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Zodiac Manufacturer AMD Issues Safety Alert for CH 601 XL and CH 650 Models

EAA urges owners not to fly those aircraft until maintenance completed

November 9, 2009 — AMD, manufacturer of the Zodiac CH 601 XL S-LSA (factory-built aircraft), has issued a Safety Alert (November 7, 2009), outlining the procedures required to resume normal operations in the aircraft (prior to the July 7, 2009 letter from Chris Heintz limitations). The Alert includes upgrades outlined on Drawings 6-ZU-1, 6-ZU-2, and 6-ZU-3.

EAA on Saturday recommended owners of these aircraft not operate them until wing maintenance is completed to comply with an FAA's Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin.

AMD also drafted a document titled Questions and Answers with Chris Heintz to help builders and owners understand these upgrades, which were recently structurally tested and independently verified (Document396). An Upgrade Package will be made available to all builders and owners of kit versions of the aircraft, including detailed, step-by-step installation instructions.

Zenith Aircraft Company indicates it will be providing more information on this shortly, including upgrade package availability information as well as additional Q&As from Chris Heintz. “We are committed to working with all builders and owners so that they may resume building and operating their aircraft as soon as possible by incorporating the updates at minimal cost and inconvenience,” the company stated.

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