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.
Not many of the more than 400 STOL CH 701s flying today can be found at airports - most are operated from short off-airport grass fields. The aircrafts all-metal construction makes it suitable for continuous outdoor storage - providing their owners with continuous cost savings