TYPE: Side-by-side ultralight kitbuilt.
PROGRAMME: First flight of CH 600 prototype June 1984. Plans and kits of parts (45 per cent premanufactured) for improved model followed. New CH 601UL developed to meet TP 10141 advanced ultralight (AULA) category in Canada. Construction of prototype CH 601 (59.7 kW; 80 hp Rotax 912) began September 1990 (first flight October that year). Kit production started January 1991. UL version (2001 cost US$12,380) remains available.
CURRENT VERSIONS: CH 601HD: Offers wider cockpit and extra power for increased performance and true cross-country capability.
CH 601HDS: First flown August 1991. Has shorter, tapered 'speed' wing of 7.01 m (23 ft 0 in) span. HD and UL are available as kits and as 85 per cent pre-assembled kits requiring only quoted 120 working hours to complete, compared to quoted 400 hours for unassembled kits.
Description applies to CH 601HD.
CUSTOMERS: Over 600 of all versions flying by end 2002.
COSTS: Plans: US$315. Kit: US$12,620. Information pack: US$15 (2003). Materials and component parts are available.
DESIGN FEATURES: Conventional low-wing monoplane with all-moving vertical tail. Conforms to Canadian TP 10141 airworthiness standards.
Wing section NACA 65018 (modified); dihedral 6°, incidence 8°.
FLYING CONTROLS: Manual. Long-span ailerons; elevators; and Zenith all-moving vertical fin.
STRUCTURE: All-metal monocoque. Single-piece, starboard-hinged canopy.
LANDING GEAR: Non-retractable tricycle or tailwheel type. Skis and floats optional.
POWER PLANT: One engine of 47.7 to 85.75 kW (64 to 115 hp), including 59.6 kW (79.9 hp) Rotax 912 UL, with reduction gear, driving three-blade ground adjustable propeller, 47.8 kW (64.1 hp) Rotax 582 UL, 48.5 to 74.5 kW (65 to 100 hp) Teledyne Continental or 52 kW (70 hp) Volkswagen. 74.6 kW (100 hp) four-cylinder four-stroke liquid-cooled Subaru EA81 is available from Stratos for the CH 601HD. Fuel capacity 60 litres (16.0 US gallons; 13.3 Imp gallons); wing baggage lockers may be fitted with two 26.5 litre (7.0 US gallon; 5.8 Imp gallon) auxiliary tanks.