- Sep 17, 2008
I once flew a 601 with that fat wing, and was astounded at the performance. It had good STOL characteristics as well as an outstanding cruise speed. All its numbers made the Cessna 150s (that were using in training at the time) look sick. And it did all of it on about the same power-to-weight ratio as the 150's.I cound never get past the thickness of it's airfoil. I see the CH650XL has a decent looking wing with a lower profile airfoil that undoubtely will give better numbers.
Chris Heinz, the designer, is a very clever fellow. His designs are good. But the 601's aileron hinge was the top wing skin, and I was never too sure about that. It also contributed to some stiffness in aileron control, while the elevator and rudder moved easily and had lots of authority.