying video clips to demonstrate the extreme short take-off and landing capability of his STOL CH 701 on Zenair floats. Take off requires less than 3.5 seconds, or about 200 feet (from water!)
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Extreme Flying Video: Zenair Extreme STOL Flying Demo (testing VGs) on skis.
Bob Jones installed and tested Zenith micro Vortex Generators (VGs) to the underside of his elevator, and produced this video to demonstrate their effectiveness..

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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