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Aircraft Model
ZODIAC XL
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Other
Building From
Kit
Engine installed (or plan to install)
Jabiru
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Private Pilot

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Precision Airplane Scale - New Weight and Balance for N601BD

Posted on September 7, 2009 at 11:49pm 4 Comments

Today I had my airplane weighed on a precision airplane scale that can register the weight of a dime. It was designed and constructed with a grant from the EAA years ago and is used by the CAFE Foundation. There is no charge, but a donation to the Foundation is suggested.



I did my original weight and balance in August 2008. After that my Zodiac XL was painted, I added sound proofing, and I recently replaced a 25 lbs. battery with a 13 lbs. battery. So a new W&B was needed and,… Continue

I Lost 12 lbs. and I Feel Great!

Posted on September 1, 2009 at 10:38pm 6 Comments

Unfortunately, I am not talking about my beer gut...



I fly a CH601XL with a Jabiru 3300 in front.



I was having problems with my 25.5 lbs. battery going dead too frequently, so I switched it out for a 13.5 lbs. Odyssey 680 last weekend.



WOW! what a difference 12 lbs. makes forward of the firewall. I immediately noticed a difference on take off. Less trim was needed for the plane to fly off the ground. It just felt lighter on climb out.



I can now set… Continue

N601BD Performance Statistics

Posted on August 30, 2009 at 12:36pm 6 Comments

Thought I'd update some performance stats for N601BD to actual experience from a few recent flights of 2 hours or more:

Range: 518 Statute Miles

Endurance: 4.3 hours

Rate of Climb: 1000ft/min.

Fuel Consumption: 8.5 gph full throttle on climb out - 8 gph full throttle in cruise and 5.2 gph/@ 2650 rpm cruise

How does this compare with all y'all's experience so far?

Shakespeare and the Zodiac XL

Posted on June 27, 2009 at 5:34pm 6 Comments

Captain's Log Stardate 6.26.2009:



At 17:53z this captain and the Admiral (Wife Rosalie) departed Santa Rosa for Ashland, Oregon. In no time we were there at 19:28z. We set cruise at 2650 RPM's and sipped 4.8gph at 5500 feet msl. We averaged 93 KIAS and about 19.5mpg. Total fuel used was 13.5 gal. to go 230nm/264smiles (I like spelling "statue miles" "smiles" because that's what we get along the way). The air was smooth the enitre 264 smiles route. We took some pix of Mt. Shasta and… Continue

First Passenger in "Little Yellow Bird"

Posted on May 21, 2009 at 11:16am 3 Comments

Last night my daughter and I went flying!!!!! She's 24 and has had a couple flying lessons at Bob Archibald's Dragonfly Aviation before she went to college.



With the NTSB issue it was a big decision to take a passenger with less than 50 hours on my plane. She has been thoroughly informed over that last few months of all that has transpired with the issue and still wanted to fly.



I have an ELSA. I was given only 5 hours for the Phase I testing. I extended it informally to… Continue

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At 6:25am on November 25, 2009, Dr. Edward M. Moody II said…
Okay then... at the risk of beating it to death; why are we hell bent on changing the design? The design is the constant that exists nearly identically in all XLs.... the ones that are airworthy AND those that have broken and crashed. We should be identifying and changing whatever VARIABLES are related to the crashes, not the constant.

I will soon have to convince myself to just duck down behind the log out of the field of fire like the vast majority of XL builder/flyers who are not interested in the upgrade mods. If I continue to speak out, I will become a target and who needs that?

Ed
At 10:52am on November 24, 2009, Dr. Edward M. Moody II said…
Would I fly with you through the mountains in a non-modified XL?

If I had a chance to take a good look at your plane, your logbook, and do a thorough preflight, I would probably be willing to fly with you without the mods. I'm a little bit sceptical about the flight through the mountains scenario but I would feel the same in a Cherokee or a 152. Before venturing into more complex decision-making territory, I would like to fly with you a few hours in a less potentially hazardous environment.

See? It's that "design coupled with operational issues" thing... no doubt about it. Also notice that it doesn't relate to changing the design of the plane?

Ed
 
 
 

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