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CH 601 XL / CH 650 Updates

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This page last updated: February 22, 2016

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Important ZODIAC XL Updates  
Corrosion Corrosion - General corrosion inspection, lubrication and general aircraft maintenance 1/16
Sensenich Prop Service Bulletin 2014-02-04 Discontinue use of Jabiru composite propeller blades on UL Power Engines   2/4/14
Whirlwind Prop Service Letter SL-GA-J2B-012714 BLADE CLAMP BOLT CRACK: All WhirlWind GA-J2B propellers with hubs in the Serial Number range 1000 to 1107 installed on UL Power engines 1/27/14
Rudder Pedals Safety Alert Rudder Pedals Safety Alert: Check rudder pedals for the correct material thickness (serial numbers 65-8563 to 65-8950) 9/26/13
 Web Link The FAA has re-evaluated the CH601XL kit with the upgrade package (6-ZU) and determined that it meets the major portion requirements (51% rule).
Note: When registering your aircraft with the FAA use the model name as it appears on the FAA listing of aircraft kits ("Zodiac CH 601 XL") and the drawings. Do not add the "B" to the name when registering it with the FAA as this will not match the FAA information on file.
  November 7, 2009: FAA Issues Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin: Zodiac CH 601 XL and CH 650  
Document Rotax 912 Bed Mount Steel Bracket E1-1X: Check for cracks 6/2010
Document Andair Fuel Selector Service Alert 6/2010
Web Link Request your "B" model decals to display on upgraded Zodiac CH 601 XL and CH 650.  More Info. 6/2010
checklist Updated Zodiac series Checklist: a 55-page checklist to help you thoroughly preflight your aircraft (February 2010 Rev 2).  View Video Clip 2/2010
Video Clip Aero-TV video clip: Zenair's Mathieu Heintz discusses the Zodiac CH601XL upgrade package... (from the Sebring LSA show in 1/2010). 5/2010
6-ZU Zodiac CH 601 XL / CH650 Upgrade Package Drawings (revision 1/25/2010) 1/25/2010
6-ZU-1B Supplemental drawing for earlier Zodiac XL models with 4 noseribs inboard of the fuel tank 2/12/2010
6-ZU-1 Photo Assembly Guide: CH 601 XL / CH650 Upgrade Package: Section 6-ZU-1, Wing Spar & Rear Channel (Rev. 1.1) 2/16/2010
6-ZU-2 Photo Assembly Guide: CH 601 XL / CH650 Upgrade Package: Section 6-ZU-2, Center Spar Section 12/17/2009
6-ZU-3a Photo Assembly Guide: CH 601 XL / CH650 Upgrade Package: Section 6-ZU-3a, Bellcrank Channel & Doublers 12/17/2009
6-ZU-3b Photo Assembly Guide: CH 601 XL / CH650 Upgrade Package: Section 6-ZU-3b, Bellcrank Channel & Doublers (fuselage) 12/18/2009
6-ZU-4 Photo Assembly Guide: CH 601 XL / CH650 Upgrade Package: Section 6-ZU-4, Aileron, Control Stops, Servo L Angles 1/26/2010
doc369 Zodiac CH 650 Structural Test to ASTM-SLSA  
ch-letter-7-09 Letter from Chris Heintz: Recommendations for inspections and operating limitations 7/2009
pdf download Flutter analysis report: 27 pages 6/2009
newsletter172 Chris Heintz update, excerpted from the Zenair Newsletter, Issue #172 (May-June 2009 issue) 6/2009
ZE-2008-01 Zenair Europe issues a safety alert / service bulletin to Zodiac pilots and owners in response to the preliminary findings of an investigation into the fatal accident involving a Czech Aircraft Works Zodiac CH 601XL in the Netherlands. Note that this bulletin does not provide new information regarding the aircraft; it requests verification of what should already be in place, namely, proper tension of the control cables.
Photo guide: How to check the control cable tension of your Zodiac
newsletter Excerpts from the Zenair Newsletter, Issue #165  |  601 Paper By William Wynne 6/1/2008
xl-parts-cat Zodiac XL Illustrated Parts Catalog.  This new draft Parts Catalog makes it easy to identify parts of the Zodiac XL airframe
(and to use with the new online parts ordering system).  CH650 Parts Catalog
GSC-prop-TBO GSC Systems Propeller TBO and Operating Instructions
(3-blade, ground-adjustable wood prop).
601XL nose wheel fork ZODIAC XL Nosewheel Fork Doubler 12/17/2004
601 hinge pin ZODIAC CH 601 series elevator hinge pin advisory 5/2003
Other Information
CH650 Changes List of changes from the Zodiac XL (4th edition, 1/2008 drawings) to the Zodiac CH 650 (1st edition, 8/2008) 8/29/2008
CH650 Canopy Latch Due to popular demand, we are sharing the Zodiac CH 650 Canopy Latch Drawings / Photos 8/14/2008
Service Manual Zodiac XL - S-LSA (factory-built with Continental O-200) Service (Maintenance) Manual
- Sample manual from AMD.  Check the AMD website for the latest updated version of these manuals
SLSA POH Zodiac XL - S-LSA (factory-built with Continental O-200) Pilot Operating Handbook (POH)
- Sample manual from AMD. Check the AMD website for the latest updated version of these manuals
newplane.com Additional resources for owners and operators of the Zodiac S-LSA (factory-built with Continental O-200).
Flight-test Zodiac XL - S-LSA (factory-built with Continental O-200) Flight Test Worksheet, 7 pages
- Sample manual from AMD. Check the AMD website for the latest updated version of these manuals
ground-test Zodiac XL - S-LSA (factory-built with Continental O-200) Ground Test Checklist, 5 pages
- Sample manual from AMD. Check the AMD website for the latest updated version of these manuals
Pre-delivery Zodiac XL - S-LSA (factory-built with Continental O-200) Pre-Delivery Checklist, 4 pages
- Sample manual from AMD. Check the AMD website for the latest updated version of these manuals
72 kb
Cortec 373 Corrosion Protection brochure
   - Material Safety Data Sheet
pneu-riveter Using the pneumatic rivet puller 12/18/01
w&b Weight & Balance Worksheet (2 pages) 1/11
601xl-poh Sample Pilot Operating Handbook for the ZODIAC XL (older manual from Europe) 10/03
Weblink Nosewheel Bungee Installation Tool. This tool allows you to install or replace nose gear bungee easily in minutes.
Weblink LP Aero Plastics' online documentation on handling, drilling, trimming and cleaning acrylic canopy.
  Ballistic chute installation for the Zodiac - from BRS Inc.
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