Spring Break for Pilots

Time for some Sun’n Fun
We’re headed south to Florida tomorrow for the annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, Florida, that starts on Tuesday, April 4th.
Spring break
For us, flying to Sun’n Fun is not just about getting there, but about the journey and the stops along the way.  Light airplanes are great for personal transportation, but the trip itself is often more memorable than the actual destination. Below we share a few photos and videos of our 1,000 mile (1,600 km.) trip to central Florida from the Zenith Aircraft kit factory in Missouri:

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Zeniths to Sun_n Fun
Modern glass panel displays, comfortable seating with stunning visibility, new engines (that are fuel efficient), and light aircraft designs with great handling characteristics all combine to make long cross-country trips both fun and enjoyable.  Below, the Zenith CH 750 panel and the amazing visibility:
Landing at Cedar Key on the way to Sun and Fun
We look forward to meeting with you and showing you the latest kit aircraft models from Zenith Aircraft Company, including the high-wing STOL CH 750 and CH 750 Cruzer, and the sleek low-wing Zenith CH 650. As in past years, we’ve scheduled activities during the six-day fly-in, including educational forums (see below).
Trip to Sun_n Fun
SAM Aircraft
SAM-EX Aircraft
We’ll also be flying the SAM-EX prototype aircraft to Sun’n fun!  This modern retro design is the most recent Zenith addition, adding a stylish tandem two-seater to the easy-to-build all-metal line of kit planes from Zenith Aircraft Company.
SAM-EX at Oshkosh
Now in tailwheel configuration, the new SAM-EX model is powered by a 180-hp Lycoming engine, with modern comfort and technology and great flying characteristics!
Attend one of the two scheduled seminars on the SAM Aircraft to learn more about recent developments with the design, and about the design and construction of this exciting airplane. See seminar details below.
Educational Seminars
Educational seminars are a great way to learn more about building and flying your own aircraft, and an opportunity to get some shade from the sun at Sun’n Fun.  Following are the scheduled Zenith educational forums at Sun’n Fun:
  • Wed, April 5th: SAM-EX Aircraft – The new modern retro kit from Zenith/SAM Aircraft: 11:00 AM 11:55 AM. Forum CFAA-7
  • Wed, April 5th: Floats for light aircraft – Zenair Floats and Full Lotus Floats: 12:00 PM to 12:55 PM. Forum CFAA-11
  • Wed, April 5th: Building your own kit aircraft for first time builders: 1:00 PM to 1:55 PM. Forum CFAA-9
  • Thu, April 6th: Zenith Aircraft: Light Aircraft Kits for First Time Builders: 9:00 AM to 9:55 AM. Forum CFAA-11
  • Thu, April 6th: Blind/Pulled Rivets and Modern Sheet Metal Construction for Amateur Builders: 10:00 AM to 10:55 AM. Forum CFAA-11
  • Thu, April 6th: Sheet-metal light aircraft construction for first time builders: 11:00 AM to 11:55 AM. Forum CFAA-11
  • Fri, April 7th: Blind Pulled Rivets and Modern Sheet Metal Construction For Amateur Builders: 10:00 AM to 10:55 AM. Forum CFAA-9
  • Fri, April 7th: Floats for Light Aircraft – Zenair Floats and Full Lotus Floats: 12:00 PM to 12:55 PM. Forum CFAA-9
  • Sat, April 8th: SAM EX Aircraft – The new modern retro kit from Zenith / SAM Aircraft: 11:00 AM to 11:55 AM. Forum CFAA-8
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Also, check out the Sheet-Metal Workshop area to learn more about the basics of all-metal light aircraft construction, and take a look at a rudder tail section being put together.
Check the official Sun’n Fun schedule and program, as the schedule is subject to change.
This will be our second trip to Florida this year already: we participated at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring in January.  Below are a few videos from Sebring, Florida, earlier this year:
Flight to Florida
Zenith Workshop at Sebring 2017
Quality Sport Planes
West Coast OPEN HANGAR DAY
May 13, 9 am – 3 pm, Cloverdale, CA
QSP Open House
Quality Sport Planes is hosting their spring Open Hanger Day and Zenith Fly-In on Saturday, May 13th, at their facility at Cloverdale Municipal Airport (O60), in scenic wine country north of San Francisco.
Quality Sport Planes
Whether you are already building, thinking about starting to build or already flying your Zenith Aircraft you are welcome to attend! Zenith Aircraft’s Sebastien Heintz will attend to meet with Zenith builders and pilots!
For more information, contact Doug Dugger at 707.894.4084 or visit the Quality Sports Planes website www.qualitysportplanes.com
Quality Sport Planes Open Hangar Day
Quality Sport Planes Open Hangar Day
Great Alaska Aviation Gathering
Great Alaska Gathering
Also coming up in May on the west coast, the  Great Alaska Aviation Gathering in Anchorage is the place to see the Zenith STOL aircraft and to meet with Roger Dubbert from Zenith Aircraft factory.
ZENITH WORKSHOPS
Attending the hands-on workshop at the Zenith Aircraft kit manufacturing factory in Mexico, Missouri, is the easiest way to get started on your very own airplane! Plan now to join us at an upcoming Spring workshop:
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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 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 Zenith CH 650 cruiser or the high wing Zenith CH 750 series.

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The factory workshops make an excellent getaway for you and your spouse or a friend! Spend a couple of days at the Zenith Aircraft factory and meet with fellow aviation enthusiasts – all while gaining valuable hands-on building skills. A demo flight is part of the factory workshop experience in a Zenith factory demo airplane!

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