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ZODIAC XL

The ZODIAC CH 650 (and the earlier ZODIAC XL model) feature a spring main landing gear system. The standard tricycle gear provides effective ground handling and allows for excellent forward visibility while taxiing. The heavy-duty tricycle gear system was chosen as the standard gear configuration for the ZODIAC to meet the needs of today’s pilots: Most pilots are not experienced ‘taildragger’ pilots, and a tricycle gear provides better stability and control on the ground. (A taildragger gear option is also available).

The ZODIAC utilizes a sturdy gear system to allow grass-field operation. The main gear comprises of a simple single-piece aluminum spring leaf which is bolted to the bottom of the fuselage. The single carry-through main gear provides double cantilever deflection. The main gear is fitted with large tires equipped with independent hydraulic disk brakes.

Video Clip: Spring Landing Gear Drop Test  6 seconds / 2.3 MB

While the spring gear is not the lightest gear system around, it provides a smooth ride and excellent rough-field capability, and is very durable, simple and virtually maintenance-free.  Installation of the main gear spring is simply a matter of bolting it to the fuselage. The new gear system also allows for a clean installation of wheel fairings (optional) to further reduce drag.
The main gear is equipped with high-quality and lightweight 500x5 aircraft wheels and hydraulic brakes. 

Optional fiberglass wheel fairings increase aerodynamics, and give the ZODIAC a sleeker look. 

500x5 wheels and brakes
ZODIAC XL nosewheel (schematic not to scale)

The nosewheel strut uses a single heavy-duty bungee for shock absorbency. The nosewheel is steerable, with direct linkage to the rudder pedals for very effective and responsive ground handling and tight turns. The main wheels are equipped with independent hydraulic disk brakes.

ZODIAC XL Nosegear Assembly

The ZODIAC Nosegear Assembly
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The ZODIAC's direct linkage steerable nosewheel, plus differential braking, provide remarkably precise ground handling and steering.

The quality wheels, rugged gear and good take-off and landing performance make the ZODIAC well suited for grass-field operation.

  • Click here for a schematic of the firewall / nosegear assembly

 
Wheel Fairing Option Wheel Fairing Option
  
The new fiberglass Wheel Fairings Option Kit increases the aerodynamics of the ZODIAC.  The new wheel fairings are narrower in width than previous Zodiac fairings, and are easier and quicker to install.  Click here for additional details.
 
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The ZODIAC can also be equipped with a tailwheel gear configuration.  There is no additional charge for the tailwheel gear configuration kit option as it replaces the standard tricycle gear supplied in the kit.  Click here for additional information and photos.
Note:  The standard wheels supplied is the kit are 500x5 size.  Larger 600x6 wheels may be purchased instead of the 500x5 wheels.
  

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