William Campbell
  • Cambridge Springs, PA
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Vortex generators on a 601XL

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob McDonald Nov 26, 2015. 2 Replies

Flutter/hinges

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert E Pickens Apr 20, 2009. 2 Replies

 

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Aircraft Model
ZODIAC XL
Project Status
Flying
Building From
Kit
Engine installed (or plan to install)
Viking
Building Experience
Have worked on airplanes before
Flying Experience
Private Pilot
Building and Flying Info / Your Profession / Other Background Info
Potter
Campbell pottery.com

I tore the airplane apart several years ago to do the modifications. I did them, and decided to do the paint work. I did most of it, and ran out of energy.

I have decided to install a viking engine, and all of the firewall forward stuff. I have ordered everything and expect to see it soon.

I will be selling the entire firewall forward stuff, engine, cowl,--------------. 

The engine will be sold as a core, and the rest of the stuff is new.

I will advertise it when I get it all apart.

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First flight

Posted on November 7, 2014 at 1:08pm 3 Comments

I had been waiting for the wind to go down for two weeks. I finally had an evening where I felt it was low enough to do the test ride. It flew out with plenty of climb. It ran a little too cool and the left wing felt a little heavy. The trim worked. I got up to 120KTS while in the pattern, so I slowed it down and did some pattern work after I got higher.
I nailed the landing. She is a good flier.

Looking for builders that have used the Viking engine.

Posted on April 27, 2014 at 1:44pm 10 Comments

I have ordered a new viking engine for my 601XL and m interested in talking with anyone that has already done that.

My motor and related paarts are not here yet, but I do have a couple of installation questions.

If anyone will talk to me about their installation, please let me know

Bill Campbell

BBQ at Sun-N-Fun

Posted on January 21, 2010 at 2:22pm 0 Comments

I am planning to come to the Picknick at Lakeland. I will be bringing a friend again this year.
Bill Campbell

O235 experiences

Posted on November 20, 2009 at 12:52pm 0 Comments

I have an O235L2C in my 601XL.

It has E-Mag ignitions, an Ellison throttle body, a Warp drive three bladed prop, and a remote oil filter. There nis one electric fuel pump, and one mechanical.

I would like to hear from anyone else that has a similar set up.

I have flown the airplane, but not often. I had it inspected by the FAA for certification about the time that the NTSB sent the letter squaking about the airplane being unsafe. I flew it anyway, but was not comfortable with it.… Continue

O235 experiences

Posted on November 20, 2009 at 12:52pm 1 Comment

I have an O235L2C in my 601XL.

It has E-Mag ignitions, an Ellison throttle body, a Warp drive three bladed prop, and a remote oil filter. There nis one electric fuel pump, and one mechanical.

I would like to hear from anyone else that has a similar set up.

I have flown the airplane, but not often. I had it inspected by the FAA for certification about the time that the NTSB sent the letter squaking about the airplane being unsafe. I flew it anyway, but was not comfortable with it.… Continue

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At 9:12am on May 3, 2014, Larry Zepp said…

Hi William,  Thanks for your comment on the fuel return. I am building with the partial kits and when I picked up my wing kit in 2012, the fuel return fittings were already welded in.

I was able to install the 1/4"ID fuel return hose in the nose skin radius, just ahead of the wing tank - pictures on my page. Best Regards,  Larry Zepp

At 5:45pm on April 29, 2014, Marvin W Miller said…
You will have to have a return fuel line for each tank. To try and loop it some other way doesn't work, to many bubbles. Since there not hardly any room for a header tank, you will probably have to open up the leading edge skin on both wings to run return fuel lines.
At 10:53am on November 21, 2009, Roger L Vavra said…
Hi A friend of mine just called me and he found a punch that is small that will fit in a small inpact tool that will help remove the rivits. I will forward the e-mail when I receive the information so you can see if it is something that you could use. Right now I have to go to work at Cabela's so I can pay for all these improvments. Rog
At 10:06am on November 21, 2009, Roger L Vavra said…
William I had the batteries in the back but it was to tail heavy so I moved behind the right seat. I also reversed the landing gear so that the wheels are 6 inches forward. It takes some of the weight off the nose wheel. My empty weight is about 840 so with all the upgrades I am going to the light weight starter. I have both wings off and the rivits removed form the main spar. What a job. TO make it easier I took a dremel tool with a fiberglass reinforced cut off disc and cut off the mushroomed end of the rivit. Not the doomed head. This allowed me to determine were the exact center of the rivit was and to punch a small point to center the drill. Using an 1/8 in bit I drilled about 3/4 of the way through, then used a flat punch and a small impact tool to remove the rivet. Drilling off the head and then trying to get the exact center of the rivit proved very difficult. By drilling 3/4 through it releaved a lot of pressure on the rivet and they came out better. I am going to bolt the spar back together and not use rivits.
Rog.
At 8:51am on November 21, 2009, Roger L Vavra said…
Hi William The 0235 is from a 1961 Piper Colt. Zenith had an engine mount and cowling for it. The engine is a little heavy so I am going to change the starter to a light weight model and also replace the generator with an alternator. I installed an ADC remote oil filter which I am able to enclose in an air cooling shroud. The E-Mag ignition is great. So easy to install and time, just blow two times in the vacum line and it is timed. Fuel is pumped by two electic fuel pumps with only one needed because they pump plenty of fuel The engine burns about 5 gal an hour of auto fuel. It is the low compression engine. I have not been able to establish the cruise RPM and speed since I changed the pithch in the prop and restricted the air flow for colder weather. It warmed up and had to stay at 2200 rpms to keep the engine from over heating. It is equiped with straight stainless steel exhausts and sounds great. It idles at 650 to 700 rpms and starts in an instant. I am starting the upgrade and can not wait to get back to flying. I have flown it for 50 hours and it performs great. It does not seam to make any difference if I am in it alone or have it at gross. I do not even use the flaps at gross because it lands so nice.
Happy flying Roger
At 8:09pm on August 18, 2009, Dr. Edward M. Moody II said…
Congratulations and many more enjoyable flights in the future.

Ed
At 9:03pm on May 12, 2009, Michael W. Canion said…
William
I had to place the battery in the tail also, I believe I weighed in at 840 I would have to check the books in the airctaft to be sure. You will love your first flight.

Mike
At 10:30pm on March 13, 2009, Lynn Dingfelder said…
Yes, if the weather is favorable, I'm ready to get some time in the Zenith. Also, I got a bunch of work done on the tow-bars tonight. Should be finished soon. If you have any reservations about test flying your ship, I'm sure Boyce would be happy to make the initial flight to make sure all is well. Let me know and I'll get you connected. Lynn
At 9:49pm on March 12, 2009, Lynn Dingfelder said…
Bill, That sounds like a great plan. I'm rather anxious to get to Florida to escape this eternal cold. I purchased material to build two tow-bars to fit our XL's, and should have them built soon. I'll try to have one ready before you need it. The bar will require a hole drilled in each side of the front wheel fork. I'll have the optimal location and diameter figured out. Keep me posted on your progress. Lynn
At 6:13pm on March 5, 2009, Brad DeMeo said…
Bob Archibald is in Santa Rosa, Northern California. He has a flight school called Dragonfly Aviation. Been around a long time. He is a member of this webring. I wish I knew of someone in your neck of the woods. However, if you were inclined to be in San Francisco, we are 45 miles north and Bob has a great staff of instructors, especially, Ron. Ron flew the Dragonfly yellow Zodiac from Florida to California and really got to know the airplane. He taught me a lot about the plane. I hope you can find someone near you, but if airfare to S.F. is cheap enough, I would recommend some hours in each of Bob's planes. One is AMD factory built and one is E-LSA homebuilt. Good luck to you and safe journeys.
 
 
 

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