A lightened version of the ZODIAC CH 601 HD, the
basic CH 601 model was developed specifically for the Advanced Ultralight (AULA) category
in Canada and other European countries, where the CH 601 can be used as a trainer and
personal aircraft. An Advanced Ultralight category is really more than an ultralight
- it would be better described as a primary aircraft category.
With a reduced gross weight, this model's
specifications are very similar to those of the CH 601 HD model. With a lighter gross
weight (useful load), a lower empty weight is achieved using lighter materials in selected
Registered as an advanced ultralight, the
basic CH 601 makes an ideal low-cost trainer and personal aircraft. As a certified design,
factory pre-assembled aircraft are available direct from the manufacturer.
|TOP SPEED (mph)
|STALL SPEED (mph)
|RATE OF CLIMB (FPM)
|TAKE-OFF ROLL (ft.)
|LANDING DISTANCE (ft.)
|SERVICE CEILING (ft.)
|RANGE (std., SM)
|RANGE (with wing tanks, SM)
|LOAD FACTOR (G)
CH 601 (UL)
|DESIGN LOAD FACTOR
|FUEL CAPACITY (std)
||16 Gallons (US)
|- with Optional Wing Tanks
||30 Gallons (US)
NOTE: Specification and performance
figures are based on standard factory prototype test results, with standard
powerplant, and are subject to change and revision without prior notice.
Engine Limitations: 65 - 100 hp, up to
225 lbs. installed. Alternative engines will affect performance,
specifications and flight characteristics of the aircraft. Also, the
weight and balance of the aircraft may be adversely affected by
alternative engines, and the original fuel system may not be adequate or
suitable for some engines. Most alternative engines will require a
custom engine mount and engine cowl. Zenith Aircraft Company does not
manufacture or directly support engines.
NOTE: In the United States, there is no equivalent advanced
ultralight category. This model does not meet the FAA's definition of an ultralight
(much too heavy). In the US, the CH 601 HD is a better alternative with its higher useful
here for details about the Sport Pilot category.
Flight school using the ZODIAC CH 601 UL for
primary flight training.
"Exquisite handling, combined with a
complete absence of bad characteristics make the Zodiac delightful and fun to fly. Simple
systems make the plane a good trainer and also minimizes expenses. With performance
equivalent or superior to the Cessna 150 series, the Zodiac costs much less to buy and
operate while providing superior flying characteristics. Really, one would be hard presses
to find something to complain about in this recreational all 'round
- Recreational Flyer.