Zenith STOL CH 750 “Super Duty”
Introduced at AirVenture 2017, the STOL CH 750 Super Duty was a surprise to almost everyone that walked up to it. Zenith did a good job of keeping the project under wraps until they were ready for the big reveal, and it was a surprise in more ways than one. Not only did it sport the big engine (205HP) and a third seat (rear seat) and sit on large tundra tires, it also featured one of the most unique innovations of the year—the “Unpanel.” This out-of-the-box concept does away with the traditional instrument panel, substituting instead a single glass-panel EFIS mounted on a moveable arm so that it can be positioned in front of either the pilot or passenger, or moved out of the way of both. This isn’t just getting rid of instruments; it does away with the entire instrument panel structure, a very unusual idea.
Zenith Aircraft Company has been building airplane kits for over 25 years. The company has invested heavily in computer technology to aid in designing and manufacturing the all-metal kits. Sebastian Heintz, son of designer Chris Heintz and president of Zenith Aircraft Company, says, “Our CNC manufacturing allows us to manufacture kits that are easier and quicker to build than ever before. Our newest kits offer final hole size match-drilled parts, ready to assemble right out of the box.” Heintz added, “Our ongoing investment in technology has also allowed us to keep all manufacturing, design and support jobs here in North America.”
Below is a video of the first flight of the Zenith CH 750 “Super Duty” sport utility aircraft.
Piloted by Roger Dubbert at the Zenith Aircraft factory in Mexico, Missouri:
What do you get when you take an LSA bush plane and put 180HP to 230HP on the nose? You get a machine that is ready to take on the world—a world of short strips, sandbars, and mountain meadows. Zenith Aircraft started with a STOL CH 750 aircraft, lengthened the wings, enlarged the tail, beefed up a few things here and there—and created a new model called the Super Duty (SD), a three-place STOL aircraft. Think of a real pickup truck, not one of those fancy citified vehicles. We’re talking about something that you can throw the tools into and go running off the landscape to patch a hole in the fence. The Super Duty is that kind of machine, with the muscle to get you there and back.
Zenith Aircraft Company is always updating its kits to make them easier to build, and the CH 750 Super Duty is the easiest to build yet! Almost every hole in the kit is already drilled to its final size. This minimizes marking, measuring, and drilling, and lets you focus on the fun of seeing the airplane come together before your eyes. Blind rivets are the primary fasteners used in the kit. They are extremely simple to set; anyone can learn how in five minutes or less. We estimate that building the kit should only take the average builder around 250-300 hours.