Zenith STOL CH 750 X-Plane Simulator Files Available for Free Download
By Sebastien Heintz, EAA 386637, for Experimenter
Aircraft designers and savvy homebuilders have known for a long time that X-Plane provides a very useful and realistic flight simulation. From simply flying preloaded aircraft to designing your own from scratch, X-Plane offers realistic feedback on a professional level – at an amateur-level price. Now the popular CH 750 experimental aircraft has been expertly molded and is ready for you to load into your version of X-Plane for free.
Flight simulator files for the popular STOL CH 750 light-sport utility airplane design are now available for the X-Plane program. X-Plane is a leader in flight simulation software, using “virtual wind tunnel physics” to realistically simulate the physics of flight, and is often used by light aircraft designers to “flight-test” their new creations.
The STOL CH 750 is an all-metal high-wing two-seat kit aircraft designed by Chris Heintz and manufactured by Zenith Aircraft Company in Mexico, Missouri. It’s available as either a kit-build project or as blueprints for plans-builders, and meets the definition of a light-sport aircraft (LSA), making it eligible for operation by sport pilots. The basic aircraft is powered by a 100-hp Continental O-200 engine (although other engine options exist, up to 140 hp).
It’s a unique design optimized for short takeoff and landings and comes equipped with high-lift devices (full-span leading edge wing slats and full-span trailing edge flaperons) for optimized slow flight capability. Also included is a rugged gear system designed for off-airport use (yet easy to operate as a tricycle-gear configuration).
The current X-Plane files for the STOL CH 750 are in the first edition (version 1.0). Planned additional features will include new virtual engine “installations” for the CH 750 to reflect real-life engine choices, including the ULPower, Jabiru, Rotax 912S, and Corvair engines, so that builders can test-fly their airframe with different powerplants.
The STOL CH 750 that the X-Plane program was modeled after was lost in the tornado that touched down at Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo on March 31, 2011.
Zenith Aircraft Company STOL CH 750 design:
Zenith.Aero website (Zenith builders and owners forum):
X-Plane program site:
X-Plane.Org Forum about the STOL CH 750 files:
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