It was a cold and windy day... but clear and sunny, so we flew our beloved Zodiac XL demonstrator airplane this morning.
Today's flight comes after the downtime of installing the Zodiac XL upgrades which we've been chronicling here over the past five or six weeks. All of you that have been following this series will agree that the upgrade package kit that we have installed is comprehensive, beefing up the aircraft in significant ways.
After having completed the weight and balance, Roger completed the paperwork and entered the details in his log book. Since this airplane is an Amateur-built - Experimental, he returned it to phase 1 flight test (for five hours) as detailed in the Operating Limitations (program letter):
After refueling and a thorough pre-flight inspection, Roger takes the Zodiac XL up once again:
After a half-hour flight, Roger reports that the Zodiac XL flies the same (despite the upgrades).
He noted that one noticeable difference was that the plane was quieter and felt a little more solid due to the extra stiffeners in the wing (and rear fuselage).
Here's the flying video. Please excuse the poor quality of the video - it was cold and windy out there!
The Zenair Newsletter publication will include the video footage (on DVD) of the Upgrade Package kit installation (part two) with the next issue of the print Newsletter.
All of you that have been following this series will agree that the upgrade package is comprehensive, beefing up the aircraft in some significant ways.
We continue to be real busy shipping out Upgrade Package kits to builders and owners around the country (and around the world).
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