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I-Fly develops, modifies and manufactures several aircraft that provide affordable, simple and efficient transportation beyond roads. The I-Fly project also seeks to train indigenous people to build and fly aircraft in order to reduce dependency on outside agencies, putting indigenous God-followers in the pilot’s seat.
One of the first I-Fly undertakings was the RV-10 program in which Ecuadorian nationals are producing modern airplanes as part of I-TEC’s “business as ministry” program. I-Fly has built a number of Zenith kit planes and has developed a ‘super STOL’ Cessna 172 as part of its Preacher Pilot program. Powered Parachutes, first put into service by I-TEC in 2000, inspired the development of I-TEC’s Maverick ‘Flying Car’. Missionary Glen Chapman has been successfully using an I-TEC Powered Parachute in the Democratic Republic of Congo for four years showing the Jesus Film to nomadic peoples who were difficult to impossible to reach without this unusual aircraft. Glen uses the Powered Parachute to transport 150 pounds of audio/visual equipment to places he couldn’t reach before by boat, car or bike.
I-TEC has built a 701 for bush flight testing, with the aim of being able to recommend it for use in the mission field. The Zenith 701 was constructed in Ecuador by the STOL project and was assembled at the I-Tec workshop in Dunnellon, Florida.
The Zenith 801 project is an intiative to build a jungle-capable "preacher pilot" aircraft. Currently, two Zenith 801's are being built by the SSTOL (South American Short Take Off and Landing) project in Ecuador
Maverick Flying Car
The Maverick is the true flying car: drivable on public roads with a civilian driver's license, and pilotable when airborne under S-LSA/E-LSA certification. Preparation for flight is quick and simple, thanks to I-TEC's innovative wing deployment system, which also provides the Maverick maneuvering capabilities unique among powered parachutes.