FAA's National Kit Evaluation Team
(NKET) visits Zenith Aircraft to complete on-site kit evaluation of the STOL
CH 750 kit.
|May 20, 2010, Update: It's official. Zenith Aircraft received the FAA letter today stating that the STOL CH 750 kit officially allows an amateur builder to register the plane as an "amateur-built - Experimental" aircraft (meeting the "major portion" requirement of Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations part 21, Certification Procedures for Products and Parts, § 21.191(g).
May 12, 2010 - Mexico, Missouri:
A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) four-person National Kit
Evaluation Team (NKET) concluded its two day visit to Zenith Aircraft
Company in Mexico, Missouri today to determine that the STOL
CH 750 aircraft kit will officially allow an amateur-builder to meet the
"major portion" (or "51% percent") requirement of Title
14, Code of Federal Regulations part 21, Certification Procedures for
Products and Parts, Â§ 21.191(g).
While it will be several more weeks before the FAA issues
its official determination and the STOL CH 750 kit is added to the FAA's
official "Revised Listing of Amateur-Built Aircraft Kits," Zenith
Aircraft officials were pleased with the NKET's visit: "Based on the
FAA's on-site inspections and our discussions the STOL CH 750 kit will be
added to the FAA list of of eligible aircraft kits," stated Zenith
Aircraft Company's president Sebastien Heintz.
STOL CH 750 builders will be able to use the resulting FAA checklists to
determine exactly how much commercial / professional builder assistance may
be used in the construction of their projects without violating the "major
portion" requirement, commonly referred to as the "51% Rule."
Based on the popular STOL CH 701 "Sky Jeep" design
from Chris Heintz that was first introduced more than twenty years ago, the
all new STOL CH 750 design incorporates all of the 701's amazing short-field
capabilities, while maximizing cabin size and load carrying capability
allowed under the FAA's new Sport Pilot / Light Sport Aircraft category.
Like the original, the STOL CH 750 aircraft was developed as an
"off-airport" short take-off and landing kit aircraft to fulfill
the demanding requirements of both sport pilots and first-time builders.
The all-metal aircraft wing design features fixed leading-edge slats for
high lift, full-span flaperons (both ailerons and flaps), and an all-flying
rudder. The design delivers truly amazing short take-off and landing
(STOL) performance as well as surprisingly competitive cruise speed. The
plane offers great bushplane capabilities all with the simplicity of a
tricycle gear configuration (with fully steerable nosewheel). Pilots
are universally impressed by the huge cabin, side-by-side seating, and easy
cabin access through the dual bubble doors that help with spectacular
"wrap-around" visibility. The are many engine choices
available for the STOL CH 750, including the Continental O-200, Jabiru 3300,
Rotax 912 ULS, ULpower, Corvair, and more...
The all-new STOL CH 750 is available as an easy-to-build kit which
revolutionizes ease and simplicity of construction, drawing upon Zenith's
decades of experience in the kit industry, while also using new
state-of-the-art CNC fabrication equipment, resulting with a complete kit
that can be assembled (by first time builders) with only basic tools and
skills. The STOL CH 750 airframe requires less than 400 hours to build from
the complete factory-supplied kit. The kit includes many CNC pre-cut
and pre-drilled skins and components, made with extensive use of match-hole
technology, and includes detailed drawings (blueprints) and photo assembly
manuals. The standard kit comes with factory-finished wing spar
assemblies, and is supplied with all hardware needed to complete the
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