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.

http://www.zenith.aero/video/second-flight-of-the-ch-650

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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