First Flight: Flying our new CH 650 with UL Power's UL350iS engine

Sweet flyer! Yesterday we finally had the chance to fly our new Zodiac CH650 B kit airplane with the brand new 130-hp ULPower engine. First flight was performed flawlessly by Roger Dubbert.

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Comment by Warren L. Taylor on December 19, 2011 at 3:31pm

we have grown accustomed to the stable smooth qualities of the zodiac models designed by chris  and are not suprised with the new one. that was apparently a very hot day but the climb rate was still very comforting. congratulations!

Comment by Sebastien Heintz on July 15, 2011 at 11:35am

I've posted a video of our second flight on Wednesday evening.

In the lower light, this video really shows off the Dynon glass panel displays and the LED lights

Comment by Rebecca Anne Shipman on July 15, 2011 at 10:38am
Nice weight figures.  130 HP UL Power engine with a nice empty weight, I imagine the performance will be pretty spectacular.  I'm hoping a light engine, plus Weight Watchers for me (down 20# in 2 months) will let me go flying with my rapidly growing son (14 years old and 6'2" /174# already).  Looking at the earlier pictures of the Firewall Forward installation with this engine, it looks like there's a lot of room to work with, which makes for a clean install.OK, guess I have to add another engine to my "consider" list!
Comment by Sebastien Heintz on July 15, 2011 at 10:15am

Becky:  Empty weight is 780 lbs.  This gives us a very respectable useful load of 540 lbs. at 1,320 lbs. gross weight (Sport Pilot / LSA limit).

With the standard 24 gallons on board (12 gal. per wing), this gives us a payload of nearly 400 lbs.

Comment by Ronald Beitel on July 15, 2011 at 8:50am

Nice short take off run!!!

Comment by nelson D on July 14, 2011 at 8:55pm
10/10 awesome
Comment by David Peterson on July 14, 2011 at 7:18pm
Winner! Nice CF cowling too! Now please let us know what cruise speeds you achieve at 75% power / 5000 ft as soon as you have them ... Looking forward to some nice numbers I suspect! :)
Comment by Mike Armstrong on July 14, 2011 at 4:58pm
Nice ride Roger!
Comment by Dan Dempsey on July 14, 2011 at 4:16pm

Very nice plane.  Looks like the new engine is a winner.

Comment by Joe Scheibinger on July 14, 2011 at 4:11pm
That's great! Another Zenith to Oshkosh! So far with the showplane and the camping area parking, we should have about 65 planes at Oshkosh!

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