This 2002 Zenith CH 801 Is a Sturdy, Short-Field ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

Zenith designs have helped set the standard for amateur-built aircraft for decades.

2002 Zenith CH 801 [Courtesy: Airside Aviation]

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Zenith aircraft and their Zenair relatives sprang from the drawing board of Chris Heintz, an aeronautical engineer who worked in air transport design and manufacturing before moving into kits for GA pilots. His line of two- and four-seat airplanes stretches to the 1970s, while the Zenith CH series of high-wing models has been on the market for more than 30 years.

These airplanes are designed around short-field performance and are known for easy flight characteristics, reliability, and low-maintenance operation. Because they have been popular for a long time, and the manufacturer remains in business, owners can rely on strong factory and club support with repairs, service, and modifications.  

This 2002 Zenith has 86 hours on the airframe and its Lycoming O-360-B2A engine, which has a 2,000-hour TBO. The panel features an MGL Avionics Stratomaster Velocity flight instrument, Icom IC A200 radio, Electronics International CHT gauge, Garmin GTX 320 transponder, and ACK Technologies ELT. Additional equipment includes strobe lights, pitot heat, electric flaps, and electric trim.

Pilots looking for an economical, reliable kitbuilt aircraft with a reputation for good design and performance should consider this 2002 Zenith CH 801, which is available for $120,000 on AircraftForSale.

You can arrange financing of the aircraft through FLYING Finance. For more information, email

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