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Fri, Feb 29, 2008

Aero-TV: Mike Sigman Talks About His Personal LSA -- A Zodiac 601XL

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 Zodiac.

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 ZODIAC models.

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 others).

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 601XL

About Aero-TV: It's DEFINITELY Show Time!!!!

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 revolutionary change.

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 ever undertaken. 

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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