Andy Elliott
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What about already-flying E-AB 601XL's?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jack & Debra Dueck May 25, 2023. 39 Replies


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Travels in the Four Corners Area

Posted on July 10, 2012 at 10:56am 7 Comments

I'm not going to make it to Oshkosh this year, but I just finished a phenomenal 6-day trip across the Canyon and Indian country in the Four Corners area (AZ, UT, CO and NM) in my 3.1L Corvair-powered Zodiac 601XLb. 


Departing from Falcon Field (FFZ) in Mesa, AZ, the first leg on Sunday, July 1st, was to Cliff Dwellers Lodge (AZ03), one of the very few places you can land within the Grand Canyon Special Flight Rules Area.  Cliff Dwellers Lodge airstrip is actually owned by…


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At 4:42am on June 18, 2021, Michael Mccarthy said…


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At 2:05pm on March 18, 2015, Roger E Barnes said…

the threaded links in the photo have high temp thread locker on them and would have to be cut to remove, i have others to replace them when making adjustments.

the vertical offset brackets are to lessen the angle to the steering arm on tailwheel.

turnbuckles are inside just aft of the access panel.

once again thank you Andy.

At 1:21pm on June 23, 2013, Mark Gravatt said…

Thanks Andy, will do!  Hopefully I'll get a week there within the next 60 days.

At 6:50pm on October 22, 2012, Brian A Manlove said…

Thanks... a picture is worth a thousand words, especially when you can almost count the rivets!  

Brian M.

At 5:18pm on October 22, 2012, Brian A Manlove said…


So it *is* just inboard of the last tip rib?  


Brian M.


At 8:57pm on October 21, 2012, Brian A Manlove said…

Hello - 

I've been following your beautiful work for a couple of years - via WW, and this month's "Contact" - great stuff.  

I notice that your landing light is on the passenger side - and it looks like it might be inboard of the last tip rib.  Just curious if that is the case - I "oil canned" my nose skin right there - just inboard of the last tip rib (I found out the hard way how easy that was to do...) and I was considering putting my landing light there... In your opinion, would that be a safe thing to do on a CH 650?


Brian Manlove 

At 8:38am on September 9, 2012, Dan Howell said…
i am building a 650B and noticed your mod for flap controll tube connection and would like to obtain additional information. i would like to do the same mod in mine.
At 9:40pm on September 19, 2011, Stephen R. Smith said…

Hello Andy,

Good to hear from you.  I had heard from Woody Harris about your idea of a trip to Alaska; sounds good to me.  I have been dreaming of such a trip for years now.  I am a light-sport pilot.  As I understand it, the Canadian regs have changed so now light-sport pilots can fly in Canada.

Not sure what route you have in mind.  I would like to fly the “trench”.  It’s no big deal in a Zodiac –distance wise.  In any case that is just a few hundred miles of the overall trip.

I am reasonably sure my brother Alan would like to go if he can get the time off work.

Woody wants to go. I am sure Doug Dugger will go if he can break away from QSP – doubtful I am afraid.

I know one or two 701 pilots who would like to tag along.  Frankly the 701 is a SLOW airplane for so long a trip.


At 2:43pm on July 25, 2011, Louis W. Ott said…

Hi Andy,

I'm building a 601XL TD which will be Corvair powered. I came across a picture of your airplane at Oshkosh this year. I noted you have a fairing behind the canopy. I was thinking of doing something similar. Did you notice a performance improvement? I've also made brake fairings similar to yours although I had not seen yours before. Your gear legs look to be narrower than mine which is the stock heavy Zenith gear. Are they Grove gear legs?


Thanks for any information you can provide.


Louis Ott

At 9:09pm on May 22, 2011, Bob Pustell said…

Thanks for the friend request, Dr. Andy. I am flattered.



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