After weeks and weeks of bad weather and two flat tires and a bent front axle from taxi tests, the 701 had its first flight!
We finally got a beautiful Saturday and no wind.
I had the honor of taking her up first.
She flew almost hands off right from the start!
Almost no rudder is required to make a turn and the ball easily stays in the center. She climbs like bat out of hell!
I was up for about 20 minutes in the pattern. If I stuck my left arm out the window my hand would be over the runway.
The 701 was light on the controls and very smooth and stable. The Jabiru 3300 just purred!
No flaps are necessary to fly her. Just pull back on the power and you get an elevator-like descent to a smooth flare. Very easy to land.
I got in four flights for almost two hours on Saturday. Only thing I didn't test was right-hand turns.
Post flight inspections turned up no problems. We've got a keeper here!