Playboy magazine is known for its quality articles, right? Well, there's a nice article (and photo!) of the CH 650 in the October issue of the magazine:
Page 31: Click the image above to view a larger image.
How did the CH 650 end up in Playboy magazine, you ask? Well, it's a short and interesting story:
A photo editor from Playboy magazine (from Chicago) was in Australia on vacation visiting his sister. While there, he was introduced to her neighbor, who happened to be completing a STOL CH 701
in his garage. Fascinated by the project, he learned that this was an airplane kit project shipped in all the way from the central United States. Upon his return to Chicago, he spoke of this DIY airplane project to an editor at Playboy, who thought it would make an interesting story for the magazine. The photo editor then contacted me about the article. I assumed he wanted to write about our STOL airplanes (since that's what the neighbor was building) but they ended up choosing to feature the CH 650
because it is sleeker and more photogenic (I think I've been told once or twice over the years that our STOL airplanes are not the prettiest...).
Playboy is a well known men's magazine, though their demographics show that more than 20% of its readers are women. My guess is that this statistic is higher than the percentage of women readers of Kitplanes, AOPA or Sport Aviation magazines. Playboy magazine has a monthly circulation of more than 2 million copies (that's more than three times the number of pilots in this country).