The pictures below are construction details that I looked at
from a demonstration plane shown on site. You may notice that the unpainted Zodiac
is half HD and half HDS. This allowed for easy comparison of the wings:
The most spectacular Zodiac I ever saw
This is by far, the most spectacular paint job I saw for a
Zodiac. The theme is obvious and is very well maintained through the
airplane's paint job. I was impressed by the level of attention to
details. There is a web site about this plane on the Internet.
When I have a chance, I will add a link:
In the background is a red Zodiac CH601-HDS (which was at the
Zenair presentation site last year, I believe) and on the left of the plane is
a CH250 or a CH300.
Is this another Zenair?... YES, a Zenair Zipper!
This "Zipper" belongs to Dick Baner. It was
built in 1985 and flown for the first time in spring 2000, the plane sat in a
hangar for four or five years. This is number 7 of a total of 12 twins built.
They also built a greater number of single place which were the same plane
with a single engine same as the two on this one. Dick had a single years ago
but put a 277 Rotax on it. The engines on the twin are PUL425 engines built in
France by JPX and each produces around 22 hp. They have not built any of these
since around 1985 and Chris Heintz no longer owns the design. Top cruise speed
is around 40-45 mph.