Short Take Off
"...Short-field performance is where the STOL CH 801 aircraft truly excels: It is airborne in less than 120
feet of unprepared grass, or 90 feet of hard surface, at gross weight. Rotation is possible by the time full throttle setting
is applied, and lift-off can begin at 25 mph (in ground effect, with no wind) - all within less than four seconds from stand
still. Of course, any headwind shortens the time and distance required for take off..." - SPORT AVIATION MAGAZINE
Reprint Article From Custom Planes magazine via Zenith Aircraft website
From Zenith Aircraft Website
The Zenith STOL CH 801
"..The STOL 801 CH is a four-seat sport utility kit aircraft based on the successful two-seat STOL CH 701 design developed
by aeronautical engineer Chris Heintz in the mid eighties. Since its introduction in 1986, more than 400 short take-off and
landing STOL CH 701 aircraft have been successfully built and flown around the world, many being used for light utility purposes.
"The two-place STOL CH 701 has been a success story largely unnoticed in the U.S.," wrote EAA Sport Aviation magazine is its
April 1998 issue. "More than 400 have been completed worldwide but only 100 of them have emerged from homebuilder's shops
in the U.S. Usually that ratio would be reversed, but the real world use of the airplane has dictated otherwise. A significant
number of those being used in Africa and other under-developed areas of the world rarely or never see a paved runway... or
any sort of formal runway, for that matter."
STOL CH 801 Utility Kit Aircraft
The larger STOL CH 801 has been developed to expand the utility of the STOL CH 701 model by increasing the useful load from
500 lbs. (225 kg) to 1,000 lbs. (450 kg.) while retaining the original design's short and rough field capability. While the
two designs share many similarities in appearance, they actually do not share any airframe parts due to the significantly
larger size of the STOL CH 801.
"With 400-plus CH-701s currently flying, Zenair / Zenith Aircraft have certainly established the viability of this STOL design.
Their newest aircraft, the CH 801, just expands that design concept to four places, creating a true utility kit aircraft."
–.. EAA Experimenter magazine
Built of durable all-metal construction, the STOL CH 801 is designed to provide the durability and ruggedness required of
an "off-airport" bushplane, while being quick and easy to build and maintain. Developed as a true sport utility kit aircraft,
the STOL CH 801 offers many modern features for truly spectacular short-field performance and overall versatility.
The STOL CH 801 aircraft is at home on off-airport fields as well as on city airports, providing both the versatility of a
four-seat aircraft and the capability of a cargo-hauling bush plane. Developed as a sport utility aircraft, high speed performance
has been traded for outstanding high lift features to offer true short take-off and landing performance and spectacular slow
flight characteristics, with a huge cabin and payload. While many other aircraft designs may be faster than the STOL CH 801,
none offer more payload and short-field capability in an aircraft that is both as affordable and as simple to build.
Simple systems make the STOL CH 801 easy to build and maintain, while maximizing reliability. Its slow stall speed makes the
aircraft easy and fun to fly, even for the novice low-time pilot.."
From Zenith Aircraft website.
This website will document the construction of a Zenith 801 Quick-Build Kit starting from its state (49% completed) as received
from the Zenair Aircraft factory.
Just Opened Crate From Zenair
Back Seat Room
Right Cabin View
Stabilizer and Elevator as arrived from Zenair - Rivets and Trim Tab
Stabilizer and Elevator End View
Stabilizer and Elevator Center
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