Zodiac 601XL First flight - reg 19-7075

Hi all – Mirko here from Melbourne. Finally - completed all of the required upgrades on the 601XL and have also successfully completed its first flight on Sunday. Could not wait any longer to tell all my friends, Zodiac members/builders/pilots/new comers and who ever is reading this, that this will be a memorable occasion. Man o man, I cannot even start to express how happy I was to here the test pilot commenting on how well the aircraft performed, explaining that the 601XL ranks high on his list – NOW!, he himself was very surprised! I can go on and on, but all I can say to all is you will not be disappointed, not at all.

One more thing, to all of team at Zenith(Caleb especially, he received most of my questions -bla bla bla) for helping me build this wonderful aircraft - I’m sure I’ll be enjoying myself flying the 601XL totally. – YES IT IS TRUE MAN WAS MEANT TO FLY!

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Comment by Mirko on May 7, 2011 at 6:37am

Thank you kindly. See Youtube link below of the maiden flight. All the best.



Comment by Raymond White on May 6, 2011 at 7:48am
Well done, motivation for us all.
Comment by Eddie Seve on July 8, 2010 at 6:19pm
Congratulations Mirko, hope to see you at the SAAA flyin in September at Cowra.

Comment by Alberto Martin on June 23, 2010 at 4:21pm
Thats´great news!!!! Congratulations
Comment by Chris Sinfield on June 19, 2010 at 4:32pm
finally its airbone.. well done , now go and enjoy. also Pictures??
Comment by Mack P. Kreizenbeck on June 16, 2010 at 12:55pm
Congrats from Idaho!
Comment by Allan / Zenair Australia on June 14, 2010 at 8:59pm
Hi Mirko

Well done.
Graham said it all went well I look forward to seeing you plane in the next few days will is up in Bendigo
Comment by Mirko on June 14, 2010 at 6:18pm
Hi Jake, no had my aircraft nearly finished then apart again for upgrade. The final inspection went well, so did the first flight, a slight Aileron trim need was only need. Again my test pilot comes from the old school his a very hard to please instructor/aerobatic pilot type. I thought to myself after he landed and approached to me with that stone look on his face- that here it goes bad news all around - BUT NO! he said WOW absolutely a great responsive plane sat like a train on rails, trimmed the aircraft at 115kts and flew wonderfully straight an level. He said it was like flying a sports car - he added - all you need to do is is to get familiar with the sensitivity of the controls, sneeze he siad and you start to turn. The test pilot has flow a wide variety of LSA type aircraft including stuff over $145000 AUD and said the 601XL matched them and even surpassed them. The Jabiru standard 3300/prop set up gave us around 1400ft/m climb at 90kts with 60lts of fuel not bad. Hope all out there are working a little harder now on their kits – no bloody accuses. Bye from the man down under(Mirko).
Comment by Jerry Latimer on June 14, 2010 at 4:15pm
Comment by John Davis on June 14, 2010 at 11:52am
Congrats on your first flight Mirko! I cant wait to get my 601XL back in the air butr still have a little more of the upgrade to finish.

Safe Skies and Have Fun!

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