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The affordable recreational kit plane for the sport pilot: Enjoy leisure flights, with exceptional unrestricted visibility... operate from 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... 

The Definitive Sport Pilot Ready Kit Plane from Zenith Aircraft Company!

Sport-Pilot Ready ZODIAC XL
The ZODIAC excels...

The ZODIAC XL is the newest model in the popular all-metal ZODIAC kit aircraft series from aeronautical engineer Chris Heintz, offering more performance and many new standard features.

The ZODIAC XL has been developed with the FAA's Sport Pilot / Light-Sport Aircraft category in mind, and offers maximum performance and capability possible under the new FAA category.

Simple and quick to build easy and fun to fly!

The new ZODIAC XL design offers superior performance and capabilities, comfortable side-by-side seating, 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.

Zodiac XL General Configuration - Schematic

Build your own Zodiac XL from:

  • Complete Kit: Everything you need to build your own Zodiac...
  • Quick-Build Kit for maximum pre-assembly of the airframe
  • Component (Section) Kits allow you to "buy-as-you-build"...
  • Plans-Only: New CAD Drawings and Photo Assembly Manuals permit you to "scratch-build" the entire aircraft (parts and components can be purchased individually).
  • Starter Kit: The rudder starter kit allows you to gain hands-on experience while actually starting to build your own aircraft... for just $300.
  • Fly Away:  Buy the American-made factory-assembled certified ZODIAC XL S-LSA Light Sport Aircraft from AMD.  IFR certified model available.

New Kit Features...
Same Low Price!

The standard kit now includes many precision CNC pre-cut and pre-drilled skins and components, and also includes new updated CAD Drawings and Photo Assembly Manuals.

  • Click here to view a video clip of parts manufacturing with the CNC router  (5.75 mb).

Pre-drilling and cutting skins

A feature story in the annual 2007 FlightTest magazine ( in the UK) concludes that with the Zodiac, "...a relatively low tech aircraft, built traditionally, can still deliver hugely enjoyable flying and take you places for very little money."

The ZODIAC is easy and affordable to build and fly, yet it's an airplane you won't easily outgrow: The ZODIAC XL is the perfect project for the first-time builder and the demanding sport pilot, bridging the gap between performance flying and affordable costs.

Rick Lindstrom seated in his Zodiac XL Kitplanes magazine writer Rick Lindstrom took tool in hand to create a dream machine, as he reports in the June, July, August, September and October 2007 issues of Kitplanes magazine: "A Sign of the Zodiac" (Parts 1 to 5)

"Zenith's fast-build kit greatly exceeded our expectations for completeness and component quality."

Zodiac XL Cover Story:

The Zodiac XL was recently featured on the cover of EAA Sport Pilot & Light-Sport Aircraft magazine (December 2006 issue).

The Zodiac CH 601XL... Have It Your Way.  Ready-to-fly, ready-to-build, or IFR capable
by Dan Johnson (pages 24 - 31).

View Videos Zodiac XL Video Clips: Cool video clips: The next best thing to actually flying in the Zodiac!

Zodiac Photo Galleries: Hundreds of photos of completed and flying Zodiac aircraft from around the world.

Factory-Assembled ZODIAC XL S-LSA Factory-Assembled ZODIAC XL S-LSA:

AMD Zodiac XL S-LSA production aircraft with a Continental O-200 powerplant and Dynon glass panel.

The all-metal, two-seat design features a new wing and canopy design, as well as many additional new features. Zenith's ZODIAC XL factory demonstrator is powered by the six cylinder Jabiru 3300, a 110-hp aircraft engine from Australia. Lycoming O-235 (116-hp), Continental O-200 (100-hp), and Rotax 912S (100-hp) and Corvair (100-hp) engines have also been installed and and successfully flown.

"Since its introduction in 1984, the Zodiac CH601 series has become very popular with first-time builders and low-time pilots" says Heintz. "The new model is designed to achieve maximum performance and efficiency with the new generation engines: the six-cylinder Jabiru, the new 100-hp Rotax 912S, and Subaru automotive conversions, as well as popular conventional aircraft engines, such as the Lycoming O-235 and O-200."

Excellent choice

The ZODIAC CH 601 XL has a new airfoil and larger wing area than its predecessor, which allows the new aircraft to achieve higher speeds with a higher payload. With new wing flaps, stall speed has been kept low for recreational pilots.

The XL has been configured to take full advantage of its increased useful load: New and larger wing tanks offer a larger fuel capacity (24 US Gal.) resulting in superior range and endurance, and the baggage area behind the seat has also been increased.


New Features... New Values:

ZODIAC CH 601 XL Canopy

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Popular Mechanics magazine builds and flies a ZODIAC  Read the Cover Story

Zenair ZODIAC CH 601 XL  

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ZODIAC XL S-LSA custom panel, dual control sticks.
A clean and simple, yet very complete, custom Zodiac glass panel.

Zenith Aircraft at Work and Play around the World... Click here for photos and stories

Sport-Pilot Ready Kit Planes from Zenith Aircraft Company

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