ZODIAC Kit Information
Production Aircraft (S-LSA) from AMD
AMD produces the certified
Sport Aircraft (S-LSA) at its production facilities located south of
Atlanta (in Eastman, Georgia).
imported east-European "grown-up ultralights" and new
unproven designs (often from start-up companies), AMD's ZODIAC XL S-LSA in based
on the very successful and proven Zodiac design from
aeronautical engineer Chris
Heintz, and manufactured in the United States by an established light
aircraft manufacturer . Additionally, the ZODIAC S-LSA is
equipped with a US-made Continental O-200 engine
(certified to FAA FAR part 33) and Sensenich propeller. Unlike many
imports, readily-available general aviation parts and components are used
(wherever possible) so that spare
and replacement parts can easily be obtained.
Sport Aviation Expo 2007: Oh, The Planes!"
January 19, 2007, Aero-News
Network, by Managing Editor Rob Finfrock
all-metal Zodiac is resolutely low-tech by comparison [to
composite imports], an
excellent example of designer Chris Heintz's philosophy to
"keep it simple and keep it light." That, and
another axiom -- "if it works, don't fix it" -- have
served the design well on the homebuilt market, and also
simplified the entry of the S-LSA certified model into the
light sport segment.
"Something of a rarity is the certified Zodiac's
powerplant of choice: a FAR 33-certified Continental O-200,
same as you'll find in Cessna 150. Unlike the Rotax 912s seen
on several other entries, the trusty 100-horse Continental is
a rather conventional, low-revving engine, that also carries
the added advantage of service availability: nearly any
mechanic you'd ever see will be able to work on it.
"Unlike several LSA competitors, the Zodiac I flew also
sported a true, full-sized, classic-six steam gauge
arrangement, front-and-center, with engine instruments to the
right. Anyone transitioning from an older Cessna or Piper
should feel right at home with this layout (although glass
flight instrumentation is one of many options
"As far as flying impressions, I felt the Zodiac flew
like a heavier plane... due mostly to its somewhat more
deliberate response in turns... The Zodiac was quite eager to
please, though... and to me, the slower control responses were
quite comforting and familiar. In fact, it seemed to fly much
like the trusty old Skyhawk does, albeit in a low-wing.
"The word that comes to mind repeatedly when
contemplating the Zodiac is "honest": honest
construction, honest presentation, and honest flight
Excerpted from "Sebring Sport Aviation Expo 2007: Oh, The
by Rob Finfrock, Aero-News
Network, January 19, 2007.
AMD also offers the ZODIAC
CH 650 LSi model with a FAA certified
airframe for VFR night and IFR operation: The Zodiac
CH 650 LSi model includes additional equipment such as heated
pitot/static electric heater elements, alternate static switch, lightning
protection including lightning deflectors and lightning grounding, back-up
electric system, TSO'd gyros, pilot de-icing window, wing tip strobes,
wing tip and tail navigation lights, taxi and landing lights, cabin light,
and much more. This equipment is installed to meet and/or exceed FAR Part
23 requirements as well as FAR 91.205. The Airframe meets FAR 23.867
(Electrical bonding and protection against lightning and static
electricity) and FAR 23.954 (Fuel system lightning protection).
available safety features include SRS airbag seatbelts, temper foam seat
cushions, and ballistic recovery chute.
here for more details.
A clean and simple, yet very
complete, custom glass panel.
AMD has extensive experience with avionics installations and
customizes each ZODIAC S-LSA panel for every customer.
S-LSA aircraft manufactured by AMD:
custom instrument panels:
AMD directly for information on
the ZODIAC XL S-LSA aircraft:
Heart of Georgia Regional Airport
415 Airport Road,
Eastman, Georgia 31023 USA
Tel: (478) 374-2759
John Degonia, sales manager