magazine, November 2012 issue, cover story: "Zenair CH 750 - A
kitplane with remarkable performance." Pages 50 - 56,
cover story and flight test review by Dave Unwin:
takeoff was impressively brief, indeed we were flying also as soon as we
started to roll. ..visibility is every phase of flight really is
"I decided to hold the aircraft in a stall, and with the stick on
the back stop it simply sank straight ahead in a very stable condition
with a vertical speed of less than 500 fpm. You could ride it down to
the ground like this, and although you might burst the tires you would
definitely walk away. This is a very safe airplane."
"In conclusion, I was hugely impressed by the STOL CH 750. In many
ways an excellent example of "function over form," its STOL
performance is remarkable. I flew it on a flat-calm day and was
amazed at how little runway I used, and this was the first time I'd ever
flown one. I would imagine that with a few hours on type, and say 20 kts
on the nose, you could land (and equally importantly - take off again)
practically anywhere." Read the entire article
Aviation Consumer magazine, June 2011
issue: "CH 750: Super STOL LSA" Report
by Paul Bertorelli on the STOL CH 750 S-LSA, pages 15 - 27: "Slow
speed handling is superb and stalls are nothing but a docile parachute
mode... Landings are a showoff's delight."
related video clip from the article
KITPLANES magazine, April 2011
issue: "Building on a Budget" Feature story
by Scott Spangler, pages 17 - 23, about Wayne Clagg's scratch-built STOL
CH 701: "Wayne Clagg took on a VW-powered plans-built Zenith with an
eye toward getting in the air quickly while not breaking the bank."
Read the entire article
KITPLANES magazine, March
issue: "Four Zeniths, One Day — A Flying Delight" Cover story and flight
review by Marc Cook, pages 37 - 42.
"So much about the CH 750
struck me as being just right for the mission. The
enlarged cabin is a real boon."
Read the entire article
Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) Flight magazine, September 2010 issue: "Culmination
of an Amazing Journey"
(cover story, section B, pages 1 - 2), by builder/owner Bob McDonald: "The
folks at Zenith Aircraft make a CH750 kit that is an absolute joy to
Flyer magazine, July - August 2010 issue: "Homeward Bound
- Bob McDonald's Zenith 750" (pages 7- 9): "With the building part now behind me I have to settle for
the thrill of flying my CH750." Read
the magazine and online guide for adventure flying, chooses Zenith
Aircraft Company as the "Best Overall Kit Aircraft
Manufacturer Pick for 2010" (PilotMag's Best Picks for 2010,
Page 37, November / December 2009 issue)
Flyer magazine, the official publication of the Recreational
Aircraft Association of Canada (RAAC), January - February 2010 issue: "Elevated"
(cover story, pages 22 - 29): "Chris Heintz saw the need for an
updated version [of the STOL CH 701], something with a larger cabin,
greater payload, and the ability to us an array of four stroke engines. The
CH 750 is the perfect plane for exploring and camping off the beaten
September / October 2009 issue: "A
Life Better Lived - Building An Airplane That Suits Your Personal Needs," by
Jim Cavanagh, pages 98 - 101. "The
one thing that binds this diverse group of people together is not just
their love of aviation, rather the spirit they share in creating an
airplane that suits their personal needs. They are all in pursuit of
some sort of adventure, and they are not the type of people who just
throw money at it. They can fly in the style they choose at a price they
can afford, and in this sense, control their own destiny. Only with a
homebuilt aircraft is this possible. That these few people recognize
that a homebuilt airplane can give them the life they want at a price
they can afford. It is a testament to Homebuilding and Light Sport, and
underscores the vision Chris Heintz had when he designed his first
airplane nearly forty years ago. There are another four thousand stories
like these out there, and there will be many, many more." Read the Article
February 2009 issue, cover: "Zenith's
Zinger! The new STOL CH 750 Light Sport: Continental O-200 - Modern,
Roomy, Robust - Around $40K!" Cover story and flight
review by LeRoy Cook, pages 8 - 14.
"The Zenith STOL CH 750 is a logically designed
evolution of a well-proven design. Given the
improved kit production techniques, it should go together in a
predictable fashion, even more quickly than the CH
Read the Article
Pilot & Light Sport Aircraft magazine, October 2008 issue,
page 29: "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."
May 2008 issue. "Unbreaking
the Bank... Build and fly one of these eight kitbuilt,
Light Sport-legal planes for less than $40,000. Really!"
Cover story by Dave Martin, pages 16 - 25.
"Excellent STOL performance and low building cost
characterize the Zenith Aircraft CH 701. Featuring CNC
precut and predrilled aluminum skins, the CH 701 is easy to build
quickly. On three occasions, Zenith demonstrated this with kit startup,
completion, and first flights in seven days using volunteers at the
Florida Sun'n Fun fly-ins."
Minnesota Flyer magazine,
February 2008. "Start of a Dream... Building my own aircraft," by
Terry Croup, pages 10 - 13. Terry reports attending the Zenith
factory workshop where he assembled his
STOL CH 701 rudder kit: "Folks, the whole process is great fun.
With the pride I felt after building just the rudder I simply cannot
imagine what a thrill it will be to have the airplane completed and
flying. An aircraft built with my own hands."
Sport and Ultralight Flying
magazine, February 2007 issue. "Off-Runway Air
Recreational Vehicle: Zenith's CH 701 Kit is Sport-Pilot
Ready." Cover story by Dan Johnson, pages 26 - 35. "While no
CH 701 will be envied for its striking good looks, the STOL design more
than makes up for its workhorse appearance with toughness and
outstanding short-field performance. And a 20-year-plus history in
the field speaks volumes to the model's market and aerodynamic
Pilot magazine, May 2007. "The Factory Adventure -
Visit before you buy," by Earl C. Downs, pages 52 - 57. "My
overall impression of the plant was one of efficiency, cleanliness, and
competence... My visit to the factory was worth every bit of what it
October 2006 issue. "Buying Used: All
Things Zenith" Cover story by Cory Emberson, pages 18 - 25.
"The line of Zenith aircraft has proven to be dependable and
straightforward, with considerable factory support."
magazine, April 2006 issue. "You Want Utility? Zenith's 801 Packs 4 Seats to
Short Strips: Plus Easy to Build - Only 500 Hours!", cover story by Dave
Higdon, pages 20 - 25: "Heintz introduced the 701 almost 20
years ago as a two-place utility design... shocking an industry
unaccustomed to the radically cambered airfoil and no-kidding utility
appearance," writes Higdon. "Overseas, 701s serve as cargo
haulers, crop dusters, spotting planes and missionary-support aircraft.
Closer to home, farmers and ranchers use the 701 to patrol property,
track cattle or wildlife, and serve in many the same roles as those
fulfilled by small helicopters - albeit at a fraction of a chopper's
Flyer (Canada), May/June 2005: "STOL
for the people: Zenith's amazing CH 701," cover story by Gary
Wolf and Mary Mills, pages 4 - 10.
Heintz designed the CH701 some twenty years ago and it has proven itself
all around the world. When the only runway is a cleared patch in the
jungle, and the alternative is a week of hiking through snake-infected
swamps, the 701 starts to look pretty good. This is a plane that can use
almost any clearing as a runway, and its high angle of climb means that
you won’t hit the trees at the end of the strip. A football field is
plenty enough airstrip for a 701."
Pilot magazine (South Africa), June 2005 issue, pages 53 - 56,
by Athol Franz: "Well
over 500 STOL CH 701s are already flying on all continents, mostly in
off airport environments: Missionary work in Tanzania and Zambia,
anti-poaching patrols in Ghana, doctors in northern Thailand, flying
training in India. The STOL CH 701 stands as one of the few light
planes to serve in the sort of serious utility roles usually reserved
for larger airplanes such as the Helio Courier, Piper Super Cub, Maule
or Aviat Husky. Its stellar short field capabilities and slow
flying characteristics make it ideal for any bush or farm operation:
herding, surveying, patrolling and protection services.
Flyer magazine (South
Africa), April 2005 issue cover story. "SkyJeep
STOL CH 701" by John Miller. "This aircraft is great
fun to fly. The Skyjeep would be an ideal item of equipment for any
farmer with substantial acreage. Moreover, the design is very well
suited to many aerial work requirements where short field performance
and a good view are required."
magazine, January 2005 issue. "Chris
Heintz has the innovation and forthrightness to achieve success" by
Tim Kern. Pages 12 - 19.
Designer Spotlight Cover Story.
World Directory of LEISURE AVIATION,
"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, they say, and
Chris Heintz's rugged Zenair CH 701 is one of the most imitated
designs." (The international directory lists about half a dozen
unauthorized clones or copies of the 701
from places like Poland and Brazil)
magazine, October 2004 issue.
"The Top 20 - Meet the most influential figures who have
shaped the homebuilt aviation industry" by Rick Lindstrom.
Pages 59 - 63. Designer Chris Heintz profile: “The Zenith philosophy
helps customers all the way through flight testing, ensuring that the
completed kit will meet expectations and fly safely as well. Zenith’s
goal? Happy customers."
magazine, January 2004 issue. Cover story:
"Easy to Build, Fun to Fly: Which Zenith is Right For You?" by
Dave Higdon. Pages 8 - 15. Comparison of the ZODIAC
XL and the STOL CH 701 designs: "The bottom line: Hands down,
both airplanes easily fulfill their respective missions. Best of all,
they do so with flying traits that should challenge few pilots of
though it is only handsome in the way of a Hummer, the CH 701 enjoys
a good reputation for its durability and outstanding STOL
Experimenter magazine, January 2004 issue.
Cover story, by Dan Johnson, pages 24 - 29.
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||"...capable of operating
from the roughest, shortest strips."
|"With big tires and lots
of lift-enhancing devices, the Zenair CH-701 is a great backwoods
aircraft on wheels, floats, or skis as Grant Rappe demonstrates."
"The truest gauge by which to measure the quality of a
kit and its kit manufacturing company are the number of its satisfied customers, the fine
flying characteristics of all its finished aircraft, and the dedicated after-purchase
support provided by the factory.
"By all these standards and many others too numerous
to mention, Zenith Aircraft Company's excellent reputation is well deserved. We heartily
recommend to every prospective homebuilt kit buyer that he or she seriously consider the
excellent aircraft produced by Zenair, a company we've always found to be competently and
professionally managed by genuinely qualified, dedicated people."
"Our takeoff roll was absolutely unbelievable. The only two
other aircraft that I can think of that possibly could take off shorter would be a
helicopter or Wayne
Handley's Turbo Raven. With a high nose pitch, the STOL CH 701 literally climbed out
with two adults and full fuel at 1,000 feet per minute with about 100 feet of ground roll,
breaking ground approaching 30 knots indicated airspeed!"
"With its slotted leading edges and a clear sun roof, the CH
701 makes for a good turning "ag plane. It's not really an ag plane, per se. But it
sure has a place in an ag operation. I really liked the CH701-AG... affordable to
own and operate. Flying over the corn at 100 mph, making 30-second or less safe turns, an
exceptional climb rate and short takeoff and landing capability, deems the 701 a viable
aircraft for many spraying operations."
- Bill Lavender, Editor, AgAir Update, October 1999, pages 28 -
"To put it simply, aeroplanes just shouldn't do what this one
"I went out and measured a short takeoff distance, at an
elevation of 2,500 ft, on a 22 degree Celcius day (a density height of 3,700 ft), with
only me (at 82 kg), and 40 litres of fuel: the take off run was FOURTEEN METRES with no
"If you ever get the chance to have a fly in one of these aircraft,
DO take up the offer!
It is simply great fun to fly."
- Mike Watson, Australian Ultralights, Cover Story,
Click here to view story.
"The 701 may not be a beautiful airplane, but it is certainly a
super STOL with a full gross takeoff roll of 90 feet and a landing roll of 140 feet.
The 701 fits with back-country unimproved flight strips and sand bars; and with a
pair of Zenair amphibious floats, it will go almost anywhere you'd ever want to go.""
- KITPLANES, November 1998, "Zenair Builders Speak
Out - CH 601 and CH 701 builders/pilots tell their stories," by Don Downie, pages 62
"Even though it is
only handsome in the way of a Hummer, the CH 701 enjoys a good reputation
for its durability and outstanding STOL performance."
"The two-place STOL CH 701 has been a success story largely
unnoticed in the U.S. 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."
"No field is too short, no runway too rough. The Zenith STOL CH
701 is a true bush aircraft in ultralight format.
"We have flown the two-seater for you and were surprised by the unique flight
characteristics of this aircraft. High-lift devices and the Rotax 912 engine make the
two-seater a real STOL aircraft. On the other, flying longer distances takes a little bit
more time. The light high-wing is the right aircraft for all of those seeking an
- Aerokurier (Germany), December 1998, "STOL CH 701: Form follows function," pages 54 - 58.
"...when the aluminum chips settled
the scales tipped in favor of the STOL CH 701. Factors that weighed in the
decision included its mostly pulled rivet construction (versus driven
rivets), simple design, large builders' group, and excellent factory
- EAA Sport Aviation magazine:
"Reading, Writing and Riveting: Students build airplanes - and
character," September 2002
"For anyone lucky enough to walk the homebuilt
flightline, it was impossible to pass N701PW, Paul Walton's Zenair CH701 STOL,
without stopping for a look. The craftsmanship and colorful paint scheme made the airplane a must-see for hundreds of Sun 'n Fun
visitors, and a small crowd seemed to be permanently gathered around the airplane.
But why all the excitement? Perhaps the owner's enthusiasm about the 701 rubbed off on others. "I can't say enough good things
about the airplane's performance," Walton said. "Everything that Chris [Heintz] told me was true."
Walton lives in Maine and does much of his flying on water, so he equipped the 701 with amphibious all-aluminum floats. "I've had
the airplane for a year, and I love it," he said. "Lakes, streams, ponds, you name it, and the airplane can land there."
Part of what attracted so many visitors to Walton's plane was the exterior. On its floats, the airplane is huge. It's painted bright
yellow with lightning bolts on the fuselage sides and the top of the wing, and small white clouds surround the bolts. The interior is
upholstered with rainbow striped material, providing for a colorful airplane all around.
Walton's only complaint is that he has trouble taking it on extended flights. "It really beat me up pretty bad on the way from Maine
to Florida," he said. "My ideal situation, if I could afford it, would be to have this airplane for everyday flying in Maine, and a Skylane
parked at the airport to use on long flights."
The 701 is powered by a 100-hp Rotax 912. It won the short field takeoff contest at Sun 'n Fun 2001, and Walton is considering
entering the competition again this year."
"The fact that a flying airplane can be produced in
only one week is a testament to the simplicity and completeness of the design. Chris
[Heintz] has been designing aircraft for decades and is a respected and dedicated
- US AVIATOR: "Zenair builds another seven
day wonder at Sun'n Fun '93," July 1993
"...took off in a distance that would have done an
ultralight justice, carried out one of the tightest 200 foot circuits I've seen, then
proceeded to land in what looked like inches rather than feet. Surprisingly this was
without injury or shock to either occupant. In fact, they were both grinning from ear to
for safe slow-speed flight, and to give the low hour pilot a safe,
flyable airplane, incorporating all the things we expect to find on
more conventional airplanes like tricycle gear with nose-wheel
|"Access is easy through good sized doors on each side.
Hinged forward, the doors are a full 34 inches wide making it easy to swing into the well
padded fixed seats. Cabin width is a comfortable 40 inches, somewhat less intimate than
some of the competition.
|"Visibility both forward and above is excellent. Being
a tri-gear airplane you can see where you are going even when taxiing."
- FLYER MAGAZINE (United Kingdom: September,
|"Hey buddy... wanna land on a postage stamp? If so, we
definitely have the bird for you. Zenair has been in the business of designing and
building aircraft for some twenty years (something of a record in this business), and it
shows in the success of their airplanes. One of the most successful of these designs is
the STOL CH 701, a high-wing monoplane with a special airfoil utilizing leading-edge slats
and trailing edge "junker" type flaps. This trigear has excellent
shock-absorbing ability and big 16-inch wheels for rough-field operations. If youd
really like to see what goes into one of these creatures, Zenair sometimes builds one in
just seven days during the Sunn Fun fly-in in Lakeland during April.
|"With gross weight with a Rotax 582, the 701 is off
the ground in just 90 feet (really... Ive done it myself), climbs at 1,000 fpm,
cruises at 75 mph and hits a top speed of 85 mph. With wing tanks, the range is 450 miles,
and it has a service ceiling (get out the oxy tank) of over 16,000 feet. Oh yeah, the bird
stalls at a blistering (snicker...) pace of 26 mph.
|"While the [Rotax] 582 version of the CH 701 flies
very well, you really need to check out the Rotax 912 variant... that thing can really sky
out! The 912 bird is off the deck in well under 100 feet, cruises at 85 mph and climbs
over 1200 fpm. With very responsive controls, super STOL capabilities, rugged construction
and a great landing gear, the CH 701 is just the bird for the guy who has to fly out of
the roughest boonies. There is no better STOL bird available in the "Affordable
Flyer" category today."
- US Aviator magazine,
"There is something very pleasant about any object
that looks like it behaves. The Zenair STOL CH 701 looks for all the world like a STOL
[short takeoff and landing] airplane. From the leading edge slats to the solid landing
gear, the airplane just begs to get out into the woods.
"Though the airplane is build out of aluminum and
rivets, just like a "real" airplane, it will land shorter and takeoff faster
than a lot of airplanes advertised as "ultralight trainers." The place where
this airplane comes into its own is on a few hundred feet of rough runway, not a few
thousand feet of shimmering asphalt. Any unimproved strip you can get an ultralight in and
out of is plenty for the Zenair. The advertised takeoff roll is 115 feet, and that is
"It was while watching the STOL CH 701 flying several
years ago with the rest of the ragwing-and-wires crowd [at Sun'n Fun] that I truly came to
appreciate the design. From my point of observation, there was no two-place airplane that
could takeoff shorter, land shorter, climb or approach more steeply, or handle a crosswing
"When you take one look at the STOL CH 701, you know
that there have been a lot of professional decisions made. Quite simply, the airplane
doesn't look like a "homebuilt" at all, but rather it looks like a production
airplane. This is because designer Chris Heintz came from a very sophisticated background
that centered around engineering for production aircraft. Because he was trained as an
engineer and not a mechanic, his first "homebuilt" design incorporated very
simple construction methods throughout - a concept that he has maintained in his
"What all this translates into is a well designed
aircraft with excellent handling qualities that is easy to build. The airplane delivers on
every promise and is truly an outstanding design.
"...the cabin is very comfortable and well appointed.
The rudder, ailerons and flaperons are very light and mechanically balanced. They feel
smooth as silk.
"Takeoff in the STOL CH 701 is breathtaking. Depending
upon how aggressive the pilot wants to be, the airplane can be hauled into the air with a
ground roll of less than 100 feet. ...the control response was very good, and because of
the low stall speed, it is possible to make the airplane literally pivot on a wing tip.
I've seen airplanes that could be flown through a hangar, but as I have said before, I
think a really good pilot could fly a STOL CH 701 into a hangar, do a 180, and fly back
out. The performance is truly that spectacular.
"Construction is simple and straight forward. Zenair
also provides excellent technical support. There is also a bi-monthly newsletter which
provides a link between the designer and the builder.
"Far from Chris Heintz' first design, the STOL CH 701
is the latest in a long line of successful sport aircraft.
"Like the airplane itself, the Zenair information
packet is well thought out and complete."
- Robert N. Williams, SPORT PILOT (April 1993)
"My latest escapade in Mexico, Missouri, was in the CH 701, the
Chris Heintz version of a helicopter. My introduction to this fine design, first flown in
1986, turned out to be one of the real surprises of my flying career.
"Form following function, as it does, Heintz put pencil to
paper with performance, not appearance, in mind. He wanted something strong that would
adapt easily to floats. It had to take off and land short and have steep ascent and
"One of Heintz trademarks is that his kits are simple to
build, requiring just average skills and inexpensive tools... kit prices are not
exceptionally higher than what a builder would pay for the raw materials, simply because
of the ease of making them. On a production line, Zenith parts can be made faster and more
accurately than even the fastest, most skillful homebuilder could build them.
"I attended one of Zeniths builder workshops recently and
discovered that all a builder needs is a table, hand snips, drill, straightedge, pencil,
file, and rivet puller to build the entire airplane. No need here to spend $2,000 on big
tools that take up valuable shop space and make far too much noise.
"All of Zenairs kits are quick to complete by
anyones standards. Owners have reported times as low as 350 hours, with 400 a
conservative average. That is just 20 hours a week for 20 weeks.
"We soon taxied out for the show. The nosewheel is steerable
and the toe brakes do a good job. You start take-off with the stick back, and at around 25
mph the wing lets you know in no uncertain terms that it is working. Ease up on the stick
to get the wings down from the stall angle, and youre off. Climbouts are at 45 mph,
giving you a nose-up attitude of the space shuttle variety. Climbing to altitude, we
leveled off, which brings the top of the cowling right to the horizon. We executed some extremely
tight turns, and you can look up and over the wing to see precisely where you are flying.
"The controls are a true delight. I had expected some slow,
maybe sloppy results, but the balance is exquisite and the movement smooth and silky. I
actually have to compare it somewhat to the feel of the stick in a LoPresti SwiftFury -
and thats no joke. The airplane will turn on a dime. Throttle input is
"Even in near-calm conditions, we were getting the airplane off
the ground in less than 150 feet and landing it just as quickly.
"I would love to have more time in the 701. I would even like a
shot at building a 701. I know that the rudder I helped with at the workshop was a piece
"The 701 turned out to be a pleasant surprise, but Im
just one guy. You can find out for yourself at the Zenith factory in Mexico, Missouri.
"And how about this: The CH 701 was recently certified in
Israel. To date, the company has sold more than 600 kits worldwide, over 400 of which are
"The Zenair STOL CH 701 also makes an excellent primary
trainer. The 701 has short takeoff and landing capabilities adding to the safety of the
aircraft as a trainer."
STOL CH 701: "A true sport flying classic"
"it possesses the uncompromising air of the seriously practical
machine it is."
"Startingly short take off runs and hard-to-believe slow speed
"mind-boggling slow speed flying capability..."
"Whereas taildraggers can be hard to handle in a crosswind or
just plain hard to handle for some pilots, the tricycle gear of the STOL CH 701 is nearly
foolproof. And because its set so wide, youd be hard pressed to make anything
but decent landings."
"For ten years the Zenair CH 701 has been a favorite of
homebuilders around the globe. Affordable, easy to fly and to build, the STOL CH 701 is a
tough act to top. Doubtless, the reason for the kits success can be summed up in one
word: value. With the STOL CH 701, you get a good flying airplane at a great price. What
more could you ask for?"
- Ultralights Magazine (Fall 1995), by D.
"Zenairs STOL CH 701 continues to gain recognition around
the world as a low-cost light-utility aircraft. Nicknamed the "Sky Jeep" by
African missionaries, the popular kit aircraft is earning its keep by transporting
personnel and medical supplies to remote African villages."
- Plane & Pilot (Sept. 1995)
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