Tue, Jun 09, 2009
Serious STOL Capability Powered By New Continental Lightweight
AMD has unveiled the S-LSA qualified STOL CH 750 LS -- the
factory-built Special-Light Sport Aircraft version of the STOL CH
750 design from aeronautical engineer Chris Heintz. The rugged
all-metal "light sport utility" plane is powered by
Teledyne-Continental Motors' new O-200-D lightweight engine, which
boasts a dry weight of less than 200 lbs. while still providing a
true 100HP. Equipped with tricycle gear (with steerable nosewheel),
the aircraft boasts a take-off roll of just 100 feet, and cruises
at 100 mph.
Based on the original STOL CH 701 (first introduced in 1986) and
the four-seat utility STOL CH 801, the STOL CH 750 was developed
specifically for the "Sport Pilot" category: The cabin was both
lengthened and widened, and the clear doors "bowed out"
substantially for maximum width and great visibility. The huge
swing-up doors also make it easy to access the cabin and the large
rear baggage area. The "wrap-around" windshield, four rear windows,
plus an overhead sunroof, provide outstanding visibility that is
nothing short of spectacular.
Utilizing a "form follows function" design philosophy, the
all-metal high-wing designs from Chris Heintz present many
interesting (and very effective!) design features such as fixed
leading-edge wing slats (for high lift), full-length flaperons,
full-flying vertical tail (rudder) and an inverted horizontal tail
section which allow for very slow controlled flight.
The kit version of the STOL CH 750 was introduced last year by
Zenith Aircraft Company, and immediately became a top seller. The
advanced kit makes extensive use of CNC-manufacturing technology
and features pilot hole match-drilled parts throughout. Prices for
the kit version start at about $15,000 (airframe kit). This
airplane can also be scratch-built from blueprints only ($495), and
individual parts and component kits are also available directly
from the manufacturer. The factory built S-LSA comes nicely
equipped for about $100,000, powered by the Continental engine.
Available factory-installed options include Garmin avionics, SRS
airbag seatbelts, BRS system, and more.
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