Phil Owens' CH-801

Completed after a long journey of ten years. I still need to finish the paint, but she flies great! The engine is #5 off the Jabiru 5100 8cyl 180HP line and sports a custom 3-blade Catto prop, just over 800# thrust on a plane with an empty weight of 1240. She just jumps off the ground! Photos are of her first flight; what a blast!

Location: Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport

e-mail address:

Mike Creek's Bearhawk

Completed in December 2008, N2828M took to the air in January 2009 with test pilot Danny Sorensen. It took 3.5 years to build with help from many friends including Roger Knight who is an invaluable mentor. An O-540 and Hartzell constant speed prop deliver impressive take-off performance exceeding all expectations. Many thanks to Avipro for producing such a fine kit and to Bob Barrows for an outstanding design.

Location: Elko Nevada

e-mail address:

Steve Dentz's Just Aircraft Highlander

N419BD is a Just Aircraft Highlander and was completed after 10 months in June 2010. This is the second Highlander I’ve built in the past 18 months. It’s powered by a UL350iS engine manufactured in Belgium by ULPower and it’s 130hp, fuel injected, electronic ignition and weighs in at only 173lbs ready to fly. The installed instruments are two Dynon 10” Skyview glass panels, Becker transponder and an Xcom radio. I painted the Highlander base colors (brown and almond) with Stewart Systems Waterborne System and the remaining trim colors are metallic vinyl. The airplane now has 35 hours,  and I'm looking forward to a lot of back country flying with friends.

Location: Carnation, WA

e-mail address:

Randy Owen's Zenith 701

After 2 years, 5 months and about 1060 hours building time, my Zenith 701 flew for the first time, and flew flawlessly. Even at my 4724' field elevation, it jumped off the runway and climbed like a maniac. It uses a Rotax 912ULS engine with a Warp Drive prop. Many thanks go to Graham Meyer and Bob Trumpfheller, my technical counselors, to Clarence Wood, Zenith builder extraordinaire, to Jon Croke and his fabulous videos, and to my wife, who helped, and put up with metal shavings all over the house.

Location: Grand Junction, CO

e-mail address:


Thomas Longo's Zenith 701

Zenith N701TL took me a little over a year to build, started on 6/18/09 and finished 8/05/10. The airworthiness certificate was issued on 9/16/10 and first flight was on 9/18/10.

It is powered by a Rotax 100 hp 912 ULS engine with a Warp Drive 72 inch prop, equipped with full steam gauges, a Dynon SkyView glass panel, Becker transponder and Flightline FL760 radio,  AeroLED MicroSun landing lights and a BRS parachute system.

The first flight went well without problems on a beautiful Florida fall morning, the sun just coming up. After so much sacrifice the feeling of flying your project is just exhilarating! I have flown off the 40 hour test phase. My first passenger was my wife, her first flight ever that was not on a commercial plane and she loved it. As of this writing, I have approximately 50 hours and this plane is a joy to fly. Takeoff distance is around 100 feet and landing not much more. I wanted the challenge and satisfaction of building my own plane at least once in my lifetime.

Special thanks to my friend Keith Dull who lent his expertise in applying the paint and also to my sister Cynthia Pimentel who did the upholstery work for my seats which match the paint job. Last but not least, thanks to my wife Tanya who did not see me much during the year of building my plane. Full pictures of build and video of first flight can be found on the Zenith Builders site.

Thomas Longo

Location: Brooksville, FL

e-mail address:


Gero and Beatrix Dargel's Skyranger Swift

After a couple of more or less successful radio controlled models, the Skyranger is our first "full size" project. The main structure of the Skyranger is a bolted skeleton framing covered with presewn Dacron, so the kit can be constructed with a limited tool set. The construction was pretty straightforward. After about 500 hours within 11 months in a really small (German!) single car garage it took off on its maiden flight in September 2010. It is powered with a 80HP ROTAX 912 and it is now located at EDMJ near Munich, Germany

Location: Munich, Germany

e-mail address: