Simworks Studios – Zenith CH701 STOL for MSFS


Publisher: SimWorks Studios
Date Added: Jan-15-2021
Updated: Nov-26-2021
Version: v1.5.0
File Size: 591.6 MB

SKU: SWS-140
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First introduced in 1986, the STOL CH 701 aircraft was developed as an off-airport, short take-off and landing kit aircraft to fulfill the demanding requirements of both sport pilots and first-time builders. With the STOL CH 701, designer Chris Heintz combined the features and advantages of a “real” airplane with the short-field capabilities of an “ultralight” aircraft. The aircraft features fixed leading-edge slats for high lift, full-span flaperons (both ailerons and flaps), an all-flying rudder, and durable all-metal construction.


The STOL CH 701 was not designed to be just another ‘pretty’ light aircraft, but was engineered to offer outstanding short take-off and landing performance, all-metal durability, and unparalleled ease of construction. With form following function, the STOL CH701 looks like a ‘Sky Jeep’, as it is often called by its owners.

Popular since 1986, there are hundreds of STOL CH 701 aircraft flying around the world! Not many of the more than 500 STOL CH 701’s flying today can be found at airports – most are operated from short off-airport grass fields, in backyard fields and in remote areas. The aircraft’s all-metal construction makes it suitable for continuous outdoor storage – providing their owners with continuous cost savings (no hangar or tie-down fees).


Created in meticulous detail, the SWS 701 features:

  • Detailed visual model made from factory drawings
  • Realistic flight model with accurate STOL performance
  • Sounds recorded from the real aircraft
  • Detailed cockpit featuring custom instruments
  • Door and no-door variants in four liveries
  • A bush trip through New York state
  • Three airports improved with custom objects and ground textures
    • Lufker (49N)/Spadaro (1N2)
    • Sky Acres (44N)
    • Roxbury Runway (1NK0)

Note: The aircraft makes use of the default GNS530 and GTX330 systems.

Minimum System Specifications

  • CPU: Ryzen 3 1200/Intel i5-4460
  • GPU: Radeon RX 570 / NVIDIA GTX 770
  • VRAM: 4 GB
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • HDD: 1.73 GB

Recommended System Specifications

  • CPU: Ryzen 5 1500X / Intel i5-8400
  • GPU: Radeon RX 590 / Nvidia GTX 970
  • VRAM: 4 GB
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • HDD: 1.73 GB

Changelog v1.5.0

  • Further improved glide ratios and STOL behaviour
  • Added ski variant
  • Downgraded ski & gear variants’ engine to 80hp
  • Added floatplane variant with 110 hp engine and scythe propeller
  • Fixed fogged glass that appeared after SU6
  • Fixed erroneous HUD readouts in spot view

Changelog v1.3.2

  • Modified and locked EWCG
  • Fixed pink materials on cabin surfaces

Changelog v1.3

  • Added WWISE sounds
  • Animated some inanimate switches on the transponder
  • Changed fuel selector code to be compatible with Sim Update 5
  • Added Sim Update 5 related compatibility updates

Changelog v1.21 May-18-2021

  • Removed flaps failure if extended above 70 mph
  • Improved landing gear contact points

Changelog v1.20 Mar-19-2021

  • Tuned glide ratios using flight test data obtained from two CH701s
  • Reduced P-Factor
  • Flaps will retract due to forces above 63 mph
  • Flaps will fail if extended above 70mph
  • Removed aileron and rudder trim from the flight model
  • Modified exit opening speed
  • Added color band to airspeed indicator
  • Removed rain from under the wing roots
  • Added mouse colliders for VR
  • Added VR pilot camera

Hotfix January 27, 2021

  • Programmatically forced alternator to the on position to fix battery drain issue reported by some users
  • Programmatically auto-calibrated altimeter pressure upon aircraft initialization, to alleviate the issue reported by some customers that the altimeter reads 28.00 inHg on startup. IMPORTANT: auto-calibration only happens once, when the aircraft first loads. It is the virtual pilot’s responsibility to maintain a properly calibrated instrument from that point on.

Hotfix January 14, 2021

  • Flaps: reduced drag, increased lift
  • Flaps: changed to mechanical and now respond almost instantly to changes
  • Engine: Reduced aircraft top speed
  • Engine: Improved engine response across entire envelope
  • Aircraft will now decelerate at low RPM
  • Electrical system: Modified electrical system to account for new engine behaviour
  • Added Parking Brake for convenience
  • Scenery: 44N: Modified snow property on some items to make them seem “fresh”
  • Scenery: Added some more clutter objects around airport
  • Bush trip: Changed fuel tank selector setting from “ALL” to “BOTH” to reflect correct setting.

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