ZODIAC UPDATE MAIN PAGE Zenith Zodiac CH 650 kit project being built by Jim Snyder
I currently (as of August 1, 2009) own and fly a Cherokee 160/180. I started thinking about a Light Sport Aircraft in 2007. I also thought about getting away from
expensive Annual Inspections. So, I started questioning if I was capable (and motivated) to build a plane rather than buy a production model. Not having any
prior building experience other than observing others, I knew I did not want to scratch build. I looked at various kits. I narrowed down to all-metal for simplicity.
Then narrowed down to Van's RV-12, Rans S-19, and Zenith Zodiac. Van's and Rans were both still being developed and full kits were not yet available, let alone
flying. Zenith had an LSA-qualified kit for a few years and several were already flying with a lot of success. The Zenith also looked to be simpler for a first time
builder, more engine options, and less expensive. Anyway, in early 2009, I decided to take the plunge. On May 19, 2009, during a trip to St. Louis and
Kansas City, I stopped by the Zenith factory in Mexico, MO. I took a demo ride and placed an order for the complete CH-650 kit. The following is an abbreviated
log of the construction.
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