Hi Rick, I know this is more than 3 years late, please forgive me, wife trouble etc.
I am no longer the owner of the aircraft, had to sell it, new owner is flying it now and I had the privilege of flying in it a few weeks ago. Continental 0-200, cruise at 137 MPH.
Your question regarding the Europa canopy, it is going to be difficult trying to fit it after build completion. Basically I made the top part from an Europa mold and then reduced the width of the canopy to fit the Zodiac bottom half.
Thanks for the comment on my photo. I had to make the fibreglass fairing because I trimmed the bubble at the sides before inserting the front hoop as described in the instructions and when the hoop went in it changed the bubble shape and left to much gap to the bonnet at the sides. No matter because it looks better, has a neoprene seal recess under it to seal perfectly to the bonnet all round and is actually lighter than the rubber one supplied from zenith.
How is your plane flying. Is Yu enjoying the adventures?
Rick! thanks for the compliments,it was a challenging job but the result have given me much satisftion, I saw jour photo and also i must compliment you, you did a lot of work for the conversion to noseweel. I hope that the 601 is flyn well and you be happy. Ciao Vinny. ( I'm sorry for my english)
They loved the pub but the main reason that we went there was to find genuine Australian handmade souvenirs. Harder to find than you may think as most trinkets are mass produced in China. There were a few shops at the Ettamogah Pub that had what they were looking for. Pat and Mary are absoloutly delightful people and we plan to go and stay with them in their next Winter in their beautiful house.
Hows your flying going and have you taken Yu for a ride yet?
Thank you for your comments. It is nice to know that not everyone thinks I am the Devil Incarnate because I have doubts about the XL design.
I don't think there is a wind tunnel big enough to take a full size Zodiac. Many years ago I saw a very large wind tunnel that was "Stolen" from the Germans after World War II. It was moved to Johnson space flight center in Alabama. While it was big enough to walk around in (and made me feel very small) it wouldn't hold a full sized light plane. Also, it was designed to work in the trans-sonic speed range - just under mach 1.
I gather the FAA engineers have prescribed a path to proving the current design is adequate. I don't really understand it, but I am not an aviation engineer either.
My own XL has been collecting dust in the back of my hangar since April. I feel there is a good chance the problems can be resolved, but it will take some effort and professional analysis to get there.
I just heard my upgrade kit is in shipment and should be here Friday. Before seeing the FAA report my plan was to install it and enter phase I testing. Now I am not so sure. I certainly won't enter phase II (carrying passengers and flying long distances) until I feel more confident in the design.
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