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Zenith Quick Build Kit
Zenith CH 650 Quick Build Kit fuselage assembly

The new Zenith CH 650 Quick-Build Kit provides an advanced level of pre-assembly of kit parts to save the builder valuable time and to further simplify kit assembly.

Zenith CH 650 Quick Build Kit assemblies - canopy installation

Below is a video tour of the Zenith CH 650 Quick Build Kit (with installed canopy option, ready for pick-up at the factory):

With the new Quick Build Kit the main fuselage structure has been pre-assembled at the factory ready for finishing and systems, such as engine and avionics, control system, landing gear, etc.

The Zenith CH 650 kit, whether the standard or new Quick Build Kit, is made up of the same quality parts. The difference between a standard and quick-build kit is the level of assembly.  Assembly time with a Quick-Build Kit is projected to be 50% less than with the standard kit!  Click here for Quick Build Kit price information.

Assembling Zenith kits (file photo for illustrative purposes only) Custom Seats (file photo for illustrative purposes only)

Quick Build Kit (jigged fuselage), shown with the rest of the kit  (file photo for illustrative purposes only)

Producing the Quick-Build Kit: 
CNC Router for Parts Production:
CNC router
The Zenith CH 650 Quick Build Kit Rear Fuselage Assembly:
Quick-Build Kit  (file photo for illustrative purposes only)
Fuselage Assembly Fixture:
Quick-Build Kit  (file photo for illustrative purposes only)

Fuselage Assembly (shown below with standard wings kit):
Quick Build Kit  (file photo for illustrative purposes only)

The assembled fuselage with the standard wing kit, ready for assembly  (file photo for illustrative purposes only)

Zenith kits are eligible for licensing in the Amateur Built Experimental category. This means that at least 51% of the work remains for the kit builder to perform, whether building from the standard kit or the quick-build kit.

The Zenith CH 650 kit aircraft design meets the definition of the FAA’s Sport Pilot rule, meaning that it can be operated by a licensed Sport Pilot even when registered as a standard “Amateur-Built – Experimental” kit aircraft.  Registered under the standard “Amateur-Built – Experimental” category, owners may choose from a wide variety of engine types and custom configurations for their kit.  Popular supported engine choices include the UL Power, Jabiru 3300, Rotax 912S, Corvair auto conversions, or conventional aircraft engines such as the Continental O-200 or Lycoming O-235.

Equipment, availability and level of pre-assembly subject to change without prior notice.  
*Subject to meeting actual FAA "Sport Pilot" rules as constructed by the builder. 

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Flight Review:  Dave Unwing / Pilot magazine reviews the new Zenith CH 650:
I liked the CH650 a lot ... it offers exceptional value for the money.  Read the full review

Zodiac CH 650

Flight Test Report:  Steve Flattum flight tests the Zodiac and reports:
The CH 601 XL / CH 650 family of airplanes are a delight to fly. Simple and easy to fly with a great view and they are very comfortable for long flights. The airplane is very strong and it is backed by a company that has been around for a very long time.”
Read the report
Zodiac CH 650 custom instrument panel
Custom instrument panel with dual Dynon SkyView multifunction displays

Simple and quick to build easy and fun to fly!

CH 650 Kit
Above: The FAA's National Kit Evaluation Team (NKET) evaluated the entire CH 650 kit inside the Zenith Aircraft factory (May 25, 2011)

Zodiac CH 650  

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