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PH-3U1 Zenith CH 701 D STOL c/n 7-9067 - Hilversum airfield in Holland - 13 April 2024 vliegveld Hilversum (EHHV)

The Zenith Zodiac CH-701 STOL is a two-seat, single-engine, all metal shoulder-wing microlight airplane with a fixed tricycle undercarriage with steerable nosewheel or tail wheel. The "SkyJeep," with the heavy gear and tundra tires and all aluminium wings is a Ultralight Bush Plane with excellent short-field performance. With its slow flight capability the plane is an excellent observation platform. In 1985, Chris Heintz, founder and chief designer of Zenair, started the development of the Zenair STOL CH701 in a response to the need for a small but rugged airplane that could be fitted with wheels, skis and floats. The first Zenair CH701 s/n 73001, registered N701ZA, was introduced in 1986. Production deliveries started in 1987. In 1992, Heintz licensed the kit manufacturing and marketing rights to Zenith Aircraft Company for the Zodiac CH 601 and the STOL CH 701 designs. In 1992, Heintz also entered into a license agreement with Czech Aircraft Works of Stare Mesto, Czech Republic, to produce and market his Zodiac CH 601 and STOL CH 701 designs for the European market. The Czech-produced Zodiacs were modified and lightened to meet European rules for microlight aircraft. CZAW produced some 750 such machines under this agreement. On 31 December 2006, after the license agreement, under which the Zenair Zodiac CH 601 and STOL CH 701 light aircraft designs were produced by CZAW, was terminated and the Czech production came to an end. The Zenair CH-701 is nowadays manufactured in kit form by Zenith Aircraft Company, Mexico, Missouri in the USA. The STOL CH 701 kit aircraft may be built from component or complete kits, or even built from just the drawing and manuals. Building a STOL CH 701 from just the drawing and manuals lasts more time, skills, and tools, to build. Recommended power for the CH-701 is the four cylinder four stroke 80 HP Bombardier Rotax 912 UL engine, other alternative power units with a recommended power of 65 to 100 HP and up to 185 lbs. installed weight can be installed. The aircraft is approved as a towplane in Germany. Today the more roomy Zenith CH 750 STOL is up and running in production as a further modified model with wider doors and even better visibility. The STOL CH701 design meets the definition of a Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) for operation under the Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) category.
The ICAO Aircraft Type Designator for the Zenith CH 701 D STOL is CH70.

Zenith CH 701 D STOL s/n 7-9067 was built by Roland aircraft, Mending, Germany and was registered PH-3U1 in the Netherlands on 30 December 2003. The 1999-built aircraft is powered by a Bombardier-Rotax 912UL DCDI piston engine.
On 13 April 2024, the Roland-built Zenith CH 701 D STOL PH-3U1 was seen at its home base Hilversum airfield (EHHV).

page last updated: 16-04-2024
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