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The affordable recreational kit aircraft for the sport pilot: Enjoy leisure flights, with exceptional unrestricted visibility... operate from short grass strips... make round trips of several hundred miles in a single day... Take your partner for a local pleasure flight, or to a far-off destination (with overnight
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turned out to be a delight to fly and land. Call it a BMW Z3 with wings. Cessna and
Piper trainers are downright stodgy in comparison.´
ZODIAC is the answer to your dreams, offering you superior performance
and capabilities, comfortable side - by - side seating, surprisingly
affordable costs, and best of all, the ZODIAC is available as a durable
all metal kit that you can quickly build yourself - with just basic
skills and tools.
The ZODIAC is easy and
affordable to build and fly, yet it's an airplane you won't easily
outgrow. The ZODIAC is the perfect project for the first-time builder
and the demanding sport pilot, bridging the gap between performance
flying and affordable costs: Simple and quick to build; easy and fun to
fly. Well suited for low-time pilots, the ZODIAC offers exciting
performance and good cross-country flying capabilities. Loaded with
standard features, the new ZODIAC models provide all-metal durability,
first-class comfort for two large persons in a wide cabin, large baggage
compartments, and much more. New complete kits reduce building time,
requiring no special skills or tools to put together. Originally
introduced in 1984, the ZODIAC design has a proven track record. It's
fun and easy to fly even for the novice pilot, yet has capabilities and
performance that will thrill the most experienced pilot.
"...a playful, delightful
airplane with side-by-side seating and a gorgeous bubble canopy. Handling is great,
stability is pleasant, and the kit is very straight forward. Highly recommended."
- US AVIATOR magazine
|THE MODELS OF THE ZODIAC:
Many builders are still
interested in the fine features and qualities of the
CH 650’s forerunners. The models listed below
were developed for the specific characteristics
Zenith Aircraft Company delivers kits and/or most parts for
Choose the model with the performance and features you want in an airplane:
Introduced in 2001, the
ZODIAC XL was Zenith's
first entry for the Sport Pilot / Light Sport Aircraft (LSA)
category. The ZODIAC CH 601 XL model introduced a new airfoil and larger wing
area than its predecessors. With new wing flaps, stall speed was kept low for recreational
pilots. The XL was configured to take full advantage of its increased useful load,
with larger wing tanks and baggage areas. The new Zodiac CH
650 was introduced in July 2008, replacing the Zodiac XL model.
The ZODIAC CH 601 HD is the basic ZODIAC model, based
on the original CH 600 aircraft developed in 1984 as a primary trainer. This heavy-duty
(HD) model is suitable for most
engine types ranging from 65 to 115 HP. Affordable, easy to build, and loads of fun for
both novice and experienced pilots. Click here for details and
specifications on the ZODIAC CH601 HD.
The sleek ZODIAC CH 601 HDS
incorporates tapered speed wings, allowing the sporty ZODIAC to fly at a brisk 135 MPH on
just 80 HP. Very affordable and efficient performance flying. Click
here for details and specifications on the ZODIAC CH601 HDS.
A lighter version of
the ZODIAC CH 601 HD model, the CH 601 (UL) has
been developed specifically for the Advanced Ultralight category in Canada and other
applicable countries. This ZODIAC model is the ideal low-cost trainer or recreational
aircraft. Click here for details and specifications on the
ZODIAC CH601 UL.
The ZODIAC CH 640 design from veteran aircraft designer
Chris Heintz is a
four-place, low-wing, all-metal kit aircraft: "This
design is the result of growing customer demand for a
simple yet fully-capable four-seat aircraft,"
stated Chris Heintz. "This four-seater is based
primarily on my proven type-certificated
2000 production aircraft design, and is also
influenced by the ZODIAC CH 601 series kit designs and
Zenith CH 300 design from the 70s." The CH 640
is a conventional four-seater, with a 2 + 2 seating
configuration. The prototype aircraft is powered by a
180-hp Lycoming O-360 engine. The design features a
fixed tricycle landing gear, large dual gull-wing doors,
a wing span of 31.5 feet and an overall length of 23
CH 640 is represented by Zenair Ltd.
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