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Good experiences discovered building a CH 601 XL home-built aircraft


I've been flying since 1978.  Started building an airplane in 2006 and finished it in 2009.  I fly it regularly and enjoy it very much.  This site will give you an idea of what was involved in construction and where it's taken me since.

I created the drawing above in 2005 because I wanted to know exactly how the finished product could look before even ordering the kit.  I'm a graphic designer by trade and made many paint schemes up for several kits before making my decision and ordering a kit.  Fitting my mission needs were my first concerns, but I also had to know I could make it look good.


Specifications

Equipment includes Dynon FlightDEK D180 EFIS/EMS, AvMap EKP-IV GPS moving map w/terrain depiction, ICOM IC-A200 digital transceiver, Narco AT165R digital transponder, Sigtronics Sport 200S stereo intercom, AmeriKing AK-450 emergency locator transmitter,Zaon MRX collison avoidance system, SafeAir1 pitot-static plumbing and firewall pass-thru system, Aeroflash Nav/Strobe light system. Garmin Pilot My-Cast mobile weather is subscribed to on mobile phone. Provisions were made for a not-yet-released Dynon two-axis autopilot. Contained within the central console is a CH Products 8-function ambidextrous flight control stick, halon fire extinguisher and a built-in, two-place oxygen system. All specifications below are from the kit manufacturer and are for maximum weight and standard conditions unless otherwise noted. Range and endurance figures are quoted with no fuel reserve.

Engine.........Jabiru 3300, 120 hp
TBO............................2,000 hrs
Propeller....Sensenich composite
two-blade, ground adjustable pitch
Seats......................................2
Length................................20 ft
Height...............................6.5 ft
Wingspan...........................27 ft
Wing area.....................132 sq ft
Max takeoff weight........1,320 lbs
Standard empty weight.....680 lbs
Useful load......................640 lbs
Max usable fuel....144 lbs/24 gals
Payload, max fuel.............496lbs
Wing loading...........9.85 lbs/sq ft
Power loading............11.8 lbs/hp
Estimated ceiling..........13,000 ft
Rate of climb at gross..1,200 fpm
Cruise @ Sea Level.......138 mph
Stalling speed, flaps up.....51 kts
Stalling speed, full flaps....44 kts
Takeoff roll.......................550 ft
Landing distance...............500 ft
Range........................662 miles
Endurance..................4.8 hours
Load factor (G) ultimate....+/- 6 g
Vne.............................180 mph

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