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CH601


The original Zodiac CH 600 was designed by Chris Heintz as a low-cost primary trainer aircraft. The 1984 Zodiac CH 601 HD is the updated model. New improvements to this model include a wider 44-inch cabin and a larger rear baggage compartment. Standard equipment includes wing baggage lockers, hydraulic disk brakes, electric trim tab, and tinted canopy. Designed to meet the requirements of the sport pilot, the aircraft offers great performance and capabilities, and is easy-to-fly with pilot-friendly characteristics, including a low landing (stall) speed. The aircraft has excellent cross-country flying capability as well as short-field performance of well under a thousand feet. The HD (Heavy duty) version is stressed for + or -6G. The S-series speedwing option features a four foot shorter span and a thinner, tapered aerofoil in the outboard section, with a scarfed tip for enhanced dihedral effect. Other options included wing fuel tanks.

A lightened version of the Zodiac CH 601 HD, the basic CH 601 Zodiacmodel was developed in 1984 specifically for the Advanced Ultralight (AULA) category in Canada and other European countries, where the CH 601 can be used as a trainer and personal aircraft.
 
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Zenith CH-601 NC41013
 
With a reduced gross weight, this model's specifications are very similar to those of the CH 601 HD model. With a lighter gross weight (useful load), a lower empty weight is achieved using lighter materials in selected areas. Registered as an advanced ultralight, the basic CH 601 makes an ideal low-cost trainer and personal aircraft.
 
Bubble canopy was standard, but was available with an open cockpit, taildragger, trigear, or twin-float options. As a certified design, factory pre-assembled aircraft were available direct from the manufacturer. As of Oct 1998, 275 kits were sold and 200 built from plans.
 
The basic airframe kit for the HD cost $12,620, the HDS Super Zodiac basic airframe kit $13,640, and XL Super Zodiac basic airframe kit $15,890, all in 1998.

 

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CH 601 Super Zodiac

 

Based on the Zodiac CH 601 HD, the Super Zodiac 601HDS features tapered and shortened 'speed wings' to achieve a higher cruise speed. The wing span is reduced to 23 feet, and the wing area is lowered to 98 sq. feet, with the airfoil tapering to a 34 inch chord at the wing tips. The speed wings have full-length ailerons for very responsive controls. The Super Zodiac has the same fuselage and tail sections as the CH 601 HD model; the only difference being the outboard wing panels. The outboard wings of the Super Zodiac and the Zodiac CH 601 HD can be interchanged.

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CH601XL


Grossing 100 lb heavier than the CH 601, the CH601XL was designed to accommodate larger engines such as the Continental O-200, Lycoming O-235 and Rotax 912s, all in the 100 hp range.
The 601XLhas an entirely new wing, 27 ft span, and has the same dihedral from the root to tip because the aluminium spring maingear legs are attached to the fuselage structure. Construction is of 6061-T6 aluminium with pulled rivets. The new wing also has electrically operated flaps, which reduce the span of the ailerons. The XL canopy is forward tipping with gas spring assist, and behind the seats is a 40 lb baggage area. The cabin area is three inches longer than the 601. The flight controls are cable operated. 2009 Price: 64000 EURO
With the new wing flaps, stall speed has been kept low for recreational pilots.
The XL design is the product of extensive research and development, and the result of professional engineering by Chris Heintz, a leading designer of light aircraft. The modern design makes use of advanced technologies, while using proven design concepts and simple systems for easy assembly and maintenance. A professional design, the structure has undergone a complete and rigorous flight test and design stress analysis, as well as load testing of critical components.
The XL has been configured to take full advantage of its increased useful load: New and larger wing tanks offer a larger fuel capacity resulting in superior range and endurance, and the baggage area behind the seat has also been increased. Also with optional wing storage lockers the baggage capacity of this aircraft is quite exceptional.
The XL features a new spring main landing gear system. The standard tricycle gear provides effective ground handling and allows for excellent forward visibility while taxiing. This heavy-duty tricycle gear system was chosen as the standard gear configuration as it provides better stability and control on the ground.
The Rotax 912ULS 100HP engine offers great performance and is highly recommended for this aircraft as it provides great reliability, and is very efficient and smooth-running.
The Zodiac XL prototype model is powered by the six cylinder Jabiru 3300. Lycoming O-235 (116-hp) and Rotax 912S (100-hp) engines have also been installed and flown in the prototype. The XL has been developed with the FAA's proposed Sport Pilot / Light-Sport Aircraft category in mind, and offers maximum performance and capability possible under the new FAA category.

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Roland Aircraft Zodiac Z-602 XL
 


CH 601
Engine: Lycoming O-235, 116 hp
TBO: 2400 hr
Prop: Sensenich Composite sheathed wood, 2 blade fixed pitch
Wingspan; 27 ft
Wing area: 132 sq.ft
Length: 19 ft
Height: 6.5 ft
Undercarriage: fixed nosewheel
Main tires: 5.00 x 5
Nose tire: 5.00 x 5
Seats: 2
Max speed: 148 mph
Cruise 75%: 138 mph
Range 75% no res; 600 sm
Stall with flaps: 44 mph
ROC: 930 fpm
Takeoff roll: 500 ft
Landing roll: 500 ft

CH 601
Engine: Jabiru 3300
Wingspan: 27 ft
Wing area: 132 sq.ft
Length: 19 ft
Height: 6.5 ft
Undercarriage: fixed nosewheel
Main tires: 5.00 x 5
Nose tire: 5.00 x 5
Seats: 2
Empty weight: 660 lb
Useful load: 640 lb
Wing loading: 9.85 lb/sq.ft
Power loading: 11.2 lb/hp
Fuel capacity: 25 USG
Baggage capacity: 40 lb
Aspect ratio: 5.46-1

CH601UL

Engine: Rotax 912, 80 hp
Engine range: 65 -100 hp, up to 225 lbs.
Wing Span: 27 Ft
Wing Area: 130 sq.ft.
Length: 19 Ft
Empty Weight: 550 Lb.
Useful Load: 508 Lb
Gross Weight: 1,058 Lb.
Wing Loading: 8.0 lb.sq.ft
Power Loading: 13.2 Lb./Hp
Design Load: +/- 6 "G"
Cabin Width: 44 Inches
Fuel Capacity (Std): 16 USGallons
Fuel Cap Option:    30 USGallons
Seats: 2
Landing gear: nose or tail.
Performance @ 800 Lb
Top Speed: 135 mph
Cruise: 120 mph
Vne: 150 mph
Stall Speed: 39 mph
Rate Of Climb: 1,400 fpm
Take-Off Roll: 360 ft
Landing Distance: 450 ft
Service Ceiling: 12,000+ ft
Range (Std): 480 sm
Range (With option): 820 sm
Load Factor: +/- 7.9 G
Performance @ 1050 Lb
Top Speed: 135 mph
Cruise: 120 mph
Vne: 150 mph
Stall Speed: 44 mph
Rate of Climb: 1,200 fpm
Take-Off Roll: 430 ft
Landing Distance: 550 ft
Service Ceiling: 12,000+ ft
Range (Std): 480 sm
Range (With option): 820 sm
Load Factor: +/- 6.0 G

CH 601 HD

Engine: Rotax 912, 80 hp
Engine Limitations: 65 - 115 hp, up to 265 lbs.
Wing Span: 27 ft./8.2 m
Wing Area: 130 sq.ft./12 m.sq.
Wing Airfoil: NACA 65018 Mod
Wing Chord: 4ft 1in/124.5 cm.
Wing Aspect Ratio: 5.58
Horiz. Tail Span:    7ft 6in/228 cm.
Rudder Tip Height (Tri): 6ft 10in/208 cm
Cabin Top Height: 5ft 6in/168 cm.
Length: 19 ft./580 cm
Empty Weight: 590 lb./267 kg.    
Useful Load: 610 lb./277 kg
Gross Weight: 1,200 lb./544 kg.
Wing Loading: 9.2 psf/45 kg/m.sq
Power Loading: 15 lb./hp / 6.8 kg./hp
Design Load Factor: +/- 6 "G"
Cabin Width: 44 Inches/112 cm.
Fuel Cap (Std): 16 Gallons (US)/ 60.5 lt
With Option Wing Tanks:     30 Gallons (US)/113 lt.
Seats: 2
Landing gear: nose or tail.
Performance @ 800 lb/362 kg
Top Speed: 135 mph/217 km/h
Cruise: 120 mph/193 km/h
Vne: 150 mph/240 km/h
Stall Speed: 40 mph/64 km/h
Rate Of Climb: 1,400 fpm/7.1 m/s
Take-Off Roll: 360 ft/110 m
Landing Distance: 450 ft/137 m
Service Ceiling: 12,000+ ft/3,600+ m
Range (Std.): 480 s.m./772 km
Range (optional tanks): 800 s.m./1285 km
Design load (Ultimate): +/- 6.8 G
Performance @1,050 lb/476 kg
Top Speed: 135 mph/217 km/h
Cruise: 120 mph/193 km/h
Vne: 150 mph/240 km/h
Stall Speed: 44 mph/70 km/h
Rate Of Climb: 1,200 fpm/6 m/s
Take-Off Roll: 430 ft/131 m.
Landing Distance: 550 ft/168 m
Service Ceiling: 12,000+ ft/3,600+ m
Range (Std.): 480 s.m./772 km
Range (With option tanks): 800 s.m./1285 km
Load Factor (Ultimate): +/- 6.8 G

CH 601 HDS
Engine: Rotax 912, 80 hp
Engine Limitations: 65 - 115 hp, up to 265 lbs.
Wing Span: 23 ft
Wing Area: 98 sq.ft.
Length:    19 ft
Empty Weight: 590 lb.
Useful Load: 610 lb
Gross Weight: 1,200 lb.
Wing Loading: 12.2 psf    
Power Loading: 15 lb./hp
Design Load (Ultimate): +/- 6 "G"
Cabin Width: 44 Inches
Fuel Capacity (Std.): 16 Gallons (US)
Fuel Capacity (Optional): 30 Gallons (US)
Performance @ 800 lb.
Top Speed: 150 mph
Cruise: 135 mph
Vne: 160 mph
Stall Speed: 48 mph
Rate Of Climb: 1,300 fpm
Take-Off Roll: 450 ft
Landing Distance: 550 ft
Service Ceiling: 12,000+ ft
Range (Std): 540 sm            
Performance @ 1,050 lb.
Top Speed: 150 mph
Cruise: 135 mph
Vne: 160 mph
Stall Speed: 54 mph
Rate Of Climb: 1,100 fpm
Take-Off Roll: 550 ft
Landing Distance: 550 ft
Service Ceiling: 12,000+ ft
Range (Std.): 540 sm

CH 601 XL
Wing span: 8.23m
Length: 5.8 m
Wing area: 12.3 sq.m
Wing loading: 48 kg/sq.m
Empty weight: 300 kg
Gross weight: 544 kg
Cabin width: 1.1 m
Fuel capacity: 2 x 45 lt
Useful load: 244 kg
Takeoff roll: 152 m
Landing dist: 152 m
Rate of climb: 1000 fpm
Stall with flap: 30 kt
Stall no flap: 35 kt
Cruise 75%: 110 kt
Range: 484-550 nm
Endurance 5000 rpm – 100 kt 16 lt/hr: 5.5 hr
Endurance 5300 rpm – 110 kt 20 lt/hr: 4.4 hr

Zodiac XL

Cruise: 134 mph
Stall: 44 mph
Range: 760 sm
Rate of climb: 980 fpm
Takeoff dist: 490 ft
Landing dist: 500 ft
Engine: Jabiru 3300, 105 hp
HP range: 80-125
Fuel capacity: 24 USG
Empty weight: 690 lb
Gross weight: 1320 lb
Length: 20 ft
Wing span: 27 ft
Wing area: 132 sq.ft
Seats: 2
Cockpit width: 44 in
Landing gear: nose or tail
LSA: yes

Roland Aircraft Zodiac Z-602 XL
Stall: 34 kt / 39 mph / 63 kmh
Cruise: 127 kt / 146 mph / 235 kmh
VNE: 131 kt / 151 mph / 243 kmh
Empty Weight: 297 kg / 655 lbs
MTOW Weight: 472 kg / 1041 lbs
Climb Ratio: 1000 ft/min / 5 m/s
Glide Ratio: 10
Take-off distance (50ft obstacle): 820 ft / 250 m
Landing distance (50ft obstacle): 980 ft / 300 m

 

CH 601 Super Zodiac
Engine: Rotax 912, 80 hp
Wing span: 8.20 m
Wing area: 12 sq.m
MAUW: 450 kg
Empty weight: 248 kg
Fuel capacity: 60 lt
Max speed: 240 kph
Cruise speed: 195 kph
Minimum speed: 65 kph
Climb rate: 5 m/s
Certification: VZ A-UL, PFA
Seats: 2
Fuel consumption: 13 lt/hr
Kit price (1998): £10,600

 

CH 601 HDS
Engine: Divers
Wing span: 7 m
Wing area: 9 sq.m
MAUW: 544 kg
Empty weight: 263 kg
Fuel capacity: 60 lt
Max speed: 241 kph
Cruise speed: 217 kph
Minimum speed: 100 kph
Climb rate: 5 m/s
Seats: 2
Kit price (1998): £10,600
Fast build kit price (1998): £14,300

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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