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D-MPKA ICP MXP-740 Savannah c/n 01-03-51-060 - Flugplatz Leer-Papenburg in Germany - 10 June 2018 Flugplatz Leer-Papenburg (EDWF)

The ICP MXP-740 Savannah is a two-seat, single-engine, all metal shoulder-wing microlight airplane with a fixed tricycle undercarriage with steerable nosewheel wheel. In fact, the ICP MXP-740 Savannah is a modified copy of the Zenith Zodiac CH-701 STOL aircraft. I.C.P. srl was once a distributor of the Zenith STOL CH-701. I.C.P. was established in 1980 to produce accessories for the automotive sector. At the beginning of the 1990s, I.C.P. began production of UL aircraft, in collaboration with Agrocopteros of Colombia, including models such as the MXP-740, the MXP-740 Savannah, the MXP-640 Amigo! and the MXP-650 Amigo!. The Savannah has evolved into the Savannah Turbo, Hydro, ADV, VG (Vortex Generator) and the new Savannah XL which features a wider and more comfortable cabin. A light-weight Savannah is the Bingo!, offered with different power units. On 12 September 2009, I.C.P. opened its new factory at Castelnuovo Don Bosco (Province of Asti) in Italy. Over 650 MXP-740 airframes are sold.

The Zenith Zodiac CH-701 STOL is a two-seat, single-engine, all metal shoulder-wing microlight airplane with a fixed tricycle undercarriage with steerable nosewheel or tail wheel. The "SkyJeep," with the heavy gear and tundra tires and all aluminium wings is a Ultralight Bush Plane with excellent short-field performance. With its slow flight capability the plane is an excellent observation platform. In 1985, Chris Heintz, founder and chief designer of Zenair, started the development of the Zenair STOL CH701 in a response to the need for a small but rugged airplane that could be fitted with wheels, skis and floats. The first Zenair CH701 s/n 73001, registered N701ZA, was introduced in 1986. Production deliveries started in 1987. In 1992, Heintz licensed the kit manufacturing and marketing rights to Zenith Aircraft Company for the Zodiac CH 601 and the STOL CH 701 designs. In 1992, Heintz also entered into a license agreement with Czech Aircraft Works of Stare Mesto, Czech Republic, to produce and market his Zodiac CH 601 and STOL CH 701 designs for the European market. The Czech-produced Zodiacs were modified and lightened to meet European rules for microlight aircraft. CZAW produced some 750 such machines under this agreement. On 31 December 2006, after the license agreement, under which the Zenair Zodiac CH 601 and STOL CH 701 light aircraft designs were produced by CZAW, was terminated and the Czech production came to an end. The Zenair CH-701 is nowadays manufactured in kit form by Zenith Aircraft Company, Mexico, Missouri in the USA. The STOL CH 701 kit aircraft may be built from component or complete kits, or even built from just the drawing and manuals. Building a STOL CH 701 from just the drawing and manuals lasts more time, skills, and tools, to build. Recommended power for the CH-701 is the four cylinder four stroke 80 HP Bombardier Rotax 912 UL engine, other alternative power units with a recommended power of 65 to 100 HP and up to 185 lbs. installed weight can be installed. The STOL CH701 design meets the definition of a Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) for operation under the Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) category.

ICP MXP-740 Savannah c/n 01-03-51-060 was built by I.C.P. srl, Piovà Massaia (Asti) in Italy and registered D-MPKA in Germany.
On 10 June 2018, ICP MXP-740 Savannah D-MPKA was seen at Flugplatz Leer-Papenburg in Germany.

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