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.
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
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:
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
Short Take-Off and Landing Competition at the Zenith Open Hangar Day Fly-In 2014
Here's a summary of our first ever STOL (short takeoff and landing)
competition at the 2014 Zenith Aircraft Open Hangar Day and Fly-In on
September 19 & 20, 2014 at the Zenith factory.
Winning performance by Jan Eggenfellner flying a Zenith STOL CH 750 powered
by a Viking 110 engine. His take off measured 109 feet, and his precision
landing measured 110 feet for a combined winning score of 219 feet.
The EAA staff-built STOL CH 750 plane (powered by an O-200 and piloted by
Tracy Buttles was airborne in 121 feet, and Roger Dubbert's take-off roll
measured 116-feet in his STOL CH 701 (powered by a Rotax 912 ULS).
This was our first short take-off and short landing (precision) competition
and demonstration, held on Friday afternoon. What fun we all had! This was
a very informal "competition" to encourage all Zenith owners to
participate! This event was sponsored and coordinated by American Light
Video of the Zenith Aircraft Open Hangar Day and Fly-In:
More photos of the Zenith Aircraft Open Hangar Day and Fly-In:
Zenith Aircraft Company: http://www.zenithair.com
(Photos and video footage from Dayton Shephard, Notley Hawkins, Charlie
Becker, Zenith Aircraft, and others. Thanks!)
First flight: Zenith STOL CH 701
Roger from the Zenith Aircraft factory recently performed this first flight
in this STOL CH 701 light sport utility kit plane (registered as an
"Amateur-Built - Experimental")
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
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