BUILDER’S RECORD


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RICHARD MUFF

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zenith 601 XL

The partially completed Zenith 601 XL kit which became N381AM traveled to Nut Tree Airport (VCB) in October, 2013. She began Phase 2 experimental operating limitations After 25 months of construction and testing. Many members of EAA Chapter 1230 guided and educated me during the construction and testing of the project. Woody Harris, (who built a beautiful, Corvair powered 601 XL), Steven Smith, and Doug Dugger, (of Quality Sport Planes), provided me with 601 XL specific information. Wires by Bob (Aspergren) used his eyes and sometimes his hands to try to educate me regarding a safe, maintainable aircraft. I appreciated that Rod Talavera was able to help and also try to teach me the ways of an A&P. "Wife" days and "plane" days helped accommodate my other duties at home and allowed completion of this project. I had the goal of a safely constructed aircraft in which I could carry a passenger. The Zodiac has the center "Y" stick which makes it fairly easy to get into and out of the cockpit. My kit had options for the two 15 gallon wing tanks and dual baggage lockers in the wings. I also installed the landing/taxi light kit. My need was for day VFR use only but I installed the highly-capable GRT EFIS and EIS because of low weight and the information they can provide. A Dittel KRT-2 transceiver and Trig TT-22 transponder complete the panel. It has a 6 cylinder Jabiru 3300 engine rated at 120 horsepower. Fuel flow has not been calibrated yet but I try to cruise at 5 gallons per hour which gives about 99 knots. N381AM is able to achieve 120 knots IAS at 3000 RPM with an 8.2 gallon per hour fuel flow. Some other specifics: Gross Weight Empty Weight Useful Load Useful Load (full fuel) 1320 pounds 776 pounds 544 pounds 364 pounds