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Flight Test Report - N773PM
Zodiac XL - Jabiru 3300
By Paul Mulwitz -- June 2, 2012
As phase I flight test nears its end I wanted to record some of the things learned about this airplane. The information presented here is not very official, but it might help me or…Continue
Phase I flight test completed 9/26/2012. Phase II now active, but weather has prevented much flight. The weather around here (Pacific NW rain forest) should clear up around May 2013. I plan to do some real cross country flying at that time.
All problems fixed in Phase I except lack of yaw stability. That seems to be inherent in the design. There is no vertical stabilizer because of the full flying rudder and no portion of the fuselage side is…
After 6 years my XL was certified in July, 2011. As of today (Jan 2012) it is over half way through phase I flight test. I expect to complete flight test and enter phase II in the Spring.
I had a number of small problems in flight test. Most of them have been resolved. The primary issue was engine cooling (Jab 3300). Other problems included the engine cutting out from a loose carburetor and a flat nose wheel from underinflation and damage to the tube when the tire rotated and…