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LSAS WITH PURPOSE
So many ways to have fun
Zenith's CH 701 and CH 750
STOL designs are not the only
off-airport light sport aircraft.
Also popular in the backcountry
are American Legend Aircraft
Company's Legend Cub (right),
CubCrafter's Carbon Cub, and
Just Aircraft's SuperSTOL. Some
offer both build-it-yourself and
manufactured (as special light
sport aircraft) options.

Want to land on water?
The Icon A5 (left) and
Progressive Aerodyne
SeaRey amphibians
were designed for that
purpose.

Although it wasn't necessarily
designed for use as a trainer,
factory-built SLSA versions of
the Van's RV-12 have found a
comfortable niche as training
aircraft (see "It Grows on You,"
August 2020 AOPA Pilot).

increases when going above about 90 mph,"
he said. But flying around locally at no more
than 60 to 65 mph, fuel burn is less than 3
gallons per hour.
"I just like to fly. If I can push it out of
here and get up in it, that's what I like to
do-even if it's just for an hour around here."
GETTING STARTED

Flying wasn't really a dream for Humberd
when he constructed the shop, although
he was flying radio-controlled aircraft at
the time. Around 2010, he purchased an
Ultraflight Lazair ultralight, flying it from a
smaller strip on the farm. It got him hooked
on low-and-slow flying. After rats nested in
the ultralight, ruining the fabric, he decided
to move into something all metal-and with
a nosewheel to keep the tail off the ground,
so that problem could not recur.

"I wanted something that would take the
place of the ultralight and let me fly around
with a passenger," and the Zenith filled the
bill. And it's a lot quieter than the twinengine ultralight with straight-pipe exhausts.
On June 22, 2020, Humberd damaged
the Zenith's left wing when it hit a fencepost after straying from the center of
his taxiway, while taxiing back to the
shop with the nosewheel off the ground.
He decided to replace the wing. "Stuff
happens," he said. "It cost me a month.
That's a lot of work to do in a month." But
a downdraft paint booth in the basement,
originally designed for hot-rod work, sped
painting of the new wing. "I think the
takeaway is that if you're going to fly and
play, you're going to beat something up."
Humberd plans to install a threeblade electric constant-speed propeller

with a new spinner. He's also thinking
seriously about building a three-place
Zenith STOL CH 750 SD (Super Duty)
so that he, his wife, and their daughter
can fly together.
Zenith's STOL CH 750 can be built
with a 1,320-pound maximum gross weight
to qualify as a light sport aircraft, but the
CH 750 SD has a design gross weight of
1,900 pounds that Humberd probably
would increase to 2,050, in part to compete
in a higher class at some STOL contests.
If that happens, however, don't expect
Humberd to part with his Super 701-it's
too much fun to fly and too economical,
burning about half the fuel "for the same
fun factor," he said. That means a new hangar's probably in his future, as well. AOPA
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