A nice walkaround the roomy four-seat utilty STOL CH801 "sport utility" bushplane from Zenith Aircraft Company as seen at Lakeland Sun-n-Fun fly-in 2010. Notice the belly cargo pod on this airplane, powered by a Lycoming IO-360 engine.
The Beast - NASCAR powered Zenith CH801
As an icon of STOL performance in the Experimental/Amateur-built world, the
Zenith CH series have few rivals, but coupled with a NASCAR technology Ford
V8, this particular CH801 truly becomes a beast of a flying machine. Join
me as I talk to builder and pilot Ben Haas, and take a demo flight around
the Jackson Hole, Wyoming area.
Read the full article about this Featured Bushplane here:
Update: After many requests, we've released the much sought-after audio of
the takeoff, unobscured by music, revealing an amazing high-fidelity
capture of the engine at 70% power:
Folding Wings Option for storage and trailering: Zenith STOL CH 750 light sport utility kit plane
Folding Wings for storage and trailering, as demonstrated on the Zenair
CH750 prototype test plane. Though not developed for folding between every
flight, the folding wing option allows for easier storage or trailering.
Note that the standard wings are easy to remove (and that an all-metal
airplane like the CH 750 is ideally suited for continuous outdoor
tie-down). The wing folds (hinges) back for low-volume storage.
Airplane details: http://www.zenithair.com
Utah Back Country Pilots
Formation flight with Short take offs and landings on dirt strips, and
river beds. Super Cubs, Kit Fox, Zenith 801.
STOL CH801 Short Take Off, 4 Seat version of CH701
First flights of our just finished Zentih STOL CH801. Built By Dad, age 35
and four sons 6,8,11,and 12 for mom and wife who recently got her pilots
licence. Plane was NOT a quickbuild kit but we did finish it quickly, 8
months, including paint and interior.
Zenair STOL CH 801 Sport Utility Aircraft
Learning to fly the four-seat utility Zenith STOL CH 801 Sky Jeep.
Practising short take-offs and steep approaches at gross weight (2200+
pounds) with this custom-built Zenair powered by a Subaru automotive
conversion. Amazing capabilities! The all-metal STOL CH 801 features
fixed wing leading edge slats.
STOL CH 801 Demo Video Excerpt
The four-seat sport utility STOL CH 801 airplane in action. The Zenith
STOL CH801 is an all-metal quick-build utility kit plane from Zenith
Doing STOL work at Karumba in North Queensland. Flown by myself and
Pietschy. Thank you to Nashy for filming this.
STOL flying fun on river gravel bars.
Flying for fun! This was a great outdoor adventure with a custom STOL CH
701 airplane and a stock STOL CH 750 light sport utility kit plane, landing
and taking off from a gravel bar somewhere in northern California. The
Zenith STOL CH 750 "sky jeep" is in standard tricycle gear configuration
with stock wheels and tires and a Jabiru 3300 engine, doing what it was
designed to do!
STOL design considerations:
Bigger and Better: 2012 Zenith STOL CH 750 - flight demo
We've made the Zenith STOL CH 750 light sport utility kit aircraft even
bigger and better!
The STOL CH 750 cabin, which by all measures is already very roomy for a
light aircraft, has been increased in size by raising the cabin height by
nearly three inches (or 70 mm.)
The top front of the cabin (the ceiling) has been raised and is now part of
the lifting surface of the aircraft (further adding to the STOL capability
of the aircraft).
The cabin frame's top diagonal cross member has been replaced by two beefy
smaller diagonal "hand-holds" by the front of the cabin, and the formed
plexiglass top window adds to the lifting surfaces of the aircraft, to
provide better STOL performance and capability.
STOL CH 750 info: http://www.zenithair.com/stolch750/
Details on new cabin: http://bit.ly/HjPgEG
Four-seat STOL CH 801 Sport Utility Airplane: Belly Cam POV
The Zenair CH-801 is the ultimate sport utility airplane, powered by an
IO-360 (180+ hp engine). Four roomy seats and a big cargo pod make this
the ideal plane to get away for the weekend. The plane is easy to fly yet
has excellent off-airport capability. This video is in Brazil.
Flaps blowup Zenith 701
Loud, man!! And sudden altitude loss and airframe jolt. Rockie has 350
hours 701 time and knew things weren't right...and wanted a brief. Smart
STOL CH 750: The Complete Airplane Kit
This is an overview of the complete all-metal DIY kit for the Zenith STOL
CH 750 light sport utility kitplane. The kit meets the FAA's "51% rule",
while at the same time being a "Quick Build Kit" - with match-drilled pilot
holes for maximum ease of assembly.