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The CH650 Landing Gear Design

The ZODIAC CH 650 (and the earlier ZODIAC XL model) feature a spring main landing gear system. The standard tricycle gear provides effective ground handling and allows for excellent forward visibility while taxiing. The heavy-duty tricycle gear system was chosen as the standard gear configuration for the ZODIAC to meet the needs of today’s pilots: Most pilots are not experienced ‘taildragger’ pilots, and a tricycle gear provides better stability and control on the ground. (A taildragger gear option is also available).

The CH650 utilizes a sturdy gear system to allow grass-field operation. The main gear comprises of a simple single-piece aluminum spring leaf which is bolted to the bottom of the fuselage. The single carry-through main gear provides double cantilever deflection. The main gear is fitted with large tires equipped with independent hydraulic disk brakes.

While the spring gear is not the lightest gear system around, it provides a smooth ride and excellent rough-field capability, and is very durable, simple and virtually maintenance-free. Installation of the main gear spring is simply a matter of bolting it to the fuselage. The new gear system also allows for a clean installation of wheel fairings (optional) to further reduce drag.

The main gear is equipped with high-quality and lightweight 500×5 aircraft wheels and hydraulic brakes. Optional fiberglass wheel fairings increase aerodynamics, and give the CH650 a sleeker look.


Zenith CH650B Nosewheel

The nosewheel strut uses a single heavy-duty bungee for shock absorbency. The nosewheel is steerable, with direct linkage to the rudder pedals for very effective and responsive ground handling and tight turns. The main wheels are equipped with independent hydraulic disk brakes.


The CH650’s direct linkage steerable nosewheel, plus differential braking, provide remarkably precise ground handling and steering.

The quality wheels, rugged gear and good take-off and landing performance make the CH650 well suited for grass-field operation.

The new fiberglass Wheel Fairings Option Kit increases the aerodynamics of the CH650. The new wheel fairings are narrower in width than previous Zodiac fairings, and are easier and quicker to install.


The CH650 can also be equipped with a tailwheel gear configuration. There is no additional charge for the tailwheel gear configuration kit option as it replaces the standard tricycle gear supplied in the kit.


Note: The standard wheels supplied is the kit are 500×5 size. Larger 600×6 wheels may be purchased instead of the 500×5 wheels.

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