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The Gemini CH 620 project
is still under development and kits are not available.
AVAILABILITY TO BE ANNOUNCED UPON COMPLETION OF
Continuing Prototype Development:
While we are expecting to complete the Gemini project,
the status of the project is currently on hold. Quite frankly, we're
just too busy currently and do not have the time to devote to complete
Designer Chris Heintz stated he is continuing
development of the Gemini CH 620 twin-engine kit aircraft design, and
is experimenting and refining design aspects on the concept aircraft
introduced in 1996. Among targeted development plans, Heintz is
experimenting with a new wing airfoil that promises to be better
suited for the twin-engine configuration of the Gemini - for better
performance and flight characteristics, and other engine / prop
choices. While the Gemini project is moving forward, it is currently
not a priority item for designer Chris Heintz and kits are not
expected to become available for several more years.
For information on our other kit aircraft designs,
check out the Zenith Aircraft Homepage at http://www.zenithair.com
Designer Chris Heintz stated he is continuing development of the Gemini
CH 620 twin-engine kit aircraft design, and is experimenting and refining design aspects
on the concept aircraft introduced in 1996. Among targeted development plans, Heintz is
experimenting with a new wing airfoil that promises to be better suited for the
twin-engine configuration of the Gemini for better performance and flight
prototype has proven the design to be very viable, and interest in the design has been
higher than expected," Heintz said. "However, the prototype has
shown areas where the design can be improved and I don't want to release the design for
production until we've experimented with a few more ideas." Heintz stated
that the kit for the personal twin-engine aircraft would not be available until further
development: "Rather than being satisfied with a 'good' design, we're continuing
developement of the prototype so that we can offer an 'excellent' twin-engine kit aircraft
Prototype Status (1998):
- Final flight test phase of prototype concept aircraft
(Midland, ON) - COMPLETE
- First Flight Completed: July 23, 1996, (0820 central), Mexico,
- FAA Airworthiness Certificate issued July 16, 1996
Prototype: Serial No: 5-0001, Reg: N6265N
- Basic IFR panel: Gyros (horizon, turn & bank, DG),
Bendix/King KX-155 Nav/Com, KT76A Transponder w/ encoder, KI-208 Indicator.
- Retractable landing gear system has been fixed open for
initial flight test program.
- Prototype was flown to the EAA Oshkosh convention (7/30/96)
and Sun'n Fun (4/97).
Official Flight Test Program being conducted by Chris
(Flight test program of prototype concept aircraft).
Background: Since Oshkosh (August 7), we
havn't released significant news on the GEMINI project. Though we've been swamped with
inquiries (and deposits), we've been holding off providing specific performance until
designer Chris Heintz had a chance to perform thorough flight evaluations and tests on the
The prototype was delivered to Zenair Ltd. (Midland, Ontario)
on August 30 in time for Zenair's annual Open House event on August 31 (which attracted
more than 3,000 aviation enthusiasts).
Poor weather (flight testing requires good weather conditions
to be meaningful) and other priorities (IFR and spin certification for the CH 2000,
deliveries of trainers to India) delayed Heintz in resuming the Gemini flight test program
Initial Report From Chris Heintz (abbreviated):
From September 16 - 23, beautiful fall weather has yielded
the following preliminary test results, with landing gear extended (down), full fuel (34
US Gal.) and one standard (170 lbs.) pilot:
- @ 75% power on both engines, Vn = 128 mph true (from SL to
5,000 ft.); 130 mph true at 7,000 ft. (standard atmosphere).
- Rate of Climb (both engines) at 75 mph is 1,600 FPM at SL
- Ceiling (both engines): Well over 12,000 ft. ASL
- Single Engine (the critical engine is the Left engine, which
was shut down for the following):
- Rate of Climb at 3000 ft. is still 400 FPM (which equates to a
ceiling of about 5,000 ft. at 1150 lbs.)
- Cruise speed (75%) on SE: 90 MPH.
- Stall speed is practically Vmc (minimum controllable speed)
and is close to 55 MPH (though this isn't a very accurate figure yet).
From Here: Overall, the prototype is a real
joy to fly with very good characteristics. It appears that very few changes will be
required to the prototype. With retracted gear and new streamlined production cowls, I
believe the Gemini will exceed forcasted performance figures. The Jabiru engines have been
performing flawlessly to date. Assuming good weather ahead and no unforseen priorities,
we'll continue with the flight test program during the coming weeks and we'll keep you
up-to-date of results.
We found some good details and info on Jabiru engines: Jabiru Factory
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