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While going to London for employer sponsored training (on May 29, 1999), I stopped at Flypass for a demo flight.  I took some time to visit and discuss with the very sympathic Art Mitchell.   Then, I met with Jim Martin, a local instructor who train people to fly the Zodiac.

After an inspection, Jim asked me to take the pilot seat.  He explained me how this toy works and we went to the runway.  After obtaining the required authorization, Jim pushed the throttle and we quickly lifted off the ground.  Soon after, Jim gave me the controls and asked me to maintain 70 mph during ascent.   I then made a couple of turns.

Seeing that the ride was too smooth (despites all the turbulences caused by the very hot weather), Jim asked me if I want to try some steep turns.  He showed me how to do this and then, I made one 360 degree steep turn on the right side before making one on the left side.  By that time, to my surprise, I felt air sick (but it was controllable).  By this time, you should have discovered that I am not yet a pilot ;-)

To Jim, I may have looked bored... so he offered me to learn how to recover from stalls.  He stalled the airplane a couple of times so I can see what "buffeting means" and showed me to recover the dropping wing by pushing the opposite rudder.  I tried this a couple of times and then, it was nearly the time to go back to the hangar.

Before doing this, Jim made me try some slow flight and slow descent maneuvers and I brought the aircraft to final.  Jim landed the Zodiac and I taxied it back to Flypass.

Thanks Jim for this experience! :)
 
 
Flypass Zodiac instrument panel
Of interest on this picture are the handles to help getting in and out of the plane (on top).  Also, we can observe the GPS on the right and the radio behind the control stick.
If Joseph Armand knew what his successors were about to build
That CH-601 is powered by a Rotax 912.  On each side of the cowling is a customer made radiator.  The water cooler is on this side and the oil radiator is on the other side.
What a beautiful paint job!
This is the other CH-601 in demonstration at Flypass. 
For those who think "simple is beautiful"
Well, there it is... simple IS beautiful!
Are there any kangooroos in there?
A Jabiru engine is installed in this flying machine.  While being less powerful than the Rotax 912, this engine, according with Art, is very smooth and economical.  Behind the engine is some sort of a heat exchanger.  I did not ask more details about it, but it looks interesting.
Getting the cool air
The air enters here and goes to the heat exchanger.  Also on this picture: the clips that old the cowling in place.  I removed the cowling... easy job.  However, replacing it is quite difficult with this setup.

 

Are you heavy?
I often read that when flying solo, the aircraft seems heavy on the left side.  This is one way to correct this situation.  Another way is to install an electric aileron trim tab (that's what I am going to do).


 

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