Doing It Your Way Is Still The Best Way...
The cheerful troops that populate Aero-TV news teams sure do
enjoy checking out all manner of neat aircraft with the companies
that manufacture them, but sometimes it's just plain fun to talk to
the folks who (ultimately) build and fly them -- personally. Mike
Sigman is just one of those folks.
A builder of a Zodiac 601XL, we caught up with Mike at
Arlington's Northwest EAA Fly-In last summer and chatted with him
about his personal choice for an LSA... how it went together during
the building process, and now that he was finished -- how he liked
it all. Mike told us he was looking for a cross-country aircraft
that was good on fuel, dependable and reasonably priced. He wanted
to build 'all-metal,' but he did NOT want to buck rivets (the
Zodiac uses the Avex 'pop' riveting system), and finally, he wanted
a Jabiru engine for the front end... and thereupon decided upon the
The ZODIAC XL is a completely new model of the ZODIAC kit
aircraft series, optimized for the Sport Pilot category. The
ZODIAC XL features a completely new wing design, landing gear and
fuselage. The tail sections are the only components common with all
Fort those who are more interested in flying than building, but
STILL want the opportunity to get to know their bird "inside and
out," Zenith can supply a Quick-Build Kit (supplied "firewall-back"
to allow for easy installation of your choice of engine -- whether
it be Jabiru 3300, Continental O-200, Rotax 912S, Corvair, or
The kit includes all airframe parts, including landing gear
(tricycle), standard fuel system, canopy, controls, and all
hardware required to finish the airframe assembly. Standard
features of the airframe kit include electric elevator trim tab,
extended rear baggage compartment, wheels with hydraulic disk
brakes, and more. Not included in the airframe kit: powerplant,
instruments package, and paint.
The Quick-Build Kit includes the larger wing tanks (15 US gal.
each) for added range and endurance.
Check In With Aero-TV To See If Mike
Sigman Thinks He Made A Good Choice With The Zodiac
About Aero-TV: It's DEFINITELY Show
OK, folks, here we go... we are NOW initiating the first
feature programming series for Aero-TV... we're going to take it
slow, but we're also going to try and be steady about this. DO
UNDERSTAND that this is the most complex media program we've ever
undertaken and what you're seeing is just the tip of the iceberg...
but from here on out, we will be doing our best to educate,
inform, and entertain YOU about all aspects of the exciting worlds
of aviation and aerospace.
If you've been an observer of the media and associated media
industries over the last few years, it's not hard to mistake the
fact that a massive revolution is taking place. Old sources for
news and information are falling by the wayside, having to change
their modus operandi or risk obsolescence (or extinction).
Electronic media and print media are both under the assault of
progress, and the online world has been a cornerstone for
We've been ready to go for a while, but to be honest, there's so
much more to this program than we've alluded to, and so we've been
building and planning a massive new organization within ANN. That
said, we're hiring talented new people as
fast as we can find them (a far more difficult
task than we had imagined -- REALLY good people are hard to find),
and we're brainstorming at speeds that would make a deorbiting
Space Shuttle feel like a slug. Suffice it to say that we wanted to
do this right, rather than right-now, and that the development of
this program has been the most carefully pursued undertaking we've
E-I-C Note: The
complete feature shown above is embedded in this
story, with most of the slick and useful functionality
otherwise available on the main Aero-TV
site (which will be upgraded aggressively
over the next few weeks). The ability to embed a video on
another web page is but one of the hundreds of amazing little
features that we've worked hard on, for many months now, to
implement in different phases of the initial release of
Aero-TV. It is, BY NO MEANS, the only way to enjoy unaltered
Aero-TV programming on other parts of the web... as we have
extensive plans for future functionality, but this feature
allows those with an interest in a specific Aero-TV News or Feature
program to embed it on a different web site, though we must
note that we reserve the right to forbid such use for those sites
or purposes that we do not feel fit in with the proper mission of
the Aero-News Network, Inc.
Webmasters or Administrators of well-trafficked aviation or
aerospace related sites, are welcome to contact the Publisher to
start conversations on how they may be able to leverage some of the
immense power of Aero-TV programming for their sites and
constituency by clicking the I Want Aero-TV For
MY Website! link.
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