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6/2002: A STOL CH 801 in
April 2001: Photos from Sun'n
Fun (Lakeland, FL):
STOL CH 801 with a 220-hp Franklin engine.
Fineman sent us these photos of his STOL CH 801 with a 20-inch wing
span; built of balsa and tissue; powered by rubber. First flight was April
March 2001: Photos of custom 220-hp Franklin engine installation and cowl:
||December 4, 2000:
Photos from Mike Dawson's
completed STOL CH 801 in Venezuela.
This is a mission aircraft equipped with a belly pod and the
Click here for photos.
12/11/00: Photos and report from
||October 24, 2000:
STOL CH 801 is actually the 'concept prototype,' built by Stew Hicks of Chilliwack,
BC, in the mid-nineties. Stew constructed the aircraft from scratch from a set of
sketches from designer Chris Heintz before it was even decided to finalize the STOL CH 801
design. It is powered by a Lycoming O-320 engine.
||Larry Landucci's Lycoming-powered STOL CH 801.
||September 29, 2000: New
photos of Art Mitchell's LOM-powered STOL
CH 801 (supercharged 235-hp) with a belly cargo-pod.
August 26, 2000: STOL CH 801 at Zenith
Aircraft's 9th annual Open Hangar Day
August 21, 2000: Photos of
a custom cargo belly pod
August, 2000: Oshkosh AirVenture bound...
photos of the STOL CH 801 enroute to Oshkosh, photographed from a STOL CH 701.
Click here for more
photos from EAA AirVenture 2000.
|STOL CH 801 on #2200 floats, with the Walter-LOM engine.
"..I was very impressed with the
visibility and the performance. The six cylinder Walter-LOM
engine has been running for the last couple of weeks and it has performed wonderfully. We
have been working closely with the people at Moravia Ltd. to make sure that the engine is running
Earlier Art Mitchell of Flypass wrote: "I
took her up for the first time a few minutes ago. It flew hands off. I did a lot of just
flying over the runway this morning. Then when the clouds lifted enough I went up a couple
thousand feet and just flew around over the airport.
"The power was great, no heating problems and beautiful to handle. I've got to start
burning off the hours now. It looks like we will have the belly pod
on for Oshkosh but I don't know if the plane will be
June 9, 2000: Art Mitchell of Flypass Ltd. sent us photos of his Walter-LOM engine installation. The new cowl was
built by Airlink
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on factory-new Lycoming O-360 engine and firewall-forward engine accessories.
|July 2000: STOL CH 801 builder Nigel
Protter of British Columbia sent us this scenic photo and writes:
"I am nearing completion, awaiting extended range fuel tanks for
wing completion. I'm now trying to decide on the engine. So far, a great building
July 1, 2000: Completing installation and
rigging of new 'Zenair #2200' all-metal floats to the STOL CH 801. The floats will
be on display at EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
||Six STOL CH 801 rudder tail sections were built on December
4 & 5, 1999, at the Weekend Factory Workshop, where
workshop participants gained hands-on building experience with the STOL CH 801.
November 1999: The Fall 1999 issue of Aviation Quarterly magazine (Canada) has a cover story on the STOL CH 801: "Zenith
Super STOL CH 801 Pilot Report," by Kenneth Armstrong:
"The CH 801 is at home on
off-airport fields providing both the versatility of a four-seater and the capability of a
cargo-hauling bushplane. Speed has been traded for outstanding high-lift features to offer
true STOL performance and spectacular slow flight characteristics, with a huge cabin and
to read the full article
November 1999: Zenith Aircraft recently
fitted the STOL CH 801 with a new custom-formed acrylic windshield from LP Aero Plastics. The formed
.125" windshield provides additional sturdiness and is made from "Air
Quality" acrylic meeting Federal Specification L-P-391. The new windshield is to be
supplied as standard equipment in the STOL CH 801 kit, supplied with a Spraylat strippable
coating to protect the windshield in shipping, storage, and during installation to the
Aviation magazine Flight Test Report on the STOL CH 801: "Flying
Qualities Report: Utility workhorse - Zenith CH-801," by veteran flight test
pilot Ed Kolano.
"With four seats and its
large cabin, the CH-801 provides plenty of volume to be filled with all kinds of stuff.
Rugged and functional, the CH-801 should serve the workhorse role well."
The November'99 issue of Kitplanes magazine features a cover
story on the STOL CH 801: "Budget Bushplane - Chris Heintz designs a
four-place STOL for the masses," by Howard Levy and editor Dave Martin.
Click here for a full
list of press reviews.
July 1999: Off the Net:
|"As to the STOL CH 801... I just flew
the manufacturer's demo ship at Arlington and was VERY impressed with the overall
stability and control profile demonstrated by this bird. The STOL capabilities are simply
outstanding while slow speed control remains quite authoritative up to and THROUGH the
physical stall. With over 700 pounds on board, on a 88 degree day, I was able to get the
CH-801 off the deck in a little over 170 feet ON GRASS and got it back in just under 250
feet with moderate to heavy braking. Mind you, this was my flying (such as it is... grin)
and my FIRST flight in the aircraft... a practiced pilot could, no doubt, exceed those
numbers with appropriate experience and the expertise developed through increased
competency and familiarity (believe it or not...).
"The company, itself, is simply outstanding and has one of the best customer service
records we know of... they are bright, responsive and very pleasant folks to do business
with... about the only legitimate criticism I've heard so far is that they occasionally
get very busy and may have to return a call now and then (which they DO do)... "
- Jim Campbell, Editor, US Aviator magazine.
Look for the upcoming flight report in US
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Flight Report of the prototype STOL CH 801 by LeRoy Cook,
published in the June 2000 issue of CustomPlanes magazine: Click here to read the story
March 1998: Download a short 15 second
preview of the video (image quality is low to minimize file size):
sec. video file with audio: 1,248 kb.)
To download the media file, right-click the above link, and choose "Save Link
We've convinced Chris Heintz, designer of the STOL CH 801,
to write a technical paper on the design of the STOL CH 801 aircraft. Heintz
discusses and plainly explains the interesting and unique design features of the STOL CH
here to preview the exclusive article "Anatomy of a STOL Aircraft:
Designing a Modern Short Take-Off and Landing Aircraft"
The STOL CH 801 prototype construction program was conducted
by Flypass Ltd. in Guelph, Ontario. Headed by Art Mitchell, a veteran missionary
pilot, Flypass began construction of the prototype STOL CH 801 in the fall of 1997 under
the design supervision of Chris Heintz.
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