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.
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
A feature story in the annual 2007 FlightTest magazine (Loop.aero
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
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.
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)
kit greatly exceeded our expectations for completeness and component
Zodiac XL Cover
The Zodiac XL was
recently featured on the cover of EAA
Sport Pilot & Light-Sport Aircraft magazine (December 2006
The Zodiac CH
601XL... Have It Your Way. Ready-to-fly, ready-to-build, or
Johnson (pages 24 - 31).
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."
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
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