I should also mention I'm planning to work together a bit with Rob Hilliard, whom you may know. He's also building a 750 - in fact he has made a start and I'm hoping to catch up by riding in the slipstream of his experience / experimentation (e.g. bending brake!) and plain hard work. Lazy me! ;)
I only know (personally) one other builder but have knowledge of 3 others in the South Island. As far as I know they are all kit builders. There are 14 601XL's on the NZ register with 40 other Zenith/Zenair types.
I'm just about to rivet the new extruded spar angle for the left wing so hopefully will have it done by the weekend.
Thanks Chris for your welcome. sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you. Things have been a bit busy these last few months having started in a new parish. Hope your a/c is going well. I might just get back to working onmine again soon.
PS I have had contact with MAF in the past.
G'day Chris, Thanks for your comments. It has been a big hard job. I have learned a lot about aircraft design while doing the upgrade. The reason for changing to nosewheel is because I could not control the traildragger under all circumstances and as I am getting on in years, my reflexes will slow down so I will need a nosewheel to make it a bit easier for me to handle specially in cross winds. Cheers, Rick.
Have just purchased plans for the CH601HD off eBay. I'm the third owner of these plans I believe, so hopefully "third time lucky" lol. So I will be scratch building the 601.
I wont be starting just yet as I am just starting a Teenie 2, thought i would learn to walk before I run, so to speak, as this single seater all aluminium VW powered aircraft is suppose to be one of the most basic plans built aircraft to build.
But looking forward to build a zodiac, so looking and listening as much as possible until I start the project. Cheers Mark
Hi, Chris, thanks for the comment. The closer i think i am to completion, the more little details i have to get out of the way. To be honest the weak spot of the 601 is the canopy. A few cracks on the sides that remind you how delicate the plexiglass is. has this happened to you "mate"?
G'day in Oz. UPDATE ---- I have purchased a 1998 601UL kit from the South Island and it should be in my workshop in a month or so (the outer wing panels were completed 1999 then he ran out of enthusiasm). No hurry as I am still working on the Soob EA81. Also now have a Autoflight PSRU and Radiator from a Glasstar that was replaced with an O-360 for more grunt. The $ brakes are now 'ON' according to she who must be obeyed otherwise we will have no cash for our Whitsundays holiday late May....yes; I will be visiting your fair country. Cheers, Ian
Good to meet you . I hope to join the ANZAC group. I believe that there are 11 remaining Czech built machines in NZ (One destroyed last year).
There is an indefinite number of amateur built 601 XLs.
Our machines are grounded currently pending the installation of the wing strengthening kits which only arrived about a week ago.
Where are you up to with regard to the kit installation?
yes i do know of Barry venimore because i have purchased a half share of his zodiac with intention of full owership. ha ha so therefor im only new on the sceen. Iv done most of the new mods myself with B.V 's help and the wings will be back on the aircraft either tomorrow or the next day... will be flying it soon. Im going to try to get to natfly this year but finances may hold me back. Great to meet you mate
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