Based on the ZODIAC CH
601 HD, the SUPER ZODIAC features tapered and shortened 'speed wings' to achieve a higher cruise
speed. The wing span is reduced to 23 feet, and the wing area is lowered to 98 sq. feet,
with the airfoil tapering to a 34 inch chord at the wing tips. The speed wings have
full-length ailerons for very responsive controls. The SUPER ZODIAC has the same fuselage and tail sections as
the CH 601 HD model; the only difference being the outboard wing panels. The outboard
wings of the SUPER ZODIAC and the ZODIAC CH 601 HD can actually be interchanged.
|TOP SPEED (mph)
|STALL SPEED (mph)
|RATE OF CLIMB (FPM)
|TAKE-OFF ROLL (ft.)
|LANDING DISTANCE (ft.)
|SERVICE CEILING (ft.)
|RANGE (std., SM)
|LOAD FACTOR (G)
ZODIAC CH 601 HDS
|DESIGN LOAD FACTOR
||+/- 6 "G"
|FUEL CAPACITY (std.
||16 Gallons (US)
|- with Optional Wing Tanks
||30 Gallons (US)
NOTE: Specification and performance
figures are based on standard factory prototype test results, with standard
powerplant. Standard atmosphere, sea level, no
wind. All technical data, specification and performance figures subject to change without
*Typical empty weight with the Rotax
912 engine and basic equipment. Heavier engines reduce the useful load
of the aircraft.
Engine Limitations: 65 - 115 hp, up to
265 lbs. max. firewall-forward weight. Alternative engines will affect performance,
specifications and flight characteristics of the aircraft. Also, the
weight and balance of the aircraft may be adversely affected by
alternative engines, and the original fuel system may not be adequate
or suitable for some engines. Most alternative engines will require a
custom engine mount and engine cowl. Zenith Aircraft Company does not
manufacture or directly support engines.
The sleek lines of the SUPER ZODIAC give the image of a high
performance composite aircraft, while providing the durability and simplicity that only an
all-metal aircraft can offer.
"Bridges the gap between high
performance and affordability. With the Rotax 912, the SUPER ZODIAC becomes a truly great
commuting aircraft. ...Cruise at 140 MPH at 80 percent power while still only burning four
gallons per hour. Not bad for a plane with a fixed landing gear! ...The SUPER ZODIAC will
carry two passengers and their gear as far as anyone is likely to want to travel. ...SUPER
ZODIAC buyers are getting an extremely well-designed kit made up of excellent materials.
They are getting a kit they can realistically build by themselves in a reasonable amount
of time and without a lot of specialized tools... Strong, durable, cheap to maintain, and
fun to fly..."
- SPORT PILOT Magazine