ZenithCH 801 STOL Aircraft Experimental Factory and Homebuilt.
THIS ITEM IS SOLD
This "Project" was started in May 2003, purchased from D Defelici in Florida. Originally the airframe without engine was factory built in Czechoslovakia, imported by D Defelici Aircraft and completed professionally to a flying state. The A/C is a four seat aircraft, short take off and landing comparable carrying capacity and range of a Cessna 182, only much slower. Top airspeed is 110 mph. Take off in 300 feet and lands n about the same. The A/C has twin long range tanks, a total of 60 gallons. The full performance specifications description and construction manuals are available on the internet. athttp://www.zenair801.info/ Owner has an A&P friend who supervised the small amount of work he did and performed the modifications to FAA standards. When purchased in 2003 the aircraft had a Franklin 220 HP engine. This made the A/C very nose heavy. Owner elected to trade the existing engine and propeller for a lighter 180 HP Lycoming 260 A improving the slow flight characteristics of the A/C. He purchased a new propeller at the same time. In addition owner built a wider and deeper horizontal stabilizer from a Zenith kit, supervised by an FAA A&P. This improved the slow flight even more especially on landing, with a circuit speed of 65 mph, and a touch down speed of 30 to 45 mph depending on usage of flaps. All work on this aircraft was either performed by or supervised by the same FAA A&P. A friend of the owner and test pilot.
Airframe Mods include:
Bubble windows in both doors
New shoulder harnesses were added front and back.
A rebuilt Lycoming engine, with the change in engines new motor mounts were installed.
0360-A was installed with a zero time propeller
A new starter
A new carburetor and air intake
New crossover exhaust system with new twin mufflers
A new windshield
A new tinted skylight
A new door locks and handles
PTT switch on the "stick"
DEMO of the STOL CH 801 in action! Same Model as the one we have available.
Avionics were all new (between 2005-2011) as were the flight instruments. Flight Instruments (31/2") - Airspeed Indicator, Turn and Bank Indicator, Directional Gyro, Horizontal Situation Indicator, Altimeter King, VOR/Glide Slope/GPS Indicator. VSI - 2 1/4" Electronic Instruments - Digital Engine Monitoring (2 1/4"), RPM, Manifold Pressure, Oil Temp and Pressure, Fuel flow/pressure, Twin Fuel gauge and fuel management system. Other Engine Instruments - Carburetor Temp Indicator, Voltage Meter. Avionics - PS Engineering 6000 MS Audio Panel, Bendix King Sky Map with moving map and GPS interfaced with the King VOR/GS/GPS Indicator. Bendix King KT76C Digital Transponder, Bendix King K155 VHF and VOR with a King K 109 VOR/GS/GPS, EI 6 cylinder engine monitoring system. Basic IFR Capable - The Sky map is not TSO'd for IFR, a standard slot for a Garmin FPS is present in the stack. This would allow full IFR approaches etc depending on the GPS installed.
This aircraft is ideal for recreational flights, its slow flight and load carrying capacity make it an excellent recreational vehicle. Due to illness and loss of my flight medical I have not been flying as POC the past two years. We had the A/C flying well, STOL performance was excellent with the new lighter engine and the larger horizontal stabilizer. On a routine flight the mechanic experienced a performance loss on take off, he landed uneventfully in the remaining runway. Unfortunately he taxied under power back to the hangar not certain of what the problem was, it seems the second cylinder crank bearing had seized. The engine had seized after only 50 hours on a rebuilt engine (from Wentworth), very disappointing. The aircraft will possibly require a rebuild of this engine or purchase another "core" from an engine supplier. The full engine damage is not certain but I would assume the worst- a new 0360 is probably required, a rebuilt or factory remanufactured engine. The propeller ( approx. $10,000.00 worth) would soften the blow to the wallet. The airframe is valued at $40-50,000.00 (based on kit price). The engine add on parts, and the propeller are valued at $15-20,000.00. The avionics and engine instrumentation- the standard flight instruments and the digital EI instruments are relatively new and complete, valued at $15-20,000.00 TradeA Plane has a couple of flying CH 801 A/C for sale from $85-100,000.00. I assume this aircraft requires a new engine. This will cost (installed using the new parts from the old engine) about $15,000.00 for a rebuilt engine.
Client or owner will help buyer in dismantling of the aircraft for transit. The wings are easily removed for transport and a 16ft trailer would be sufficient. Another possibility would be to have a new or rebuilt engine installed at clients or owners hangar by yourself or your mechanic. Test fly the aircraft then fly it home or have it ferried by ferry pilot to your airport location.
Owner just talked to his mechanic at the airport. He estimates a rebuilt engine installed and test flown (by my mechanic Jack) would run about $9,000.00 dollars. This would be by purchasing a "run out" engine and rebuild it with parts from both with a salvage potential as well. $3000.00 for the labour, $3000.00 for the rebuildable core, and $3000.00 for refurbishing the cylinders and pistons and the crank.. This could be done in owners hangar (rent free) by Jack. He is a licensed FAA mechanic who has done all the work on this aircraft since owner purchased it. He is semi-retired and does engine rebuilds for Mesquite Aviation and freelance aircraft work here at Alice International. His hourly rate is very reasonable and he is a qualified test pilot on this aircraft. He has an instructor friend who is also familiar with the aircraft and could check out the new owner on the aircraft if desired.This would result in a inexpensive 4 seat STOL aircraft (180hp Lycoming engine)for $40-$45,000.00. It would be a bargain for a flying STOL aircraft listed on TradeaPlane for $80-$90,000.00. (This would be by selling the aircraft $30-$35,000.00 before rebuild). Jack will do the aircraft logs tonight and get them notarized by weekend.