Beautiful planes, great people, many activities, and blue skies!

Zenith Aircraft Company

Beautiful planes, great people, many activities, and blue skies!
25th annual Zenith OPEN HANGAR DAYS_
Thanks to all who participated and visited Zenith Aircraft Company‘s 25th annual Open Hangar Days and Builder Fly-In on September 23 & 24 at the factory in Mexico, Missouri. We had record participation this year with many planes and visitors, as well as outstanding programs and seminars! Following is a brief photo summary of just some of the many activities:

Aerial view of the Open Hangar Days
Over two days, visitors to the Zenith factory were able to see the planes and tour the kit aircraft factory
Zenith Aircraft Open Hangar Days and Fly-In
Zenith customers flew in from around the country in their completed Zeniths:
Zenith Aircraft Open Hangar Days and Fly-In
The new SAM-EX aircraft made its first appearance at the Zenith Aircraft factory for the Open Hangar Days, flown in from Canada by Nick Heintz.
SAM Aircraft
Visitors were able to tour the modern Zenith Aircraft kit production facilities to see and to learn how all the all-metal kit parts are fabricated:
Inside the Zenith Aircraft factory
Zenith Aircraft staff demonstrated the ease of the kit assembly with modern final hole size match-drilled parts:
Hands-on demonstrations
Vendors shared information about their products and services with visitors. Participating vendors included EAA, Dynon Avionics, Garmin, Continental, Rotax, UL Power, Jabiru, Viking Engines, Matco, Fly-Corvair, Aircraft Spruce and Specialty, Kitplanes magazine, Buzz Air flight academy, Lab One oil analysis, Golden Age Aviation, M-Squared,, SkySmith insurance, and newcomer Sensenich propellers.
Zenith Aircraft Open Hangar Days and Fly-In
Back by popular demand was the panel discussion hosted by Zenith Aircraft’s Sebastien Heintz that included representatives of the various engines that can be mounted on a Zenith kit airplane. The panel discussion members included Continental Motors (Chris Lang), Corvair (William Wynne), Jabiru (Pete Krotje), Rotax (Rob Seaton), UL Power (Robert Helms), and Viking Honda-based conversions (Jan Eggenfellner):
Engine Panel Discussion
Friday night concluded with the annual Zenith Banquet dinner with a record attendance! The banquet included great food, camaraderie, a Zenith trivia game and loads of fun!
EAA’s director of homebuilding, Charlie Becker, was a featured speaker and he presented William Wynne (Corvair engine guru at FlyCorvair) with EAA’s Major Achievement Award for his work teaching builders about engines since 1989:
EAA_s Charlie Becker and FlyCorvair_s William Wynne
Great door prizes at the banquet included a Dynon D2 Pocket Panel portable EFIS and a Garmin GDL 39 portable advanced ADS-B receiver, and Zenith Aircraft’s Roger Dubbert was presented with a flight jacket by William Wynne for 24 years of demo flights:
Prizes at the Zenith Aircraft Open Hangar Days and Fly-In
Hundreds of people were on hand Friday and hundreds more came on Saturday for demo flights, factory tours and the chance to meet with Zenith kit builders, factory personnel, and others, and to learn more about the joys of building and flying a Zenith kit airplane.
Zenith Aircraft Open Hangar Days and Fly-In
There was a record number of Zenith planes flown in from around the country, including the newly painted One Week Wonder (flown in from Oshkosh to attend the event).  Check out EAA’s report on the event (with more photos).
Zenith Aircraft Open Hangar Days and Fly-In
Saturday activities included the Zenith aircraft show, a first-ever Cleco contest, a Zenith STOL (short take-off and landing) competition and demonstration, and a flour-bombing contest:
flour bombing competition
Winner of the flour-bombing contest (sponsored by UL Power) was Zenith Aircraft’s own Roger Dubbert, followed by Nick Heintz and Marty Roberson (in a Zenith CH 601). Winner of the STOL competition (sponsored by Kitplanes magazine) was Jan Eggenfellner in his modified Zenith CH 750 with a new turbo Honda-based Viking engine:
Winner of the first-ever Cleco competition (sponsored by Pan-American Took and Wicks aircraft) was Zenith builder Andrey Bezmelnitsyn, followed by James Toothaker, Clay Hollenback and Dave Miller.
People_s Choice_
The Zenith Aircraft Show (“like a car show but with Zenith planes”) was judged by both the public and by fellow Zenith Aircraft builders, and sponsored by Matco wheels and brakes.
People’s Choice Award – Gregory Pernoud (above)
Voted Best Zenith Low-wing – Valerie Westedt (left)
Voted Best Zenith High-wing – John Austin (below)
Most Hours Built (2,000 hours) – Mark Bybee
Engine of Choice (Viking 110) – Marvin Miller
Oldest Zenith Airplane (2005) – Scott Ginter
Most Hours Flown (2,000 hours) – Jan Eggenfellner
Newest Build Completion (2015) – Valerie Westedt
Farthest Distance (1,200 miles) – Jan Eggenfellner
John Austin_s CH 750
Saturday concluded with an onsite BBQ dinner, awards ceremony (with great prizes) and live music from local talent The Highwater Band:
We thank all who participated and made this a great event!
“Clear skies, great planes and wonderful people!”
What a blast_ Flying in the SAM-EX open cockpit
 Gain Hands-On Experience at a Factory Workshop
September 2016 factory workshop
We invite you to join us at our next factory workshop to gain hands-on experience in building your own Zenith aircraft kit:  Factory workshops scheduled this fall at the Zenith factory in Mexico, Missouri:
Zenith Aircraft Company’s factory workshops have become popular with sport aviation enthusiasts, giving them the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience in building their own Zenith Aircraft kit plane. Participants get the opportunity to actually start assembling kit parts under the direction and guidance of factory professionals and “graduate” from the workshop upon completing construction of their own aircraft rudder tail section for one of Zenith Aircraft Company’s popular kit aircraft designs, including the sleek low-wing CH 650 cruiser or the popular high wing Zeniths, including the new CH 750 Cruzer or the STOL CH 750 light sport utility aircraft.
The workshops are held over two days, with participants assembling the complete rudder tail kit of the aircraft (which is the entire vertical tail section of the Chris Heintz designs) from stock rudder kit parts. Attending a workshop is an invaluable first step in building (or selecting) your own kit aircraft, and a workshop held at the factory (where the actual kit parts and assemblies are manufactured) also offers participants the opportunity for a demonstration flight, factory tour and meeting the people who design, fly and manufacture the kit.
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Zenith Aircraft Company, 1881 Airport Road, Mexico, MO 65265