Zenith CH 750 STOL

Zenith CH 750 STOL

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Why the Zenith STOL 750 design?

When you are trying to decide which aircraft design to build you need to think about the type of flying you want to do, construction material to build in, as well kit vs. scratch building. I wanted an aircraft that had STOL (Short Takeoff and Landing) capability, which means a low and slow high wing design, that I could scratch build. I also wanted an all sheet metal design. Even though STOL aircraft are traditionally designed with rag and tube, I might not always have a hangar to store my aircraft in and sheet metal aircraft with stands the weather much better when continually stored outside.  Now add in the requirements of the aircraft meeting light sport requirements that could carry a passenger and there really are only two choices, both designed by Zenith, the 701 and 750 STOL series aircraft.
The 701 is an earlier Zenith design that is the ultimate in STOL performance. It is purposely designed to be the best in STOL performance without compromise. It isn’t the fastest in class or have the biggest cabin, but very few, if any, homebuilt designs will takeoff or land shorter while carrying 2 people and their gear through the mountains or bush. Over the years it has went from a very lightly constructed 2 stroke engine aircraft to its current 1100lb gross weight, 4 stroke engine capable design. If you want the ultimate in extreme STOL performance, the 701 is your plane.
When the Light Sport class was developed, Zenith designed the 750 to meet those requirements. Zenith took everything they had learned about the 701 and designed several improvements into the 750 design. It is easier to construct with several assemblies in the aircraft being simplified.
The cabin has much more room, including improvement in the seating, making it a lot more comfortable. There where also several design changes to create unheard of visibility from the cabin. The 750 has many more engine choices compared to the 701 including several certified aircraft engine designs. It also has more payload capacity compared to the 701. Some might even say the cruise speed is faster than the 701, but if built similar I personally think it is about the same.
Does it still possess that excellent STOL performance? It does. Not quite as good as the 701, but very close. Like the 701, the 750 is designed as a STOL performing aircraft first without much compromise. 
Other benefits of the 750 STOL design..........
Zenith fully supports their plans builders. You can purchase any single part of the plane from Zenith if you decide that you can't or don't want to make it yourself. This really adds in a lot of flexibility to the plans builder. 
Zenith also offers floats for their aircraft designs (as well as other designs). If I ever decide to put floats on my plane, Zenith has kits ready to go. 
Add in the outstanding customer service, technical support, long history of manufacturing kits and all those other benefits talked about, you can't go wrong building one of Zenith's designs.