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Zodiac Squadron Video Clip: Zodiac Squadron - Formation flying
Cross country flight Cross Country Flight in the Zodiac: Flying Zenith's demo ZODIAC XL cross country (December 12, 2008): Great 360-degree views.
First flight video NEW Video Clip: Maiden flight of Dennis Stephenson's ZODIAC XL (November 8, 2008) in Utah.
YouTube Video Clip: Building the Zodiac New Video Clip: Photo collage: Building the Zodiac from start to finish...
Flying the beaches... New Video Clip: Flying the Zodiac around the Caribbean Islands

Zodiac CH 650

A nice view of the Zodiac CH 650 in flight.


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Landing a taildragger Zodiac on a grass field overlooking a village (in France)

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Landing a taildragger Zodiac on a grass field.

Zodiac taildragger Grass field operations...

17th annual Open Hangar Day 2008

Saturday, September 20, 2008: Zenith Aircraft's 17th annual OPEN HANGAR DAY and Fly-In Gathering was a great success, with a lot of sun, planes, food, and great company.  Thanks to all who participated and made this event a fun event!

At right, builders and their planes pose in front of the Zenith factory for the traditional group photo.

Dinner

An outdoor dinner buffet was enjoyed by more than 120 builders and Zenith employees on Friday evening prior to the Open Hangar Day.

Planes... Thanks to great weather, several dozen Zeniths flew in to the Open Hangar day
Workshops

Workshops and seminars kept builders busy all day.  At right, a Dynon Avionics demonstration.

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Zodiac

David Gallagher's Zenith CH 601 XL:

"I started in September 2006 with the rudder workshop in Mexico, Mo. The rest of the empennage and wings were completed by the end of 2006. The fuselage followed in 2007 and consumed most of the year. My Jabiru showed up in November and I worked both the firewall-forward installation and electrical systems. The components went to the airport in June 2008 and I received my airworthiness certification on July 16. The first flight occurred on July 24, 2008. Overall the flight was a great success. I made two landings during my flight and they were both very smooth. I left the next day for Oshkosh. The overall build time for this standard kit build was 780 man hours from rudder workshop to first flight.

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First flight of the Zodiac
Zodiac European Zodiac XL (with the same paint scheme as the Zodiac pictured below from California)
Zodiac and STOL

Fred Sanford's airplane projects in Santa Barbara, California.

"We finished the STOL CH 701 in 2005, and enjoyed the building so much that we built a Zodiac 601XL."

Zodiac with Jabiru 3300

Fred Sanford's Zodiac XL (Santa Barbara, California).

 "It took a year and a half. Jabiru 3300 / Dynon 180 / Garmin 396. Nice airplane!"

Zodiac instrument panel
Zodiac XL Zodiac XL

First flight...

On October 15, 2008, Barrington Irving took off in Inspiration II, a Zodiac plane built entirely by Miami high school students in the Experience Aviation Build & Soar Summer Program.  Barrington Irving is the youngest person and first pilot of African descent on record to fly solo around the world. The Zodiac plane was named Inspiration II, in honor of the plane he flew around the world. 

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Barrington Irving flight...

Zodiac Zodiac
German Zodiac Zodiac in Germany
Zodiac XL Zodiac XL
Zodiac XL Zodiac XL on an ultralight field.
Zodiac Zodiac powered by a Rotax 912 ULS engine
Zodiac Flying the Zodiac cross country
Zodiac The Zodiac sharing a field with cows
Zodiac XL
South African Zodiac XL, built by Pieter Cillie
Zodiac CH 601 Zodiac CH 601 with a custom engine installation
Zodiac Zodiac CH 601 with a custom engine installation
Zodiac Grass field operation with a Zodiac (with taildragger gear configuration)
Mountain flying

Flying over the Alps in the Zodiac XL.

Zodiac Canadian Zodiac
Zodiac CH 601 Zodiac CH 601, named the "Red Gull"
Plans-built Zodiac CH 601 with a custom engine installation.
Shade under the Zodiac... Who says low wing aircraft are not adequate for shade cover?...
Zodiac XL powered by a Corvair engine installation Zodiac XL powered by a custom Corvair engine installation
Zodiac at a fly-in in Eastern Europe
grass field Flying the ZODIAC XL on a grass runway
Zodiac XL European Zodiac XL
ZODIAC TD Taildragger Zodiac
Zodiac with new Jabiru engine cowl Zodiac with new Jabiru engine cowl.
ZODIAC XL
Zodiac CH 601 HDS Zodiac CH 601 HDS on a grass field
Zodiac Two taildragger Zodiac CH 601s at a fly-in
Zodiac on the beaches of New Zealand Zodiac on the beaches of New Zealand
Zodiac CH 650 Flying the Continental O-200 powered Zodiac CH 650
Zodiac rudder The Zodiac, as viewed from the rudder tail section
Zodiac trainer Zodiac trainer in New Zealand
Formation flying - three Zodiacs on an outing.
Zodiac Swedish Zodiac with a bite!
Zodiac CH601 High-visibility paint scheme
Zodiac Two Zodiac CH 601 aircraft
Zodiac XL Jabiru-powered Zodiac
Canadian Zodiac Canadian Zodiac

Zodiac XL One of several Zodiac aircraft flown in to Oshkosh AirVenture 2008 by their owners.
Annual builder dinner at AirVenture The EAA AirVenture fly-in is home to the Zenair Builders Dinner held every year.
Builder Dinner 2008
Zenith display The Zenith display at AirVenture: The new Zodiac CH 650, along with the STOL CH 701 (left), STOL CH 801 (middle back), and the new STOL CH 750 (yellow).

   
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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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