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ZODIAC XL powered by the six-cylinder Jabiru 3300

The fuselage is built in modular sections: the rear fuselage and the forward fuselage assemblies are first built separately, and then joined together.

The rear fuselage has a basic rectangular section with a rounded top. The bottom fuselage is flat, and aesthetically rounded at the front to join the sleek fiberglass engine cowl. 

ZODIAC Rear Fuselage
Rear Fuselage Assembly

The fuselage is built up in stages and requires no special assembly fixtures - it is simply built up on the flat workbench:

Building the rear fuselage:

The fuselage bottom Right fuselage side attached
Fuselage assembly with sides Tail sections attached...

The top rounded fuselage bulkheads are then positioned to the lower fuselage sides and the top fuselage skin is simply wrapped around the bulkheads:

The forward fuselage section (cabin area) is build separately, and then joined to the rear fuselage section.

ZODIAC XL Forward Fuselage

Forward-Fuselage / Cabin Assembly

ZODIAC XL Forward Fuselage

The Zodiac aircraft is designed to be relatively easy and simple to transport.  The Zodiac wings bolt to the fuselage section, and can be readily removed for trailering or storing the aircraft.  Six bolts in the wing spar bolt to the fuselage center section, and one bolt fastens the rear spar channel to the fuselage.  The landing gear attaches to the fuselage, making it simple to store and/or trailer the fuselage section without needing a fuselage hoist or cradle.

With the wings removed the aircraft is less than 8 feet wide, to easily trailer or store the aircraft.  The widest points are the horizontal tail (7 ft. 10 inches; 2.39 m.) and the main gear (7 ft. 8 inches; 2.34 m.).  The tail sections can also easily be removed from the fuselage, if required.  

Zodiac XL fuselage on gear
Trailering the Zodiac XL fuselage

ZODIAC CH 601 XL Canopy

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