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:
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
Sport Pilot Flies the Zenith STOL CH 750 Light Sport Utility Plane
Flying Zenith Aircraft's new demo STOL CH750 light sport utility kit plane
from a grass strip (off airport). This Zenair CH 750 is equipped with the
Dynon SkyView D1000
Integrated Glass Panel System (with GPS and autopilot). This STOL CH 750
is powered by the Jabiru 3300 engine, cruising at 100+ mph with a take-off
roll under 100 ft.
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.
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.
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:
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
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
Sport pilot: Short take off demo
Measured take off and demonstration of the STOL CH 701. The 701 "Sky Jeep"
is a two-seat light sport utility plane, equipped with fixed wing leading
edge slats. This is a 100-hp Rotax 912S equipped kit plane. Demonstrated
by Christopher Desmond of STOL-Adventures.com fame.
Crop spraying with the Zenair STOL CH 801 sport utility aircraft
Zenair STOL CH801 four-seat sport utility aircraft:
Crop dusting application for agricultural aerial applications: spraying
crops with fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides from the Zenair STOL
Applications include aerial seed sowing and other economical low volume
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