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.
PART 1 of 2-BUILDING A ZENITH CH750 STOL AIRCRAFT 2011
VIDEO SLIDE SHOW BUILDING A CH 750 AIRCRAFT. YOU CAN BUILD YOUR OWN PLANE.
IT'S LIKE EATING AN ELEPHANT...ONE BITE AT A TIME. THIS VIDEO IS PART ONE
OF THE BUILDING PROCESS. THE PLANE IS BUILT AND FLYING...TAKE A LOOK AT
SOME OF MY OTHER CH 750 VIDEOS FOR THE RESULTS AND TAKE OFF PERFORMANCE.
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
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")
Cross country flight in the Zenith STOL CH 750
Sport pilots take the roomy STOL CH750 on a long distance cross-country
trip with overnight bags. Powered by the Jabiru 3300 (105-hp) engine.
The Searey LSX, a newer and more refined model of the Searey 'Classic'.
This particular version is powered with the Rotax 914, 115 hp turbo engine and is equipped with a glass panel.
Major new features of the LSX include Vortex generators on the wings,
increased washout at the wings (both of which make the aircraft extremely
hard to stall), a redesigned cockpit interior (very plush), and structural
enhancements necessary to meet the ASTM standards in preparation for the
To schedule a demo flight or visit to our facility, contact Recreational
Mobility at 321 253 9434. We also offer painting, electrical, repairs
services. New and Used Seareys available. See our website at
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:
Flying the Zenair STOL CH 701
Roger takes us flying in his prized Zenith STOL CH701 "Sky Jeep" that he
built in the 1990's, demonstrating the light sport aircraft's outstanding
short field capability and great handling characteristics.
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
Utah Back Country Pilots
Formation flight with Short take offs and landings on dirt strips, and
river beds. Super Cubs, Kit Fox, Zenith 801.
DeltaHawk Engine Update
DeltaHawk will be the first to admit they've been plodding along on the
diesel engine certification project like...forever. Actually, it's been 14
years. But they think they'll have a production engine available this year.
Here's KITPLANES editor Marc Cook with an update.