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:
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 701 and STOL CH 801 Sky Jeeps
I-Tec's STOL CH 701 light sport utility Sky Jeep and the four-seat STOL CH
801 utility plane with a big belly cargo pod and beautiful leather
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.
Short field Take Off, Turbo Zenith 801
Now that we finally got the fuel flows right this is our shortest take offs
yet. We still have not had a chance to get down anywhere near sea level
altitudes to see how she does in some thick air.
Bigger and Better: 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The cabin frame's top diagonal cross member has been replaced by two beefy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
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
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
Backcountry Aviation's STOL Tips (Balked Landings, Aborted Approaches, and Go-Arounds)
This is the 4th video in our series about safe flying procedures and
fundamentals for aviating in the backcountry. Please Join us for Balked
Landings, Aborted Approaches, And Go-Arounds. These procedures are an
essential tool for safe operations when flying in the Backcountry. We use
a Maule, a carbon cub, a piper super cub, and a Stinson to demonstrate
these maneuvers in a backcountry environment. Full a full writeup go to:
Dead stick landing: Engine-off glide demo with Zenair CH 701
Demonstration of an engine-out (deadstick) landing with the Zenith CH 701
light sport utility kit plane. This airplane maintains excellent slow
flight handling capability even with the engine off! This "Sky Jeep" is
equipped with the Rotax 912 engine and draggy Warp Drive propeller
Amazing turbine STOL homebuilt airplane
This is Scott Ehni's custom Zenith CH701 airplane (that he scratch-built
from plans) powered by the lightweight Garrett JFS 100-13A turboshaft engine, putting out at least 90 BHP at
a prop speed of 3,100 rpm, burning about 12 gph. The small APU will work on
almost any liquid that will burn. The best off-airport fuel choice is a mix
of diesel and unleaded regular gas as it burns a bit cleaner. Awesome
turbine jet engine sound on the experimental aircraft!
Details on this custom engine installation:
Details on the Zenith STOL CH 701 plane: http://www.zenithair.com