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After the January workshop I am now the proud parent of a bouncing baby rudder! It may not be cosmetically perfect, but I would be willing to fly with it. I learned a lot at the workshop, and had a chance to fix some mistakes w/o it being a disaster. The basic skills were easy to pickup, and it was helpful to have the Zenith folks nearby for questions. I pretty much feel like I can build a Zodiac 650B. The biggest challenge is probably clearing & heating the garage and setting up a good work area.
Roger took me for a demo ride in the 601 xl-b, and that was a lot of fun. Currently I rent a Gobosh 700s when I want to fly, and the 601 xl-b had the same kind of feel to it - for my mission of extensive cross country flying I think the zodiac will do nicely. The plane felt solid, and I didn't need much rudder to coordinate the turns, and it was easy to maintain altitude in steep turns. The plane was responsive and easy to fly. The center Y stick was responsive and comfortable - I would go with it. I was happy with everything about the workshop except the 9 hour drive to and from Mexico MO.
Also checked out the AMLSA's opening party. Looks like a nice place to do a build.