Reviews - Zenith STOL CH 750
The Chris Heintz-designed STOL CH 701 is a workhorse. It has been performing short takeoff and landing (STOL) duty for 20 years and has developed a cult following. Its big brother, the STOL CH 801, is a lot bigger, with twice as many seats and room inside. So, with small and large STOL machines, what else would Chris Heintz fans want? How about a mid-sized S-LSA STOL machine?
They have one: the new STOL CH 750. It looks a lot like the CH 701, but it’s different in significant ways: it’s wider, and it is available ready-to-fly with the TCM (Continental) O-200. Its gear is stronger and wider, and visibility is improved. The CH 750 is 2 inches taller and 11 inches longer and has a 2-foot 9-inch greater wingspan than the CH 701; wing area is 144 square feet, as opposed to the smaller plane’s 122. Horizontal tail surface area is up by 17 percent; empty weight is 33 percent greater, and gross weight is up by 18 percent, to the LSA limit of 1,320 pounds. Useful load is now 545 lbs., 25 percent greater than the CH 701. And increased fuel capacity can use up virtually all of that: it hold 24 gallons, versus the smaller machine’s 20. Even with the bigger engine, the faster, bigger, heavier plane has 10 percent greater range, and performance is improved in nearly all dimensions.
The Zenith CH 750 may never win a contest for sleekness and style, but its beauty is found in what it can do. – The Oklahoma Aviator, April 2009
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