My EAA Chapter was kinda working on an Acro Sport II but it was like watching grass grow. So I raised the question, "Say, when this is done in 2 or 3 or 4,000 more hours, who is still going to be alive and of those, who can fly it?" Silence. Well, I offered to sell the project and get us a CH 701. My offer was accepted, subsequently I sold the Acro Sport, and last Friday a 12 x 4 x 3 foot box showed up from Zenith.
Man, it was like X-mas! We had that box open and the parts inventoried in under two hours. Saturday, some of the guys started assembling the rudder.
This project has already put a whole new life back in the Chapter. First, the 701 is all metal, is assembled with pop rivets, and has a 450 hour build time. That alone means anyone, with modest skills, can work on it and progress is quickly visible.
Second, it is LSA compliant, a STOL aircraft, has a nose wheel, and can land and takeoff almost anywhere. That means virtually everybody in the Chapter can fly it.
The plane, in my opinion, is ugly, in a cool sort of way. But we aim to get it done this winter and fly it in the spring. I am already lining up a Rotax 912S and instruments.
Looking forward to having fun this winter!