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The following performance figures are based on prototype test results of the ZODIAC XL.  Figures are based on initial flight test data. Demo flights in the aircraft can be arranged by appointment to verify performance figures. 
(100 hp)
Jabiru 3300
(110 hp @ 3000 rpm)
Lycoming O-235 / 233
(115 hp)
ZODIAC CH601 XL Gross Weight
1,300 lbs.
Gross Weight
590 kg.
Gross Weight
1,300 lbs.**
Gross Weight
590 kg.**
Gross Weight
1,300 lbs.
Gross Weight
590 kg.
MAX CRUISE (sea level, continuous) 134 mph 216 km/h  138 mph 222 km/h 138 mph 222 km/h
75% CRUISE  @ 8,000 ft. (TAS*) 155 mph 250 km/h  160 mph 258 km/h 160 mph 258 km/h
VNE 160 mph 260 km/h 160 mph 260 km/h 160 mph 260 km/h
Vs1 STALL SPEED - no flaps 51 mph 82 km/h 51 mph 82 km/h 51 mph 82 km/h
Vso STALL SPEED - flaps down  44 mph 70 km/h 44 mph 70 km/h 44 mph 70 km/h
RATE OF CLIMB 900 fpm 4.6 m/s  1200 fpm 6.1 m/s 930 fpm 4.8 m/s
TAKE-OFF ROLL 550 feet 168 m. 500 feet 152 m. 500 feet 152 m.
LANDING DISTANCE 500 feet 152 m.  500 feet  152 m. 500 feet 152 m.
RANGE (std., SM) 656 miles 1056 km.  662 miles  1065 km. 575 miles 925 km.
ENDURANCE (std.) 4.9 hours 4.9 hours 4.8 hours 4.8 hours 4.2 hours 4.2 hours
LOAD FACTOR (G) ultimate*** + 6 / - 4  g + 6 / - 4  g + 6 / - 4  g + 6 / - 4  g + 6 / - 4  g + 6 / - 4  g

Performance figures given at standard atmosphere, sea level, no wind, unless otherwise indicated. All technical data, specification and performance figures subject to change without notice. Range and endurance figures are quoted with no fuel reserve.
* TAS is indicated airspeed corrected for temperature and altitude.  The corrections are approximate.
** Jabiru 3300: preliminary flight test results, with 350 lbs. load. Cruise at 2800 rpm. *** Per AMD Zodiac CH 601XL / CH 650 SLSA Pilot Operating Handbook (11/09) Operating Limitations.

ZODIAC XL... Designed for Performance

SPORT PILOT READY ZODIAC XL:  The standard ZODIAC XL kit aircraft meets the definition of a Light-Sport Aircraft as defined by "Certification of Aircraft and Airmen for the Operation of Light-Sport Aircraft" (7/20/04). A Sport Pilot may fly any aircraft that meets the definition of a Light-Sport Aircraft, and such aircraft does not need to change its certification category to be operated by a Sport Pilot.  Note: Max. Cruise = Max Continuous Airspeed (straight and level), sea level.

NOTE: Specification and performance figures are based on standard factory prototype flight test results, and are subject to change and revision without prior notice. Zenith Aircraft Company cannot guarantee that the aircraft, as constructed by the builder, will meet the definition of a Light-Sport Aircraft. Due to the gross weight and stall speed limitations of the Sport Pilot / Light-Sport Aircraft category, it is recommended that the aircraft be kept "as light as possible" if planning to operate the aircraft in this category. Larger and heavier engines and other installed equipment will limit the useful load of the aircraft, and may disqualify the aircraft from meeting the defined category limits. Subject to meeting actual FAA rules.

"It runs fast, carries a decent load and offers a comfortable cabin. As you might expect from a designer who has several certificated airplanes to his credit, it flies with no surprises..."

CustomPlanes magazine



Vigorous performance
"My evaluation of cruise speed showed about 140 mph at 2800-2900 rpm, however, the company plans a different prop for Sport Pilot. At a 130-mph cruise, Zodiac XL felt faster. The numbers don't relate perfectly to the sensation of speed. It might have been the open bubble canopy, which insures massive visibility, but also imparts a sense of motion. The canopy had good optical qualities, seeming distortion free to my eyes.
"Using 100 mph for good over-the-nose visibility, Zodiac XL's climb rate hit 900 fpm with two on board weighing something less than full gross. Using a climb prop installed for Sport Pilot — to restrain its speed so as to stay within the definition — the climb rate might exceed 1,000 fpm. My trials with steep turns done at 45-50 of bank showed stable and steady characteristics. It reveals the Zodiac as an efficient flying machine."

General Aviation News, August 2002


"[Chris Heintz] designs have earned an excellent reputation among pilots, builders, and aviation authorities for their durable all-metal construction, normal flight characteristics, reliability, and low maintenance."
     -- EAA Sport Aviation magazine

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