College - Author 1

College of Engineering

Department - Author 1

Aerospace Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Aerospace Engineering



Primary Advisor

Kurt Colvin, College of Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department


The objective of this senior project is to prepare a phase I flight test program for a homebuilt Zenith CH 701 kit aircraft. The CH 701 is a small, short takeoff and landing experimental aircraft. A team including several Cal Poly students helped to construct the airframe and avionics of a 701 during the 2011-2012 academic year. The flight test program is necessary for obtaining unrestricted FAA flight certification for the completed aircraft. A set of test flight cards were created to aid in meeting the 25 to 40 hours of required phase I flight testing. These cards include specific instructions for each test as well as notes intended to help the pilot complete the test program safely. The test program outlined by the completed test cards will allow the CH 701 to safely and successfully advance to unrestricted phase II flight testing.