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Mission STOL CH 801
- Venezuela -

Art Mitchell sent the following short article upon his return from Venezuela:

It's good to be home!  My trip to Venezuela to finish the CH 801, LOM installation went very well.  I spent four weeks with Michael and Keila Dawson in Puerto Ayacucho finishing a project that was started in my hangar about two years ago.  

Art Mitchell and the Dawson family...
Uncrating the LOM engine

The temperatures were in the mid to high 90s for the first two weeks and dropped way down to the mid 80s by the time we left.  Dan Johnson, who has been a great help with funding and also wrenching went with me and James Wiebe, who flies my CH 801 and Air Canada's 767s came down the last week.

There was a lot of interest in the plane by many of the pilots and aircraft mechanics as well as the government inspectors.  We were treated very well by everyone.  It is clear that many of these will be flying down there in the next little while.
The combination of the CH 801 and the LOM engine is such a great match for that environment.  We originally had another engine partially installed on the airframe when it left Canada.  To start with we had to replace the nose landing gear since the LOM requires special support.  Zenair has also greatly improved the windows and windshield since we put that unit together so we changed all that.  What a difference!
The Moravia LOM installation went on beautifully.  This is only the second 801/LOM installation so there were little things to fiddle with but the results were worth it.  Right now Moravia is busy installing engines on two others 801s and several builders are getting close to doing the same.

The last day on the project I was able to do all the high speed taxi testing.  While I can't say the plane was officially flying, I also would not be able to say that it was always on the ground either.  Let's just say that all the controls worked very well and the plane requires no adjustment to trim.  The plane is just waiting the last bit of paperwork and some final adjustments.  With Christmas just around the corner these things will likely not get done right away.  I am hoping to be able to go back early in the new year and finish the flight testing and training of pilots.  There is a line-up of pilots wanting to get checked out in it.

I want to give a huge "thank you" to the people of Wayumi Air Taxi Company who's hangar became our hangar.  Their personnel were so professional and helpful.  Also the folks from Mission Aviation Fellowship and New Tribes Mission were a real encouragement.  I was very impressed with the helpfulness and quality of the Venezuelan government inspectors. They spent many hours making sure that everything was done properly.  I agree with the comment that so many of them made.  The CH 801 with the LOM engine is exactly what is needed in Venezuela.

GREAT AIRPLANE
   --GREAT ENGINE
      --GREAT PEOPLE.
          What a combination!

  • Art Mitchell (11/2000)
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