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May 2007 edition

Zenair turns to lighter materials to develop Zodiac CH 601 XL for European marketplace

Zenair has developed the Zodiac CH 601 XL ULM version specifically for the European market, where light aircraft rules restrict the gross weight to 450 kg (992 lbs). The lightened European Zodiac XL is the result of a collaboration that reunited two well-known personalities in French general aviation: Christophe Robin and aeronautical engineer Chris Heintz.

Heintz, designer of the Zodiac, first worked at Avions Robin of France in the late 1960s and early 1970s as the lead engineer of the HR (Heintz-Robin) series general aviation light aircraft. In collaboration with Christophe Robin, son of the founder of Avions Robin, and the principal of light aircraft manufacturer Dyn’Aéro, Zenair has lightened ....

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