Aerospace Engineering Students build a Zenith STOL in Malaysia

The School of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Malaysia is building an entire STOL CH 750 aircraft from a kit supplied by Zenith Aircraft Company:  From their website:

Through this kit project, undergraduate students from School of Aerospace Engineering are also encouraged to participate in the assembly task. This will enhance their skills and improve their understanding of aircraft structure and assembly. By undergoing hands on training under the guidance of experienced staff and trainers, its a great experience to be involved in constructing a new aircraft. The students were extremely happy and satisfied on the add on knowledge they could obtain in the process of this training.
Before the task, they were given a briefing about the Zenith CH 750 by Mr Lee, a EAA member. They are divided into groups and each group will be helped by staff.

Following are a few selected photos from their project website which chronicles the entire build process.  There are many more photos of the build process:

Team leaders with the un-crated STOL CH 750 kit:

Classroom sessions before starting on the assembly:

Starting with the rudder assembly:

Working on the rudder tail kit:

Drilling and clecoing the rear rudder skin to the assembly:

Stabilizer (tail):

Elevator (tail):

Wing Leading Edge Slats:

Building the flaperons:

Building the wings:

Starting work on the fuselage assembly:  Rear fuselage bottom:

Fuselage side skins:

Joining the fuselage sides:

Re-assembling after deburring and priming:

Riveting fuselage parts together:

Firewall assembly:

Getting the 100-hp Continental O-200 engine ready for installation:

Fuselage Cabin and Baggage Area:

Priming parts after deburring and before reassembly for riveting:

Control system:

Installing the flaperon control system in the fuselage:

Assembling the forward fuselage (cabin floor):

Joining the cabin floor to the rear fuselage:

(This last photo was posted this spring before the summer holiday. 
We'll be sure to keep following this project and report back to you).

What a great opportunity for these future aerospace engineers!  I'll bet many of them go on to learn to fly in the STOL CH 750.

EAA Malaysia (Chapter 1090) is very active in Malaysia, and has consulted the aerospace engineering school at the University of Malaysia about light aviation. Captain Siva, who flies airliners (for Malaysian Airlines) as well as his own personal STOL CH 701, has introduced sport aviation to many in Malaysia.

Captain Siva (far left) with his STOL CH 701 trainer in Malaysia.

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Comment by Herry Rudyanto on July 28, 2012 at 2:55am

Wonderlful. When will be the flight test? would like to hear that

Comment by Tim Garrett on July 14, 2012 at 2:37pm
That is great! I wished we would have had that when I was an aerospace engineering student 30 years ago!

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