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.

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Comment by Rebecca Anne Shipman on March 17, 2011 at 8:18am

Glad I could help.  I think you'll find the Gobosh to be quite different than the 172 when you go to land it, and more like other low wing LSA's.  I think when they mandated a low stall speed, they made it so you have to fly the plane all the way down - the CTSW and Evektor Sportstar seem to be the same way.  I'm guessing the 650B is like that too.

I find with the dual sticks in the Gobosh I'm always trying to get my passenger's legs out of the way of the stick.  Of course it's easy to rest my arm on my leg while I'm flying, but with the y stick I can rest it on the console, To me it seems like LSAs are flown with the fingertips anyway.


Good luck in your build, Larry!

Comment by Larry Zepp on March 16, 2011 at 8:16pm

Hi Rebecca,

Thanks for your blog post about your 601-XLB demo ride. I am building a 650 B and am at roughly the same stage you are. I have not made the trip to the factory and really appreciated your comment about liking the Y stick. I have not yey flown with it, but itr did seem like the way to go. I am currently flying a 172 in Fort Wayne, but want to get checked out in the Gobosh 700s they just got at our local Smith Field.

Best Regards,

Larry Zepp, EAA Ch. 2, Fort Wayne, IN

Comment by Bill Carter on February 3, 2011 at 9:56pm


I hope all goes well with your 650. You definitely have the skills to build it.

Remember, if you dont get that garage cleaned and heated by the time you are ready to build, we have plenty of room in our new facility. (Of course lunch isn't provided everyday)

All the best,

Bill Carter

American Light Sport Aircrafters

Builder Assist Center

Comment by Rebecca Anne Shipman on February 2, 2011 at 4:21pm
Good luck w/ your CH750!  Plans built - you are way braver than me!
Comment by Jesse Hartman on February 2, 2011 at 4:01pm
Hi Rebecca.  Jesse here from Robbinsdale MN.  Glad to here the workshop went well, and the skills are easy to master.  I have just begun to get things in order to build a CH750 from plans.  Well just thought I would say hi. looking foward to seeing your build posts.  Jesse

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