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Structural Load Testing the ZODIAC XL Airframe


June 15 and 16, 2007: 
Photos: Load testing the Zodiac XL by Zenair Ltd.

Load testing the Zodiac XL by Zenair Ltd., June 2007
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Before testing of the Zodiac XL wing Load testing the Zodiac XL wing
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Load testing the Zodiac XL wing Load testing the Zodiac XL wing
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Load testing the Zodiac XL wing Load testing the Zodiac XL wing
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Load testing the Zodiac XL wing Load testing the Zodiac XL wing
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Load testing the Zodiac XL wing Structural testing of the Zodiac XL wing
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Structural testing of the Zodiac XL wing Structural testing of the Zodiac XL wing
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Structural testing of the Zodiac XL wing Structural testing of the Zodiac XL wing
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Structural testing of the Zodiac XL wing Structural testing of the Zodiac XL wing
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Structural testing of the Zodiac XL wing Structural testing of the Zodiac XL wing
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Structural testing of the Zodiac XL wing Structural testing of the Zodiac XL wing
Load testing the Zodiac XL by Zenair Ltd., June 2007
Structural testing of the Zodiac XL Structural testing of the Zodiac XL
Photos: Copyright Zenair Ltd. 2007

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The ZODIAC XL design is the product of extensive research and development, and the result of professional engineering by Chris Heintz, a leading designer of light aircraft. The modern design makes use of advanced technologies, while using proven design concepts and simple systems for easy assembly and maintenance. A professional design, the ZODIAC structure has undergone a complete and rigorous flight test and design stress analysis, as well as load testing of critical components:

Structural Load Testing - ZODIAC XL Hoizontal Tail ZODIAC XL Horizontal Tail
Structural Load Testing - ZODIAC XL Wing ZODIAC XL Wing Structure
Structural Load Testing - ZODIAC XL Flaps Load testing the flaps
Structural Load Testing - ZODIAC XL Flaps
Structural Load Testing - ZODIAC XL Flaps Load testing the individual flaps and ailerons
Structural Load Testing - ZODIAC XL Flaps
Structural Load Testing - ZODIAC XL Fuselage testing the engine mount and cabin
Structural Load Testing - ZODIAC XL Horizontal Tail ZODIAC XL horizontal tail load tests
Structural Load Testing - ZODIAC XL Airframe
Structural Load Testing - ZODIAC CH 601 UL/HD Wing Load testing the ZODIAC CH 601 UL and HD Wing Spars
Structural Load Testing - ZODIAC CH 601 HDS Wing Load testing the ZODIAC CH 601 HDS Wing Spars
Loading sandbags on the ZODIAC Wing Loading sandbags on the ZODIAC wing for static tests.
Load testing Loading sandbags on the ZODIAC tail sections.
Load testing the horizontal tail of the Zodiac A builder load tests the ZODIAC Horizontal Tail
Load testing the horizontal tail of the Zodiac A builder load tests the ZODIAC Horizontal Tail
Load testing the horizontal tail of the Zodiac A builder load tests the ZODIAC Horizontal Tail
Flight testing the Zodiac XL design for S-LSA certification, plus Night and IFR certification. Flight testing the Zodiac XL design for S-LSA certification, plus VFR Night and IFR certification.
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Note: Many of these images show customer-built aircraft, some of which have been modified without the designer's specific approval. Modifications will affect the specifications and performance of the aircraft.

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