STOL CH 801 - Sport Utility Kit Aircraft

 
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STOL CH 801 Fuselage / Cabin Assembly

FUSELAGE DESIGN: The square-shaped fuselage and cabin offer maximum usable space for occupants and cargo. The four-seat STOL CH 801 cabin is designed to fit a stretcher along the right side of the aircraft (with the co-pilot seat removed), while still providing adequate space for the pilot and one passenger. The rear seat cabin area can be used for hauling bulky cargo.

Of course, for those using the STOL CH 801 as a sport utility plane, there’s enough room inside for two to camp in, and more than enough baggage area for extended cross-country trips. An optional belly-mounted cargo pod further increases space for baggage.

The STOL CH 801 fuselage assembly

The cabin area utilizes a 4130 chrome-moly (chromium-molybdenum) welded steel tube frame top assembly. The tube frame allows for maximum visibility, and incorporates attach points for the wings. The lower cabin is made up of a factory-riveted bottom-side assembly that gets joined to the top tube frame. The cabin is fitted with two large doors for easy access to the cabin.

The Fuselage Assembly

  • Click here for a detailed schematic of the rear fuselage assembly.

  • Click here for a detailed schematic of the control system

The boxy rear fuselage lends itself for very easy assembly, allowing each of the four ‘flat’ sides to be built individually on a flat workbench, and then simply ‘boxed’ together to form the rear fuselage.  The forward fuselage section (cabin area) is build separately, and then joined to the rear fuselage section. The aircraft wings are designed for quick and easy attachment and removal from the fuselage.

Modular Assembly

Modular Construction: Throughout, construction of the STOL CH 801 kit aircraft is ‘modular’ – each section of the aircraft is built separately on the workbench. Many builders thus choose to buy ‘component kits,’ purchasing kit sections as they progress through the project.   The modular construction of the kit means that required workshop space is minimal – most builders construct the kit in a single-car garage or basement workshop.

Once all the airframe sections have been assembled, the wing and tail sections are bolted to the fuselage and the landing gear, controls, and fuel system are installed.

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