|Fred Harl and Carmelo Turdo|
The Zodiac CH 650 is the stylish, sporty model with excellent visibility and great flight performance. A variety of engines and instrument combinations may be used with the aircraft. The STOL CH 750 and STOL CH-701 offer short-field, off- airport performance with plenty of interior room for two and luggage. The bubble door window offers excellent visibility and the beefy landing gear gives off-field capability with steerable nose landing gear.
A new model offering will be the SAM-EX design acquired by Zenith Aircraft (and Zenair Ltd. in Canada) last year. It is being improved and prepared for production and is based on the prototype that has been exhibited for several years. It has a retro military trainer look and uses aluminum skin over steel frame construction. It will be offered in quick-build kits and will offer a variety of engine and avionics options for each kit. Check the Zenith Aircraft SAM page for production updates.
Zenith Aircraft has regular builder workshops and annual Open Hangar Days, including this weekend, September 23-24. These events are great opportunities to visit the factory, interact with the friendly staff and go on a demonstration flight around the local area. We highly recommend a visit to this great Midwest Aviation aircraft maker.