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Gabriel’s First Flight in Hi-Def!

This is the “quick” version; sped up to conserve disk space.

Here’s the full test flight at normal speed.

With the help of a GoPro mounted inside the cabin, we are able to ride along on Gabriel’s very first flight. This was on Sunday, November 1, 2015, at approximately 4:30 PM, at the Elkhart Municipal Airport, located on CR 6, in Elkhart, Indiana. Test pilot is Brian Taylor. Come along and enjoy the ride!


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Gabriel Takes to the Air!


After about six years of building time, Aluminum Angels airplane, Gabriel, detached itself from the earth this afternoon and took to the air! And quite nicely, too. Brian Taylor, from Michigan, who is an experienced Zenith 701 pilot, fastened his seat belt, cranked up the Rotax engine, taxied to the end of the runway and became airborne at approximately 4:29 PM this afternoon. It was somewhat windy out, but Brian reported that Gabriel handled very well. A couple minor adjustments are needed, but overall, it flew very well! He did two touch and go landings, circling the airport each time. He taxied back to the hangar and shut the engine down amid a rousing cheer from the assembled audience!

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N701AG, Cleared For Takeoff!

The time is finally here! On Thursday night, October 15, the Zenith 701 (“Gabriel”), being built by Aluminum Angels, was certified to be airworthy by Lowell Farrand, who is the FAA Designated Airworthiness Representative.
The airplane is currently housed at the EAA Chapter 132 Hangar at Elkhart Municipal Airport. Some of the Chapter 132 members have been very helpful, over the past several months, in the completion of the building of the airplane.
Next step is the initial test flight, which is scheduled for Saturday morning, October 31, at 9:00 AM.

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Website has New Look

On behalf of  Aluminum Angels, welcome to our website. If you have visited here before, you may notice the site looks very different now. Since April, I have been busy “behind the scenes”, learning to use a “new” web Content Management System called “WordPress”. For the past few years we have been using a different CMS called “Joomla”. Earlier this year I made the decision to switch to “WordPress”. In the early morning hours of Friday, June 5, I switched the new website, which had been in development mode on my personal computer, to “live” mode at our web hosting service. I met with a couple of glitches that caused the process to take longer than I had expected, but our web hosting company’s Technical Support was very helpful and together we “gotter done” at about 3:00 AM that morning.

One major difference that you should notice about our new site is that its page rendering is “responsive” and adapts itself to whatever size screen is attached to the device you are using to visit our site. To be easily readable, a web page must be able to sort of cut itself into strips if the site visitor is using a cell phone or small tablet for viewing. Try visiting our site with various devices to see what I mean.

I hope you enjoy “poking” around in our new site. Feel free to leave comments about articles you read. We appreciate constructive feedback

Thanks again for visiting and check back often.


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