Popular since 1984, the ZODIAC CH 601 HD is the
updated model of the original ZODIAC CH 600, which was designed by
Chris Heintz as a
low-cost primary trainer aircraft. New improvements to this model include a wider 44-inch
cabin and a larger rear baggage compartment. Standard equipment in the kit includes
wing baggage lockers, hydraulic disk brakes, electric trim tab, tinted canopy, and much
more. Designed to meet the requirements of the demanding sport pilot, the aircraft offers
great performance and capabilities, and is easy-to-fly with pilot-friendly characteristics, including a low
landing (stall) speed. The aircraft has excellent cross-country flying
well as short-field performance of well under a thousand feet
@ 800 LB.
@ 362 kg.
@ 1,050 LB.
@ 476 kg.
|RATE OF CLIMB
|RANGE (with wing tanks)
|LOAD FACTOR (ultimate)
||+/- 6.8 G
||+/- 6.8 G
||+/- 6.8 G
ZODIAC CH 601 HD
|WING ASPECT RATIO
|HORIZ. TAIL SPAN
|RUDDER TIP HEIGHT (tri)
|CABIN TOP HEIGHT
|DESIGN LOAD FACTOR
|FUEL CAPACITY (std)
||16 Gallons (US)
|- with Optional Wing Tanks
||30 Gallons (US)
NOTE: Specification and performance
figures are based on standard factory prototype test results, with standard
powerplant. Standard atmosphere, sea level, no
wind. All technical data, specification and performance figures subject to change without
notice. Source: Zenair
"I think the ZODIAC just might be
the perfect first project for the erstwhile homebuilder and is even docile enough to learn
to fly in. It is without doubt one of the most exceptional kit values on the market with
little demands placed on either the builder or the pilot while offering a very pleasant
payback in performance and handling. If youre looking for a mild mannered project
that is both inexpensive and easy to build and fly; the ZODIAC is right up there at the
top of our list. You couldn't pick a nicer airplane to start off
- US AVIATOR magazine.
ZODIAC CH 601 HD on custom amphibious floats
*Typical empty weight with the Rotax
912 engine and basic equipment. Heavier engines reduce the useful load
of the aircraft.
Engine Limitations: 65 - 115 hp, up to
265 lbs. max. firewall-forward weight. Alternative engines will affect performance,
specifications and flight characteristics of the aircraft. Also, the
weight and balance of the aircraft may be adversely affected by
alternative engines, and the original fuel system may not be adequate
or suitable for some engines. Most alternative engines will require a
custom engine mount and engine cowl. Zenith Aircraft Company does not
manufacture or directly support engines.