The CH750 Cruzer actually has it’s origins in Australia. As the story was explained to me by Michael Heintz, Australians were ordering the STOL version of the 750 because they wanted excellent short field take off and landing performance. Well – they got it! But what makes the STOL aircraft great at short field operations, also adds drag that leaves you with a pretty slow aircraft. These pioneers decided to try and get the best of both worlds by removing the slats and adding spats to see what that did to the cruise speed and take off performance.
They found that take off performance was still very good and top end speed also benefited. When Zenith found out what was going on, they improved on the Australians’ work by removing one of the wing struts and changing the tail design. The result – a very comfortable cross-country machine that still retains respectable short-field landing performance and the same tough undercarriage as the STOL.
The 750 Cruzer is perfect for those pilots that want to travel long distances in good time, enjoy uninterrupted views, great handling characteristics and still be able to operate out of a farm paddock.