Zenith 601XL, ‘home’ after 13 years.

Builders,

Phil Maxson, flew down to my house in Florida today. Although I have seen his plane at a number of Colleges, airshows and visiting him in NJ, it has been 13 years since his plane was down at my place.

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In 2004 our Zenith 601XL was the first Corvair powered one to fly. It was a pretty big hit, but the second one wasn’t completed until 2006, when Phil finished his in my hangar. Since then more than 150 Corvair powered Zeniths have followed, each special, but you have a certain attachment for the “First Customer built” version of anything you are offering to homebuilders.

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The plane is a part of a story of service to builders and being here for the long run. Get a look at this story: 14 Years of Corvair Powered Zeniths. , and What defines ‘reputable’ in our industry?, for a better look at how long I have been at this.

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Tail of Phil’s 601XL in my front yard today.

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His very simple instrument panel with $120 ADSB

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Phil and Gus Warren in the Zenith Aircraft booth at Sun n Fun 2006.

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Above, Phil Maxson at Corvair College #24 in Barnwell SC.

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Parked in my front yard today.

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Want to know what the real reward of building Corvairs for 30 years is? Its having a friend like Phil fly down to your front yard, and wait impatiently for me to finish typing this sentence so we can head out to Ronnies, our local bar and grill for dinner.

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6 Replies to “Zenith 601XL, ‘home’ after 13 years.”

  1. Is the ADSB in a Raspberry Pi, and an SDR? As an electrical engineering student and hobbyist, that tickles my fancy. (I didn’t forget, ADSB in and out won’t make flying “safe”.)

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