Online Community of Zenith Builders and Flyers
We finally had the chance to document some basic performance numbers of our new CH 650 with the UL Power UL350iS engine. Yesterday was a beautiful autumn day so Zenith demo pilot Roger and I took the CH 650 up for a few flights. Our new demo airplane is equipped with dual Dynon SkyView glass panel displays so I took my video camera to document the flights. Below are various screen shots (we'll edit the video together when we get the chance).
Take-off distance is surprisingly short at 300 - 400 feet (video obviously shows this better) with the wheels lifting off at about 45 mph. The UL350iS engine is equipped with a ground-adjustable 65-inch Whirl Wind propeller.
Here we climb at about 1,000 fpm with an airspeed in the low nineties, which is a comfortable climb speed with good over-the-nose forward visibility (a steeper climb angle yields about 1,200 fpm climb rate).
Cruising at 136 mph in a slight left bank. Here's a near full panel view:
Here we demonstrate some slow flight. With flaps and 2,000 rpm, we maintain altitude at just 44 mph indicated airspeed (though notice the nose up attitude). Slow flight handling is nice, and stalls are very predictable.
With the UL350iS engine's FADEC system there in no carburetor heat or mixture control!
We're very pleased with the Zenith CH 650 aircraft with the UL350iS. It's a dream to fly and offers outstanding visibility and excellent flight characteristics, while being simple to operate.
We invite you to try it out for yourself! Contact us to schedule a demo flight in this nice aircraft.
Zenith Aircraft Company
(We plan to present the above in video format).