[The following is our official "Press Release" for our new design. We plan to share more information soon about the new design and kit.] 

 

ZENITH INTRODUCES NEW DESIGN AT SUN’N FUN

Sun’n Fun Fly-In (Lakeland, FL) – The CH 750 Cruzer has arrived! Zenith Aircraft Company is introducing its new light aircraft design at the Sun’n Fun Fly-in. The all-metal two-seat CH 750 Cruzer is the latest design from Chris Heintz. While influenced by its well-known STOL predecessors (the STOL CH 701 “Sky Jeep”, CH 750 and four-seat CH 801 sport utility aircraft), the CH 750 Cruzer is an all-new design.

“Our STOL CH 750 design has been a huge success in large part thanks to its easy cabin access, fantastic visibility, and for its room side-by-side comfort for two adults,” says Sebastien Heintz, president of Zenith Aircraft Co. of Mexico, Missouri. “However, many customers do not need off-airport capability or extreme STOL (short take-off and landing) performance. We’ve optimized the new design for cruise and typical (airport) operations, while retaining the popular cabin features of the STOL CH 750.”

The Zenith CH 750 Cruzer features an all-new airfoil supported by a single stream-lined strut. Compared to the STOL CH 750, the empennage has also been redesigned for its new mission, with a symmetrical stabilizer and a shortened horizontal tail span. The vertical tail features a fin and rudder (replacing the traditional all-moving vertical tail design of the Chris Heintz STOL series). In keeping with its mission, the Cruzer is fitted with 5.00 x 5 aircraft wheels and new wheel fairings. The instrument panel of the new design is also wider and more conventional than the STOL CH 750 (that has a narrower instrument panel to improve forward-visibility in extreme nose-high attitudes associated with STOL flying).

“We’ve retained some of the most popular features of the STOL CH 750, while optimizing the new design for cross-country flying,” says Heintz.

The Zenith CH 750 Cruzer introduced at Sun’n Fun was flown to the show by Heintz (1,000 miles from the factory in Missouri) and is equipped with the UL350iS 130-hp fuel-injected UL-Power engine and the latest Dynon SkyView glass panel display system.  

As equipped, the aircraft weighs 780 lbs., providing a useful load of 540 lbs. at the 1,320 lbs. LSA gross weight limit. Cruise speed is 118 mph, rate of climb is 1,200 fpm, and stall speed is 39 mph.
The new design utilizes the same firewall as the STOL CH 750 and the low-wing Zenith CH 650, meaning existing firewall-forward engine packages are readily available including the Continental O-200, Rotax 912 series, Viking (Honda), Jabiru, Corvair, and others.

Complete airframe kits for the new design are offered by Zenith Aircraft Company. As with other all-metal Zenith kits, this newest model will be built using the latest modern manufacturing (CNC) technology to offer matched-hole assembly throughout. The new easy-to-build kit draws upon Zenith's decades of experience in the kit industry, requiring less than 400 hours to assemble the airframe from the kit (requiring only basic skills and simple hand tools). A quick-built kit option will also be available.

Component kits are scheduled for delivery starting next month. As with other Zenith designs, blueprints (drawings and illustrated photo assembly manuals) will also be available separately for scratch-builders.

Zenith Aircraft Company will be releasing both building (kit assembly) and flying video clips of the new design shortly on its website, as well as detailed design data and kit and options pricing information: www.zenithair.com

 

 

Flying the Zenith CH 750 CRUZER

Above, cruisin' with the new CH 750 CRUZER

The Zenith CH 750 CRUZER

Zenith Aircraft's Sebastien Heintz with the CH 750 CRUZER

Zenith CH 750 CRUZER

 

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Comment by American Light Sport Aircrafters on April 24, 2013 at 10:16pm

Sebastien,

Thanks for introducing another one that's sure to be a winner. It truly is the best of both worlds and gives the 750 lovers the cruising speeds that they would like.

I am already getting calls about builder assistance with this so I'm guessing this will be one of your best models ever!

Thanks again for taking the lead with the new Cruzer!

Bill Carter

American Light Sport Aircrafters

Mexico, MO

573-721-4400

Comment by Martin Bornheimer on April 23, 2013 at 12:37pm

I feel the same way as Trevor. Any update on the Cruzer in general and the bubble doors in particular?

 

Comment by Trevor Leslie on April 10, 2013 at 9:58am           

I have been waiting patiently for the unvailing and am very anxious to receive the new plans when they are available. It is exactly what I have been looking for!  I just want to know if it can be fitted with the bubble doors? this is one of the features of the 750 that makes it feel so comfortable. Do you know how much of a speed penalty it would be to have the bubble doors?

Comment by Raymond Julian on April 17, 2013 at 6:27pm

Great design, can't wait to see one in person.

Now, the obvious question.

Do the Cruzer wings fit the STOL 750?????

Hope so.  It would be so much less expensive than a second aircraft. :>)

Comment by Kevin Collins on April 16, 2013 at 2:22am

I'm sure you are on to winner with this new plane, plugs a real gap in the line up

Comment by Ivor Link on April 15, 2013 at 2:16am

EXCELLENT - I am going to do this! Thanks Sebastien -  My 601XL plans will now gather dust in favour of the Cruzer - I immigrated to New Zealand with the plans and Rib templates with the intention to start the build - This country is so beautiful that to fly it is a must - however the Cruzer will be the better suited option without a doubt! Being able to fold the wings and tuck into a hanger over the weekend is first prize - and as My wife says - I simply have to be able to work on it in my Man Cave (Garage) when not touring!

Comment by Randy Branson on April 14, 2013 at 8:34pm

Sebastien,  What's the chance of you stopping by 08A (Wetumpka Airport) in Central Alabama on your way to Mexico?  Sure would love to see the Cruzer.

Comment by Sebastien Heintz on April 14, 2013 at 7:49pm

Thanks for speaking up on the desire for us to offer a folding wing option for the new CRUZER.

We don't foresee any problem in offering the same folding wing setup as currently offered for the STOL CH 750 as a kit option.

Thanks for the comments and positive feedback.  We're headed back to Missouri tomorrow after a successful week at Sun'n Fun. I'm looking forward to the flight home in the CRUZER!

Comment by Randy Branson on April 13, 2013 at 10:16pm

Thanks for sending me the info Trevor. 

 

I didn't notice that there are links above.  I appreciate your help though.

 

Sabastian....please offer folding wing option

Comment by Ivor Link on April 13, 2013 at 9:32pm

My wife looked at my ranting about the new Cruzer and said "You have to have a folding wing as you need to keep it in your Man Cave to fiddle with it - and you know the saying "Happy Wife - happy life!" "  So Sabastien - you see it is like this:  Please! I want this plane!!

Comment by Trevor Leslie on April 13, 2013 at 9:12pm

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